i wrote this in response to questions put up to me by my grandfather. the questions and answers were-
1).who i am, from where i have come and where will i go.
2)a dreamer cant see the waker, he cant know the waker, he cannot touch the waker, but he can become the waker.
- Relation of mind and body
- What is meditation? why is it necessary?
- Earth, evolution. Phenomena called life.
The questions are mostly interrelated, so i have just written a small piece in which im dealing with them all-
Ill start with the questions of the second letter.
1)relation of mind and body.- to understand this we must first understand what the body is and then what the mind is.
The physical body that we have is basically differentiated cells coming together to form different organs which together form the organism. The more we divide these cells, i.e the more Subatomic we go, we find that these are made up of the basic electron, proton neutron, that every other atom is made up of. To understand this concept we must first understand the 3rd question- creation. Actually everything is energy, sound energy. I am sure you are aware that every particle vibrates, each atom, electron, subatomic particle vibrates at different frequencies. During the process of expansion, the particles vibrating at very very dense level, became solid matter in varying degrees. I would like to point out that there are millions of sounds that we humans cant hear. Like bats supersonic screams. Sound is actually anything vibrating, what we often confuse it with is our limited hearing range. The particles which were vibrating at higher frequencies became air and the ethers.im still working on my theory on creation and evolution described through numbers.. ill let you know once its done. So energy converted to matter. Basically if each particle is vibrating then each particle has some kind of kinetic energy. It is my personal opinion that true potential energy does not exist. Even a stationary object is composed of particles that have kinetic energy. I also feel that in the future as technology becomes even better than what we have, the final product of all division will be pure energy. So energy became matter. To again become pure energy it needs to meet with anti matter. Our souls are that pure energy. It is this pure energy that gives our body life. i.e without this source of pure energy, our body that is made up of energy which has become matter will stay matter or lifeless. The soul enabes an organism to breathe in prana from the environment i.e take in energy. Actually we don’t survive only on oxygen.oxygen is a necessary evil. it is interesting to know that oxygen oxidises us from within. this is perhaps why it is believed we have numbered breaths.Anyway we also take in prana(according to yoga). Prana is energy. It flows through the body in over 700 nadi points. They are distributed primarily through our seven chakras. There are three main nadis or channels – the sushma nadi is in the centre of your body vertical, and has the seven chakras. The one on the right is pinangala or fire side or +energy side or male side, the one on the left is the ida nadi or _eneergy side, female side, cool side. Pranayam actually tries to balance the energy in these nadis. Anyway.
To move on to the mind. First ,there is a lot of confusion regarding brain, mind intellect, sub conscious, conscience and heart. I had gotten their definitions while trying to understand them. Ive put them here-
1).The part of the central nervous systemenclosed in the cranium of humans and other vertebrates,consisting of a soft, convoluted mass of gray and whitematter and serving to control and coordinate the mental andphysical actions.
2).Brain as the center of thought, understanding, etc.;mind; intellect.
1).(in human or other conscious being) the element, part,substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills,perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
2).Psychology . the totality of conscious and unconsciousmental processes and activities.
3).intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the facultiesof feeling and willing
1).Operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness
1).homologous structure in other vertebrates,consisting of four chambers in mammals and birds andthree chambers in reptiles and amphibians.
2).the center of the total personality, especially with referenceto intuition, feeling, or emotion: In your heart you know I’man honest man.
3).the center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the headas the center of the intellect: His head told him not to fall inlove, but his heart had the final say.
4).capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection: His heart movedhim to help the needy.
1).inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct ormotives, impelling one toward right action: to follow thedictates of conscience.
2).the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls orinhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
3).an inhibiting sense of what is prudent
1).power or faculty of the mind by which one knows orunderstands, as distinguished from that by which one feelsand that by which one wills; the understanding; the facultyof thinking and acquiring knowledge.
2).capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, especially of ahigh or complex order; mental capacity.
3).a particular mind or intelligence, especially of a high order.
4).a person possessing a great capacity for thought andknowledge.
5).minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the personsthemselves.
As you would have realized no one not even dictionary.com knows what these terms exactly mean. Go over them carefully and youll realize that quite a few functions seem to be overlapping. So ill proceed with explaining my concepts regarding the aforementioned.
The organ formed by differentiated cells is the brain… the grey matter and white matter inside the cranium. This organ has the function of controlling all other organs and making sure that things run smoothly. We have control over a small part of this brain(5- 10%), the rest of it is our subconscious. It is subconsciouss because we don’t know how to access it and use it properly. It does play a very important role in our daily lives although we are unaware of it. Thus were not fully conscious of it, but at the same time it is conscious and affecting us every moment. We can also use our brain to think. When we use our brain for thinking, it becomes the mind for us. I genuinely don’t know how it was established that the heart is the centre for feeling. I don’t think so. But i do believe its possible that on registering emotion the brain automatically signals the heart for regulating the blood flow. Thus a very happy person may feel his heart flutter, adrenalin rush, while a sad person feels heartache, or a depression in blood pressure. I don’t have any method to prove this but i hope someday this too will be proven by science. All feelings, emotions have to be registered by the brain before any other organ can do anything. if your friend abuses you, your eyes send an image of him in a foul mood, the ears pick up the sounds, the sixth sense picks up the anger. They are then processed in the brain and we become aware of what has just transpired. This knowledge will obviously create a fluctuation in blood pressure, making people believe that the heart is actually the centre for feeling. The intellect is when you are able to think rationally without being unduly affected by the mind( or the heart, in case im wrong). So basically pure thought is the intellect.
