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    Imagine an intellectual sitting atop the roof of earth planet and enjoying its full view! For him, it might be the end of his search. But the hunger of a cosmologist will not be quenched until he has solved the riddle of Creation and found the ToE (Unified-Theory-of-Everything).
    If we cannot know the extent of our ignorance, at least we can be aware of our limited knowledge (intellect). As ignorance can only be rewarded with the light of knowledge (wisdom), therefore the panacea is to increase our knowledge. With more and more knowledge, we are bound to realise the extent of our ignorance. The tool to be utilized for the purpose is intelligence. It is intelligence, which begets intelligence. Ignorance brings darkness, intelligence removes it. And it is ever-pervading, omnipresent and embodied in our selves. Not knowing our potential is the highest state of ignorance! What is to be known about it since it is there already? Waves want to know the existence of ocean from where they originated and in which they ‘exist’! What a classic case of ignorance!
    As the constitution of water is hydrogen plus oxygen, the body is not mere bones, flesh and blood, but five elements and its principle is Aathma— the Self! Similarly the basis of Aathmik-Reality is Intelligence-Wisdom-Bliss (Sath-Chith-Anandh), i.e. Truth/Being-Awareness-Bliss. If we have to realise the existence (knowledge) of Aathma—the Reality—then we (our intellect) have to come out of the spheres (influences) of body-mind and imagination and be in its pure form. The major confusion in this regard comes up, when we compare or misconstrue the roles of gross body and its subtle bodies viz., senses of perception, mind and imagination. Even human intellect—data-bank of external world, falls into this category.
    Human body along with its tools is natural phenomena and their role in its scheme of things is natural too. If we are to know or understand the mysteries of the external world (Nature), the best tools for the job are the same tools, with which we are embodied, i.e. body-mind-intellect. Our intellect is empowered to unravel the secrets of Nature along with its basic formulae too. But to know and understand, what lies at the base of (source) of Creation (Nature) itself, human tools prove insufficient to probe those fields which are beyond its ken; as human mind is not equipped with the hard disc that attunes us with Divinity. And this fact is no more an occult science. Though this fact is not new, as our ancient masters much before Pathanjali, had established the inscrutable truth, that Self (Truth/Reality) Itself was embedded in our-selves: Thus no new ‘finds’ are necessary to prove the already proven truths! We have only to find out and tread the trodden path—of spirituality—to realise the Ultimate-Reality; as physicists are eager to find the ToE. In the former case, one has to realise the already ‘existing Truth, whereas in the latter, we are still in the process of acquiring the ultimate knowledge of Nature! The knowledge of Nature is always acquired, as it is already there. The theory of water or gravity did not discover water or gravity, as these are already there. Similarly Divinity too is there, within us, only to be realised! Only It has to be realised, not acquired.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    The knowledge of Nature and the realisation of Divine are two distinct sciences. Though in ancient times, our disciples used to learn both the streams of knowledge at the feet of the master. Gradually the priests on both sides, created a wide chasm and divided the two like two parallel lines which never meet. Firstly acquisition of knowledge of Nature and realisation of Divinity are, seemingly, not only distinct but opposite in nature and application. Even the tools—though embodied in the same human body—employed for acquiring their ultimate ends, are diverse (opposite) in nature. In the case of the former, human intellect—which is the gist (composition) of body-senses-mind—is as expansive in nature as Nature is expanding in scope and extent. Now the science of Nature has diversified in so many disciplines that the day is not far off when each unit of Nature would have one separate subject to distinguish it. Its gross material objects and their composition by so many subtle materials (atoms/particles) envisages the involvement of unfathomable volumes of energy to reveal its mysteries. Only energy would unravel the realms of a Universe, which is made of energy. At present only a fraction of eternity is known, that too by expending a great amount of (crude) energy, in sustaining the infrastructure deployed for the purpose. By the way, how much have we known of it so far!
