OMG, Oh My God !!

There has been some controversy on the recent Hindi film, OMG (Oh My God !!), saying that it has depicted the ancient Hindu values in a very bad taste. However, there is a good entertainment value in the film. There is no need to simply generalize and rationalize everything. But we need to know and understand the whole science behind the idols, temples, and prayers. It is true that in some cases these processes are being misused. The idol itself is not wrong. It is only a symbol. It is a metaphor for something higher. The temple itself is not wrong. It is a symbol. It is a metaphor for something higher. The process of prayer is not wrong. The prayer is a process of creating a quality of prayerfulness in us. There is no need to simply say that all the temples are wrong. There is no need to simply say that an idol and an idol worship are wrong without understanding the whole science behind them. The right process of a prayer may lead us to a quality of prayerfulness. And this prayerful attitude may lead us to the existential experience of divinity within our own being. 

But yes, there are good coins and bad coins in an economy. And this does not mean that the whole economy and all the laws of the economy are wrong. There are good people and bad people in a society but that does not mean that there is nothing called divinity. We need to understand what is good and what is bad. We need to understand what is right and what is wrong. All these things are relative and subjective

Trust is totally a different thing than a blind belief. And knowing and experiencing is totally a different thing than a blind faith. There is a science behind everything. Veda means knowing. It is not a blind belief. It is not a blind faith. It is a science. And we can know the secrets of this science

All Upanishads say that everything has come out of nothingness. And the existential experience of this nothingness is divine. If nothingness is divine then everything that has come out of this nothingness also has to be divine. The Upanishads give a very beautiful definition of this nothingness. According to the Upanishads when we add something to nothingness, what remains behind is nothingness. And when we remove something from nothingness, what remains behind is the same nothingness. Nothingness is formless. Nothingness is wordless. And all forms have appeared out of this formless. And the same formless and nothingness is also hidden in all the forms. The formless is also there in all forms. The nothingness is also there in everything. 

A flower has a form but the fragrance of the flower is formless. A fruit has a form but the taste of the fruit is formless. Our body has a form but our soul is formless. A hardware like a computer has a form but the software is formless. In every form the formless is hidden. And in everything the nothingness is hidden. 

A flower is not possible without being a seed. A garden is not possible without a gardener. A teacher is not possible without being a student. A Master is not possible without being a genuine Seeker. And a Guru is not possible without being a genuine Disciple. And true knowledge is not possible without a real learning

An idol is a form but the formless is also hidden in the idol. The idol is only a symbol. The idol is only a metaphor. The idol is only a way to the divine. This is the reason why in the ancient Hindu culture every form is like a God. Every form is a form of God. The divine is hidden in every form. Therefore, every form in the universe is a form of the formless divine. 

There are two ways to experience the divine. One is to experience the divine directly without anything in between. This is the real way but the most difficult way. One has to prepare for this way. We have the habit of looking in the mirror to see ourselves, but can we look directly in the mirror of our consciousness? This could be difficult as a beginning. The other way is through a via-media. In the ultimate analysis nobody should stand between me and God. My body is a door to the body of God. And my soul is not only the center of my body but also the center of God's body. Therefore, everybody’s body is connected to God’s body and everybody’s soul is also connected to God’s soul. The whole visible universe is God’s body. And our body is connected to God’s body. The invisible universe is God’s soul. And our soul is connected to God’s soul. This is how we all are interdependent. We all are like the concurrent circles on the big circle called the God. Our bodies are born and die in the body of God. 

Let us do a small experiment. The experiment is that of a dart game. What do we do in the dart game? We make the center of the circle as our bull’s eye. And we learn to hit the center as a target. The game is very objective. It seems it is very difficult to learn anything in life without the objects and targets. Just look at the children? They are so much attached with their toys. This is okay. Because they are very young. This is how they learn and grow. Let us just reverse the above game. And let us try to hit at the very center of our being. Can we do this? This sounds very bizarre to us. This sounds very crazy to us. But this is what we need to do in the ultimate game of life. But this game is not objective. This is subjective. This game is not experimental but this game is experiential. This is subjective and individual. This simply means that it is subject to one’s own individual existential experience. 

We never feed a hard food to a new born baby. We have to feed a very light and liquid food. And we can not keep the child on the liquid food for the whole of life. And the mother prepares the child slowly for a harder food. This is how the child learns and grows. In the beginning, from the mother’s womb to till the child comes in the world, the child is interdependent. It is not only that the child is dependent on the mother, but the mother is also equally dependent on the child for her total experience of motherhood. 

