As in Micro, so in Macro. The whole exists within the minutest particle and the minutest particle contains the whole. The atom contains the universe and the universe contains the atom, and neither exists without the other. Creator exists within creation, even as creation exists within creator.
– Brahmarishi Mayan, circa 10,500 BC
Spirituality is the Ultimate Source of Reality. All the Universe, Nature, Science, Mathematics, Physics, Music, Dance, Arts and Architecture follow the same pattern. All are the application of one and the same. Based on our field of interest we can choose any one and do a deep analysis. At the end every one will join at one same point. The video given above is an excellent analysis to show the application of Spirituality in each and every atom of Universe from Mathematical point of view.
Self-knowledge is a simply a matter of understanding yourself and knowing what makes you tick. Each of us is a unique individual and not one of us is perfect because we are human beings. The perfect human being is yet to be born.
“The Self unfolds Itself, by Itself, for its Self” – Bhagavad Geetha
We are all actually the embodied soul (Self or Higher Self or Inner Self) represented as shown above. But we often refer our self with our lower self (Mind /Ego). When we try to know our Inner Self (Soul) by our self (Mind) and finally become one with the Universal Soul, that is known as self-knowledge or self-realization or Moksha or Nirvana or Samadhi or Infinite state or Brahman or GOD or Pure Consciousness or Infinite Consciousness or Ultimate Reality.
All the great and wise persons, Siddhars, Rishis, Sages, Yogis are all the seeker of the Absolute Truth or Knower of their Self only. Some of the well-known persons are Buddha, Mahavira, Maha Avataar Baba, Jesus, 18 Siddhars and there are many number of persons throughout India, China and rest of the world. All these persons are known as Spiritual persons.
Spirituality is nothing but knowing their own higher Self. All the Religions in the world are formed by the followers of this great person with the great notion to take it to common man in simple ways. Since concept of Infinite Consciousness can be only felt and cannot be explained exactly, many stories/poems/scripts are formed in understandable forms along with the ways to achieve it for common man. Science tries to understand this process by reasoning it and try to replicate the same. Mathematics, Architecture, Music, Dance, Arts are a few to name. All inventions in this world by human are just the application of the same.
All the above are just my humble thoughts in the course of learning from different sources and self-analysis. Appreciate your thoughts and feedback to know our Self better! 🙂
Compensatory Advantage in Sense Perception
In some persons, the sense of hearing is more developed than the sense of sight. Judges have acute hearing. Commanders-in-chief have acute sight. The profession itself forces them to develop the particular sense. Blind people have acute sense of hearing. If one Sense is defective, nature compensates by developing more another Sense. One of my friends knows of a blind man who can feel the nature of the color by mere touch.
Speech is even the sight of the Soul. Speech means here sound, the object of the sense of hearing. When this sense is enlightened, reflection is produced in the mind. By the mind effort to obtain external thing is made; for by the mind one sees, one hears. When one, at a time at night in the dark, cannot distinguish where sound arises (be it the neighing of horses or the braying of donkeys or the barking of dogs), he resorts there whence speech proceeds.
It is the mind that really sees, tastes, smells, hears and feels. When you begin to think of the picture of GOD with closed eyes, it is through the mind’s eye that you see the picture. An occultist can dispense with his physical, fleshy eyes and can see directly with his mind. A devotee, being one with GOD, sees directly with the eye of seed-body. A Self Realized person sees with the eye of Knowledge of Soul.
How Soul Perceives
In the mind, will and sight are separate. In pure subconscious mind, will and seeing are one; will and sight are combined and no longer, as in the case of mind, separated from each other. Soul does not need fourfold mind (mind, intellect, ego and subconscious mind) to sense, think and reason. Soul does not need eyes to see. He is self-luminous. He gives light to everything. He imparts light to fourfold mind. He gives light and power to the Senses. He is a mass of knowledge. He knows everything through Self-knowledge. He sees within Himself through Self-knowledge the whole universe as His own.
How to Perceive Soul
Soul is not an object. It is to be felt by direct spiritual cognition. Knowledge of Soul (Existence or Truth Absolute) comes through feeling and meditation (spiritual experience, direct perception) wherein the seer, sight and seen merge into the one existence like the bubble in the ocean.