    By the time man finds the ToE, what amounts of energy would have been spent (exhausted) out, is anybody’s guess! But the human endeavor would have pinnacled to wondrous heights, because it is at this stage—the state of Big-Crunch—mankind would put a great leap forward into the mysterious worlds of their Origin; because the very fundamental rule of Divine principle invokes unification of everything in one/single unit, as against the multiplicity of Nature!
    Diversification from subtle to gross bodies and vice versa, is Nature, whereas the unification in single unit is Divine nature. When Nature has exhausted or completed its tasks of C-S-D, the realisation of the Existence of Eternal Being reveals Itself. And the wonder of wonders is, human beings are equipped with forces, which unravel the secrets of both the sides of Divine play viz. Nature and Itself. In Nature It has Its replicate as Brahman—Supreme-Self and in Its Creation, It exists as the Self—Aathma.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    Knowledge Alias Jnaanam
    Before proceeding to the enigmatic subject of Self, it is essential to be clear about the nomenclature of the term ‘knowledge’. In spiritual usage, it connotes: knowledge/awareness/realisation of the Aathma or Brahman/Vedhaanthik Vidhya/Knowledeg. In general use, it implies “capable of being known”, “discovered or understood”. In this vast universe, the scope of ‘knowledge’ is as diverse and of great magnitude that it encompasses its entirety. So its worldly expansiveness is as infinite as its Creation. Therefore its usage is not as simple and commonplace as is made out to be in general use of spoken language. If the worldly knowledge is so encompassing, what would be the scope and dimension of ‘Knowledge’—the Source, where-from it emerged! If the grandeur of the former is so enchanting and beyond perception; what would be the splendor of its originator!
    Nature has bestowed the man with its two replicates viz. the mind and the self. If the entire Universe is permeated by conscious, mind too is conscious (due to its proximity to Aathma/Soul) in equal dimensions. The mind, though conscious, is not always aware of the world around. The individual minds, though conscious, are very limited in awareness of the objective world around them. Their scope of knowledge is very poor and limited. Unless their senses and the five elements are in complete harmony and coordination, the awareness faculty—the intelligence, is completely in-cognitive (non-active). The ‘awareness’ that emerges out of the perfect (normal) coordination (interaction) or fusion between the two, is synthesized as human intelligence. It is grave misconception to assert—as is frequently propagated by the religionists—worldly knowledge is of no import/consequence or has no relevance, hence has to be forsaken, while one is engaged in the pursuit of Brahman-Jnaanam (Divine-knowledge)! A very childish statement! Being of and in the world, how could one forsake the world or its knowledge! It directly implies, the body, senses and mind, are irrelevant, thus have to be suppressed, vanquished, controlled or bypassed. Pray. Thus l.s. believes that if the very object is vanquished, how would the objective be realised! With body we interact with others bodies. With sense organs, our senses of perception satisfy the pleasure buds, and with intellect we extend our knowledge and seek higher realms of joy. It is the same tool that creates its replicate and it is the same tool that takes/transforms itself to higher tool—the object. Only intelligence begets intelligence. Knowledge begets more knowledge. It is worldly intellect/knowledge that has extended itself to present day scientific advancements. The same knowledge would fuse/merge in its mother-body of Divine-knowledge, i.e. Supreme-Intelligence.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    An observation: Our scriptures tell us that human are the composition of 85 percent Divinity, and 15 percent of gross elements. Then how illogical it will be if human composition of 15 percent allows itself to be controlled or dominated by its senses or their offshoots— the negative tendencies! A mere 15 percent has camouflaged the 85 percent of its Divine part! Is it a believable proposition? Absolutely not! How can one be in control of his intellect and not his senses? Unfortunately, latter seems to be factual, as instead of saying “one is in his intelligence”; we always use the terminology “that one is in his senses”.
    For a scientist, the machine or the product is not that important, as the theory/formula/principle, on the basis of which it was produced. All inventions/discoveries are based on some formula or theories, which have been tested and role-models created. As a result that the discovered/invented knowledge is ‘acquired’ knowledge and its extension is, too, the acquisition of additional knowledge. Therefore acquired knowledge is not the intellect/intelligence. Neither is it conscious or awareness! Intelligence is the source of all knowledge. Not only the source but the all-pervading-Force that sets in motion—the creational process!