Now to answer the question regarding mind and body. We must first understand that the mind is a part of the body and without the soul, just like the body it dies.even if we take it to be a function of the brain, the minute the brain dies so will the mind. The purpose of the mind is to enable us to think. It is there in both humans and animals. Ill again go back to my theory on creation and evolution. I feel that when energy became matter it started working in unity making more complex organisms. . since it is a combined effort at the lowest levels, the earth is a very perfectly calculated system. Look at nature, we may tgink it is random, but its not. its perfect. We can either believe that there is a god who sat up there calculating everything and making this intricate web called life, or we can believe that energy as matter kept working together to create more complex beings. In this evolutionary process humans were created. Our greatest gift was our much more advanced brain. Physically we were nothing great but if viewed scientifically we are quite an amazing creation. In the human form the the brain can become the mind then the intellect, and finally attain realization. So the energy basically created us so that we too may get realized and then attain moksh or nirvana, meeting again with that pure energy from which we emanated.this also explains why arts of divination and astrology prove to be correct. Since everything is working together, it is all planned. The karma theory can also be explained under this theory(more on it later. Too long) This is why hindus belive that it is after a lot of births as different organisms that we get the human form. I also strongly believe that humans are an experiment gone bad. like the movies where artificial intelligence tries to overpower human beings. In reality we are the artificial intelligence that is destroying this world and wrecking it completely. Anyway, to come back to the relation between mind and body. We need to understand our body and our mind and let them work in sync to attain a good heath and find peace. A troubled mind leads to an unhealthy body, just as an unhealthy body leads to a troubled mind. So during our life as a human if we want peace and good health we need to mantain a balance between body and mind, which yoga does very well.
To move on to meditation and why its important-
The purpose of meditation is basically to empty your mind completely. Actually to meditate upon something means to think. You can also meditate by clearing your head of all thoughts save one. If you think on one thing only and empty the rest of your mind you are pretty much meditating.altogh they say it does not matter i personally belive that what you think and your intention behind the thought are very important, more than meditating as well. Gradually you will come to a stage where you can acces your subconscoiiuos as well.. to explain this concept further- our subconscious to us seems disorderly and very “wierd”.perhaps its just that there is too much information there for us to process. In my opinion even the awakening of kundalini is basically the making conscious ,the subconscious. The subconscious tries to communicate with us but is stopped by our mind, perhaps because the information is to great to be processed by us without practise. We have to understand that even if we can open the subconscious we will be experiencing it through our conscious brain which is not used to processing that much iformation. During sleep the subconscious often interacts with us through our dreams. It is interesting to note that while dreaming people move their eyeballs clearly indicating that they feel as if the dream is real(Ans2, greater detail ahead). The purpose of meditation is to be able to interact with your subconscious, consciously. Did you know that we have four kinds of sleep depending on which vibration range the brain is at- alpha beta, theta and delta. During meditation we consciuoly try to make our brain vibrate at one of these frequencies depending on how good you are at it.
Once we interact freely with our subconscious, our body is tuned(chakras are open and there is proper, balanced and even energy flow) and our mind is at peace, we understand our true purpose here- to mantain the balance. We are the only organism of being able to consciously alter our environment and surroundings. We can either emit positive or negative energy(used as good and bad here). If we mantain the balance the world will surely become a better place. As of now we are forgetting our powers which is very frighteneing. Even an unenlightened mans intentions have a very strong impact on the ethers and on himself.. We remain ignorant and in our ignorance we bring about our doom and that of this world.
We also gain many new powers (teleportation, levitation,healing, divination, psychic powers, telekinesis etc). These powers make it seem like enlightened ones are gods or god like. Jesus Christ used to heal people, moses walked on water, guru nanak did many kinds of magic, sai baba made seven forms of himself and went to the houses of all who had invited him, lord Krishna recreated himelf and danced with the many gopis. Padmasabhava, predicted the future and the lsit goes on.
Now to answer the question regarding the dreamer and the waker.
First of all we don’t really know if life is not a dream. You see, everything you see, hear touch feel is basically an electrical impulse. The sense organs absorb evrthing as stimuli in the form of an electrical impulse, which is then processed by the brain. So the final image or sound is created by the brain after processing the signals. If your dream is very realistic you will feel as if it is real. Actually during a dream you do feel its reality( the moving eyeballs i refrred to). So we don’t really know what really is a dream.
On a more philosophical interpretation- it is true we are dreamers. We are not aware of who we are. Our lives go by in a buzz and at the end of it we sit back to think— what was the point, why did i really come here. As i explained meditation is the art of waking up gradually, in phases. Like the alarm for a cold winter morning. We put 7 different alarms, each with a different tone. Finally after an hour we manage to wake up. If however we do not try to wake up, this life passes by as a dream,a dream we had no control over, a dream we witnessed. Which is why we need to learn to make choices( refer article- paradox of life).
At the end however death is always an eye opener. When we die our soul leaves our body and in the state of pure energy we realize what or who we truly are. But then we don’t have much choice in choosing the next life and we get stuck in that viscious circle again.(refer- paradox of life)
To sum up. Energy converted to matter, due to the inherent duality of nothing being nothing and everything. This energy turned to matter derived its existence from pure energy (soul). Thus guided by the energy, matter created from energy itself, started forming more complex organisms with different functions. The human being was formd and given many special powers(we misused most of them), the greatest being to understand creation and our purpose here, so that we may help the energy (soul) reunite with the ultimate energy source. This has been well explained in the gita when lord Krishna shows arjun how everything is a part and manifestation of him and how the purpose of life is to attain him, i.e to again become a part of him.
I do sincerely hope, i could clarify some of your questions. Please let me know your views and opinions on them. Thank you for the questions, they truly have provided me Socratic insight.
Om namah: shivay
Let there be peace.