Wednesday, December 7, 2016

35. Role of the Moon for Progeny.

Sun Light is trapped in the leaves by the plants to convert water absorbed by roots and carbon-di-oxide got from atmosphere into a form of energy called Glucose. Science has termed this process as Photosynthesis. It is most vital for the survival of the plant. The Sun Light is absorbed by Chlorophyll, a green pigment in leaves.

Will the leaves get anything from the moon light???

What has our scriptures got to say about it. Let us see.

Purusha Sukta which is a part of Rig Veda describes the Cosmic Being. While mentioning the advent of moon it says “Chandrama Manaso Jatha” meaning out of the Cosmic Beings mind came the moon. Generally when addressing a mentally ill person we hear people use the word “Lunatic” the word Luna is moon in Latin.

We Indians know since ages that moon represents the mind. The emotions of a person have a subtle link to the waxing and waning of the moon. There are instances where people often complain to the psychiatrist that their sleep is disrupted on full moon day. Despite all the available modern comforts to sleep lunar cycles still alter our brain activity to influence the mind and disrupt sleep. So the influence of moon on mind is not a mystery.

Our ancients believe that Surya is Atma Karaka and Chandra is Manah Karaka. Consciousness is Sun and Mind is Moon. Sri Sri Sankara explains very well in Tattva Bodha the characteristic of the Jeevatma (Individual Consciousness).

Jeevatma is an amalgamation of Consciousness and Mind. Jeevatma feels like Paramatama (Absolute Consciousness) and thinks it is invincible. This Jeevatma is likened to an iron ball which is black and cold in Tattva Bodha. When the iron ball which is black and cold is thrown into a blazing fire the ball will become hot and red by acquiring the characteristics of the fire. Without Consciousness the Jeevatma is just a Preta (cluster of thought). This cluster of thoughts is also referred to as Sukshma Deha (Subtle Body).

In Akshara Parabrahma Yoga, the chapter 8 of Bhagavad-Gita Sri Krishna talks of two paths taken by the Sukshma Deha after death. Those who have attained liberation merge with Him by taking the Sun Path (merger with Absolute Consciousness). Those with unfulfilled desires and untold ambitions take the form of Preta and is reborn again to fulfil them. The Pret takes the Moon patha and from there it takes the route to the vital fluid of male species through plants.

The Moon sheds light what is called Chandrakanti which is absorbed by the leaves. The Preta slips from the moon beam onto the leaf and the leaf takes shape of the bud and the bud blossoms to be a flower and from the flower comes the produce, be it a fruit or a grain. The male species consume it and deposit it in the womb of the female species. The progeny continues.......

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

34. Mind & Consciousness....

The moment the mind realises that “I am, so the World is” then it has comprehended the Vedantic reality. The mind which imagines that “World is, so I am” it is yet in the iron clutches of materialism. What is written in the first line as “Mind” is that which is inside when it projects outside it is matter. When projected outside it assumes the form of subject, whereas in relative sense it is only an object to the subject (Consciousness). Mind exists because of Consciousness. 

Consciousness and the Mind are like Sun and Moon respectively. Moon shines because of the Sun, Mind flourishes because of Consciousness. So in that sense both are inseparable. 

Mind performs dual role. In one role it induces desire which incites action. In the other role it reacts or responds to the situations. When Ego dominates Mind reacts, when in conjunction with Consciousness Mind responds.

We humans are born with a bundle of thoughts. There is thought sphere in which we all are functioning. It is hard to conclude whether the thoughts come from outside or they are transmitted through the genes, or both. In the process of dispensing with them we accumulate more and more of them. The memories of the past and the fantasies of the future are the fodder for the thought. 

Mind full of thoughts is clouded. When Mind is clouded it cannot transmit the light of Consciousness in fullness. Mind has to be crystal clear. The clouded Mind does not grasp the whole. The flip flop of the Mind makes it clouded. Mind does not stay in one place it is always oscillating between the past and the future. It is this oscillation that formulates the Mind. If the Mind is in the present it is no longer needed. Mind has its presence in the future as well as in the past not in the present. 
This oscillation between the past and the future entwines the thought to become a knot, and astonishingly it is the same Mind which untangles it. 

It is interesting to know that the very instrument used to free ourselves from the thing called “Mind”, is the Mind. Hence some ancient seers and modern thinkers feel that there is no such thing called Mind. Hence they point out to Consciousness reiterating the Mahavakya of Upanishad “Tat Tvam Asi.”  That is what Advaita mean the oneness.  

If this is true does Mind exist???

  • Yes, Mind does exist but it has four features. Mind still is Divine; Mind swaying is Human; Mind stalled is Guru; Mind swinging is psychotic.