    So to understand the Self, we shall have to find out or reach out to our deepest levels of consciousness i.e. intelligence. Rather than being immersed in the pleasure or pains of body-mid-intellect trinity’s vicious clutches, what lies beyond this is of paramount importance!
    In human body or other forms of life that Self (Aathma) is the basic principle of their creation and sustenance. As the acquisition of knowledge of physical aspect of the ephemeral world is helping the scientists to probe further its mysteries; the other class of scientists is engaged in probing its fundamental principles, which are the cause of Creation. The name of their science is spiritualism. Spiritualism is the knowledge (Jnaanam) that makes us aware of Aathma. So the knowledge that makes us aware, the Aathma, similarly makes us ‘aware’ of the Self, as both are one. For the realisation of Self, the procedure (Sadhna) which is adopted is spiritualism. The difference between the physical science and spiritualism is the element of purity of the means, employed for achieving the ends. In the latter case, means are more important, and are even above the life itself. Human values are the embodiment, like flesh and blood of the sadhak/seeker, whereas no such discipline is necessary in the present system of education for becoming a scientist.
    It is no less than the travesty of the facts that those engaged in replicating or discovering the facets of Nature—which are already in existence—are called scientists! By discovering secrets (unknown) of physical laws of Nature, they are producing machines, which are merely the duplication of the ‘acts’ of the Nature. Whenever a new law is discovered, its veracity is tested in the laboratory. All this exercise is the acquisition of knowledge. But on the other hand, those sadhak (seeker of truth), who are earnestly engaged in discovering the Truth—Supreme-Intelligence, which is the cause behind all causes—are spurned. The veracity of their discoveries is tested not in physical laboratory, but in their own laboratory of the self, i.e. physical body. Their body is the laboratory. They ‘know’ the truth by self-experience. They experience the truth, instead of acquiring its knowledge in theory. Acquisition of worldly knowledge is in theory; realisation of Aathmik-knowledge is self-experience. Practical experience of Self is more authentic way of understanding the truth, than the theoretical equations, formulae or laws which are changed/upgraded/replaced after every ten years, because of rapid progress in the field of science and technology. Not one law of science has stood the test of times, whereas the spiritual ‘experiences’ are eternal; never changing—as fresh and pristine as Truth Itself. But human intellect being ever progressive is constantly changing, expanding, and improving. Again it (intelligence/conscious) is the ‘acquirer/receiver’ (of knowledge); its ‘dispenser’ (discriminator) and ‘experiencer’ of Divine bliss! On the face of it, it seems contradictory, as changing entity cannot be expected to hold on to ‘divinity’, which is Sath-Chith-Anandh(Truth-Being-Bliss); whereas the intellect is transitory and reflects only the ephemeral worlds’ changing aspects.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    Conscious is the reflection of Consciousness (Supreme-Intelligence), when it is seen through the tools/elements of the phenomenon world. Because of It, there is life and the never ending cycle of evolution. It pervades and permeates the Universe and its creations— inert as well as living. However like gravity, whose pull (attraction/affect) is weak in intensity in space, than in the gross objects who have more mass and density. Had it not been so, gravity would not have allowed to ‘growing’ gross matter in space and had rather crunched the ephemeral world and its creations, in their very infancy! But its weak intensity is holding the objective world in balance. As the gross bodies assume mammoth proportions, their gravitational pull becomes more intense. Black holes in vast galaxies are devouring stars, planets etc. like a space vacuum cleaners. Actually it is a ‘mirage effect’—the play of the celestial elements. Gravity is as constant and universal as conscious, because gravity is the initial aspect of matter, created by energy (magnetic-force). It is therefore subtle aspect of energy (matter) in the conscious. The elements in gross form seem to display more magnetic-power, through their creations. As a result, gross bodies attract subtle elements into their orbits (fields) more effectively. Earth’s atmosphere usually remains disturbed by the elements; as are oceans affected by the external forces.
