The Ultimate Truth- Understanding Illusion

The earlier discussion ended with Research Scientist(RS)’s question to Guru’s explanation on Paramaatma & Jeevaatma, and this question makes the current discussion that will try to answer ‘How? Why? & What has to be Realized?’

Here it goes…

RS: The thin line that is separating Me, the Jeevaatma, from the Supreme Paramaatma stuck my mind. After listening to the entire functioning, I wonder what could be that thin line that is making a big difference. I feel some ‘incompleteness’ in understanding.

Guru: Yes, that’s because of ‘illusion’.

RS: Why illusion and what’s that?

Guru: In a single word, it’s called Maya. But if you want to realise, it’s a big thing. In fact, something that is inside and out.  

In the entire process, assuming you to be present in every case is called illusion.

RS: How is that? Please explain in detail.

Guru: Obviously, you cannot assume of being something that is not actually you. If done, that will be called an imagination or illusion. Surprisingly, you will face results in real time, which could be happy or sad or frustrated or much bigger, overall, positive or negative. Finally, you will have lost track of what you are supposed to do and the resultant is you are in ‘illusion/Maaya.

Assumption, results in real-time: For example, while watching a movie, you exhibit different emotions to different scenes. You’re responding accordingly taking it as your personal feeling even though you are not at all part of that screen. You are just imagining, but reaction is taking place in real time. Why is that happening? Because, you are carrying emotions from something that is neither you nor related to you.

Losing track of actual task: Best example for this could be an internet search page with lot of hyperlinks that lead to different pages. While searching for something in that page, the user comes across various related links. Clicking on one of the sub-links opens another page, which will again have various hyperlinks. This is an iterative process. In the entire process, there is a chance of user losing track of his actual task by looking at various other related/irrelated things.

This way, assumption can put you in an emotional state that is not related to you or side-line you from your actual ask.

Same is the case of human body. You tend to feel that every aspect of functionality within and outside the body as something that is related to you. Eventually, you end up bearing the results of things you assumed as ours by reacting to them. This happens only if you don’t realise who you are. (Refer to second round of discussion on Self).

Mind is thinking, ears are hearing, and all other body parts are performing their roles, and each of them have a name and respective functioning. Body parts are working among themselves in collaboration, solely because of Paramaatma.

As you land in such a situation, you start thinking yourself as the body and assume all the bodily activities and related attachments as yours, which can be relations, among others. Finally, you end up in this web of organs-associated relations thus, losing a complete track of the fact that you are Jeevaatma and what your purpose is reach.

This is the thin line that made your understanding incomplete. So, you should always be conscious about what you are and then what are you for, in absence of which, you are controlled by Maaya/Illusion.

You should always be conscious that it’s the body & associated parts that are doing their tasks and you are just a witness. You are neither related to it nor part of it/expecting its results.

Here is where the real challenge lies. Do you think the attachments you had with this body before realisation will leave you? Not at all.

During the process, you have to be very careful that supressing thoughts/emotions will give you bad results at times when you, by mistake, surrender to them. Rather than fighting or supressing them, you should realise that they are doing their tasks perfectly (thinking, hearing, talking, etc) and in fact, keep questioning self as to ‘what my job is?’

Maintaining such status forever is the challenge one has to achieve through practice.

RS: That’s pretty clear. But, I doubt a continuous witnessing of these bodily actions would side line me at some point, as I got used to it over the years. If at all that happens, all my efforts go futile and I will have to fight back to identify self. To be open, this is the question that is haunting me after thinking to realise.

How can I overcome this forever? That too when I/Jeevaatma have nothing to do with this bodily attachments and materialistic things around, then, “What is my focus point? Where do I belong to? Why am I here in this body? What is the purpose of my existence? and What is my target?”

                                                  *Will be answered in the following version*

 

The Ultimate Truth- Knowing Self

A continuation of the previous conversation…

After listening to Guru’s statements, the Research Scientist (RS) understood that the body is just a combination of flesh and the truth about ‘Me/Self’ is not what he thought, but something else that is yet to be explored. He is currently thinking on finding ‘what actually is he?’, henceforth referred to as self.

Conversation Begins…

RS: One important thing I clearly understood by our earlier conversation is the humans’ general tendency of ‘denying the existence of something by ignoring self-incapability of identifying it’, which is also a fault in me. May be, identifying that itself makes way clear.

Guru: That’s true.

RS: Now, the thought that has been haunting me is about searching self. May I have clarity on this?

Guru: For this, you first need to have clarity on what is around the ‘self’ hiding it and obstructing you from finding it

RS: Hmm. Please go ahead

Guru: There are 24 very important things one should have clarity on.

