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Why Is Man Interested In Spirituality?

Each one feels like finding out the one from whom he has been created and feels like returning to Him. For instance, when one comes of age, if one comes to know that one’s mother is foster and that the real one is elsewhere, then one goes in search of her. If one goes on a vacation to a beautiful foreign land, at some point one feels like returning home. Similarly, each one feels at least subtly like going in search of the Creator and desires to return to Him. One feels like giving this impermanent life a support of the permanent. That is, one feels like going from incompleteness to absoluteness at some time or the other as there is a certainty of finding everlasting bliss on this path.

This is the highest state of enlightenment a human being can achieve. It reflects the pillars of spirituality, like asceticism and inner enlightenment. In Jainism, Jina is a human being who helps in achieving liberation and enlightenment by destroying soul-constraining karmas, is a role-model and leader for those seeking spiritual guidance. This human revitalized society consisting of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. A tirthankara also means “full moon,” a metaphorical reference to the spiritual state achieved by exalted and rare beings; a state of permanent, perpetual, absolute knowledge of the Soul; it is the precursor to final liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The scriptures define the term tirthankara as the contrivance which helps us to cross the great turbulent ocean of the cycle of birth and death, of worldly life.

Asceticism is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. Many religious traditions, for example, Buddhism, Jainism, the Christian Desert Fathers include practices that involve restraint with respect to actions of body, speech, and mind like that of the Pythagoreans. The founders and earliest practitioners of these religions lived extremely austere lifestyles, refraining from sensual pleasures and the accumulation of material wealth. They practiced asceticism not as a rejection of the enjoyment of life, or because the practices themselves are virtuous, but as an aid in the pursuit of physical and metaphysical health.


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Light of Truth


The man who in his life on earth refuses to acknowledge that there is also life after death, and that sooner or later he will be forced to render account for all that he has done and all that he has left undone, is blind and deaf when he one day has to pass over into the Ethereal World. Only during the days and weeks while he still remains connected with his discarded physical body will he be able partially to observe what goes on around him.

Once we are free from disintegrating physical body this possibility is lost to us! We no longer see or hear anything. That, however, is not punishment, but quite natural, because we do not want to see or hear anything of the Ethereal World. Our own will, which can quickly form ethereal matter corresponding to it, prevents our ethereal body from seeing as well as hearing until gradually a change takes place in our soul. Whether this takes years or decades, perhaps even centuries, is the concern of each individual. We can exercise our free will untrammeled. Help will only come to us when we ourselves long for it. Not before! It will never be forced upon us!

The light which the soul makes the acquaintance with such great joy when it starts to see is always there, but previously the soul was unable to see it. This light is also clearer and stronger than it appears at first sight to the hitherto blind soul. How the soul sees it, whether strong or weak, depends entirely on the condition of the soul itself. The light does not come closer of its own accord, but it is there! The soul can enjoy it at any time, if it humbly and earnestly wishes to do so. However, what I am clearing up here applies only to this particular kind of human soul. It does not necessarily apply to others. In the region of darkness and its planes there is no light. There it is impossible for us who advances inwardly to be able suddenly to see the light, for we must first be led out of the surroundings which hold us.

The condition of the soul depicted here may surely be called miserable, because it is filled with a great fear and is void of all hope, but it did not wish it otherwise. It now receives only what it forced upon itself. It had refused to believe in a conscious life after physical death. But the soul cannot abolish this continuation of life for itself, because it has no jurisdiction over it. It only builds for itself a barren ethereal plane, paralyzing the senses of the ethereal body, so that it can neither see nor hear ethereally until the soul itself finally changes its attitude. These are the souls which can be found by the million on earth today. Apart from the fact that they refuse all knowledge about God and eternity, they can still be called decent. The fate of the evil-minded is naturally much worse, but we shall not speak about them here, only about the so-called respectable people.

When it is said that God will stretch forth His Hand to help, this is done in the Word which He sends out to mankind, showing them how they can redeem themselves from the guilt in which they have become entangled. From the very beginning, He has shown His Mercy in all the great possibilities placed freely at the disposal of human spirits in Creation. This is so overwhelming that the man of today cannot even conceive it because he never concerned himself with it seriously enough! Wherever he did, however, it was only as a pastime or for the purpose of vain self-aggrandizement!


All Pervasive Sublime Nature

 

The whole universe is one in the Atman. That Atman when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Atman when it appears behind this little universe, the body, is the soul. This very soul, therefore, is the Atman in us. The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence, and that One Existence, when it passes through the forms of time, space, causation, is called by different names; fine matter, gross matter, all mental and physical forms. Everything in the universe is that One, appearing in various forms. When a little part of it comes, as it were, into this network of time, space and causation, it takes forms. Take off the network, and it is all one.

