Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mortal Condition to Crowning Immortality

"We have subjective faculties hidden in us which correspond to all the tiers and strata of the objective cosmic system and these form for us so many planes of our possible existence... For as the Gods have built the series of the Cosmic worlds, even so they labour to build up the same series of ordered states and ascending degrees in man's consciousness from the mortal condition to the crowning immortality."
……..Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire - p. 25

 “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ………….Albert Einstein

This article is nearly a continuation of the article I wrote in my last blog post. I recently gave a talk by the title “Cosmic Dimension of Dharma”. The key element of my talk was to map the scaling similarity between what we call the Macrocosm, which consists of the manifest material world from the humans to the stars, galaxies. Universe and the multiverse, and the near invisible world of the Microcosm consisting of organisms, the cells in the human body to the subatomic particles. There is a clear hierarchy that can be traced with attributes that can be mapped for their similarities. This is possible only when the basic underlying stratum is common to both these domains. Not only sacred insights and scriptures but now science is also in agreement that this common strata is “Consciousness”. There is an evolution of human consciousness through which there is a continuous unfolding of the deeper knowledge of deeper reality.

"Quantum theory reveals a basic oneness of the Universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated "building blocks," but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole.
These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitutes the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object's interaction with the observer." .............Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics

This is what Ari Aurobindo, who had a strong influence on Ken Wilber's integral theory of spiritual development, says as “We have subjective faculties hidden in us which correspond to all the tiers and strata of the objective cosmic system and these form for us so many planes of our possible existence…….” These faculties are not in the mental plane but find expression through the mental plane.  A deeper study of Sri Aurobindo’s evolutionary ontology of consciousness reveals his background as being based in Vedic philosophy. The human mind and its derivatives are in the state of waking consciousness is the most primitive, ego driven and is dependent on sense perceptions, Above this is the ‘Unitary Higher Mind’ of self-revealed wisdom. Beyond this is the ‘Illumined Mind’ where truths are revealed rather than thought. Above this plane is the plane of the ‘Intuitive Mind’ where truth is inevitable and perfect, and finally the cosmic ‘Overmind’, the mind of absolute, comprehensive, all-encompassing.

Human life that is given to us is always gifted, with an accompaniment of a level of consciousness which one inherits through the karmic background. The purpose of this life is the purification of our current level of our consciousness and ascend towards its unsullied primal nature. The ‘Tree of Life’ in Kabbalah and ‘Jacobs Ladder’ in the Judeo-Christian teachings are representations of the levels of consciousness through which the human soul or consciousness makes its ascent to the Divine plenum.

The quote from Albert Einstein is cited as the procedure of realizing our cosmic nature through the development of an all-encompassing compassion.
Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and Trappist monk, said: “Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. “
Compassion is the key virtue that is taught by Buddha and the reason is true compassion towards all sentient beings can enable one to develop a sense of detachment and clearly see the integral relationship that exists in all creation. This is the most essential step in dismantling ego constructs and move towards our authentic self.

May a life of compassion elevate our consciousness in our cosmic journey.

Love to you all 

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