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    Coming back to our topic—
    In the given model, the glaring lacuna appears to be the space time. The fate of time, whether it is infinite or finite, hinges on the fate of Creation!
    But the time scale at our disposal is going to be replaced with a new model: Dr. Lene Vestergaard Hau, a Danish physicist and her team of researchers, have been able to slow down the speed of light from three lac km per sec. to 17m per second.(old news now!) The latest photonic experiments involved sodium atoms which had lost their momentum after being super chilled and coalesced into super atoms. Their increased atomic density and very high refractive index, the super-atoms proved to be effective speed dampeners for laser beams which were directed at them. This feat had been possible by using Bose-Einstein condensate put on reverse thrusters on light and bring it to snail’s pace of 17 meters per second. It (Bose-Einstein condensate) is essentially a cluster of atoms which had been cooled using lasers to temperatures approaching absolute zero (-273c), beyond which nothing can get any colder. In near future scientists would assign much more achievable values to ‘c’ and visualize enigmatic speeds and actually move that fast to get back to tomorrow yesterday. As the speed increases, we begin to see around the corners of passing objects and although we are rigidly facing forward, things which are behind us appear within our forward field of vision. As we get closer to the speed of light everything will seem squeezed into tiny dot which stays ahead of us all the time.
    Even if we travel at unimaginable high velocity, the singularities would always be either entirely in the future (like the singularities of gravitational collapse) or entirely in the past (like the Big-Crunch). These singularities would be the end of time in either case: As the laws of science break down at these ‘events’. In the case of time being infinite and with it the universe too, it would be difficult to find the ‘event’ (the point in space—of the beginning of time). This is supported by the fact that the universe is always, either expanding or contracting. However the pace at which the development of science is being exhilarating by the human brain, the day would not be far off, when its searching eyes, through future discoveries of natural laws, would reach that critical ‘event’ (of time), when the Original-Particle ‘Willed’ to duplicate/replicate: as in the case of amoeba—when inorganic cell ‘willed’ to be duplicated in organic cell; that event would be real occasion for humanity for celebration, even if it comes aeons hence! That ‘event’ would be, hypothetically speaking, the zeroing point in scientific research!
    But all this might prove a myth, because if the universe is infinite, then it has no beginning, and if at all it has a beginning that would be event horizon of the beginning of the universe to which we belong! There may be countless other universes! If it is finite, then it has a beginning event. But beginning from what?
    Whether the universe is expanding or contracting: there has been a big-bang or the big-crunch: the goal of the scientists still remains, to find or reach the secrets of Creation. And that would possibly be the probable ‘event’ of the beginning of time, the starting point of the process that ultimately had led to the evolution of life. Scientist may or may not reach their goal but in the process, they are likely to encounter dazzling revelations of Nature, whose mind boggling sustenance laws would enable human beings to re-create its parallel dimensions by erecting their own matching models. Whether he uses those laws for his promotion in the advancement of his evolution or for his early, um-natural, self-annihilation, which has been his wont, depends on the strength of his character.
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    Western Viewpoint.
    Greek mythology is, perhaps, as rich and ancient as Indians’, though it is not as comprehensive, and as deeply imaginative. Their philosophical ‘content/thought’ is also not as deep. Their main endeavor has been the ‘shaping’ of an ideal role-model of a superman by creating requisite environments in the existing society. Their thought content was often in conflict with the prevailing religions, which invariably came out victorious during each conflict, resulting in the religious dominance over human sensitivities. Not that their religions (Zoroastrianism, Christian, Moslem) lacked these qualities. But the domains of their religions were very small. As a result state power was ruthlessly exercised in their expansions. In extending their boundaries, religious expansion (forceful conversions) ensued. History is witness, each onslaught of crusades, Jihads, brought with them destruction of old values and substituting in their place those sanctions, writs, dictates, which were the prerequisites of state power. Subjugation brings in degradation in human values, both of the subjugated and the subjugators. The values which emerge out of these conglomerations are at variance with the older ones and are certainly their diluted version. Fortunately the finer sensitivities (values) are always carried forward by the geniuses—who are their natural repository—and are thus passed on from generation to generation. It does not mean knowledge of both temporal and ecclesiastical disciplines were, ever completely perfected (revealed) in any age: meaning, human values do change with the local conditions of the societies; as such these are neither eternal like the fundament Truth, nor inconsistent like habits.
    Because the original values, viz. Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence are the inscrutable pillars of our culture, which are as eternal as the laws of Creation itself.
