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    The Search Within

    INTRODUCTION
    In the 25000 years, intelligence in man has evolved to such an extent, which he could not attain since his evolution from lower categories of life. This is of course a contestable statement--- whether man has its ancestry to animal lineage, since there is a gaping link of its alleged transformation or upgradation from wild to wise syndrome. During this long period; though on the time scale it has no marking, the evolution of intelligence has to be evaluated in each field of knowledge, it has been able to spread its tentacles to. The knowledge in each aspect of Nature creates in man a conscious level that enables him to assert his suzerainty and execute his writ by establishing his reign, which symbolizes through finer sensitivities like art, culture, architecture, music, social structure, maturity of philosophical thought, health care or through his baser elements like wars, conquests: To ascertain the true authentication of his claim of achievements, in those branches of knowledge, in which he has made his access, and has created material symbols (inventions), matching his intelligence, can well be evaluated from his scientific gadgetry! But how far has he been able to probe the depths of his wisdom (thought) is not encouraging!
    Not confusing intellect with wisdom---it would be right to seek their respective roles in the aforementioned fields, so as to be better aware of the extent of ignorance or the level of enlightenment of the ever-pervading Intelligence.
    This ‘ever-pervading intelligence’ is a myth or reality, has also to be delved deep into the realms of Nature or still more so, in the depths of our mind, which is the ultimate instrument, which ‘embodies’ us with intelligence or creates intelligence in itself to (re)discover Nature or itself! Thus their respective fields are distinctly marked. The mind functions in Nature; wisdom within it! Though visibly distinct, both have to function in unison---in perfectly balanced manner---in accordance with the given situation, maintaining harmony in Nature and its creations.
    With the advent of machine, man’s life has certainly changed. He has suddenly been catapulted from cart age to shuttle age. Machine has entered almost every sphere of his life. He has compacted, almost, the entire world in his computer. Sitting in his room, he is connected with the outside world through his tiny computer. Modern war machines, trade, industry, media, communication, and even literature, are controlled by the technological brains, rather than sluggish human brain. Though machine is the creation of human intelligence, it is slowly taking over its many functions. Compared to man’s working (conscious) mind, machine’s capacity of data bank is gigantic. It functions millions times more quickly, efficiently and without the danger of any emotional involvement. Thus during the last two hundred years, man has made tremendous progress in the field of physical sciences. Specially, during the last forty years his accomplishments are more than the total scientific progress made since the entire period of human history. Obviously it all happened because of the advancement of his intelligence. Or is it really so!
    It is also a fact that humanity has evolved through many a civilization and quite a few among them were unique in their history. It is on record, during Mayan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Babylonian, and still more ancient civilizations of Chinese, Egyptian, and Indus valley, material progress was at its zenith. Though the modern gadgetry was not invented in those times but progress in other spheres of life viz., art, culture, music, architecture, medicines, hygiene, agriculture, trade, industry and general standards of living, was not inferior to today’s standards. Rather in several disciplines they surpassed the current times: excepting physical sciences, these civilizations were far ahead in every other respect. Each civilization nourished on its values and flourished in their peculiar fields. But the most noticeable commonality among-st them was their twofold development; material development as well as the ‘thought’ development. The driving force was intellect and wisdom. Intellect always projects itself through material projections, whereas ‘thought’ finds its expression through the medium of fine arts, literature, music, besides all that makes the inorganic world so beautiful.
    Another similarity which was conspicuous in each civilization was their final enactment of self-disintegration. Each one, when it was at its pinnacle, developed similar symptoms of its ruin. All organs of the state got steeped in luxury and corruption: Sunk in indolence and debauchery, each caved in under its own weight of degenerated values. The ‘thought’, which was once their lifeline, went haywire in each case and the hegemony of materialism reigned: And material progress, at its peak, inevitably leads to war, annihilation and destruction.
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    You must be careful not to confuse intelligence with knowledge. Sir Issac Newton was far more intelligent than me but all present day advances did not exist in his time.
    Neanderthals had larger brains than our ancestors and there were other humanoids around which are still in our DNA.
    Alfred Wallace believed stone age man had the brain of modern man and could not believe the human brain developed by natural selection; it is Wallace's Paradox.

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    Then should it be surmised, that material progress always dominates the finer sensitivities! That the ultimate pinnacle of each civilization was, moral depravity!
    Each age produced its own Alexander, Nero, Changez Khan, Halaku Khan, Napoleon, Machiavelli and Hitler. All of them left indelible marks on the pages of human history. But the most lethal of them all was the class of nobility: Subedars, Lords, Sardar Bahadhurs, Nawabs and today’s politicians. Due to the public apathy toward this class of ‘elites’ which emerges after the fall of every history maker and becomes the cause of final nemesis of the very ‘thought’ on which were built the lofty empires of values. History provides us with a long list of such ruffians, who openly loot and usurp public property and warns us repeatedly, but the results have always been the same. We let ourselves be befooled and bludgeoned by the likes of these jokers---the elite, who are, involved in scores of scandals running into millions, but still they continue to show their ugly faces from the equally tainted media.
    Why the ‘civilize’ continue to allow this dehumanization---not only by being deprived of wealth and property but let their conscience be mortgaged by forced conversion---by the baser elements of the decaying societies? Does it indicate some ingrained deficiency in our genes that impel us towards violence, greed, lust and power, which are intrinsically the by-product of material progress?
