Basically we are cognitive in nature. When we open our eyes, we see things. There is no choice from both the sides (Knower and Known). Here seeing is operating a pramana.
Pramanam is means of knowledge. They are eyes, ears, sense of smell, sense of touch and sense of taste. These five fold senses together are called ‘Pratyaksha Pramanam’ or Direct perception(No choice by nature).
Also there are other means of acquiring knowledge. They are as follows Continue reading
To understand the dynamics of mind, we have to turn inward. Mind is logically split into four aspects called antahkarna as per vedanta.
Mano is basically a tool or instrument which pushes thoughts and emotions into the realm of consciousness. Thought is basically name and form of a previous
Buddhi is discrimination aspect of mind. It controls the actions that shall be performed on an arrival of thought. There is a small or slight gap which we are able to distinguish between mind and intellect.
Chittam is the recording part of the mind which records the experience and stores it into Continue reading
I remember an incident few years back when my colleague working with me in the same project had met with an accident and was hospitalized. He was under coma for two weeks with out any major wounds in his body. It was a mental shock, the mind withdrew and the personality was not there for a week. Later he became conscious and got discharged from the hospital. However he suffered eye sight and difficulty in speaking for few months and God bless he became normal.
I learnt a lesson from this incident that our life is precious and very flimsy as well. Then I started understanding the dynamics of life and our consciousness which lead to understanding of our four avastas. I realized that how important is sleep and why this activity is there.
Do we wake up or waking up happens?
We wake up due to our prarabdha karma which is part of our karana sharira (Causal Body). The prana shakthi (Life Source) that bounds our body and keeps it intact for a time period kicks in and wake up happens. The mind which is in the bijaa avasta or seed sprouts up and the person from the thread of memory or smruthi appears. That’s why when we wake up in the morning the mind is fresh and the flow of thoughts are less. There is a sense of ‘I’. However within no time the person comes back with the vasanas and starts performing actions.
Mr. XYZ is sleeping…is fundamentally wrong. Continue reading
We perform physical actions through five organs of actions(Karma-indriyam) consciously or unconsciously. Mind plays very important role like a director in the movie. Thoughts arise in the mind and intellect component (Buddi) as an observer is ready to analyse it. It may drop the thought or identify with it based on the previous experience registered in the memory (Samskara). If the experience was good (pleasure)/ bad(pain) it will identify. It will restrict the organs of actions not to perform an action or vice versa.
We interact with the world through five sense organs (Gyana-Indriya,) namely sound, touch, name & form, taste and smell. These five play vital role in our life. There is no option but to identify with these sense organs. It is so powerful that you will feel the pull Continue reading
There are three states of consciousness in human experience. They are awaken, dream and deep sleep. In the awaken state, mind is active and interacts with the world through five sense organs namely sound,touch,names & forms,taste and smell. The Mind is series or flow of thoughts.
Let’s examine the thought process. When we interact with the world though five sense organs, the experience about the vishaya or the content is registered in the memory. This phenomena is called knowledge. While registering there is one more activity happening Continue reading
In the awaken state or Jaagrath avasta, we interact with the world through five sense organs. These are subtle in nature. For performing an action we need five organs of actions (karmendriyam) those of speech, hands, feet, excretion and reproduction. Karmendriyam are grosser in nature.
For an action to be performed, a thought has to raise in the mind and the Buddi(Intellect) has to filter it based on viveka(discrimination) and has to decide to go forward or withdraw. Prana shakthi or life force is very important for an action to be performed, they are basically Prana, Apana, Vyana , Udana and Samana. These five vaayus(pancha prana) sustain life and keep the body in condition.
So it is very clear that just a Sankalpam or Thought is not enough Continue reading
‘I am’ is the first thought that raises when you wake up and remains constant. Remaining thoughts are based on experience and memory. ‘I am’ is difficult to explain through language. It is not an experience but feeling beyond experience.
Let’s see how it is.
A name is given to us by parents to identify with society. The reality of the name is confined within municipality birth certificate only. Lineage and Caste is attached by default as he is born in some family. He is made to believe that ‘I am Brahmana’, ‘I am Kshatriya’ etc.
In the school, he learns alphabets. The experience of child is different from adults. When an alphabet ‘A’ is shown to him, he sees lines in different angles. Continue reading
The assumption that there is a world independent of you and you come into it by birth and go out of it by death is the essence of Ignorance. As long as you think that you are a body and the body is in the world, you cannot know the truth.
World is a combination of five senses
- Shabda (Sound)
- Sparsha (sense of touch)
- Rupa (forms and colours)
- Rasa (taste)
- Gandha (Smell)
There are five senses and five sense organs. When you wake up, sense organs starts functioning and you interact with the world. You accumulate sense impressions in Mind and categorize into like or dislike. Likewise in the course of time, mind is filled with impressions of likes and dislike. This bag of likes and dislikes is called Jagath (World).
How can this world exist independent of Me? and Outside me? World appears when you wake up and dissolve in sleep.
Here, we have to apply viveka(intellect), that which comes and goes in a time frame cannot be of true nature. World is created in you and by you. You means not body , mind or Ego; you are the shinning awareness(Sat Chit Ananda). The image of the person, ego, thoughts and the body shine in the consciousness of which you are the source.
Suffering starts when you identify with the world Continue reading
When we wake up in the morning, it is a general experience to say ‘I had a nice sleep last night’. The body is rejuvenated and there is a freshness in mind.
Here is what happens when we wake up. The mind in the dormant stage or biija avasta (Seed in Sanskrit) rises up. The first thought that arises from the mind is ‘I’ thought. This thought continues till it slips into sleep. After I thought, sense organs starts functioning. Sense of touch kicks in which associates ‘I’ with the body. Thoughts which created deep impressions start rising in mind and ‘I’ gets identified with those thoughts. In this process, slowly when you see your wife, a thought that I am husband appears, like wise a person is created from the thought.
During initial hours of wake up, mind is calm and there is a experience of fulfillment or bliss. Mind is in the state of Satva Guna. Mahatma’s suggest to contemplate during these hours. Generally in the morning hours we prefer to meditate.
It is pure ignorance to say that ‘I woke up’ or ‘I slept’. By the law of karma one has to wake up to experience the world and suffer in it. Person identifies with the world(Jagath) and performs activities to satisfy himself(pleasure / pain). Continue reading
We all know that the Sun is very important source of energy for sustaining life on earth. It’s a gigantic burning ball and its presence is felt everywhere. It is regarded as deity in some cultures.
General experience of every human is that the sun is very big on the other side and I am a tiny person standing on the earth and watching it. It’s very far away and for ever. There isa duality in this experience.We impose two parameters, space (bigness) and time(existing billions of years) on it.
But, the big statement here is, sun is insentient and cannot reveal it self. It can never say it is a sun. It has to get validated. In Sanskrit we call it as Jada vastu. Hence, it has to be validated by a sentient being.
Sun cannot shine by itself. What? Am I gone mad??? Continue reading