Friday, May 31, 2013

Universe in the Still Mind

"If water derives lucidity from stillness,
how much more the faculties of the mind.
The mind of the sage, being in repose,
becomes the mirror of the Universe,
a reflection of all creation." ...............Chuang Tzu

This reminds us of the story in which Lord Buddha asks his disciple to get some water to drink from the lake and three time he goes and returns as the water is muddy. But in his last attempt he had found that the water had become clear and brings it to Buddha for drinking. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own—and you have clear water. Your mind is like that too. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.”

This is the great truth which we fail to grasp. It is the human tendency to do something about anything that requires a change. This is because we do not understand that there is a universal action which is beyond our normal consciousness domain. The ego predominates and thinks that it is the only doer which proves counterproductive as there is limited knowledge with which we approach, especially, the problems of the mind.

The state of the mind is like the surface of the ocean, subject to the control of the weather and influenced by the heat of the sun and the barometric pressure, but the depth of the ocean is calm with only subtle currents that are in harmony with all that exists within the oceans, the atmosphere and the earth itself. The interconnectedness of the deep ocean and its environs with the entire Gaia system is now well understood scientifically.

This concept of interconnectedness took root in Chuang Tzu's teachings as we can see from his reasoning in the following statement:

"The cosmos and I were born together, the ten-thousand things and I are one. Now, having already constructed a 'one' is it possible to say something about it? Having already called it a 'one' can we fail to say something about it? 'One' and saying it make two. Two and one make three and going from here, even a skilled calculator can't keep up with us, let alone an ordinary man."

This is a very deep reflection given that this is a crude statement of a profound mathematical concept of a null set. Null set is the basic axiom for all mathematical constructs, This is the philosophical boundary at which the unique identity of an object dissolves. [for those of you who are mathematically inclined, "If A is a set, then there exists precisely one function f from { } to A, the empty function. As a result, the empty set is the unique initial object of the category of sets and functions."]

Why I have taken this rather difficult route to explain the following lines: ".... The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the Universe, a reflection of all creation.". is because fundamental to this intuitive mode of thinking, it is essential that the mind ceases to operate in subject / object duality. This is the way a calm mind, emptied of all variables, comprehends the oneness of the macro-structure and the micro-structure.

Love to you all.


  1. allowing the emotions not to get entangled is a big effort. 'To let It be' can appear to be simple but that is the ultimate to bring out the joy of living.

  2. Thanks for your short but very apt comment.