This is how the Upanishads are very unique in their ways and approaches. In the beginning when the child is young and small they say, “Annam Brahmam”. This means that the food is Brahma. And when the child has grown they say, “Jnanam Brahmam”. This means that the knowledge is Brahma. Then they ultimately say, “Anandam Brahmam”. This means that the bliss is Brahma. The ultimate nature of God is blissfulness. The by-product of the existential experience of the nothingness is blissful. The by-product of the existential experience of nothingness is love, bliss, and compassion. God means a wordless existential experience. When I am not, the God is. And when I am, the God is just not possible. God is not to believe but to know. Oh my God !!

Joy of Giving - Sir Branson Way

Sir Richard Branson, a British entrepreneur and a billionaire has promised to donate at least half of his fortune to charity. He is a founder of the Virgin Group. He has added his name to the Giving Pledge campaign set-up by the U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

Sir Richard Branson and his wife Joan Templeman have said in their pledge letter that they wanted to use cash from the company to create ‘a healthy, equitable, and peaceful world for future generations to enjoy’.

According to the Daily Mail, they said, “stuff really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters”

The reports on the poverty in Britain are alarming. Nearly half of all the children living in the most deprived urban areas are living below the poverty line. 

The Giving Pledge was started three years ago by Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and Warren Buffett. And this initiative has encouraged more than 30 other U.S. billionaires to get on the board within just few months. This initiative does not actually accept any money but asks the billionaires to make a moral commitment to give away their wealth to charity and philanthropy. » Indian Express News 

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Life is really a mystery. Sometimes taking gives us happiness, and sometimes giving gives us happiness. And eventually surrender to the divine can give us the ultimate happiness. Henry Ford says that a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. In a true sense, we all are on a journey of happiness in life. The whole spectrum of Spirituality is to discover this happiness within. Taking can be a way to giving. And giving can be a way to surrender. Buddha gave everything he had to understand that inner joy and happiness. Money can lead to Moksha. Dollars can lead to Dhamma. And, a Business can lead to Buddhahood. 

Laws of Karma

Karma means doing. It is an action. It is an initiation. It is a direction. Non-action also means doing. It is an act of not doing some act. It is an act of deciding not to do an act. Doing and non-doing is an action and a choice

Let us look into the Laws of Karma. 

First law of karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s first law of motion which says, “Everything remains in a state of rest or motion unless an outside unbalanced force acts upon it”. This law is applicable to material bodies in the universe.

The darkness of a room remains in darkness unless an outside candle of light is brought inside the dark room. Everybody remains in a state of ignorance unless an outside balanced force of wisdom acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Tamas unless an outside balanced force of Sattva acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Rajas unless an outside balanced force of Satva acts upon him. This is the First Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Second Law of Karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s second law of motion which says, “The force is equal to mass times the acceleration”. Mathematically it is expressed as F = ma. This means that the force of a body is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. This means that the force is more when the mass is more. And the force is more when the acceleration is more. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe.

The force of Rajas is more powerful than the force of Tamas. The force of Satva is more powerful than the force of Rajas and Tamas. A person in Satva is more powerful than a person is Rajas and Tamas. This is the Second Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Third Law of Karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s third law of motion which says, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe. 

For every force of Tamas there is an equal and opposite force of Rajas. The force of Satva creates a balance. In Tamas there is Karma and in Rajas also there Karma. Because there is a doer in Tamas and and there is a doer in Rajas. But in Satva there is nothing called the Karma. Because in Satva the doer disappears in his doing. When the doer (Karta) disappears in his doing (Kratya) there is nothing called doing or Karma but only pure BEING. And the doing of this pure being is called a play (Leela). This is the Third Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Tamas means inertia or ignorance. Rajas means motion or passion. Sattva means balance or equanimity or dynamic equilibrium. 

This is what Krishna says in the Bhagavad Geeta

Karmanah Sukratasyahuh Sattvikam Nirmalam Phalam. 
Rajasastu Phalam Duhkhamjnanam Tamasah Phalam (14/16)

The result of a right action is pure and emerges from the state of Satva. The action done out of a state Rajas or passion results into misery. And the action done in a state of Tamas or ignorance brings unhappiness.