    Subtle elements, when transmute into new forces and the consequent entities which emerge —as a result of the fusion—are grosser than their parental bodies, because of new formations of atoms/particles. From initial release of colossal energies and the subsequent stabilization (cooling) state, numerous bodies of matter are produced, corresponding to the level (intensity) of temperatures of the energy-forces. These varieties of bodies so formed, display the inborn/innate attributes (inherited elements), according to the limitation of the absorption capacity of the embodied shells. Energy (not magnetic) being expansive in nature gets diluted till an ideal limit is reached, so as to produce a jewel of Nature like the planet Earth. Imagine billions of galaxies and other gross bodies produced so far out of the fusion of the elements the released forces of energy! These billions into billions/trillions of bodies deport different names and forms, are subject to multiple forces of Nature: Because of the gross forms assumed by these ‘bodies’, the consciousness element of Divinity has gotten ‘diluted’ or has assumed gross state (of course, not in reality) —as in the case of temperature of energy, has gone down since Big-Bang.
    Though ‘Divinity and Consciousness’ are constant and are not subjective, but gross elements are, generally, devoid of Its other reflector ‘Guna’ (attribute) —that of ‘awareness’.
    Although Consciousness, like Divinity is all pervasive, the Awareness factor is, invariably, according to the quality of life of the subjects. And quality of life does not depend on the quality or the amount of consciousness, or how enlightened the subject is, but on the ‘presence’ of ‘awareness’, which is in direct proportion to the quality of life one leads! Whereas Divinity is equally permeating in all, whereas Its ‘awareness’ is not so!
    In fact our subject matter is not elementary elucidation on philosophical digress, but a tryst with deep glimpses of Reality, so the above background note was necessary. It is merely a repetitive exercise, of no use to the serious students/sadhak of spiritual Sadhna/exercise/penance.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
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    Conscious is the reflection of Consciousness (Supreme-Intelligence), when it is seen through the tools/elements of the phenomenon world. Because of It, there is life and the never ending cycle of evolution. It pervades and permeates the Universe and its creations— inert as well as living. However like gravity, whose pull (attraction/affect) is weak in intensity in space, than in the gross objects who have more mass and density. Had it not been so, gravity would not have allowed to ‘growing’ gross matter in space and had rather crunched the ephemeral world and its creations, in their very infancy! But its weak intensity is holding the objective world in balance. As the gross bodies assume mammoth proportions, their gravitational pull becomes more intense. Black holes in vast galaxies are devouring stars, planets etc. like a space vacuum cleaners. Actually it is a ‘mirage effect’—the play of the celestial elements. Gravity is as constant and universal as conscious, because gravity is the initial aspect of matter, created by energy (magnetic-force). It is therefore subtle aspect of energy (matter) in the conscious. The elements in gross form seem to display more magnetic-power, through their creations. As a result, gross bodies attract subtle elements into their orbits (fields) more effectively. Earth’s atmosphere usually remains disturbed by the elements; as are oceans affected by the external forces.
    Subtle elements, when transmute into new forces and the consequent entities which emerge —as a result of the fusion—are grosser than their parental bodies, because of new formations of atoms/particles. From initial release of colossal energies and the subsequent stabilization (cooling) state, numerous bodies of matter are produced, corresponding to the level (intensity) of temperatures of the energy-forces. These varieties of bodies so formed, display the inborn/innate attributes (inherited elements), according to the limitation of the absorption capacity of the embodied shells. Energy (not magnetic) being expansive in nature gets diluted till an ideal limit is reached, so as to produce a jewel of Nature like the planet Earth. Imagine billions of galaxies and other gross bodies produced so far out of the fusion of the elements the released forces of energy! These billions into billions/trillions of bodies deport different names and forms, are subject to multiple forces of Nature: Because of the gross forms assumed by these ‘bodies’, the consciousness element of Divinity has gotten ‘diluted’ or has assumed gross state (of course, not in reality) —as in the case of temperature of energy, has gone down since Big-Bang.
    Though ‘Divinity and Consciousness’ are constant and are not subjective, but gross elements are, generally, devoid of Its other reflector ‘Guna’ (attribute) —that of ‘awareness’.
