Friday, September 7, 2012

To be Transcendentally Situated

“He who sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord, who sees all living entities as His parts and parcels, and who sees the Supreme Lord within everything never hates anything or any being.”...... Verse 6, Isa Upanishad

“One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.” .......... Bhagavad-Gita 18: 54

These are two important verses in the Vedic literature which clarifies what needs to be done to be at the transcendental level, which is our true nature.

Human consciousness is dominated by the intellectual outputs we constantly seek as a source of affirmation.

David Icke says in his article “Transcendence through Intuitive Thinking”;

“The intellect is overrated and underrated because few understand its true purpose. In truth the intellect is a passive tool that evolves a given input towards an output according to certain rules and takes a premise toward its logical conclusion.”

The intellect is like a neural computer it passively carries out its programmed function but with a limited capacity to generate adaptive programme. What the intellect produces depends on three things; namely the sensory inputs, the store consciousness of past experiences and evolutionary imprints and their action on the mind and an acquired capacity in the present life time to make sense of these inputs in the space-time ambience in which the processing takes place. The resulting consciousness is then deemed real and valid and imprints are created. These imprints could be object related or concept related but the process is a chain of perceptions which have limitations. This is because we assume that sensory inputs and store consciousness content are infallible in nature.

In metaphysical terms, the underlying reality which is unchanging is called the Supreme Lord or Supreme Brahman or Divine consciousness. There are three levels of relating to this reality but none of them include a rational or mind oriented action. The intellect can only thus far be taken so as to negate any false perceptions. This is the neti-neti (not this – not this) mode of realizing the absolute.

It is purely an intuitive route that one has to employ to open up one’s consciousness to the Divine intervention. It is a two way process wherein the seeker and the sought merge.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.47 points out “A devotee who faithfully engages in the worship of the Deity in the temple but does not behave properly toward other devotees or people in general is called a prākṛta-bhakta, a materialistic devotee, and is considered to be in the lowest position.” This person is also known as “kaniṣṭha-adhikārī”.

The next level is known as “madhyama-adhikārīs”. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.46 points out “An intermediate or second-class devotee, called madhyama-adhikārī, offers his love to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is a sincere friend to all the devotees of the Lord, shows mercy to ignorant people who are innocent and disregards those who are envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.48 says the ultimate level of transcendence is the stage of “uttama-adhikārī”. “Even while engaging his senses in contact with their objects, one who sees this whole world as the energy of Lord Vishnu is neither repelled nor elated. He is indeed the greatest among devotees.”

The dual perception of false reality as the self and external objects leads the mind to grasping and desire but the non-dual perception that at the most fundamental level all manifestations are the same aspect of the Divine leads us to be rooted in our true transcendental nature.

Love to you all