Significance of the Kumbha Mela

Kumbha is a word for an Urn. It is a word for an earthen pot. The Hindi word for the pot maker (Kumbhar) is also derived from this root. But why only an earthen pot and why not a metal pot? The reason is incredible. Just go back to the third Avatar of Vishnu. It is called the Boar Avatar. It is coming after the first Avatar that is the Matsya Avatar. The first life form is from the water in the form of a fish. The earth is separated from the ocean by the boar. But this is only symbolic. Boar has the quality and an attribute to separate the earth from the water. And this is only symbolic to say that water and earth are not separate. They are one and the same thing. In the process of evolution, the earth got separated from the oceans. The earth is a solid part of the ocean and the ocean is a liquid part of the same earth. This property and attribute of separation and crystallization is inbuilt in the whole process of evolution. In the same way the attribute of dissolution, melting, and becoming one with the whole is also inbuilt in the whole process of evolution. And this quality is crystallized only through churning and meditation. The separation of the earth from the oceans is a necessity in the further evolution of life from a fish form to a human form. For humans to survive the earth is needed separately. And even water is also needed separately. The fish can live in the water but the same fish can not live on the earth. The human being can live on the earth and also need water separately for that living. We also know that 3/4th of the earth is water and only 1/4th is actual earth. The same principle applies to a human being also. About 75% of the human body is water and only about 25% is non-watery and solid. This is how the five basic elements of creation are born. From nothingness came the Sky. From the Sky emerged Air. From the Air came Fire. From the Fire came Water. And from the Water came the Earth. And from the Water and the Earth the life is born. 

Kumbha Mela is only a metaphor for a gathering and to see the unity and oneness. The whole existence is interconnected. And this is an insight of the modern science. It is one whole. Some rivers meet at a place on the earth to become one. The whole separation goes away in that meeting. The meeting of the three rivers is even incredible. This meeting of the three rivers is called Triveni Sangam. This meeting and confluence is very significant. The meeting of the three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati is called Triveni Sangam. This is again symbolic for something incredible. 

Eventually all the rivers meet and merge in the ocean and become one. This unity is very significant. This oneness is spiritual. This oneness is divine. All separation is because of the perception of the mind. Just think that the ocean is like an Urn or Kumbha. When all the rivers meet there, it is like a Mela. It is like a gathering. In that gathering they all become one. They all become an ocean

In the same way our body and soul are not two separate things. Our body is like a Kumbha or Urn and the soul is like the water in the Kumbha or Urn. Our body is like the Kumbha (solid and tangible) and our soul is like the water (flowing and intangible). Our body has three layers. These three layers continuously churn to become one. These three layers of our being are: Tamas, Rajas, and Satva. Tamas means non-motion, Rajas means motion, and Satva means the balance. These three layers of our being are like the three rivers named above. When all these three layers meet, merge, and become one with the soul it is like the Triveni Sangam. This oneness is our true being. 

This churning is also like the churning of the Kshir Sagar or the Amrit Manthan. We all perceive that the body dies. But this is only a perception of the mind. When we experience or realize the soul, we also experience and realize that the soul is deathless and immortal. The body dies is only a perception. The body is only a perceptible part of the soul. The body is a seen part of the soul and the soul is an unseen part of the same body. They are one and the same and not separate. They are inseparable. All this separation is dissolved in an existential experience of the soul. This existential inner experience is called Enlightenment.

Just take the example of an ocean. In the turbulence of the ocean we perceive that the waves and the ocean are separate. But this is only a perception. When the ocean is silent, the waves of the ocean have disappeared in the ocean. The ocean looks silent and serene. The whole process has become one. The separation was only because of the churning. The same is the case with the ocean of our mind. When the waves in the ocean of our mind arise as thoughts we feel this separation. And in a silent state of the mind when the thoughts are no more the mind and body become one with the soul. This experience gives immense bliss. And this experience becomes a benediction. 

Just think what happens when many spiritual people gather at one place on the earth. The spiritual power can become a social power. And we can be able to remove any amount of evil in the society when this social power is backed by the spiritual power. The Kumbha Mela is only a metaphor for this spiritual power in the form of a social power. This is the true significance of the Kumbha Mela.

Newton’s Laws and Spirituality

The third law of Newton says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And this is immediate and instant. This means that for every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size but opposite in direction. And all this is again objective and material

Let us look into this law spiritually. When you do good, you may feel good. And when you do bad, you may feel bad. And this too can be immediate and instant. But this is individual and subjective. And this is spiritual. I can not force my good and my bad on the other. You may feel bad when you abuse your son or daughter for no reason at all. You may later on feel guilty for this behavior. You may repent for this action. You may rethink on all this. And this experience can have a transforming effect. This is subjective and individual. And all this depends on an individual’s empathy neurons. 

