Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Death is a mirage created by attachment. Attachment is always with fixed forms,and forms keep changing. - Hazel
"If you do not see God in the person you hate, you are not likely to see Him in the person you love. You are not likely to see Him anywhere. For if you knew what love really can do to you, you wouldn't be into hatred in the first place. To know that you can not harbour love and hate in the same heart - that is saintliness, that is rising to Godliness: there is no God beyond that. Everything else is desire disguised as love. Love is nothing but throbbing with the universe and being happy in doing that. You will see that happiness and that calm written large on the face of a man in love and at peace with the universe and with himself. Sometimes, such men and women are called saints. They have gone beyond pain and sorrow because they have gone beyond attachment; they have gone beyond attachment not because they do not love, but because they love too well, because they own everything and everything owns them: there is nothing for them to be gained - or lost. Such men are not men of God; they are God. There is no other God you will ever find, before or after death.........." and the wind spoke on ......
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Science and religion:Open-ness is a quality of a an uncluttered mind; prejudice a preorgative of a narrow vision.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
ਰੱਜ ਨਾ ਕੋਈ ਜੀਵਿਆ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਰੱਜ ਮਰਿਆ ,
ਓਹੀ ਮੌਤ ਨੂੰ ਜਿੱਤਿਆ ਜਿਸ ਜੀਵਨ ਹਰਿਆ I
ਘਰ ਬਾਰ ਲੁਟਾਇਆ ਆਪਣਾ , ਹੋਰਾਂ ਦਾ ਭਰਿਆ ,
ਸਿਰ ਲਾਸ਼ ਉਠਾ ਜੋ ਜੀਵੰਦਾ, ਮੜੀਆਂ ਜਾ ਵੜਿਆ
ਨਾ ਰਖਿਆ ਲਾਲਚ ਜਿਓਣ ਦਾ ਨਾ ਮੌਤੋਂ ਡਰਿਆ ,
ਨਾ ਮੌਤ ਨਾ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀਨ ਨਾ ਵਿਚ ਦੁਨੀ ਦੇ ਘਿਰਿਆ ,
ਜਿਹਨੇ ਖੌਫ਼ ਹਾਰ ਦਾ ਛੱਡਿਆ , ਓਹ ਕਦੇ ਨਾ ਹਰਿਆ I
ਓਹ ਖੇਡੇ ਨਾਲ ਉਜਾੜ ਦੇ ਦਿਲ ਹਰਿਆ ਭਰਿਆ I
ਓਹ ਰੱਬ ਨੂੰ ਕਰ ਹਠਕੇਲੀਆਂ ਭਵ ਸਾਗਰ ਤਰਿਆ I
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This is in response to the note by Sunnymindcaves regarding the debate on the concept of God. I have put together my two cents of thoughts on this topic and would like my friends to share thier views. Thanks.
I might be labelled an athiest as till date I have not been able to comprehend the existence of God as explained by different religious thoughts or outfits that I have come across so far. My mind simply refuses to accept God as portrayed in practically all the religions as some “all powerful” entity that is eternally engaged in meticulously pulling the strings for each and every act that is staged on this planet or for that matter in the whole universe as defined by the realms of scientific world. As per my perception, science is based on evidence and the concept of God is based on faith, and that seems to be the fundamental difference. When you have faith in something, it requires that you not ask for evidence. It is opposed to the scientific mindset. Harvard paleontologist Steven G. Gould called science and religion "two non-overlapping magisteria." In other words, science and religion are discrete realms of knowledge capable of co-existing. The fundamental question is this possible, or are science and religion really opponents squared off against each other? Science has provided logical answers to many mysteries that have transcended the formation of this universe and beyond. However, there is a plethora of unexplained phenomenon for which science is still groping in the dark and that darkness enlightens the concept of God for most of us. Also, it is convenient for us to surrender ourselves to the concept of some omnipotent existence whose shape and purpose is governed by the orthodox philosophy of a particular religious sect, we start subscribing to, as dictated by the specific domain of our very existence in this universe. One thing that I can admit is that though science has successfully explained most of the mysteries but it does not give us by itself a value system, a set of guidelines for how to behave? Whereas, the religious system, it’s institutions and beliefs, do provide a pattern for the social construction for our society. The theory propagated by the religious scholars for the existence of God has an interesting explanation to provide for the creation of God vis a vis this universe. As per their rationale, the first postulate is that God exists outside of time. They believe that God has no need of being created, but, in fact, created the time dimension of our universe specifically for a reason. However, since God created time, cause and effect would never apply to His existence. The second postulate forwarded is that God exists in multiple dimensions of time. Things that exist in one dimension of time are restricted to time's arrow and are confined to cause and effect. However, two dimensions of time form a plane of time, which has no beginning and no end and is not restricted to any single direction. A being that exists in at least two dimensions of time can travel anywhere in time and yet never had a beginning, since a plane of time has no starting point.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Life is hard and stiff - all said; and the price of being born is existence. That spoken, we must find a way of ensuring that the quality of of our lives measures at least up to the scale of price we pay. There is no rosy high road to untarnished happiness, and pain is woven into the fabric of living. There will be disease and death where there is no poverty and deprivation; pangs of separation where there is no loveless-ness; hard, unbearable struggle where there is no failure, emotional wounds where is no physical pain.Even the most celebrated act of creativity - birth - is overhung with toil, labour and uncertainty for both the parent and the progeny. There will be times when the honest shall encounter insults and disgrace and even punishment. A Cross awaits every Christ. And even if one escapes all these conditions, there is the specter of death mocking the little drama of life. In short, there is more than enough to support a dark, despairing view of life, enough to make us hum with Shelley:" We look before and after/ And pine for what is not/ Our sincerest laughter/ With some pain is fraught/ Our sweetest songs are those that tell us of our saddest thought." Keats will speak for the secret pain of our souls in a world "where men hear each other groan/ Where but to think is to be full of sorrow.."
