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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Liberation from Forms

“But those who fully worship the unmanifested, that which lies beyond the perception of the senses, the all-pervading, inconceivable, unchanging, fixed and immovable — the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth — by controlling the various senses and being equally disposed to everyone, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all, at last achieve Me.” ………….Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 verses 3-4
“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.” ………….Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 62
These two verses of Bhagavad Gita fully capture the highest mode of worship of the Divine.
From our childhood we develop a methodology of perception which relies entirely on the input from our senses. This is the inherent nature of human existence. We conceptualize space and time as two separate entities and place our sensory inputs as memories in our conscious brain. The physical brain is designed to store and translate our perceptions as experiences. These individual experiences create an emotional response leading to thoughts and action. Hence our very existence seems to rest upon these sequence of inputs and outputs. This dimension of existence results from strong social, religious and historical legacy.
As the consciousness of humans evolved with the increase in brain capacity to process more and more information, we heavily relied on the wise inputs from teachers and philosophers which could readily give answers to our existential questions. It reached its full expression through Parmenides, a Greek philosopher of 6th century BC and known as the Father of Metaphysics, when he said “For thinking and being is one and the same.” It was further emphasized by Rene Descartes, the 17th century philosopher, mathematician and founder of ‘Continental Rationalism’, When he said “Cogito Ergo Sum” which means “I think therefore I am”
This rational mind set is the main bottle neck in the expansion of our consciousness to a more empowering domain in which true wisdom lies. The sensory field is that which lies before the door step of the infinitely vast mansion where lies all the treasures of spiritual and purifying wisdom leading to the Pleroma of Divine consciousness. Most of us are enamoured by the glitter of antechamber of objective reality that we never attempt to reach the Divine threshold which is narrow as the eye of a needle.
When ritual worship was instituted, starting from the agrarian age (20,000 BC), humans never understood the meaning of rituals and showered their worship to Divine forms that were installed so that the limited human perception could use these symbols, icons or objects as a medium for grasping the supernatural or the unmanifest, we stopped at this very threshold with a false presumption of God as an exterior object and not as an immanent, all pervading essence of all creation including man.
Carl Jung captured this aberration and also pointed to the route through which we can liberate ourselves.
“We move in a world of fantasies which, untroubled by the outward course of things, well up from an inner source to produce an ever-changing succession of plastic or phantasmal forms. This activity of the early classical mind was in the highest degree artistic: the goal of its interest does not seem to have been how to understand the real world as objectively and accurately as possible, but how to adapt it aesthetically to subjective fantasies and expectations." …………….C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation
The “plastic or phantasmal forms” which Jung talks of are the result of our conceptual mental maps which have been constructed throughout our lives. But we were not abandoned to be rooted in false reality but were provided strong artistic images and powerful mythologies through which we can invoke these tools in a two way process. The first is by deeply understanding and second is to adapt and transform these inputs to expectations articulated in our inner being,
These objective understanding and subjective experiences can either be processed in a linear fashion or in a holistic nonlinear mode. In the linear implementation, which by far the most common, we understand the implicit surface values and the resulting subjective experience and employ an action rooted in ego satisfaction. But in the holistic, nonlinear mode we are able to leverage the interconnected web of deep wisdom which these seemingly innocuous symbols or images or mythologies portray.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 62, captures how we are held captive by our attachment to sensory inputs by our debilitating emotions of lust and anger when the ego is denied its own dictates.
From the foregoing deliberations, we need to understand that all forms of worship and rituals must go beyond the mere symbols or icons but should act as a gateway, through a contemplative mind, to a self-transformation.