    Let us have a look around our neighborhood. Many of the ex-rulers are involved in scandals worth thousands of crores (billions) by accepting illegal gratifications and by looting State exchequer. At the same time countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Korea (North & South), Indonesia are involved either in internal strive or fighting with each other. The former President of the most powerful nation of the day, U.S.A., Bill Clinton, faced sexual harassment charges during the term of his office. The other super-power, U.S.S.R., stands disintegrated. The plight of African Continent is even worse. Nearer home, the following extract from an article of a leading daily presents the national scene very aptly:
    “The rise of beasts of violence everywhere; hundreds of citizen getting killed every day at the hands of the terrorist mercenary mafia or foreign agents; serious law and order situation in 210 out of 535 districts; parallel governments and ‘jungle raj’ in certain areas where these ‘rulers’ realize taxes, hold courts and award punishments including death-sentence; private armies possessing more sophisticated weapons than the police forces who have yielded considerable quantity of arms to them under overwhelming threat; high officials and big businessmen buying peace from criminals for their own safety, for the police, unable to protect themselves, cannot be relied upon to protect them – this is only a slice of the mirror -(Hindustan Times 3rd January, 1998) .
    It is not a co-incidence that the decline of moral values is imminent when material progress is at its peak. It is also a fact that moral values, in the form of religions, sects, conventions, customs, creeds and ritualism, are also embedded deep in the psyche of general public. Only it happens so, the real Religion, which encompassed entire humanity, has been transgressed into various sub-deformities. Any civilization’s enrichment---as the name itself connotes---is gauzed by the civilized behavior of its components. That civilized behavior is the outer deportment of inner values, ingrained in its bloodlines through practice for thousands of years. Their sustained continuity manifests through the finer sensitivities. But how these finer sensitivities---the inner (moral) values---allow to be dominated and corrupted by the by-products of material progress, is a big question mark; a big stigma, that has evaded the ‘civilized’ man’s imagination! Or else he would not have allowed the wreckage of his domain, which he visualized, built and nourished with the sweat of his physical, intellectual and spiritual endeavors. Advancement of the materialism and the moral values is contemporary, synonymous and complimentary to each other. But if these are arraigned against each other, there ensues the decline of the system: a way of life: A philosophy i.e. a civilization, by the very components which enriched it. This is a serious cause for worry. When this downward slide begins, even the terminology of definitions also changes! Moral values are ‘so called’ human values, as if humanness is different from morality! Although it is the moral values on which a religion is based, these have also been the major, rather the foundation of any civilization. But on its decline, religion becomes the first causality. Actually its negation and vulgarization cause the downward slide.
    Only when the ‘thought’ is compartmentalized into graded layers of reality, sub-realities, pseudo spirituality, religions, creeds, sects, Mathas (sectarian religious seats, segregated from the mother religions) ), and Gurudom or in so many other nomenclatures, the value of components gets degraded and derided at. Whenever or wherever, the balance between ‘thought’ and matter is in equilibrium, the society becomes an ideal state, which gives rise to a flourishing civilization. But that equilibrium is very sensitive and always tilts in favor of the matter and materialism. Though matter can never be exclusive of ‘thought’, as it is through ‘thought’ that the matter gets itself transformed from inorganic to organic, and from inert to live! Again it is through ‘thought’, that the material progress is attained. But a willful distinction is made between the two as if the ‘body’ can survive without ‘life’!
    The cause or causes that lead to the fall of a civilization becomes the subject matter of the so-called historians, anthropologists, scholars, littérateurs or the modern Jnaanis. Lust, greed, power, indolence, corruption, violence, war, internal strife, declining values, immortality---are some of the prognosis through which these experts find their escape routes. This is very hypothetical proposition, which is, in itself a contradiction. To make a man civilized is to bring him out of barbarism – to enlighten or to refine him. This transformation is not brought within months or years. From the cave man to today’s ‘civilized man’! It took many eras. Similarly each civilization went through the same process. The very factors which labeled man as barbaric and had gradually been shed off, through the regimentation of a system that made him civilized, can’t be the cause of his downfall! Or perhaps, some genes of his barbaric past are still left in him, which remain in hibernation and sprout only at a time, when their supporting factors are in their best of elements! Or the man is still uncivilized: as since the recorded history he has fought over 5500 wars and in the process, might have butchered hundreds of billions of his kin. Only during the last two world wars some hundred million people were killed. Thus the above prognosis is too preposterous............tbc

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    There is no downward slide. A gun is far more dangerous than a knife. Progress increases our destructive power in the same way as wealth and position. Our natures are self- aware and we examine our actions by means of the human conscience.
    Many ignore the conscience because of ambition and selfishness. Therein lies the problem, but it is not all bleak, many good souls follow their conscience from all walks of life. Unfortunately in many rich nations selfish ambition is encouraged by the lure of money and what it can do for our lifestyle?

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    The present-day’s man is considered an epitome of his creed; highly advanced, not only in scientific and technological fields, but also in every branch of nature. Even other planets in the solar system are now within his reach. He is on the threshold of establishing his suzerainty on the far off planets. He is on the verge of---as he proclaims, discovering the basic cell and the particles, which ushered life and the Creation. Thus the ingredients that made him civilized cannot be laid latent in a trice and replaced with those baser traits, from which it took him aeons to emerge, and again behave and deport like a barbarian.
