Saturday, April 2, 2011

Attaining Ananda

In the last article, I ended saying that I will further elaborate on how one can move away from ego consciousness into higher realms in a process of deconstructing perceived reality.

The universe, as we directly experience and comprehend it, is but a construct of the brain that enables us to build a model which has inputs from our evolutionary journey ever since the cognitive attribute were bestowed on Homo sapiens. It's not a true picture of reality. There are many ways of constructing and experiencing reality, and there are ways of perceiving things other than the 'normal' construct that the vast majority of mankind employs.

These different constructs depend on different modes of consciousness. Most of our lifetime we operate, in what we call waking consciousness which is the fundamental way the physical brain interprets what the senses input. In sleep we move away from the purely brain oriented translation of reality and take recourse to what is available in the subconscious realm. In deeply meditative states or in drug induced altered states of consciousness we reach further into deeper level of the universal unconscious. In deep trance or under hypnosis, one can experience an out of body experience where in we can evoke a further deeper level of the subtle body consciousness.

Space itself is but a mental construct. There are many ways to construct space other than the familiar Euclidean (three dimensional) space most people experience.

Meditation is a very powerful tool in achieving altered states of consciousness. As we progress in our daily meditation, using the many time tested techniques, our perceptual constructs will soon give way to something far more profound, something currently inconceivable as for the vast majority of our life time we are all trapped in our little worlds which we think is reality, but which is not. We are the universe conscious of itself. A persistent practice of meditation will lead consciousness to experience an abrupt change. Individuality will give way to the experience of something common that sort of underlies the individuality.

Our perceptual realities are only the dimly lit surface of a vast sea of consciousness. This is not the Jungian collective unconscious per se, but rather something which is indeed very conscious. However, the great majority of our species has not experienced this directly because they are confined within their little, illusory perceptual shells which they think is somehow reflective of reality, but it is not.

We (our conscious worlds) are but waves or ripples on the surface of something vast, the Self, a consciousness which underlies and encompasses all the little spheres of self-consciousness. This is why being self-cantered is naive. We, as a species, are moving inexorably towards Self-centeredness.

If you directly experience the bigger picture, you will see just how much of an illusion our 'normal' perceptual reality is. People who have taken this journey experience a sea of light and untold bliss. This is where our true being resides. This is the reason that this embodiment of consciousness is called 'Anandamaya Kosha'.

People are stuck in their small pockets of individuality, they never look deep beneath the surface, and there is something vast there that likely is common to all. It is something that you have to directly experience because explanations and descriptions will be empty without the actual experience. This is where humanity is headed as visualized by great mystics like Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard de Chardin. I would like to end this short article by quoting Teilhard de Chardin:

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered fire.”

Love to you all.

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