When you consider yourself as an individual self, living within your body then you are an individual “Jiva”. There are billions of people on earth & billions of different creatures living on earth in their individual bodies. All these individual souls living in different bodies are called different “Jivas”. So each person is an individual “Jiva” as per Hindu philosophy. In Hinduism Jiva is the immortal individual soul of a living organism; human, animal, fish or plant etc., which survives physical death. It is somewhat similar to atma, but whereas atma refers to "the cosmic self", “Jiva” is used to denote an individual ‘living entity’ or ‘living being’ specifically. The terms Paramatma and jivatma are used to avoid this confusion. Jivás, originates from the Sanskrit word with the root jīv- which means “to breathe.” So a soul in a body which breathes is called a “Jiva”.

In the Bhagavad Gita, the “Jiva” is described as everlasting, unchangeable, eternal, numberless, and indestructible and eternally the same. “Jiva” is not a product of the material world but of a higher ‘spiritual’ nature. When physical body dies, the Jiva takes a new physical body depending on the karmas done by that Jiva in previous births. Besides these, there is another, superior energy of God, which comprises the living entities. All living entities belong to the superior nature or energy of the Supreme Lord. The inferior energy is matter manifested in different elements, namely earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego.

The same Jiva is eternal and is for eternity and without a beginning joined to the Supreme Lord by the tie of an eternal kinship. He is transcendental spiritual potency. The Supreme Lord like the sun is eternally associated with his rays so the transcendental God is eternally joined with the “Jivas.” The jivas are the infinitesimally small particles of His spiritual effulgence and are, therefore, not perishable like mundane things. “Jivas”, being part of Divine Lord’s effulgent rays, exhibit on a minute scale the divine qualities of God. So “Jivas” are identical with the qualities of God. Though God is the all powerful, all-pervading, all-extending Supreme Lord; but Jivas are confined to bodies only. When a Jiva meditates through devotion & merges with the God then only he attains to the Lord’s all powerful, all pervasive sublime nature.

Brain, Mind and Soul


Treatment of diseases of the brain by drugs or surgery necessitates an understanding of its structure and functions. The philosophical neurosurgeon soon encounters difficulties when localizing the abstract concepts of mind and soul within the tangible 1300-gram organ containing 100 billion neurons. Hippocrates had focused attention on the brain as the seat of the mind.

The tabula rasa postulated by Aristotle cannot be localized to a particular part of the brain with the confidence that we can localize spoken speech to Broca’s area or the movement of limbs to the contralateral motor cortex. Galen’s localization of imagination, reasoning, judgment and memory in the cerebral ventricles collapsed once it was evident that the functional units–neurons–lay in the parenchyma of the brain.

Experiences gained from accidental injuries by Phineas Gage or temporal lobe resection by William Beecher Scoville; studies on how we see and hear.  More recent data from functional magnetic resonance studies have made us aware of the extensive network of neurons in the cerebral hemispheres that sub serve the functions of the mind. The soul or atman, credited with the ability to enliven the body, was located by ancient anatomists and philosophers in the lungs or heart, in the pineal gland (Descartes), and generally in the brain.

When the deeper parts of the brain came within the reach of neurosurgeons, the brainstem proved exceptionally delicate and vulnerable.  The concept of brain death after irreversible damage to it has made all of us aware of ‘the cocktail of brain soup and spark’ in the brainstem so necessary for life.  If there be a soul in each of us, surely, it is enshrined in brainstem.

Posted October 24, 2012 by dranilj1 in Neuroscience

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Art of Living

Art of Living

Art of Living



For Veda (science of body, mind and soul) the whole Universe and creation is lab and pure unsoiled meditative and exploring mind is scientist. For it, reaching the truth is perpetual bliss; whereas, for worldly science one needs human-created lab and specially trained inquiring mind; scientist.

We need both Veda and science. Veda is truth. Science is fact. The truth is that there are references in Veda of mind powers, wonders, fetus, embryo, implants and transplants and even black holes; all in symbolic manner.

The mind of true seer scientist can decode it for truly deserving ones. We all deserve this pure knowledge of human existence by first living truthfully.

We should not test the developed people by acquired knowledge as it is only mind games. Veda is experiencing the truth through reality and seer scientists experience the truth then state or write.

Main thing is to be happy and satisfied with your own truth, be a humble learner like a child. The best thing is to have confidence in oneself and work towards whatever one wants to attain.

Nature has given the freedom and power for this to all. So, why worry about gaining and hoard academic information or grabbing a Guru. A right Guru can only give you an idea about the path but you have to traverse yourself, doing your own things according to your mind and find the truth for yourself.

Science knows the truth through facts. Mind of scientists experiment and then come to conclusions even if the scientific experiments first hypothetic statement, is put ‘suppose’ ‘this’ then experiment is executed.

Veda is source of every art and science. It is law of Nature that everything has to merge back into its origin.

The root of all is the same reality; from science to religion, philosophy to psychology, and all others ‘isms’ and ‘ities’ Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, Sufism etc.

Let us know and create our own reality to be a true human. We are proof of one reality, one energy and one truth. Everyone has all the attributes of Supreme consciousness. Flourish and nourish Truth, Love, Karma, and Light.

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