    There is not a single instance in history, when material advancement was at its peak and ‘thought’ enlightenment was lagging behind, or vice versa. If it is not out of context to state here, the genesis of each civilization is primarily the ‘thought’, though its maturity into a full blooming civilization takes thousands of years. Anthropologists and historians may find archeological relics, ancient ruins, artifacts, as easy material for the study of a civilization’s real worth. However actual parameters that determine the real worth is not the material affluence---which anyway is the obvious outcome---but the legacy that each subsequent civilization inherits from the preceding one. It is this legacy that is the interlinking factor, which besides acting, as a bridge passes on its heritage to the succeeding age; which in due course also evolves into another civilization. This inheritance is in the form of literature. Literature here does not represent one branch of knowledge, but the sum total of intelligence of a period of history, which is composite of all aspects of the civilization!
    Each generation produces its genius and knowledge of the age, which gets assimilated in one or two patriarchs---the actual flag bearer of that ‘knowledge’---very aptly defined as ‘philosophers’ or the wise. Wisdom is not the end product of a man’s evolution from baser to higher attainment of values! It is the essence of human values, which are the common feature in the lives of people and transpires for generations together---going through many disciplines imposed by the society, religions, judiciary, state or self-imposed. These disciplines, when applied earnestly---keeping in view the general welfare of the society in mind, and also keeping in tune with general character of the masses chisel out characteristics of human values, deeply saturated with moral values, which are the epitome of those times, reflected through the lives of the chosen few. Does this minority really represent the totality of intelligence of an era or is this a statement of the vagrant minds? This needs to be probed deeply.
    Here it is equally important to make a distinction between wisdom and perfection in human life which the scholars often confuse as one and the same thing. Wisdom is the byproduct of the finer sensitivities; genesis of values of life; knowledge; good judgment and prudence, etc. It is always relative and subject to many limitations. It is the knowledge that ultimately determines the kind of experience, judgment, prudence one is capable of discharging in daily life. And knowledge is not only progressive but always relates to the intelligence of an era, that is---the progress it has achieved up to a certain time. Wisdom is the essence of intelligence, whereas perfection is the source of all knowledge. Therefore the wisdom of each era is distinct and its values are always at variance. As the material affluence that each civilization supports, is compatible to the advancement in science and technology; similarly culture, the mother of social sciences, determines the maturity of ‘thought’ of that era. The real parameter to evaluate as to how far the ‘thought’ has gone deep into the inner portals of the minds of the people can easily be assessed from the general behavior of the masses: the system of governance: their art and culture etc. The more deeply the mind (intellect) is utilized---which incidentally has never been utilized more than 7 percent of its capacity---more materially exuberant and well versed would be the lives of the people. The resultant euphoria of material affluence, almost always bursts out in the form of over indulgence, violence and corruption.
    It clearly indicates, the factors which make civilizations rich, are either lacking in maturity or are insufficient in content to sustain and retain their shine of refinement---if not forever, then at least for a protracted period of time, till another better ‘thought’ unravels its benign environment and gives birth to a new civilization. Alas, this has never been so! Though civilizations flourished in different regions, during different times in history, each went through the same methodology and employed, invariably, the same tools for their own annihilation. It is pertinent to note, fresh civilization never was born out of the ashes of a bygone civilization. Perhaps when one is vanished it destroys along with, its roots too---its literature.(tbc.........)

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    Present day man is on a knife edge brought about by technology he has two tough problems : climate and antibiotic resistance. Yet he persists in gazing into space and ignoring impending fragmentation of society. When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin he warned about bacterial resistance all those years ago. Already some bacteria are resistant to all of our antibiotics. Even basic medicine is impossible without them.
    Instead of flood defenses and clean energy we have space stations and men on Mars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by little-self View Post
    Although it is the moral values on which a religion is based, these have also been the major, rather the foundation of any civilization. But on its decline, religion becomes the first causality. Actually its negation and vulgarization cause the downward slide.
    Only when the ‘thought’ is compartmentalized into graded layers of reality, sub-realities, pseudo spirituality, religions, creeds, sects, Mathas (sectarian religious seats, segregated from the mother religions) ), and Gurudom or in so many other nomenclatures, the value of components gets degraded and derided at. Whenever or wherever, the balance between ‘thought’ and matter is in equilibrium, the society becomes an ideal state, which gives rise to a flourishing civilization. But that equilibrium is very sensitive and always tilts in favor of the matter and materialism. Though matter can never be exclusive of ‘thought’, as it is through ‘thought’ that the matter gets itself transformed from inorganic to organic, and from inert to live! Again it is through ‘thought’, that the material progress is attained. But a willful distinction is made between the two as if the ‘body’ can survive without ‘life’!
    I´m not quite sure whether your are really interested in discussion, but let me focus on some points.

    What kind of ´moral values´ are you refering to, which allegedly become´negotiated and vulgarized´, thus causing the "actual ... downward slide"? Elsewhere you are talking of a "decline of moral values". What downward slide are you concretely talking of? At all times, some people believed to discern such slides, even in antiquity. Such an argumentation appears to be not rational but purely emotional, maybe a projection of unconscious depressiveness or aggression.

    Then you polemize against "pseudo spirituality, religions, creeds, sects (...) and Gurudom" and so on in exactly the way how over-generalizing cultural-pessimistic complaints are made by supermoral ´sects´ on which you look down. Such a sweeping and, moreover, self-contradicting blow is, I think, not a good style of argumentation. You should concretely specify those ´sects´ etc., otherwise your speech is mere rhetoric without argumentative value.