Love to you all.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Unconscious in Countless Forms

"Consciousness, continually in danger of being led astray by its own light and of becoming a rootless will o’ the wisp, longs for the healing power of nature, for the deep wells of being and for unconscious communion with life in all its countless forms." ……….C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation
All form of worship, whether it be rituals or an object of worship such as an idol, are aimed at the transformation of our waking consciousness which is led astray by our own nurturing through family, society and the teachers of both worldly knowledge or well as spiritual wisdom. This is what Jung says in the above quote. This corrupted consciousness is the foundation for our Maya or illusions of reality. This is termed as ‘Avidya’ in Vedic philosophy. But by Divine ordination every creature is destined to ultimately merge  with the cosmic consciousness. This is what the Catholic theologian and palaeontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his study of evolution proposed that all cosmos is evolving towards a Omega Point. This also the concept in Vedic philosophy of a Brahma’s day and Brahma’s night, where all manifestation or evolution happen during the Brahma’s day and the period of ultimate dissolution or Pralaya in Brahma’s night. Created consciousness resides in duality as the distorted image of the Divine.
The individual consciousness is not left to its own fancy in its rampant existence but provided with a deep layer of revealing wisdom in the very ecosystem where we exist. Sri Aurobindo, in one of his interviews, said with a great insight:
“It is not sufficient to realise the higher consciousness in meditation. Its working presence should be felt even while doing the ordinary works of life. But Supermind proper is Divine Consciousness which arranges and guides the movements of the Universe. This Consciousness must be made to be our normal nature, and allowed to descend and transform our mind, life and body. Human effort is of no use. There should be complete surrender so that the higher power will come down and work. It is not difficult to realise Supramental Consciousness but it is very difficult to make it active. Therefore several great souls after realising this consciousness worked through mind and reduced it to mental terms. Therefore they could not experience the working of the Supramental Consciousness in its true nature.”
There are two points which Aurobindo makes in the above statement which are of prime importance. The first is that “Divine consciousness arranges and guides the movement of the Universe”. This defines the unfathomable truth as to the very structure of both the microcosm and the macrocosm. In this context it is apt to an ongoing debate among mathematicians whether new mathematical proofs are ‘created’ or ‘discovered’.
Hungarian mathematician, Paul Erdos (1913-1999), one of the greatest minds, strongly supported the view that mathematical proofs are discovered. Erdos often referred to “The Book,” in which God had written down all the most important and elegant mathematical proofs. He insisted that mathematicians didn’t create mathematical proofs; if their proof was an important one, they had discovered it in “The Book.” Though Erdos didn’t believe in God (who he termed the “Supreme Fascist”), he argued that while you didn’t have to believe in God, you did have to believe in “The Book.”. This is what we call ‘laws of nature’ which define the structure and dynamics of all the matter from quarks to the cosmos.
The second point Aurobindo makes is that “Human effort is of no use. There should be complete surrender so that the higher power will come down and work”. This is the “healing power of nature” which Jung talks of. This surrender is not of a passive nature. It is a dynamic acceptance or faith, through a laser focus, for full receptivity. As Divine consciousness, which is present in all structures and in its dynamics of the universe, is the basic substrate of all manifestations, only the highest level of resonance can open up its content to the individual. For perfect resonance, the impedance of the source and the receiver have to be exactly matched. As Divine consciousness has no impedance, the receptive individual consciousness must also have a Zero impedance. This is the concept in Buddhism of ‘No Mind’. This also is the nature of the surrender that Jung articulates. Let me conclude this article with a quote from Robin Robertson, a contemporary Jungian analyst, clinical psychologist, university professor, writer and lecturer:
“I’ve tried to show how my own creative work has either “emerged” from the unconscious or been “discovered” already lying in the unconscious, waiting for discovery. In some cases, something or someone in the outer world was involved in this process; in other cases, the unconscious provided the impetus on its own. Though I haven’t been explicit in pointing it out, I think in virtually all cases, there has been a synchronicity of events that have led to these works appearing.”
My sincere hope is that this article is helpful in fine tuning our receptivity to the Supermind or Divine mind or Cosmic mind, by whatever name we might call it, with our limited consciousness.
Love to you all.