  • Five Mahaa Panchabhothaas – Earth (Prithvi), Water(Apah), Fire(Tej), Air(Vayu) and Sky (Aakash) based on which, everything else formed and composed of;
  • Five Pancha Karmendriyas – Mouth, Hands, Legs and two Secreting organs, which just follow assigned tasks without any knowledge;
  • Five Pancha Gnaanendriyas- Eye, Nose, Tongue, Ear and Skin, which act as transmitting media with the each of their five individual qualities, such as See, Smell, Taste, Listen and Sense
  • There are four important units that manage all the above- Manas, Buddhi (Intellect), Chitt (Storage) and Aham (Ego)

All in total, there are 24 important units that are playing the game of life.  Every activity we do only happens between these units- from starting to ending.

Organs act as the receptors to the stimuli generated by each of the Mahaa Panchabhootas- Nose (Smell) For Earth, Tongue (Taste) for Water, Eyes (Light & Visibility) for Fire, Skin (Touch & Feel) for Air and Ears (Sound) for Sky. Needless to say, organs themselves are composed of Mahaa Panchabhootas.

Coming to the lastly-listed four units: Manas involves in Sankalpa-Vikalpa Sanghaatam, which means generating and taking back of thoughts; Buddhi decides on performing/not performing the tasks based on the inputs from Manas; Chitt is the memory storage that stores responses (happy/sad, interesting/uninteresting, love/hatred, etc), out of Buddhi’s actions, for future purpose to bring them in to picture whenever needed; Aham is the one that transforming our behaviour based on the inputs from Buddhi, Manas and Chittam generated over the time, thus fully controlling our actions

These four are something special unlike organs. They are not seen, only felt

RS: Understood that ‘organs do their assigned tasks of seeing, smelling, hearing, responding, moving, acting, etc, all based on the signals they get from four special units’. But, there is no mention of ‘Self/Me’ anywhere? Where is it? What’s its function and what it does?

Guru: Self is a standalone unit that is just observing all these activities as a ‘witness’. It is neither becoming part nor doing any activity other than witnessing the whole system. But, the whole system gets identification by this Self, in absence of which, we call it a ‘Dead Body’. It’s this Self that one refers to have left the body when someone is dead.

Organs become rotten or dead at one point of time, but self doesn’t, forever. Because, it’s not a physical form to perish. It exists and can be felt, but not seen with the natural eye! It is formless. It’s Self that is the actual Life/ You/Me, not the physical body that is made of flesh.

RS: Set of organs is made of flesh and all of them are connected through nerves and joints. Whereas, set of special units are not physical in nature. Above all, the main unit Self has no form and is the actual life, but is neither related/connected to the organ set nor the special set.

How could the four formless units generate information/signals and how are the organs receiving and responding when they don’t have any knowledge to act by themselves? Above all: When Self is the actual life, why aren’t we able to recognise or find it? Is it remaining hidden by itself or is that our incapability to find out?

What is making the lifeless organs work? What is managing the communication between the physical organs and formless units? How is the entire communication running?

Guru: These are the questions one should self. For everything to work, the basic thing that is needed is energy. Thus, every organ/body part is filled with some energy that is powering it to act whenever required.

Every organ/part (Indriya) is made/composed of five basic elements i.e. Mahaa Panchabhoothas. As discussed earlier, each of these five elements have individual qualities by nature that also represent the qualities of Indriyas (Five Karmendriyaas and five Gnaanendriyaas)- Nose (Smell) For Earth, Tongue (Taste) for Water, Eyes (Light & Visibility) for Fire, Skin (Touch & Feel) for Air and Ears (Sound) for Sky.

Since organs are made of these elements, they obviously possess the qualities of these five elements, and thus are able to act accordingly. This energy that is powering organs to function is called Chaitanya Shakti (Meaning: Energising Power). It’s the same power that is also managing and regulating the four special units. It’s also the same power that is creating, managing and terminating each and every function. This Chaitanya Shakti is called Paramaatma, meaning The Supreme.

RS: Is this a energising power a single thing that is controlling everything from a single place or multiple sources at multiple places?

Guru: No. It is a single source that is spread across multiple locations to execute multiple tasks (for example: A single person doing multiple things). It has no specific place. It is the only one that is in everything and that itself is everything. It is performing tasks, but is neither becoming any task nor owned by any unit.

RS: I find a similarity in the properties of Paramaatma and Self. Can you explain?