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    There is no disputing the fact that the reason for material advancement is science. Since science is a system of education for the study of nature, fine arts are the result of inner development, cultured by human values. Whether it be, the fine arts or science, the major contributor for their growth is education. Mere study and cramming of books is not education. It is not simply the study of natural sciences but a complete way of life, a process of learning that spans from birth to death. It (education) is the complete study of matter, life and mind, which evolves man from barbarism to civilization: Stone Age to robots: wheel to rockets: and now has brought him out, from his traditional function of reproduction to cloning. Education makes him a better man, helps him create a healthy society in the polluted environments; raise him from immorality to morality.
    Whenever the purpose of education is deflected or distorted, decline of society is imminent. Its purpose is not to churn out scholars, whose only proficiency is the ability to recite like parrots the crammed data acquired from the books but to make the man more refined in every sphere of life: clean the atmosphere of all impurities he lives in, and finally make the universe a state of peace and happiness.
    The Master has truly said:
    The end of wisdom is freedom
    The end of culture is perfection
    The end of knowledge is love
    The end of education is character
    The real purpose of education therefore is to promote human values like love, compassion, peace, righteous conduct, dedication, honesty, duty, discipline and devotion. Education is for life; life is for the sake of humanity; man is society, and society’s purpose is to promote and share ‘knowledge’ for the betterment of humanity; morality and human values are for the betterment of society, nation and the entire humanity. All of these combined together act as an elixir (positive force) for keeping the equilibrium between negative and positive forces, between the elements and the senses. The universe stands for peace, as its innate nature is peace.
    To avoid any misconception about the real meaning of spirituality; it is not, even remotely related to the present day religions. It is the essence of human values, which are universal in nature. For the sake of record, the fundamental meaning and purpose of religion is to lead man to his source, the God. It is wrongly misconstrued as the bundle of doctrines, and dos and don’ts. This is totally a false assumption. The sacred aim of religion is to remind man of his true nature and origin, which is Divine. And it is religion that helps man to reunite with the Supreme, the God. Character is its main ingredient. Only those who preserve impeccable character can be pronounced as religious. Thus the scope of spirituality and religion, in human terms, are not narrow compartments, crammed with the rigmarole of ritualism and bibliography of ‘mantras’ (hymns) which have divided the society in so many castes, creeds and sects.
    Civilization is not a territory, property or the wealth---to be possessed, converted, corrupted or conquered. It is the way of life, cultured and nourished on rich human values for centuries. It is not embedded in visible articles of wealth. They (values) are seeped in life that is structured on character---which is the property of the heart. Outer systems, viz., governments, educational institutions, houses of worship, industrial complexes etc., could be destroyed: But the ‘thought’ that sustains the life of a civilization, not only pervades the atmosphere but in the very depths of the times gone by. Time and history cannot be conquered. They can however be distorted: This is no annihilation; only a temporary setback which can be rectified at any future opportunity. Decline of a civilization is very gradual as its growth. Its only disease is the corruption of values on which it had initially flourished, matured and became rich. Human values are not only based on education and cultured wisdom, but play a major influencing role in making of civilizations.
    What is a culture? Its real meaning is to hurt never, help ever; foregoing bad habits, avoid doing bad acts; cultivation of good character and thoughts for doing good unto others. In other words: refinement of one’s action is culture. But the basic ingredients which constitute the building block of a rich culture, are ingrained in the heart viz., love, compassion, sacrifice, perseverance, peace i.e., truth relating qualities. The former can be tinkered with, but not the latter ones’. Any cultural decline leads to the fall of civilization. However, it is saddening that these factors have continued to be ignored flagrantly time and again by the successive civilizations.
    Should we draw the conclusion that humanity has to go through this vicious cycle time and again! This cannot be so, since the scientists of our time proclaim that nothing is predetermined as per their theory of uncertainty. If the scientific fraternity is to be believed, then it is logical to assume that, human behavior is constant and unchanging, and it manifests in similar fashion in each succeeding civilization, though in different ways, and becomes the cause of human growth both of material and thought enlightenment as well as self annihilation. tbc
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    On the other hand, if everything is predetermined, then it means we are mere puppets in the hands of destiny in which intellect has no role to play. Is this a fraud? An illusion! Or Maya! As some spiritualists believe… How preposterous!! A modern thinking man will never accept this proposition.
    There is also a third proposition that nothing is uncertain or predetermined, but is a onetime episode. We are deflecting from our topic and going towards the oft repeated yet never ending dialogue (read controversy) between the rationalists vs. logician: scientist vs. spiritualist: religions vs. paganism. Fortunately our scope of digression is very limited and humble too. We are not after the Creator---the Intelligent-Being, or the propagandists of the ‘uncertainty’ theory who would frown upon us because, in their view, it is the purview of high profile oracles. Only those who use profanity and pollute the clean minds of the innocents are classed as specialists, experts on the subjects, about which they have little understanding. The real progenitors---the genius, are the ignored class, whose voice---as nothing survives in the ruins of civilizations, except the ‘voice’ (thought) of these humble and unknown souls---that still kindles our imagination as well as the finer sensitivities.
    Despite all the junk---in the name of ‘literature’---being willfully imposed on us, we are still, sub-consciously, pulled towards our ancient roots and think anew of our lineage. Taking inspiration from our unknown nobles and wise, we are encouraged to think ourselves not as ‘sinners’, bestial animals alone, but the prodigious inheritors of rich culture, tracing its linkage to those times---when rest of the so-called civilizations finding prominent places in the modern history---were not even born. It is no surprise that traces of those genes in us now impel us again to reinvigorate the same values; live and behaves in the same manner as our ancestors did eons ago. Or we are being driven by negative forces and willfully directing us to manifest those traits, which shall ultimately lead to the disintegration of a civilized society! Or, are we really a part of that period of time that posterity would class as an ideal civilization?