One of the best presidents of America, Abraham Lincoln, says, “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion”. This may be a religion to him. But the same may not be true for others. This is individual and subjective. We can not force this on the humanity. This has to be spiritual

We can only force on the humanity the laws of the land. And a law is not love. When there is no love, the law is needed. And when there is love, there is no need of any law. And love is a higher law. Love is a supreme law. The love of the divine is supreme. Buddha called this Dhamma. And this is spiritual

The above law is like the law of Karma. Karma means doing. Doing means an action. Even non-action means doing and is an action. And every action has a consequence. And every individual is responsible for the consequences of his action. The consequences can be either immediate or some time later. Nobody knows when. And nobody can predict. It is uncertain. And the consequences can be either good or bad. And good and bad are relative things. What is good to me need not be good to you. And what is bad to me need not be bad to you. This is again individual and subjective

Let us again look into the second law of Newton spiritually. Let us presume that every individual who is a unit of mass becomes spiritual like that of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mahavira, Osho, etc. Now just imagine the spiritual force and spiritual power on the earth!! Can you just imagine what will happen if this spiritual power becomes a social power

Can we reckon this spiritual power as a social power? The whole planet earth would be a heaven then. Otherwise, the third world war is not very far. The survival of the toughest and fittest is an old adage. The survival of the wisest has to be a new adage. We have to move from the Dark Age to an Enlightened Age. And all this can be only by our choice. And all this can only be by design and not by default.

Vishwaroopam, The Cosmic Being

Let us understand our body at the level of the matter. Our body is flesh, blood, bones, etc. Go further deeper, it is made-up of billions and trillions of cells. Each cell is a living body. Go further deeper into the cells. You come to the very basic building blocks of the matter - electrons, protons, and neutrons. And these electrons are travelling almost at the speed of light. Now compare this body with the universal body outside. The fundamental building blocks of the universe are also the same - electrons, protons, and neutrons. Now connect your own body with the outer universe because both have been reduced to their fundamental constituents. Everything has become one energy. Nobody knows from where it has started and nobody knows where will it end. Everything has become one single energy field. It is infinite. It is boundless. It contains everything that was needed before the big bang and it also has everything that is needed as of now. And it also has everything that is needed to go from here. The past, the present, and the future are all available in the cosmic form simultaneously. Everything is dynamic and everything is continuously changing. While I am writing this blog and posting it, you, me and everything is changing. We are not the same again. Have you still not seen your Vishwaroopam? 

But this is only intellectual. Our mind will never agree to this. The mind has its own doubts. The mind has its own agony and misery. Arjuna needed 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Geeta to explain everything possible by Krishna. But still there are doubts. Because the experience was not his own. A borrowed thing will always remain as borrowed. To own it means to discover it in one’s own inner being. This has to be existential. This has to be experiential. It can not be historical. It can not be mythological. And this has to be spiritual.

Now let us peep into our brain. According to the neurologists our brain is a 2.5 pounds jelly-like substance. And this substance has 100+ billion neurons in it. Old neurons die and new neurons come into being. There is a continuous big bang and big crunch going on there. There is a continuous evolution and dissolution happening there. Even there also, continuously old universes are dying and new universes are being born. Neurons carry information. They share information. They share and communicate information. These neurons in the brain continuously create a networking among themselves just like we create our Business Networking, Social Networking, and Spiritual Networking. They become friends and associate, and they also become enemies and dissociate. This on-off thing is going on between them continuously. And when you count the networking, the neurologists say that it is more than the number of the basic elements in the whole cosmos. Our mind is nothing less than a cosmos. Our mind is nothing less than a Brahma. Upanishads proclaim, “Aham Brahmasmi”. Have you still not seen the Vishwaroopam? 

But again this intellectual. It will not help much. The doubt will linger and it is good !! 