    The knowledge gained under stressful conditions is always messy and polluted, than that emerged of its own volition under ideal conditions of complete freedom from stress inducing factors. The former, invariably, leads to negatively charged atmosphere; not a healthy state of mind for its elevation. That is why Zionist religions could produce great conquerors, warriors and statesmen, but very few thinkers, philosophers, artists, scientists. Only during the last three hundred yeas their material science has made a definite mark in the history of mankind. But again their knowledge of physical sciences has been exclusively used in the destruction of human values not to speak of the havocs suffered by humanity at large. Why their intelligence is producing destructive gadgetry and is only concerned in making their living standards more and more comfortable? Why their vast nursery of education institutes are not producing masters like Socrates, Plato or their later version of Max Muller, Kant, Emerson, Bertrand Russell? Why we are interested only in producing material tools, instead of being concerned in unraveling the secrets of these tools, i.e., basic building blocks—the elements?
    Our major thrust in the field of science is in those areas which affect us immediately. The methodology we have followed so far, shall take us very, very long time in tackling the real issue—rather the only subject that has been an enigma—a big irritant to the fraternity of scientists, the cause behind Creation!
    The approach of our scientists in tackling this subject is, naturally through the medium of knowledge of physical sciences. These sciences directly relate to the ephemeral world and its material manifestations. Obviously we have chosen the goal of research—of Creation. As it is going to take a pretty long time, even to know its multifaceted splendid existence of creations; knowing the creative process itself, would prove to be elusive. Because by the time we come to know the basic building blocks (virtual particles), we should as well be prepared to face the eventuality of the event horizon. Instead of reaching the end of time, we might encounter the beginning of real time, i.e., another space-time! So our scientists have, perhaps, deliberately left open the issue of cause-of-creation to the domain of the spiritualists. There is a distinct division of labor between the two. The former are after the ‘what’ (of creation), the latter are after its ‘why’. Actually classifying the latter category as ‘spiritualist’ is a misnomer. They should, appropriately, be called ‘seekers/scientists of ‘Reality’, whereas the fraternity of physical scientist be known as seekers/scientists of Nature.
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    Does this distinction really exist? It has been willfully created. For the scientists, God word is generally scorned upon. Even among the spiritualists, there is a class of ‘wise’ which too disowns the existence of this ‘word’. For fear of being classed as orthodox, like their ‘believer’ brethren, the intellectual class takes refuse behind the facade of phraseology. Otherwise there is, absolutely, no division or distinction in the ‘labor’ of their respective fields and the resultant fruition that accrue ultimately. The scientist discovers a secret of natural laws and immediately proves its authenticity in the laboratory tests or by creating a model; whereas the spiritualist has laboratory in his mind—spiritual mind—and can only experience the results of his Sadhna(penance) individually. He cannot exhibit or demonstrate the results of his research (search) like a scientist. He is not even like a cosmologist, who tries to prove his theories through mathematical calculations. The difference is not between the veracity of the versions of knowledge, gained as a result of their research, but only in their methodology of attaining that knowledge. For when their knowledge is assessed or evaluated, it is unbelievably similar! Not only it is identical, but in the case of the spiritualists, their knowledge is far advanced, though like his counterparts, he has not taken assistance of any scientific tools, in its attainment. Herein lies the cause of conflict and distinction, as according to scientists, without the application of scientific knowledge and its allied tools—invention, technology—knowledge of natural sciences cannot be discovered, merely by the methodology of so-called inner-search/science. This is not only illogical but preposterous.
    The biggest problem the west’s scholars and scientists face today, with regard to their religion, is its lack of test-ability in accordance with their scientific advancement. Their religions have foregone their face value when confronted with the discoveries in the field of science. The religious testaments cannot withstand the scientists’ proven theories, especially with regard to Creation. Even their ‘thought’ has lost its relevance. According to Wittgenstein, the most famous philosopher of the twentieth century, “The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language”. This is the miserable downward trend of their ‘thought’ from Aristotle to Kant!
    Present Continental philosophy’s chief exponents, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau Ponty, were mainly concerned with the earlier principles regarding what it means to be human i.e. ‘Existential phenomenology’. As Heidegger is given the credit for the ‘existential analytic’ by juxtaposing two things—self and being in the world—he is crowned with the idea of identifying Man with Time: that the true being of man is action: That man can create new things and can create himself as a new man. In the process ‘Man’ has emerged as a complete individual unit, negating the self (consciousness). Even the idea of combining self with the being has been relegated to the dustbin. And the new antiphon is Man Machine. “I am just a machine made out of molecules and chemicals”, says Prof. Harod W Kroto winner of 1996 Chemistry Noble prize. This assertion aptly sums up West’s latest ‘thought’!