    What we have been able to understand, so far is, the ‘thought’ that a civilized society develops, and which is the cause of material progression, is routed by the gross fruits it produces. The rout of each civilization was due to the predominance of so-called rationalists, who believed in the dictum that ‘moral thought’ rather moral standards are the result of ‘economic thought’ (material heights). This is far from the truth, as the material progress alone can never be brought about by foregoing the finer aspects of human nature, much less building a civilized society. The facts are otherwise. Whenever material affluence is at peak, finer values are at their lowest ebb. At this critical juncture in each civilization, a class of pseudo scholars emerges at the helm of affairs and their first casualty is religion. Moral values are looked down upon and a new order is invariably established every time, on the so-called new school of thoughts whose main contents are based on: economic, sociological, psychological, passion and liberty (free-will) factors. Religious and moral values are totally abolished from the new order, on the hallow premise of ‘secularism’. This creates an unbridgeable gap between science and spirituality. The latter word becomes an anathema. Strangely this hypocrisy is forced on the middle and lower middle classes of the society---which, incidentally, have always been systematically crushed economically. This has always been done by the elite, in the name of religion, though they themselves flaunt the religion as an article of fashion. They still profess it religiously, even if it has no relevance in their daily life.
    Here again the old questions raise their heads by confronting the scholars, pseudo masters/Jnanis and what not!
    Can man be civilized without character?
    Can man be of character without moral values?
    Are human values distinct from moral values?
    Can a civilized society survive without religion?
    Can a society survive, flourish and be civilized without religion?
    Are science (Nature) and spirituality die-hard enemies, or detrimental to each other!
    Can fine arts flourish in a society, which is bereft of finer sensitivities?
    In fact these questions take us back to the source of all such queries. And that source of curiosity is God! This one word in human vocabulary brings instant reaction of either revulsion or reverence. Various terminologies viz. spirituality, religion, moral/human values, life and death, reincarnation, avatar, prophet, and of reality etc., are directly related to this one word. Doubts or the realization of this ‘word’, have persisted since the element of conscious manifested (activated) in the matter. Whether we believe in this word or not or the concept it represents, it is perennial, hence always with us! Majority of scholars, scientists and the rationalists deny the existence of God whereas the wise herald His pervasiveness. Actually our existence or all that is related to Him is incomplete unless we settle the ‘un-certainty’ about this word, once for all times. We may accept or deny this ‘word’ it remains a proverbial riddle that no branch of knowledge is complete unless our Source or that of the cosmos---which is directly related to Him, is found. Even the Big-Bang event or the scenario before that is nightmarish, unless we find a suitable answer to this enigma! ((tbc......

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    Now that this (God) word has entered the core of our discussions, the next question is as to what this has to do with the rise or fall of civilizations. To find answer we shall have to go back to the very centre of this controversy. Because His ‘alleged’ reincarnations in the guise of sophisticated nomenclatures are available in abundance! Each rise and fall of civilizations is linked directly to the denial or the acceptance of this word---whether these are under the pseudonym of moral or human values, or finer sensitivities and so on. Since in the making of man a civilized human being, all of these factors play major role, for he is the compositor of all that exists in Nature! So to know him---i.e. us---is to first know about his ‘creation’. That again leads us to Him---He being the compositors of all the creations and all that lies beyond the ‘un-certainty’, has to be known first before we attempt to know Him! But we know nothing beyond our planet, much less about the Creation or beyond that. There the ‘believers’ find Him!
    The gap between our discovered knowledge and the totality of Intelligence---that permeates the rest of the existence---is still unknown and abysmal. This void is an easy escape for those, who have not the stamina to probe the depths of yonder worlds, which are beyond the reach of our scientific tools. The technical tools we possess at present are not sufficient to probe the deeper reaches of the cosmos: Big-Bang event is a far cry! The mysteries that followed are proving even difficult to unfold, as we are still in the process to know the physical constitution of our bodies: it can well be imagined as to how much longer it would take for us to understand its complex mind!
    Layers of civilizations have placed us at the threshold, where the human mind is engaged in probing the distant planets, galaxies and deep oceans; but is he qualified to understand the mystery behind His creation! Man is that intelligent animal, who never learns from the past history. Instead he tries to learn the same things by repeating and committing the same mistakes his ancestors had committed. No doubt his vision and scientific advancement is really amazing. But will he be able to control, unlike his ancestors, these unleashed energies and channel them for his own betterment--- ushering in a dawn of new promises---is perhaps not distant a dream to realize! Though past is not with him, as it does not behold good examples, but he has however every right to set right his priorities. He has the ability, as well as the vision to guide his steps to scan, not only new horizons but also to utilize the fruits of his endeavors for establishing peace and tranquility on this earth planet. For it would be worth his try to make this Earth suitable for another flourishing civilization, which is universal in scope with universal oneness as its motto! Are we capable of making our own trails and desist from following our ancestors---who at every opportunity in history, instead of pushing forward the ‘thought’, brought about their own downfall---and shall establish a new order---a unique system whose only goal would be peace, peace and peace! This is possible when there is harmony between matter and spirit: elements and the senses: affluence and morality. A ‘nursery’ has already been established, whose saplings are spreading their roots throughout the world and leaving the mark of their fruition. Amen!
    Placed at the lotus Feet of the Master!