    Although Consciousness, like Divinity is all pervasive, the Awareness factor is, invariably, according to the quality of life of the subjects. And quality of life does not depend on the quality or the amount of consciousness, or how enlightened the subject is, but on the ‘presence’ of ‘awareness’, which is in direct proportion to the quality of life one leads! Whereas Divinity is equally permeating in all, whereas Its ‘awareness’ is not so!
    In fact our subject matter is not elementary elucidation on philosophical digress, but a tryst with deep glimpses of Reality, so the above background note was necessary. It is merely a repetitive exercise, of no use to the serious students/sadhak of spiritual Sadhna/exercise/penance.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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    As the quality of life, so the nomenclatures of consciousness have been graded. The spiritualists relate consciousness with Divinity and conscious to ephemeral world! This ‘division’ is superficial, just for the sake of connoting the element of Conscious, in their respective disciplines. Our ignorance has degraded the knowledge of both the disciplines viz., worldly and spiritual, that, even, the definitions of empirical words have been demeaned. Awareness (Chaithanyan) —the enlightened state of Consciousness, is equated with ‘observation’. In short we are using relegated spiritual language for our common use. It is no more the language of the Jnaanis, but of the layman scholars. Consciousness has become conscious; Awareness has become observation; realisation is ‘acquisition of knowledge; knowledge, which was once related to ‘Aathma-Vicara (Vidhya), now stands for data-bank of ‘information’. Bliss becomes ‘pleasure; God becomes an enigma—the Unknown!
    Like our constitutional rights, spiritual knowledge (enlightenment/elevation) is not conferred upon the citizen automatically. It has to be earned. Awareness denotes our elevation state of ‘divine’ enlightenment. Even the commonly used word ‘conscious’ is not available, conferred or inherited automatically; it enters the amoeba only on the 72nd day of its growth! Life-force was there, but conscious was absent till then! It is the conscious which instills the growth of ‘seed’ of latent memories, according to the design (Sankalp).
    We observe also, the material objects are overflowing with energy forces—always given to volatile explosions, whether it be a star, planet or the living beings. Energy being the composite form of so many other energies/forces cannot be contained in weak containers (bodies). That is why, to subside it, its mother-energy—the magnetic-force—is called for. In spiritual parlance, it connotes Divine-power.
    Coming back to our subject: However convincing the argumentation, the fact remains our Self remains incognito by the effects of negative-forces generated by the senses! It takes super-human efforts by involving all the positive forces (human values) at our command, that too with super-human Sankalp (will-power) to subjugate the negative tendencies and reestablish the harmony between the elements and the senses. In the process, we observe, the power of the sense of imagination too. It is the single most sense, which not only inflates the normal powers of the other five senses, but overtakes the mind and subsumes its all finer sensitivities in its own imaginary (delusive) existence and creates the mirage of parallel universe, which is, even more sense-gratifying and enchanting than the actual one—which is the constituent of the five elements. Without the power of imagination, our senses and their generated fields of influence are quite normal and function within the bonds of 15 percent—which is their maximum sphere of existence, i.e., the body and its functional limits (capacity). Thus a seeker (sadhak) has to keep a perfect (normal) balance between the external (elements) and internal (senses of perception) forces. At no point or junction he has to make use of para-sensual powers. For, the sadhak has to be alive to the fact that no object or event is factual, as by the time he observes their effects, these are in fact, the after- effects—the images—not the actual events! Even if he is witness to these events and is in full consonance with time, space and circumstances, the transient nature of the objects/events does not reflect the ‘reality’. The reality of an event is not the ‘happening’, but the actual ‘cause’ that was behind the event. Since any body would know that an event is ‘caused’ by the permutation of elements (forces) and the resultant projection is altogether different to the parental elements. Even the visible ‘cause’ is not the actual motivator, but an event of history (memory); whereas the actual ‘cause’ is hidden behind layers of superficial causes.
    The more i learn more i become aware of my ignorance
    Awareness of ignorance is wisdom

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