Learning on Perception ends with this part. Hope it thrown some light on our current perception of the world! 🙂
Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda
Creation of world is an imagination of the mind. This delusion of the world is enacted by the mind and the mind alone. Mind is the world. The mind manifests itself as the external world. This universe is nothing but a mode of the mind, self-evolved from Brahman (Soul Consciousness), the cause of the universe. All the universes which appear only through Mind are no other than its modes. The mind is subjectively consciousness and objectively it is this universe. Hence, this all-pervading world is nothing but consciousness itself!
When we see a mango tree, it is external to us. There is externality. The mango tree is a mental percept. It is a mental concept also. There is no mango tree apart from the mind. We know the existence of the tree through the mind only. There is a mental image in the mind. The image in the mind plus the external something is the mango tree. Even if we close your eyes, we can get at the image through memory.
Our body also is as much external to us as that yonder mango tree. It is also a mental percept or mental concept. The mango tree is external to us with reference to our body only. The mango tree itself is a mere appearance that floats in the Absolute or the One Reality. As the mango tree is external to us from the standpoint of our body, and as the body itself is external to us, the idea of externality of the mango tree or this external universe is blown up now. The term internality also has a false existence only. There is internality only with reference to the externality. If the externality goes away, where is the internality? Both the terms internality and externality are mere illusions, creations of the mind. There is only the solid existence, the One Reality or Absolute behind the so-called internality and externality. That is the Real, Infinite!
The View of Modern Medical Science
According to modern science, light-vibrations from outside strike the retina and an inverted image is formed there. These vibrations are carried through optic tract and optic thalamus to the center of vision in the occipital lobe of the brain in the back part of the head. There, a positive image is formed. Then only, you see the object in front of you.
Perception According to Sankhya Philosophy
The real back-ground of perception is the Soul. Fleshy eyes are only external instruments for perception. Eye is not an organ of vision. The organ of vision is a center situated in the brain; so is the case with all senses. Mind is connected with the Senses, the Senses with the corresponding centers in brain and the centers, with the physical organs, to the external object. The mind presents the sensation to Intellect ; Intellect takes it to the Soul. Now, real perception takes place. Soul gives order to Intellect.
Then, Intellect, after proper decision and judgment and after taking into consideration the pros and cons of the subject on hand, gives orders back to the mind, for execution through the motor centers (organs of action). Intellect is the President and Judge who hears the statements of the Advocate, viz., the mind. Mind plays two parts, viz., (i) that of an Advocate and (ii) that of a Commander-in-Chief. After receiving decisive orders from Intellect, the mind acts the part of a Commander-in-Chief and executes the orders of Intellect through the five soldiers, the five Senses.
First of all, there is the instrument for instance, the fleshy eye. It takes the sense-impressions to the center. The mind is then connected with the center and the external instruments, namely, the physical eye, ear, etc. The mind carries the impressions still further and presents them to the Intellect, the determinative faculty, which reacts. Then flashes out the idea of egoism, which self-arrogates and identifies with lower self. Then the mixture of action and reaction is presented to the Soul who perceives an object in the mixture.
Knowledge comes through contact with objects. To know an object in the world, Senses, Ego and Soul are required. Senses will see the object. Mind will make it appear. Intellect, with the help of consciousness, will understand it. Mind, senses and the external instruments such as the physical eye, ear, etc., should all be joined together. Then only perception of an object is possible. The object comes in contact with the senses. The senses are linked to the mind. The mind is connected to the Soul. The Soul illumines. This is with reference to the physical plane.
Illustration of Perception
When you see a mango tree, it is external to you. There is externality. The mango tree is a mental percept. It is a mental concept also. There is no mango tree apart from the mind. You know the existence of the tree through the mind only. There is a mental image in the mind. The image in the mind plus the external something is the mango tree. Even if you close your eyes, you can get at the image through memory. The green color of the leaves is due to a certain rate of light vibrations (say, 10 millions of vibrations). These light vibrations strike at the retina and are taken to the vision center at the back of the brain. The mango-leaves have the power to split the white rays and absorb the green color only. So says science.
Your body also is as much external to you as that yonder mango tree. It is also a mental percept or mental concept. The mango tree is external to you with reference to your body only. The mango tree itself is a mere appearance that floats in the Absolute or the One Reality. As the mango tree is external to you from the standpoint of your body, and as the body itself is external to you, the idea of externality of the mango tree or this external universe is blown up now. The term internality also has a false existence only. There is internality only with reference to the externality. If the externality goes away, where is the internality? Both the terms internality and externality are mere illusions, creations of the mind. There is only the solid existence, the One Reality or Absolute behind the so-called internality and externality. That is the Real, Infinite. “I” is your own lower self.
Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda
In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, then the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.