    Contradiction. Why the Man-Machine of today has disassociated himself completely from the Self? The answer is simple. Whenever the so-called inner-scientist (spiritualist), tried to masquerade as a scientist of the external sciences—they failed miserably. Their ‘revelations’ about Creation, have ingloriously been proven wrong by the scientists; as the people whose business it is to ask “Why” i.e. the thinkers, saints, seers and masters, have not been able to keep pace with the advance of scientific theories. Before the beginning of machine age, they seemed to have answer to every query, including the science. However science, during the last two centuries, has become too technical and mathematical, as a result their trade has flopped. Here are a few examples, which show how poor and shallow was their grasp on ‘knowledge’, which they had supposedly received directly from God as revelations or acquired through self-realization:
    “World was created in 4006 BC; sun and planets move round the all important earth, which is in the center of the universe!” For refuting which Copernicus, Bruno, Galileo suffered imprisonment and death.
    St. Augustine accepts the date of about 5000Bc for the creation of the universe (Book of Genesis)
    “Earth is stationary and the sun, moon, the planets and the stars moved in circular orbit about the earth”. Aristotle (in his book On the Heaven)
    “There are 18000 worlds”. Jews
    Let us also have a jolly good ride at some of the ‘concepts’ of major religions, which are the conscience bearer of their followers:
    Prophet Mohammad and Isa (Christ) are His last messengers; Resurrection from the dead; Predestination by God; Hell and Heaven, Paradise and Hell-fire; Judgment Day; the Balance; only their believers shall find salvation on the day of judgment, non-believers (in them) are heathens, Kefirs(non-believers).
    The Guru is God Himself. Guru is the link between the individual and the Immortal, Etceteras.
    Their concepts of Godhood are as different and varied as the countless philosophies they propound and by as many names they call Him!
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    Creation is the primary as well as the ultimate question that a conscious intellect poses itself—as soon as it matures to that level. But the concept of masters about it is as baffling as the scientific brain of the day is finding itself! Going back to the beginning is not that simple, because till so far there are contrary versions about its origin: whether it has a beginning or it is infinite as is commonly accepted! As earlier discussed, if it is infinite, then it has no definite, specific point of its beginning, and if it has no beginning, its point of origin cannot be reached back.
    But it is also an acceptable proposition that any material entity—animate or inanimate—is encased in a body, whether it be of skin, matter or cell/particle. And every ‘body’ has to disintegrate and de-materialize ultimately. With the disintegration of matter, does the conscious (memory) also vanish with their material bodies or survive the annihilation? The answer to this question is, again, directly related to the basic question of Creation. If the Creation is infinite, it is in the state of continuous flux. It has then neither a beginning nor an end. In that state it would have no final/ultimate beginning or an end. But its material bodies (creations) may have their beginning and end, as each entity is subject to the nature of elements, they are composed of!
    Astronomers are making qualitative guesses about the age of our universe on the bases of deep probes being made into distant galaxies, by the aid of Hubble’s telescopic eye. (More advanced probes are on the way). It is sending astonishing photos of galaxies which, are, still, in the process of formation, and also of clusters of clouds of dust which originally formed into initial galaxies after the Big-Bang. On the basis of these photos a map of the universe is being charted (which might have been completed by now, as this portion of the book was written in March 2002) with all its glamour of 100 crores(billions) galaxies. At the end of these galaxies is an endless blank space, without matter—the big void. Reaching back to the end of (our) universe, i.e. to the event of the beginning of our universe (after big-bang) is hypothetically practical, because matter has its beginning and the end. But what about the big-void, in which the entire mass of our universe is roaming about since its creation! It is moving away, from our universe, as well as from the event of its creation at the astonishing speed of 16 million miles per hour since 12-14 billion years ago, into the fathomless chasm of space. And there might be billions other such universes, which are unknown to us and shall remain unknown because traversing to those universes through the chasm of non-matter and crossing the zones of zero matter with vehicles made of matter, is simply unthinkable, much less practical: taking into account the present mindset of the scientists, that nothing exists beyond matter or the four dimension world!
    This condition of zero matter-zone is, exactly similar to the condition of mind when it is thoughtless. It is as difficult to reach the zero-matter zone, as it is to attain a thoughtless state of mind! In theory both these states exist. But according to one of the latest theory; beyond dematerialized zone, there exists black matter, which constitutes about 90 percent vacant (dark) space. This seemingly dark area too constitutes matter, whether it is in the form of black or non-matter. One thing is certain it is full of activated particles, may be in contracted/non-active or still in the early phase of activation.
    There is also another supposition that the universe is still expanding. This contention gives credence to the fact that there exist countless other universes in the infinite expanse which play around with their finite bodies. These finite universes, with their ephemeral contents, exist for a period of time till the exhaustion of its matter, and vanish forever and transmute into casual (subtlest of subtle)particle, after every Big-Crunch, constricting in the ‘memory’(history) of evolution of the ‘existence’ of each universe.