Let us now divide the being of the man psychologically. The three basic elements at the level of the matter evolve to the level of Tamas, Rajas, and Satva. These are the three psychological layers of the human being. Tamas is the outermost layer of the human being. This is the periphery of the human being. This is the circumference of our being. In this layer are the negative thoughts and negative emotions of a human being. And they are travelling at much bigger speeds than the speed of light. Because thoughts travel faster than light. As we go deeper, we confront and come across the other layers of our being. The next layer below is the layer of Rajas. And this layer is made of the positive thoughts and positive emotions. This is a much more stronger layer than the first layer of Tamas. Why? According to the physicists, as we move deeper from the circumference of the atom to the center of the atom the power increases. Protons are more powerful than the electrons. And the neutrons are more powerful than the protons and electrons. Therefore, the layer of positive thoughts and positive emotions is more powerful than the layer of negative thoughts and negative emotions. The layer of Rajas is more powerful than the layer of Tamas. Let us go further deeper. Now we come to a third layer called the Satva. The layer of Satva contains the neutral thoughts and neutral emotions. The layer of Satva is more powerful than the layer of Rajas and Tamas. At the very core of our being is an absolute silence. Now there are no thoughts. All thoughts have dispersed just like how in a silent ocean the noise-making waves disappear. In this silent state of our being we experience the divine. This is our soul. This is our center. This is the state of our true being. The by-product of this state is an infinite empathy, love, compassion, and bliss. This is the state of a Sachitananda

Now we have discovered our true being. This is how we have moved into the three layers of our being - unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, and consciousness. When we bring in our consciousness to our unconsciousness, the unconsciousness simply dissolves and disappears. Our unconsciousness is far bigger than our consciousness. According to the psychologists the unconsciousness is 7-times bigger than the consciousness

Just take the example of a dark room. Let us say that the entire room is filled with absolute darkness. Let us call this as one of the layers of our being. Let us say that this is the layer of our unconsciousness. Now let us bring a small candle of light. The light of the candle has yet not spread the entire room. Let us say the point at which the darkness and light encounter is called the layer of our sub-consciousness. This is just an intersection of the two layers. Slowly and slowly the light of the candle spreads the room and the entire room which was dark has become illuminated. Now the entire room is filled with the light and there is no darkness. This illuminated state of the dark room is like the state of our consciousness

And this is only a half of the journey. You have only discovered yourself. You have discovered your own center. You have discovered your own soul. You have not yet discovered the very center of the divine - the super-consciousness. The waves have become one with the ocean. The waves have become the ocean. But the ocean has still not merged into the super-ocean. You have still not merged with the divine. You have still not become one with the One

These three layers of our being, that is, the unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, and consciousness function at three levels - Individual, Collective, and the Cosmic. 

When your individual being is dissolved in the cosmic being it is called the cosmic consciousness. At a cosmic level the three layers of the individual being, that is, the Tamas, Rajas, and Satva, evolve to the level of Shivam, Sundaram, and Satyam. When your individual being is dissolved in the being of the cosmos you become a cosmic being. This is an ultimate experience. This is called the cosmic consciousness. This is the real Vishwaroopam. This is the Cosmic Being. 

But this is still a form (Roopa). And the divine is formless (Aroopa), and can yet manifest in many forms. This cosmic being has emerged out of the formless called the super-consciousness. And this super-consciousness is beyond all forms. This is beyond all the concepts of our mind. This is beyond all our names. This is beyond all our definitions. This is beyond all our formulations. Now you can not name it. You can only feel it and experience it. And just for the sake we are calling it super-consciousness. Just for the heck we are calling it super-consciousness. This is just a pure nothingness

Mythology is only a metaphor for a hidden truth. Mythology is only a symbolic expression of a hidden reality. The mythological Krishna is only a symbolic expression for the above ultimate reality. God is not a person. There is nothing called God as a person. There is something called the divinity. It is a quality. It is a meaning. It is a state. It is like a Tatva. It is like a law. It is like a principle. It is like a pure energy. And this can be one’s existential inner experience. 

As long as we believe in a mythology, it will only remain as a myth. But when we try to uncover the myth, it may become an existential reality. How long can we seduce, deceive, and exploit the humanity with the mythological Krishna? No, it will not serve any purpose. 

The future humanity has to be very intelligent. If the humanity does not survive, our any kind of truth, mythological or real will have no meaning. We are only killing the potential intelligence of the whole humanity by all this nonsense. When Krishna is talking to Arjuna, he is only representing the super-consciousness because he has experienced the same. 

Let us please attain to the real Vishwaroopam. Let us be the real Arjuna. Krishna is eternally waiting for the real Arjuna

Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata. 
Abhyuthanam adharmasya tadathmanam srijamyaham. (4/7) 

Paritranaya sadhunam vinashayacha dushkritam. 
Dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. (4/8) 

The eternal Krishna has always been there. He has never gone anywhere. There is no need for him to come again and again. He has always been here. Only here and here. Always !!