Monday, April 14, 2014

Cutting the Rope to the Mind

"Every day, priests minutely examine the Dharma
And endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
How to read the love letters sent by the wind
and rain, the snow and moon." ............Ikkyu

Every knowledge that we have, irrespective of the domain or discipline, comes from preconceived human perceptions and the resulting concepts. When we know that reality as grasped by humans is extremely limited, how can one find the value of true knowledge in all the writings and information passed down from our human ancestry. Our knowledge derived from the rational mind is three to four million years old, coming from our later Australopithecus and subsequent Homo genre.

Even the latest findings in science are always subject to refutation and further revision. One has to look at the history of science to appreciate the fickle nature and impermanency of scientific knowledge and hence the nature of relaity.

Hegel understood the fragmented nature of reality and postulated that only the whole is true. Every stage or phase or moment is partial, and therefore partially untrue. Hegel's grand idea is "totality" which preserves within it each of the ideas or stages that it has overcome or subsumed. Overcoming or subsuming is a developmental process made up of "moments" (stages or phases). The totality is the product of that process which preserves all of its "moments" as elements in a structure, rather than as stages or phases. Think of these structural elements as the interrelated ones of a whole architecture or even better, a fractal architecture. This is the reason why Isaac Newton said "We all stand on shoulders of giants"
 Quantum theory, postmodern cosmology, chaos theory and ecology all essentially subscribe to this view of "totality" in question, without being "hegelian" as all possibilities exist at the same time.

All the non-sense that we carry inside our mind is purely objective and restrictively created. These are still 'moments' which are far away from absolute realty or liberating knowledge. We identify with them rather than they with us, we are keeping it together somehow or the other. We are going mad trying to keep it all together under our control. The moment we lose interest in all the non-sense filled in our head, the moment we understand the futility of it, it will start to disappear. Like the cow, whose tethered rope is cut from the herder's hand, it will escape and disappear.
Read Adi Sankara's story in the reference. Adi Sankara Story

There is no need to stop the mind from thinking trivial things. All one needs to do, is to become disinterested in its constant chatter. Then the rope will be cut.
That is the real meaning of SANYAS, to become disinterested in the mind. That is the real meaning of VAIRAGYA. It has nothing to do with renouncing the world but everything to do with the cutting of the rope to the mind.

But nature or the whole ecology, in all its glory and diversity, has existed for a much longer time and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge which we are able to appreciate only in the last century. Take for example two species, the Crocodile and the ants of the Amazon rain forest, they have been around for more than fifty million years. The Red wood trees and the Baobab trees have a life span of thousands of years. The very elements of the Earth air, water have been there for billions of years and the moon almost coevolved with the Earth.
Ikkyu, hence, exhorts us to let go of the knowledge of human mental origin but read the information and knowledge available in these empowering elements of nature and the cosmos.

I would add to the list of Ikkyu, the beauty of the universe which has now unfolded its beauty and splendour to the human heart intellect in last few centuries, through the concepts of hyper space and infinite Multiverse concepts through our observations and more through intuitive understanding.

 It is now known that the intelligence of the heart is vital for a balanced emotional life and hence for our ultimate wellbeing. The heart intelligence is an intelligence which is accessible only through an intuitive receptivity. Intuitive receptivity is the receptive potential of bonding from the nature of 'Having' to one of 'Being'. Only through a state of 'Being' one can identify with the infinite knowledge that awaits the seeker.


Love to you all.

2 comments :

  1. "The love letters from nature!!!!!!"
    wonderful words.
    If only we can stop polluting by
    our throw away attitude, polythene bag usage
    cutting away the forest trees for monetary gains
    we can enjoy those beautiful 'love letters'

    If the love letters from the natural elements is one side of the coin there is another greater side to the same.Krishna talks about this in his Uddhava Gita. Uddhava, Krishna’s best friend was sad that Krishna’s yugh was coming to an end. And Krishna pacified and advised him as he did to Arjuna in Bhagahavat Gita. When Uddhava asked him where would he find a teacher (who was supposed to an embodiment of all goodness) Krishna told him to go to nature, the beasts , the animals and they together would provide all the lessons.

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  2. Thank you for the feedback and the quote from the Uuddhava Gita.

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