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    A word---Without making any pretense, the author comes directly to the point: This is not a book, as books are always written by the scholars. These ‘works’---have not been attempted for the fraternity of Puuran-Jnaani/Brahman-Jnaani (knower of Brahman-the Supreme-Reality). This was necessitated to underline the fact that the ancient (eternal) Truth, which had been conclusively experienced; understood, and Its existence irrefutably proved, is simply not replaceable and cannot be segmented on or compartmentalized! Nor is there any possibility of Its being replaced or surpassed by any alternative or better ones’, by the conclave of masqueraders, who in all times enjoin upon themselves the sole authority to redefine, reinvent new truths, solely for their own convenience.
    The citadel of ancient Truth, and Its realization by a succession of masters was made impregnable---whose sole aim was Self-enlightenment and realization of God!
    In my previous works “Quest In Reality”, the word ‘God’ was not discussed, since in the company of modern day Jnaani, this word has lost Its luster. Its real meaning has been diluted to such ignoble depths, that Its very nomenclature have been changed and downsized. Reality, Nature, Realization, Supra-consciousness, Constant-Integrated-Consciousness, Prophets, Messengers, Guru, Word, Shabadh (Eternal sound), Nirvan (Buddha’s Self-realisation), Liberation, and Salvation: are some of the sub-tittles assigned to the original Truth, the God. These are mere pretensions used to explain away the same intrinsic reality of God, just to please the ‘elite’.
    Why this Word has got systematically relegated and Its very existence has become a myth: a notional reality: a charitable symbol: and a jovial topic of the elites? It is all because of the imposters, who while alleging kinship to the One, are denigrating Him at every opportunity by lacing their own pygmy-selves in His stead.
    Since God is not a topic, whose knowledge could be explained through the medium of books! At the same time ancient masters have tried to explain the core of His reality, through holy scriptures---on the strength of their experiences---through the same medium i.e., language. The essence of their experiences (revelations) correctly corresponds to the parameters set by them, after exploring for thousands of years the intricate depths of the Self, by putting themselves to rigorous regimentation of Sadhna(spiritual practice/path for Self-realization). This regimentation was the result of inner inquiry: authenticating it with its fruits projected through Nature. Spiritualism, the science of God; natural sciences, the study of Nature, are not the subjects alien to each other. Both lead to the same goal---study of Nature and its creation. With the passage of time, due to the reasons, which shall be discussed later, the studying part became the easy pathway, while ignoring the second part of the same ‘subject’---of spiritualism---as it involved lifelong regimentation of austerity. Thus words---each language has a set numbers of alphabets---which made scriptures became predominant over the discipline oriented path. And we became mere scholars of words not the masters of wisdom. The glossary of masters that invigorated each civilization, was super-imposed by a breed of so-called secular scholars---who masqueraded as masters---and only they know what this terminology stands for. A Puuran-Jnaani in spiritual realms is completely conscious/enlightened and aware of all three phases of time, viz. past, present and future. Only he is the Master, not only of the Self, but also of the cosmos, as he is the Self-effulgent One. Now do we have such a Puuran-Jnaani or a Brahman-Jnaani amidst us! If we search among-st the modern Gurudom or the literal class, there is not a single one who can measure up to the aforesaid standards. But there are hundred of Jnaanis in the world, who proclaim them self to be so! They may have mastery in delivering spiritual talks, but they are not Godly wise. It is a matter of shame that they have made the revered word of God, an ‘item’ of fun, not fit even for a nursery pupil. Therefore, this ‘work’ is not for them, nor it is for the elite class of literal critics either. Both of these should disdain from reading it. Hence they are not supposed to pronounce their lofty judgments on its merits or demerits.
    This ‘work’ is also not for the atheist---though nobody in this world is an atheist, but there is a class of people who pose themselves as the self-acclaimed rationalists. Those who deny their ‘Divine Father’ cannot be trusted upon to be the precursors of Truth.
    Those who pronounce judgments on Him or about Him, and deny Him, make charitable references in implied manner by camouflaging His direct role in the scheme of things! They know Him not. His reality or existence is not to be described in the language of the words. He is to be ‘known’ by His omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. Do we find these qualities in the imposters who without any tinge of conscience sermonize their parroted gospels, through the paid media? We have come to the period of history; which posterity would label as the most deplorable part of human history---when mankind degenerated from barbarism to corruption of values---and would prefer to refer it being bereft of a ‘civilization’.
    Thus these inner pouring is only for those, who have unshakable faith in the existence of God/Supreme-Reality. A faith that has been nourished, not on raving minds’ fantasies, but on the inscrutable principle of Omnipresence, that is ever permeating in the micro to macro bodies of Nature. His existence is as near and dear as our bodies. As the scientists of natural sciences are experts in their fields, similarly the spiritual scientists---enlightened ones---who are specialists in His science (Spiritualism) are akin to Him, just like a scientist to his invention.
    Science does not prohibit us from knowing Him. Rather it would facilitate our search of Him. As knowing about man is, knowing about the Nature: Knowing about Nature is to know about Him. So why should we be apologetic about Him, simply because of a minority group, which is pampered, tainted and boozed with the public money! They are corrupted with the so-called ‘perks’ on the expense of the masses. The persons who live in glass houses: provided by public money: living on ill-gotten perks: cannot be expected to imbibe an intellect, which could flash Divine whispering of wisdom! tbc......