    Similarly the end (limit) of ‘knowledge’ of each individual-mind, hypothetically, is zero point. As the human brain is underutilized, therefore the thoughtless state varies from individual to individual, and the presumed state of activation of stored data is not the end of intelligence. Beyond the void of unutilized brain-(memory)-cells—layered in memory chambers—is the storage of heredity and extraterrestrial intelligence, in latent form. Even beyond it is the silence zone of casual particles, which finally unveils the source of physical life and the life current (energy). The life-current too has in it the inherent impressions of past shells, since creation.
    It is very interesting to note here that the life current of all beings, ultimately leads to the Original-Seed, after the Big-Crunch: surprising, because after this event nothing survives except the final-image of the universe—which is composite of the totality of images, compressed in single frame of image (memory) in the casual form of formless stationary Elementary-Particle!
    Having thus arrived at the conclusion that there exists no zero state, either beyond the big-crunch or the big-bang: neither in the deepest realms of the mind nor in its source—the life-current! The concretization of particle from its subtle (casual) state requires vast expanse of space that could accommodate its multiple diversity, blossomed through diversity of universes, so as to unfurl its multifarious dimensions. In Sanskrit language, it is aptly called as the Brahmand.
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    An Aside
    The ongoing series of “The Search Within” is in fact the story of a character that I knew very intimately since childhood:-
    Our relationship was such that not only our lifestyle, habits, eating-sleeping-drinking and even our thoughts were completely identical. It would not be off the mark if we were called/classed twins in thought, word and deed, because in the practical sense it was a fact of life. But we were different, as ‘my’ identification’ was in fact on the demise of his ‘identity’. ‘I’ emerged out of his ashes. Wise often ask me as to why I, particularly’ chose him as the medium of my ‘birth’ in this world? My reply to them is very straight forward and simple, that he was the epitome of human life. He had gone through almost every aspect of human life which is very rare. From poverty, he ‘played’ in millions; from illiteracy he attained the heights of an enlightened ‘reader,’ from a Satan to a reformed human being. Others comment that the ‘character’ is fictional the authors totally agree them too, as in the ephemeral world everything is transient and ‘stage-managed’ by the great Grand-Master. He is the producer, director, script writer, actor and the curtain dropper. It is His play---fictional, yes! It His Maya in which we all play fictional roles as we are all His creations; so who are we to claim that it is our life, our identity, our birth and our death even! I don not contest their claim that is why I have given my character a befitting fictional name of “little-self”. Henceforth the main character, round whom this storey revolves shall be known as so; let him be, as this world is Maya, illusion, a dream!

    Human birth and more so its life is very rare and privileged! It is even envied and sought by the proverbial angels; as it is only in this ‘body’ the rare privilege is ‘embodied’, to become aware about their real ‘identity’---that of being ‘divine’! since my own ‘existence’ is suspect, so I have tried and has been adequately successful in realization of my ‘mission’, by being in the fictional ‘body’ of my character and lived a life, whose producer, director, script writer I was, but alas, could not be its final curtain dropper! But the reader can take my word---of whatever worth it is, that the little-self (for convenience sake shall be written as ls.) ‘lived’ only live characters. He was caged, like in circus, only in those characters, whose ‘existence’ in the dream world was ‘real’. What a story it would be; real life characters living in the illusive world

    It is not a novel type story, nor a biography relating to that side of the ‘character’ which portrays his worldly achievements, ups and downs, betrayal and deception; but it can safely be described as an “Autobiography of a reformed-Satan. As the ‘fictional’---the ls., has been given the free ride in this book and he being its central character, thus the name ‘autography’, otherwise it has no material relevance in this material world. This co-existence between the author, the ls., and the Master is so deeply interwoven and assimilated, it becomes difficult to discriminate and make distinction between their ‘thinking’, as these three are one in thought, word and deed. The author is merged in the ls., and the latter has surrendered his self in his Master, so where one begins and the second takes over, all is mingled, vexed and given in to the benign Self! He has vainly tried to distinguish his ‘identity’ from the other two; how far has he succeeded; only the readers shall be able to tell! cont......
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    An Aside.....2
    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 afore-mentioned 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 amongst 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 peek, inevitably leads to war, annihilation and destruction.
    Then should it be surmised, that material progress always dominates the finer sensitivities? That the ultimate pinnacle of each civilization was, moral depravity!
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    An Aside.....3
    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. Pakistan’s PM, and his predecessors 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 everyday 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) Imagine the present conditions!
    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 (thought) 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 ‘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’!
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    An Aside.....4
    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, 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 hundred 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.
    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!
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    An Aside....5
    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.
    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 more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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