Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Seeking the Creator in the Created

“When it starts to rain we do not ask “Who is making it rain?” because we know that rain is caused not by someone but by something—natural phenomena like heat, evaporation, precipitation, etc. When we see smooth stones in a river, we do not ask “Who polished those stones?” because we know that the smooth surface of the stones was caused not by someone but by something—natural causes like the abrasive action of water and sand.
All of these things have a cause (or causes) but this need not be a being. It is the same with the universe—it was not brought into being by a god but by natural phenomena like nuclear fission, gravity, inertia, etc.” [1]

I have a problem with this logic as the obvious question that follows is what causes fission, gravity, inertia, etc. If we classify them under a set of processes, the question that we have raised is still not answered.
Is there a way around this seemingly regressive analysis of seeking a creative agent for all that we see as manifest creation.
There are two converging pathways one in the realm of esoteric philosophy and the other in the arena of modern science which can be merged to arrive at an answer.

In the path of esoteric philosophy, Kashmir Saivism is a good source wherein the deeper wisdom of reality is expounded. The following first three verses of Pratyabhijnahrdayam, which comes from the Sanskrit roots formed from prati – "something once known, now appearing as forgotten", abhi – "immediate" and jna – "to know". So, the meaning is direct knowledge of one's self-recognition.

“The absolute Citi (consciousness) out of its own free will is the cause of the Siddhi of the universe.
By power of her own free will does She (Citi) unfold the universe upon her own screen.
This (i.e. the universe) is manifold because of the differentiation of reciprocally adapted objects and subjects.
The individual (experiencer) also, in whom Citi or consciousness is contracted has the universe (as his body) in a contracted form.
Citi (universal consciousness) itself descending from (the stage of) Cetana becomes Citta (individual consciousness) inasmuch as it becomes contracted in conformity with the object of consciousness.[2]

The first five verses of this deeply esoteric text explains the nature of all manifestations and the created observer. It is necessary to explain some of the Sanskrit terms. ‘Citi’ means ‘Universal consciousness’ and ‘Siddhi’ means ‘bringing into existence in this universe, organizing, and finally annihilating or withdrawing’.
‘Chetana’ is the female gender of consciousness as at the manifest level it is endowed with the capacity to co-create. And finally ‘citta’ means ‘individual consciousness’.
The undifferentiated nature of the source, the process and end product are beautifully illustrated in this wisdom document.
The artist, the canvass and the artwork are all basically a derivative and different manifestations with different forms and names, such as artwork, canvass and artist, of the single mind which is the source.

The second pathway is the route through modern science and cosmology. Especially the deeper study of Relativity, Quantum physics and the unification of the four forces of nature. Modern cosmologist are in a major agreement that we live in a multiverse and our own universe may have a total of ten spatial dimensions apart from time. New theories are questioning the ‘Big Bang’ process of the universe creation and one of the latest paper to be presented proposes a cyclic universe in which the birth and death of the universe is an eternal process. There is also a theory of ‘Big Bounce’ in a multiverse scenario.

The following reference from the dawn of postmodern thinking is an earnest appeal to reposition our thinking.

“We can and should leave modernity behind - in fact, we must if we are to avoid destroying ourselves and most of the life on our planet… [Constructive or revisionary] postmodernism … by contrast [to deconstructionism] … seeks to overcome the modern worldview not by eliminating the possibility of worldviews as such, but by constructing a postmodern worldview through a revision of modern premises and traditional concepts. This constructive or revisionary postmodernism involves a new unity of scientific, ethical, aesthetic, and religious intuitions. It rejects not science as such but only that scientism in which the data of the modern natural sciences are alone allowed to contribute to the construction of our worldview… Going beyond the modern world will involve transcending its individualism, anthropocentrism, patriarchy, mechanization, economism, consumerism, nationalism, and militarism. Constructive postmodern thought provides support for the ecology, peace, feminist and other emancipatory movements of our time.” [3]

This insight is the basis for our new understanding of the process through which the recent findings in science can reposition our thinking from the classical view of analysis by deconstruction and fragmentation to one where a synthesis can be arrived at through our deeper probing of the plenum of all existence and the laws that govern them.

Spiritual wisdom of sacred writings such as Pratyabhijnahrdayam and an open mind to deeply probe and accept findings in modern science would be the way forward. The rational mind is an inadequate tool to probe the relation between the creation and the creator but this same mind is the key to open the inner layers of wisdom.
Let me end this article with a deep insight:

“Self-creation never ends. You are continually creating yourself from the field of infinite possibilities. You are, in every moment, born again. And so is everyone else.”[4]

Love to you all


[1] A.L Silva “A Buddhist Critique of Christianity”
[2] Jai Deva Singh. Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret of Self-Realization (3rd revised edition). Motilal Banarsidass. Delhi, India - (1980).
[3] Griffin, David Ray (ed.), The reenchantment of science, New York: State University of New York, 1988, pp 1-3.
[4] Neale Donald Walsch

5 comments :

  1. Though a sensitive topic of faith & belief, the articulation is so good and it penetrate through the faith & belief.

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    1. Thank you Ram. It requires a very holistic mind to see through this. Love & blessings.

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  2. Mind creates endlessly, individual mind our life, universal mind our universe.. Only going beyond mind; everything will become still..or nothing..or everything. .. Can I say so sir?? :)

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  3. Dear Vishu,Thank you for the comment. For your input let me clarify that while individual mind is the result of individual consciousness, our universe, as we see it, is also the result of our individual mind but which has attained a universal confirmation through unified and collective perception, All objective created entities from subatomic particle to the Galaxies fall into this category. when we say Cosmic mind or cosmic consciousness is the very substratum from which all creation is made up of.
    You are correct in saying that 'you have to go beyond the mind' this is the door to mystical mind or the threshold of energy level at which all theories in scientific investigations breaks down but points to a domain that lies beyond without which science could not have come so far. Hope I have given a useful reply.

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