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    There is only one nation, the nation of humanity
    There is only one religion, the religion of love
    There is only one language, the language of heart
    There is only one God, and He is omnipresent
    Spiritualist too is a breed that is highly selfish, completely detached from society while at the same time, totally dependent upon it. Their only aim is self-realization, which is an inner journey, attainable only through self-enquiry. Attainment—whatever worth it is—is also achieved via this course and which is again commensurate to one’s higher knowledge that is anything but complete. That is why the views of ‘Reality’, telescoped through shallow knowledge, are diverse and inconclusive.
    The term ‘conception’ is always relative to mind. The ‘view’ that the mind ‘conceives’ through sensory organs is decimated by its faculty of intellect. As the senses are always prone to outer and inner influences, similarly intellect is also limited, because of its limited knowledge of Nature. Therefore the efficacy of mind’s conception is narrow in scope and reliability. The conscious knowledge—the mind—is an independent agency of knowledge. The brain should not be confused with mind. Brain is the physical composition of numerous storage bins (memory chambers) of memory (knowledge).
    Knowledge of spiritual sciences like, Karamyog (action/activity), Bhakthiyog (devotion), Yog (union with Self), Thyaagyog (renunciation) and Jnaanyog (wisdom) are also based on the knowledge of scriptures—which are the ‘expression’ of the Self, Brahmvidhya (Supreme-Wisdom,).
    Knowledge of physical sciences is ‘data’, whether it is acquired through research or self-enquiry; laboratory test or through penance. Nature or man, mind or spirit is not different. The latter are the synthesis of the former. Man’s biological evolution, from amoeba to present state depicts the journey of Nature with all its splendors. The fundamental ‘Principle’ (intelligence) that ushered this journey through its elements—which projected through vast cosmos—is a Big Enigma that has been the source of so much controversy in the history of mankind. When man tries to understand this Principle through its projections—cosmic bodies, rationalists call it a scientific method. There is another school of thought that subscribes to the view that physical (gross) does not produce gross: there is a subtle principle (intelligence) which is the cause of this Nature. And in order to understand this Principle, one has to go beyond mind (Nature)! It is a gradual method of de-identification from body-mind-intellect I-ness to ‘I’ (Consciousness) of that Principle, also known in spiritual language as ‘Aathma’(soul).

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    Another reason, the intellectuals do not find a consensus ‘view’ of Reality is that they do not pool and thus share the revealed knowledge of Nature. For one subject there are various specialists to deal with each of its branch: and there are innumerable subjects under the sky! Like a Jnaani( wise), these specialists are not sufficiently equipped to possess the discovered knowledge of the Totality. Even the spiritualists seek the knowledge of ‘I’ (Aathma) principle—not of ParamAathma (Totality). Only a Jnaani (wise) seeks Universal knowledge and that is why he sees only one universal truth. Only he finds the underlying unity in the seeming diversity. The fault lies in the conceptual ability of the intellectuals and also the state of realization of Consciousness of the spiritualists. While the conception of the formers is limited in scope, the realization of the latter too is incomplete. Their limited ‘view’ and realization levels are in accordance with their conscious limited knowledge or the extent of its de-hoarding. Even the enlightenment of a Jnaani is incomplete as he too has incomplete awareness of Reality. The moment Reality reveals Itself completely, there would be nothing more to know and Nature would have fulfilled its cycle of evolution: And intellectuals and the spiritualists alone won’t be the cause of fulfillment. They would not be the participants in its predestined ‘Drama’ but mere excavators, who, after millions of years later dig up to discover its truth in a small measured doses of ‘revelations’. An intellectual is nothing but a data bank of revealed knowledge. A very stale preposition! Layered revelation of knowledge is compatible to an individual progression of ‘I’ identification from gross (senses) to subtle (intellect) level. Similarly conscious state too refines and expands. Irrelevant data is sieved out of mind’s repository and only about fifteen percent of relevant data remains, which is the basic composition of intelligence. This intelligence transforms the ‘intellect’ into wisdom after applying its quality of discrimination. The nature of wisdom is to encompass into its grasp the ‘Totality’. It is not satisfied with minor specializations but seeks the realms to be revealed in a given time and age!
    Whenever the mind ‘factor’ is in the neutral state, ‘I’ identification (conscious) elevates to the wisdom level—the micro state of Conscious—that is, the Casual State, the glimpses of Divinity are ever present. To state that ‘state’ is impossible to describe in human vocabulary! And whenever an attempt is made, however humbly, to decode that state’s glimpses, ‘i’ (ness) of ego invariably accompanies. Whether this ‘i’ of self is enlightened in Aathma- (‘I’)-Consciousness or its ultimate mergence in Him, the Supreme-‘I’- ParamAathma/Supreme-Reality, the body-mind-intellect Tattav (relative reality/principle of the phenomenal world) of Samsaar(world) is present, i.e. conscious: that gross conscious of the self is dissolved in the Supreme-Consciousness!

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    Although extreme caution is taken, so that ‘i’ (ness) of ego (of body-mind-intellect) does not—even by implication—surface, but the inerasable 15percentage composition of elements, which constitutes the Samsaar (phenomenal world), invariably project to that extent in the conscious of each individual. Thus this admixture of Samsaarik or worldly elements is part of the innate nature of human beings and their behavioral faltering, to that extent is normal. Surely the l.s. also falters, when the incorrigible mind temporarily takes over and intrudes itself over finer sensitivities, catching him off-guard to distract him towards the material attractions.
