Thursday, September 22, 2016

Essence of Existence is the Divine

"The splendor of the sun, which dissipates the darkness of this whole world, comes from Me. And the splendor of the moon and the splendor of fire are also from Me.
I enter into each planet, and by My energy they stay in orbit. I become the moon and thereby supply the juice of life to all vegetables.
I am the fire of digestion in the bodies of all living entities, and I join with the air of life, outgoing and incoming, to digest the four kinds of foodstuff.
I am seated in everyone's heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas." ............Bhagavad Gita 15 :12-15

When I read the above passage from Bhagavad Gita, I was astounded by the depth of knowledge it conveys as to the nature of reality. Ever since humans evolved there was a constant seeking to understand both himself and the environment around him. The more mysterious a perception humans assigned a Divine authorship. The evolution of mythologies, worships and rituals had their origin in this seeking. But there were wise men who were able to intuit the true nature of reality though they assigned a primal cause to a single Divinity which was called by different names; such as Brahman. The manifestation of this single Divine entity in many manifestations were also written into mythologies and worships.

Lord Krishna, who is the manifestation of the Lord Vishnu in the triumvirate of Saguna Brahma imparts very fundamental wisdom essential for a holistic perception of reality both in mankind as well as in the cosmological realm.
These verses from the Gita, which come immediately after the revelation of the Cosmic form of Divinity in chapter eleven, is from the chapter known as ‘Purushottama Yoga’ or ‘Realization of Ultimate Truth’  

The omniscience, omnipotent and omnipresence of the Divine essence is explained as being fundamental to all that is created, sustained and transformed. In these three acts of creation, sustenance and transformation there is a single source in action through a manifold laws which are inherent to this source. Many times the word evolution is misleading as this process has to fundamentally have a previous source with inbuilt mechanism to trigger this process so that a different entity can evolve. In truth what we are observing is emergence. This process is different in the sense that while there an original source, an emergent phenomenon employs not only this source but the entire energy in the system in which the new manifestation takes place. This is the reason that evolutionary through natural selection was not able to explain the sudden spurt of species and the quantum jumps in intelligence.

In the present age, through science, we are able to understand that there is no matter as such but matter is a derivative of energy. This energy is consciousness.

“Consciousness is that by which this world first becomes manifest, by which indeed, we can quite calmly say, it first becomes present; that the world consists of the elements of consciousness.” ..............Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

 When we say consciousness, there is always a tendency to identify it with human consciousness. This is extremely limiting. Science again comes to our rescue in study of animals and plants as possessing extremely high level of consciousness.

Let me just quote a latest research findings about plant consciousness:
"Tree mothers' are a lot like human mothers, Trees talk often and over large distances.
You see, underground there is this other world. A world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate, and allow the forest to behave as if it's a single organism,
But their communication and comprehension skills go much deeper than that -- trees can also recognize their offspring, and nurture them both below and above the ground." .............At TED Summit 2016, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard.

"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………..” …………… Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics

May the wisdom of these verses from Bhagavad Gita and our scientific discoveries empower us to live a fully connected life to our fellow men and the cosmos.

Love to you all.