Sunday, May 15, 2016

No Longer a Miracle

"In fact, come on, it’s a miracle that we’re sitting here talking! I mean, people take it for granted. Everything that exists is a bloody miracle! How the hell is that flower doing that? “Oh, yes. I know. The genes and so on.” Yes, we can explain a lot about the world, but the world itself is a mystery. And when something is really discovered, it doesn’t cover this over. It’s a revelation, but then it’s forgotten that it was a revelation of something deeper. The miracle I’m used to is no longer a miracle." .............Jacob Needleman
"Every step forward, even the smallest, along the path of consciousness, adds to the world, to the visible and tangible God. There is no consciousness without the distinguishing of opposites. That is the father principle of the Logos, engaged in an unending fight to free itself from the primeval warmth and darkness of the maternal womb which is unconsciousness." ...............Carl Jung
What is a miracle? The word ‘miracle’ is so ingrained in the human psyche that we find ready recourse and comfort when on facing any revelation which is beyond our knowing we assign an attribute called ‘miracle’.
This is the essence of what Jacob Needleman, American philosopher, author and religious scholar, says in the first quote. Any objective reality is through a process of revelation which is composed of several stages of hither to hidden knowledge. A classic example is the geocentric concept of looking at the motions of the Sun, moon and the stars. Until Copernicus came along in the fifteenth century, and after years of study wrote his now famous book “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium”,  the Earth was considered to be the centre of the universe. The Heliocentric model, placing the Sun at the centre was the revelation of Copernicus, which peeled away the layers of ignorance introduced and adopted for many centuries by Ptolemy through his astronomical model of cycles and epicycles which planets followed allowing the Earth to remain stationary at the centre. Then subsequently Johannes Kepler further refined and defined the orbits of planets not only based on elliptical orbits but by laws of equal area of sweep around the Sun introducing the laws of planetary motion.
Every field of knowledge goes through this process of finer and finer layers of ignorance being peeled away to reveal a higher truth. A progressive paradigm shift drives new revelation and this was the great insight Thomas Huhn, a renowned philosopher of science, put forward in his famous book “The Structure of Scientific Revolution” in the twentieth century. The theory of “Falsification” as inherent to the progress of science was another contribution put forward by Karl Popper,  Austrian-British philosopher and professor, in the twentieth century. In his book “Conjectures and Refutations”, Popper outlines the sequence of evolution of scientific progress.
The process closely follows the evolution of human consciousness and who else should we turn to except the great mind of Carl Jung. His every utterance is loaded with deep meaning. He says “…..Every step forward, even the smallest, along the path of consciousness, adds to the world, to the visible and tangible God.”. It is our consciousness which reveals the objective reality and every little step in the totality of qualia of individual and collective consciousness contributes a renewed view of the very same reality perceived earlier. An often quoted example is our own understanding of the cosmos. From naked eye observation, to the discovery and deployment of telescopes and now with powerful satellite based telescopes with very high resolution, our knowledge has exploded to unbelievable extent. In this process, the consciousness of the not only the observing astronomer but a host of other experts from the engineers who design and manufacture the lenses of the telescopes, the rocket scientist and payload specialist and a thousand other specialist contribute to the incremental advancement of knowledge.
Jung introduces a duality in defining a ‘Tangible God’. A tangible God is an embodiment of consciousness which is at a very superior level but far below the ‘intangible God’ who is the totality of all consciousness. This definition opens up the continuum of the process of revelation.
The next part of Jung’s observation is very pertinent to the very basic definition of ‘consciousness’. The sensory consciousness or waking consciousness operates through a reference framework. This is very fundamental to the philosophy of ‘existentialism’. Any element of objective reality is derived from polar opposites. If we reflect on all our perceptions, there are always a set of affirmation and negation.
But there is a constant struggle to free ourselves from this trap as consciousness evolves to reach further heights. When we move into intuitive dimensions of our subconsciousness and tap into its vast potential, this duality can be dispensed with. Great mathematician like Ramanujam found answers to their problems in dreams. When Jung refers to “ …… primeval warmth and darkness of the maternal womb which is unconsciousness.", he is referring to the archaic consciousness, in the Gebserian classification, which had an inseparable bond with the created material world.
“Your spirit and every cell of your body has always been multi-dimensional only your conscious awareness is trained to live in the limitations and restrictions of the three-dimensional matrix.”……….. Aurora Ray
Hence miracles are the hidden realities which we are yet to fathom and it is within our ability to reach. Let us not assign an external Divine attribute to them, as the very same Divine attribute is highly subjective and within yourself.
 Love to you all

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Discovery Through Incomplete Maps

“In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in order to begin traveling. On the contrary, having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march. The deeper secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make bold experiments with it.” ...........Meher Baba
"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life... you are the answer." ...............Joseph Campbell
The increasing knowledge we have about ourselves and the world around us, as well as the mysteries the Universe is revealing to us every day, points to the extreme complexity in which we are positioned to exist and find meaning for our creation. We are at the meeting point of two types of revelation, namely the external world and the interior world of consciousness in the non-waking state. A good example is an iceberg. We are the ocean in which we are a part, yet in which our existence has a meaning. Only a small part of the iceberg is above the ocean. So also the external world and its revelation is only a small part and cannot exist without the hidden bulk which is the higher dimensional consciousness which is the inner level of cosmic consciousness.
Given this understanding, we know that the path of the iceberg cannot be determined by its present position and the final target of merging with the ocean in some future time frame. This path of its journey is determined by many parameters such as ocean temperature, the dynamics of the subsea currents and many other atmospheric parameters. This is the same situation with our spiritual journey. If a complete map is laid out then we are constrained by a prime mover whose map we blindly follow.  This is the reason Meher Baba say “having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march”
The tendency of people to follow blindly a well laid out path is purely driven by the desire to confirm to institutional and social pressures rather than seeking the immense potential that lay within oneself to define a path that suits the seeker. 
This is why Joseph Campbell says “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
A well laid out path is not your path rather it is someone else’s path.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ………Buddha
Though this saying by the Buddha is more than 2600 years old, we tend to be blindly led by dogma and age old concepts which is like trying to define life at the present time by looking at fossilized remains of a prehistoric skeleton. This is what we call linear thinking and cannot solve problems in a nonlinear domain. We need new tools and these tools are provided by a deeper understanding of the man and the universe in which he is an integral part.
We are a mystery living within a great mystery and unravelling this mystery at each moment of our life is the beauty and purpose of this journey of self-realization and ascension into a higher consciousness is our goal.
We need a new understanding of religion which I call a cosmological dimension and this is beautifully put forth by the great mind of twentieth century:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” ……….Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies 

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