No one will deny this landscape of despair. And yet, our only opportunity for joy and celebration lies precisely in this landscape being what it is. Just as death lends meaning and intensity to life, so does the stiff of existence make us romance our flirtations with danger and despair. Through pain alone is pain conquered. Happiness would be meaningless in a world where it lacks a reference point and pain is the only reference point it has. Pain demarcates pleasure from boredom. And the pressure death creates opens up the casements to immortality of any given moment.
But Immoratliity is nothing but the ability to shut the past and future out of the present; there indeed can be no immortality for the individual soul once it has lived out its romance with the phenomenon called life; that kind of immortality wouldn't even be desirable. In fact, that would be the most selfish pursuit, if at all it were possible.It would amount to refusal of the ego of a unit to lose itself in the whole of which it is only a part and from which alone it had originally sprung.The finest human minds - believers or non-believers in God alike - have romanced the idea of dissolving themselves into the Energy that permeates the whole creation - or Cosmos. Dissolving is another name for terminating the experiment of a particle glowing upon the floors of space for a brief moment. While the experiment lasts, the glow is immortal. Experiment over, it is time to be lost forever into the embrace of the universe that made your fleeting creation possible in the first place.The Hindus call it losing oneself int he lap of Mother; the Sikhs call ti merging with the Parmatma. Other religions have similar other expressions for it. Mystical traditions all across the globe celebrate this death -- or permanently losing oneself back in where one came from. And scientists term it as transformation of forms into various expressions that Energy seeks. Kirsna symbolizes these myriad transformations as reality and the desire to cling to a single identity as the source of all pain. Buddha thoughtfully articulated what the mystics turned into choreography of intelligence and soul. The desire to cling to memory of one's identity has pulled many a tall edifice to dust.
One of the lasting thrills of living is the ability to reflect -- to reflect on the endless, boundless nature of reality as it seems to unfold before us. As long as we are in our present avatar, which is the only way for us to exist, we have this remarkable ability to lift ourselves to a truly blissful levels of existence and turn our difficult destiny into a rollicking plaything. Never forget though that all this can be rendered utterly meaningless by something as mundane as physical pain (Incomplete)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Science and religion are often set one up against the other. But at their core, they point to the same reality: all the various forms of matter, including living organisms, are merely collapsible "in-carnations" ( em-bodiments) of energy. Energy sprouts into bodies or forms and relapses back into whence these were formed. Nothing comes into or goes out of this universe because nothing can - because there is nowhere beyond the universe to escape into. Life and death are thus meaningless phrases, since nothing can either be created or destroyed.Things, as both science and religion know, merely change forms.
Both science and religion agree on the existence of some order or 'Laws' (hukam) underlying this universe. God is nothing but the sum total of all these laws and all that is -hence nothing mysterious. That may be why men and women who have attained 'enlightenment' have generally laughed at the simplicity of their task once accomplished.
'God' is all that there is, and another name for all that there is, is cosmos. An inspired scientific insight is as much an act of 'enlightenment' as is a 'spiritual vision'. 'Kan kan main bhagwan' is translated into ' every particle is a universe in miniature form and is fired by the same energy.'
The Hindu system talked of billions of casements in human body opening into the vast, eternal reality; science talks of every centimeter in any form of matter, including the human or any other body, as a cluster of unvierses.
There is no place for God as a figurehead either in a mystical vision of truth or in science. Both however recognise the permanence and omniscience of Energy, though they address it with somewhat different nomenclatures. Both recognise the immortality of creation, and the mortality of forms. Death of forms is a cool fact; but forms die only into a 'whole' which is immortal. (Individual souls merge back with the universal spirit from which they seemed to have sprung. And even the springing forth is not separation because there is no seprate reality to spring into. The entire drama is play-acted witnin one, indivisble and unfathomable whole.
The distinction between science and reliigion is maintainable only throgh a distorted versions of both. Neither can afford to be snobbish towards the other. I think science and religion as pursuits of the same reality have no issues with each other, but their followers and students do sometimes seem to have. Unfortunately, their petty quarrels are carried out at he expense of the very truth they claim to pursue.
Comments: 1:I thought the religious folks would ahve objected to such de-mystification of their concepts about what they call the "supernatural"....About your references to 'out of body experiences, telepathy etc, yes this is an area that requires more research. Religious thought need not be arrogant on this and science need not close its doors on further research into such phenomenon. And I seriously believe that science does not close its doors on anything.