Saturday, February 17, 2007

Universal Consciousness And Cosmic Energy

Reasoning mind and intuitive mind are essentially two modes of expression of the same one-mind. Rationalists deny the existence of cosmic consciousness. To them, the reasoning mind is a consequence of the complexity of neurochemical structure that constitutes the human mind. It is accepted that reason and intuition operate at two different levels; one analyses external experience and the other has inner vision. One dominates the working of conscious state while the other is active in the quiescent state of the still mind.

Since ages, eastern philosophers have said that human senses only generate the data and one gets decisive knowledge through consciousness. The physical brain is said to be the hardware that operates on the software of consciousness that gets modified through memory-based experiences and habitual patterns. Intuition is treated as illusory and unreal.

Spiritualists have always asserted that there are some preconditions to be met before a conscious mind can qualify to experience intuitive reality. Shedding of individual-centric thinking is one such requirement. This can be done only through a long practice of stilling the conscious mind. One would generally expect that unless this is done, it would be rather unfair to reject the intuitive experience as unscientific and illusionary. Equally, sages have termed sense perception as unreliable for want of completeness, be it in spectrum of input or the conditioning of mind.

The concept of supreme consciousness is considered a prespace time reality, independent of the human brain. To the spiritualists, it is the ultimate reality of cosmic creation. Scientists want verifiable proof or quantifiable measurement. The spiritualists view it as a unifying concept and an experiential reality. They find the instruments and tools of scientists unsuitable and trust only their own trained minds to provide them glimpses of spiritual reality. This lack of trust has prevented the launching of a joint effort in search of reality. However, verified knowledge of scientists and experiential wisdom of spiritualists can together enrich our lives.

The relevance of intuitive flashes in the working of the conscious mind is also not lost on some scientific thinkers. In fact, some of the breakthroughs in science are a result of these intuitive flashes. The idea is intuitive and the reasoning mind develops a mathematical structure on it.

To rise above intellect level, you need to shed ego as reason and logic are no longer relevant. The transition stage is where you disconnect with the material world and enter the intuitive one of spirit, to tune in to the universal mind. Your desires are transcended to the universal will and your actions are always right. One essentially becomes universal in outlook and personal interests lose their importance.

The intuitive life of spiritual existence is inherently different from the life of a conditioned mind of egoistic desires. Just as cosmic energy is the reality of a scientist’s rational mind, universal consciousness is the reality of a spiritualist’s intuitive mind. It is unwise to equate the two realities since they are seen at two different levels of perception.

The quest for ultimate reality has been pursued both by the reasoning mind (the scientist) and the intuitive mind (the spiritualist). This pursuit of the nature of reality is the common aim of the scientist and the spiritualist. Only in this ultimate reality, faith and reason seem to coalesce. The reality is seen as vacuous and indescribable and yet it exists.

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