Guru: While the Supreme that is controlling everything is called Parabrahma (the supreme), the Self that is witnessing everything is called Jeevaatma. With a thin line of difference, Jeevaatma seems part of Parabrahma, but is actually the Paramaata itself. This Jeevatma is the actual Me/You/Self.

RS: Oh! Ok. So, why am I separated from Paramaatma and thinking of this physical body? What is that the thin line of difference between Paramaatma and Jeevaatma?

                                                                *Will be discussed in the next version*

 

Deciding between Right and Wrong

The common challenge everyone faces is when it comes to deciding on something, in terms of right and wrong. In a general psychological perspective, something that works in favor of us appears right and something that doesn’t seem favoring is termed as wrong and not-suitable. This is the basic tendency in which we involve in while deciding on something. But, I don’t think that’s the correct way of dealing with it. You are wrong if you think that its only you who is acting in the aforementioned manner, while deciding on right and wrong. Because, its the ego that is playing on the decision and pushing you to go with the same. To the fact, the actual reality lies beneath, which is usually called ‘inner conscious’ or ‘conscience’. This is what that can guide you with the correct answer.

Might seem something philosophical or beyond reality, but, yes that’s the truth. You can’t come to a conclusion just by reading this article. If you want to realize the truth, then listen to your inner sense called conscience, while deciding on something. Of course, your ego may stop you from doing that, but try your level best. Something inside, is trying to guide you. Observe and listen to it once, you will feel the actual truth and reality.

Living without Expectations!

We keep coming across people disappointed with some thing that did not happen as they wished. Its most common that people expect things to plan a better life, calling it ‘planning’. But, did you ever think of the other side of ‘expectation’ ? If not, this article might interest you, where, it says ‘Expectation is the Cause of Grief’. Not being negative. Yes, its true, and you would feel the fact once you read this article.

Here it goes…Expectation is wishing something to happen the way we think about it or expect it to be. Some call it planning. But, in fact, planning is entirely different from expectation. Planning things is okay to streamline the processes, but, if coupled with expectation, the end-result might disappoint you. Here, is where one should have to identify a thin line between the planning and expectation.

Planning involves scheduling things, but are you ‘very sure’ about ‘future happening’? In such case, if you had expected it to happen as you thought, then you would end up in grief, as it did not happen as you wished, which is attributed to ‘uncertainty’ over future. Its might be ‘you’ who planned it, but you can’t assure the future of anything. You might be confident in your expectation, but the result need not happen according to your expectation. So, focus only on the task (result is incorporated in it already) and not the result of it. Various factors decide the future(its a different topic).

So, ‘plan and start execution without thinking about the result,’ as the holy Bhagavadgita says.

Who is satisfying whom?

Ego is the cause of most problems. Hope you agree with me! In fact, this is the inner feeling that makes us act according to it, thus dumping us in unnecessary consequences. We keep coming across the word ‘ego’, but did ever think of asking self: What exactly the ‘ego’ is? Why is it present? What it does? What does it want to do with you? Why is it acting on you? What is that its gaining from you? What is that you are getting from it? If you have ever asked self,  then you would definitely be fighting with your ego! This article has answers!

Here it goes…’Me’ and ‘Mine’ are two important words that define what an ego is and these are the sources from which, ego originates. We use these words on a regular basis to exhibit/protect/prove our existence. But, did you ever notice that you are also feeding an emotion called ‘ego’ by proud utterance of these words, which in fact, are putting you in troublesome mental activity.

‘Me’ is to define self, then ‘mine’ speaks about ‘qualities/preferences of me’. When you say preferences, that means you are interested in something and you wish to have it. What if you don’t get that you want? You get pissed off/depressed/mood-off. Then, what will you do? You try ways to get it. That means, you are indirectly about to face some consequences (good/bad) that come in your way towards getting what you wanted. Good consequences let you achieve what you want and bad ones may stop, resulting either in happiness (if you achieve)/struggle (if you’re unable to).

So, here is where you should have think about twice. If its happiness, your are happy inside and you move on. What if you fail? Does your inner sense allows you to ignore and move on? I bet, not at all! Its going to push you to go for it, (note this) even if you don’t want to after realization. Ultimately, its none other than you who will be facing the consequences.

So, to put it simple, your so-called ego is ‘using you’ to get satisfied. If you make it happy, that’s fine, if not, you cant be peaceful until you satisfy it, irrespective of the consequences you would face! So, who is controlling whom? What is that you are achieving by satisfying your ego? Think! The solution is simple, “Don’t go by your ego, instead, try to identify what is good and what’s not, for which, you will have to ask your ‘heart/inner conscious’.

It works, but, not that easy. Try out!