    When he reached the age of sixty, the body had not dampened his spirit of seeking. But he has reached that ‘state’ where he does not have any more to seek, in spiritual realms too. He no longer has any doubts: All his queries stand answered. He does not have any more questions. He is at peace. He knows his goal and his path. It all depends on the seriousness and sincerity, with which he pursues his goal. Most of the time he revels in Divine Grace and if he is able to transform these ‘glimpses’ into permanent state of Bliss, is again dependant on his own sincere commitment and devotional urge to merge in that ocean.
    Divine grace is everywhere in the cosmos as well as in the entities permeating in them. But as soon as we soften our receptors (sensitivities) we begin to have periodic showers of Divine ‘glimpses’. But to our chagrin, the agnostic mind is also there to resist and negate its channelizing into our emotional bank of love pulses—which are the essence of our finer sensitivities, viz., sympathy, kindness, compassion, sacrifice and love.
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    The scientific assertions that man is made of molecules and chemicals; that computer would soon perform his brains’ functions, and emulate his consciousness too, are incomplete statements! In the world of religiosity, there are misconceptions about the mystical belief, that there is some super-natural ‘entity’ which controls the matter and human lives! There is also a lot of spade work which need to be done to remove many wrong notions woven round the sacred words, like God, Divinity, Avathaar and Religion. How these pious word came to be scorned, was the result of irrational bits of information planted in our sacred texts, by those who masqueraded as masters or reformers during the time our country was enslaved! Some zealot masters, in the name of reformation, termed simple ‘facts’ as mystical ‘revelations’: thus wisdom and logic degenerated into religious rigmarole. Today hardly anyone knows the classical theory of practical Vedhaantha, viewing Unity (of divinity) in Diversity.
    The biggest culprit is the literate class who unfortunately has always made religion its target of ridicule. The simple fact this class knowingly ignores is, its illogical ‘critical evaluation’ of religion with its tools of acquired knowledge. This class wants to test, in laboratory conditions, the religious theories, with their formulae of physical science. They assume that science is the study of Nature, whereas Spirituality relates to religion and hence these are two distinct fields.
    Nature is an open book: Anybody is free to unveil its secrets. These revelations once discovered, are applied in daily life and new technologies are being innovated. Any specialist, who is able to discover a fraction of any one of its facets—which invariably are in seriatim form—wrongly assumes that he has advanced the evolutionary process or has been instrumental in contributing to the progress of scientific knowledge! But to discover, what already is there, does not help the Nature’s evolution in any way. Only the human brain is the beneficiary, as it has acquired additional knowledge. This knowledge has added new dimensions or in some cases, has only regressed some of these! It is a very plane and natural phenomenon that human knowledge would go on improving, until Nature has been completely revealed and mankind has replicated its parallel prototype, on the basis of the knowledge acquired and derived from it! Thus human quest, in this field, would be a recurring factor and acquisition of Natures’ knowledge, would be the obvious sequence. But in this never ending quest, the most conspicuous fact, which emerges is that the quality of knowledge has been achieved in graded forms! Atomic energy did not appear on the scene all of a sudden: at its trail is electricity, gases, petrol, coal, firewood and the primeval discovery of fire by the Stone Age ancestors. Similarly knowledge in other disciplines of Nature; discovered/acquired so far, has never been haphazard or out of context with the corresponding progress in other fields. That is, all knowledge relating to the material world is always relevant to its times. Hannibal did not possess rockets or missiles, neither Greeks were performing bypass surgery!
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    The scientific knowledge is practical and is applicable in day to day life. Since its theories are progressive, being always improved upon; so are its tools updated. At the same time its ‘literature’ too is revised, improved upon correspondingly. As the scientific inventions of yonder ages are the antiques of today, likewise old text books on the subjects, are consigned to the archives. They are not worth the paper/bhojpathar (the leaf of the birch tree) they were written on.
    However in the case of art, it is not the same case. Olden art classics are priceless possessions, proudly displayed, but religiously preserved and zealously guarded. Likewise ancient literature of bygone civilizations is too considered priceless and sacrosanct. Old classics of renowned masters adorn our libraries. Like art, these have not lost their sheen. Their richness is substantiated by their unique depiction of beauty, which still has kept its freshness and relevance to the finer sensitivities of even contemporary times.
    Creativity is the natural instinct in all living beings. Not in living beings alone; each particle is pulsating with the seed (memory) of creativity: consequently in due course of time, is involved in the creational process. Their subsequent creation—matter, permutes elements, which are the building blocks of life. The role of divinity in the creative process however is not that invisible, as is assumed! Had it been so, there would be no beauty in Nature! Beauty is the form of love. And love is divine. The life-force in each cell is permeated by love. Though the impelling force behind Creation is, energy but it cannot create itself on its own. Energy needs fuel, which in turn creates energy, which is explosive by nature. As long as its fuel lasts, it would sustain and the process of creation would carry on. Moreover all its byproducts would be material, in whatever form it may be—the matter or the black matter. All material objects have age, as the ingredients which sustain them are expendable. But life is not expendable. Life, the ‘Existence’, was there even before energy unleashed itself. Energy gets its impetus (urge) from ‘some’ other force, which should be its opposite in nature! Its opposite is magnetic-force which is not explosive in nature but has the power of attraction. Energy, on its own could produce only matter, whereas it is the magnetic-force, which spells in it the foundation of love. But Existence (Being), which is neither of them, is omnipresent. It was there, when these forces ‘emerged’ out of It, from ‘Its expanse-less Existence! Without this ‘Being’ there cannot be life. The ever pervading Existence remains, even when these two forces of energy have consumed each other.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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