Friday, February 03, 2017

Consciousness – Have it Neat


Life is a journey from relativity to singularity or from imperfection to perfection. Life is change and the change is possible in relativity domain alone. The relativity domain is encompassed by Singularity or perfect consciousness.

The progression of life has been evolutionary i.e. from lower level of consciousness to the higher levels. Consciousness is singular descending from the singularity. All forms of life derive consciousness from this single source on time sharing basis. Each one of us possesses a different level of consciousness depending upon our genetic evolution, species, inheritance, environment, location, ability, company, upbringing & personal efforts.

There are different levels of manifestations of consciousness viz.

BASIC LEVELS – Sensory & Survival
Awareness - sensory consciousness

Lowers-Middle Level –Basic instincts and Survival
Feeling & experience
Basic perception
Pleasure and pain

Middle Levels – Competition
Attitude and behavior,
Happiness and sadness

ADVANCED LEVELS- Striving for Excellence
Foresight & intuition

Think of a Wi-Fi; mobile phones, laptops, computer or TV sets, they all are receiving their signal from the air and producing the output according to the data they lock on to as per their design and wish of their operator. Without that signal of consciousness they are as good as dead.  

Similarly, all the living organisms are communicating with consciousness from a common source. The basic objective information received and perceived thru senses is same in all organisms. e.g. whosoever with eyes have X in their visible range will see X and whosoever with ears have him within hearing range will hear him and whosoever with nose within smelling range of him will be able to sniff his presence in the vicinity. Those with only touch sensors will be able to feel him upon touch and so on. The basic information transferred will be identical to all in the form of basic awareness. However, retaining that information is again a relative ability.

Awareness or observation would then induce a feeling of pain or pleasure or indifference. The perception of the observation then prompts a reaction within the observer, which primarily would be in accordance to the basic instincts ingrained and propelled by the genes of the species. The living being is very predictable and its interaction with the consciousness is very limited to low levels till this hardware stage. e.g. a cow sees grass and feels hungry and eats it and cuds on merrily. Not much of consciousness is at play.

Then a Lion sees a cow herd. He too feels hungry and wants to eat. Lion watches the herd carefully hiding behind the grass and bushes. Selects a weak target and then slowly and stealthily moves close to the target and then runs after it. The target runs too to save self and there is a skillful chase after which the target escapes leaving the lion hungry and dejected. A higher level of consciousness manifested here though still a product of the basic instinct.

The fundamental rule of life is to survive and reproduce. Each instance of life is designed to be selfish in order to preserve the instance till its natural expiry; also, during the currency of the instance it is expected to produce its own replicas (reproduction) to promote its species and class at augmented level of consciousness. The instance receives the information to survive by the way of genes from its parents then remains under their protection till its ready to acquire its own, which in turn are passed on to its own offspring. That is called Evolution of life.

Each instance of life comes equipped with upto date hardware and further adds on new software using the consciousness to deal with the new events. We call it learning. Life interacts with consciousness only while learning. Normal routine life can be lived in sub-conscious state. Thus learning is imperative for manifestation of consciousness, hence the Evolution. 

Evolution means higher level of competition to achieve greater functionality and give rise to an instance which is more complex and better equipped to understand the nature and survive. Our universe is limited by time and space and life comes packed in a minuscule size body with very limited reach.

It’s the consciousness which prompts life to seek and breach limits of the physical world through learning as if consciousness is trying to discover itself through life or trying to liberate a piece of it captured in the relative zone. It’s a bid to strive for perfection in an imperfect world.

Players and sport persons practices for hour, honing skills to win and excel. Scientists & scholars work on their projects day and night to discover unknown, artists passionately toil to deliver master pieces. And sadhus & monks meditate to master their senses. All of them constantly try to manifest consciousness in its highest form in our limited world. The uphill journey to top requires one to come out of the personal comfort zone and enslave the senses. One has to endure extreme physical pain with undeterred persistence and will in order to achieve the top spot.

In very high states of consciousness, time dilates and space shrinks, making it possible for the piddle fart living being to grow and become at par with the vast universe. e.g. at Roger Federer’s consciousness level at tennis court, the court shrinks and the zipping ball appears to be moving at snail pace.  

However, the real limitations are not posed by space and time but by our own senses and ego. The senses act like gravity and Ego acts like mass in our flight to singularity. At low levels of consciousness, senses exert maximum force like gravity on a stationary rocket. Life is in full control of the senses. Life is at rest or in sub-conscious state in such a condition. But as the life starts negating senses with sheer will, the rocket takes off heading towards singularity. But as the life gathers momentum into the consciousness, EGO, the mass, starts bloating. By the time one reaches the relative top, it becomes hard for one to sustain any further and only way then is down. For one to attain perfection and manifest top level consciousness, it is imperative that one must keep offloading ego on the way to top and finally merge with singularity jettisoning I in whole and uniting with pure consciousness in a state of bliss... From being just a particle, to be in a whole wave harmony! Hey, you observer, buzz off.

"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all being in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye." ~ Buddha

"I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as a derivative of consciousness." ~ Max Planck

“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”~  Erwin Schrödinger

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness." ~ Albert Einstein

"The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness." ~ Rajneesh

“I don't believe that consciousness is generated by the brain. I believe that the brain is more of a receiver of consciousness.” ~  Graham Hancock

Evolution - raised level of consciousness
“You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high. You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light.” ~  Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” ~  Brian Cox

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.” ~  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” ~  Aldous Huxley, the Art of Seeing

"The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are." ~  David Icke

"Consciousness is a term that refers to the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. Consciousness manifests itself in several ways: intelligence, knowledge, intuition, bliss, perception, emotions, will, attitude and behaviour, awareness of pleasure and pain. Life and consciousness are coextensive. Wherever there is life, there is consciousness and vice versa. But there are degrees of explicitness or manifestation of consciousness in different organisms. In the lowest class of organisms, it is very much latent, while in human beings, it is very much manifest." ~  Jain World

Pain/ Efforts & consciousness
"There is no birth of consciousness without pain." ~  Carl Jung

"If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution." ~ M. Scott Peck