You may read the first part of this blog here (in case you have not covered it yet): Universal Knowledge. Your Life. Part 1.
Further, starting with this blog I would provide you a small exercise or practice (note that unless there’s a practice, realizing a theory generally does not hold good), which of course is up to you to work through.
By the way, at this point you may think that what’s the point in getting into such serious discussions, where there are more fruitful, or rather fun-filled surprises in pursuing other things in life. But believe me, there’s a fat chance that this notion may change as you read through this series.
So we start the next discussion with the basic premise of the existence of the entity ‘P’ or the energy field of consciousness.
Now, before we go back to how this P has anything to do with the larger questions I had put up in my last blog, let us see why we do a given action at all (I am underlining the actions in the following examples). For example, why would you feel that doing something else is more fun that reading this blog? Or, why would a thief love to steal? Or, why would you buy a macbook while you still have a good old laptop? Or, why do people aspire to get a BMW? Or, why would you suddenly want to run away to a green meadow in the event of huge work pressure, or a quarrel with your better half?
Some say it’s for a higher value. Some say, it is more about getting a better bang for the buck. Or, it gives either more fun or more comfort.
Now if you really think on the above reasons, it all leads to a feeling of ‘freedom’ or ‘salvation’. Else, there is no other definition of value, fun, comfort, or bang for buck. Taking the above examples; doing other things rather than reading this blog, or getting a mac or a BMW, or stealing, or running away to that far-fetched meadow, brings in such a feeling. But then, is that feeling temporary or an enduring one? You will find that it is temporary; stealing feeds the thief but puts him into a bondage of fear. Running away to a meadow leads to another bondage of the worry of being lost, or being hidden. Obtaining anything material such as a macbook or a BMW again leads to a bondage in taking responsibility of such possession.
In fact, anything we do actually is to find freedom, find salvation – may be from a living being, a non-living entity, a state of mind, or simply a feeling or experience. Whereas the first two are quite visible, the latter are subtle and do not have a visible existence. But still all these four factors make up the world we experience everyday. (By the way, did you watch the animated movie, “Inside Out”?)
So what is that enduring salvation?
The answer lies in realizing the very entity from which all these feelings, material possessions and everything that you see, hear, smell, touch or taste sprang up. And yes, you possibly guessed it right – the entity P; collective consciousness of this entire universe – omnipresent and inside you.
But why try realizing P? Are you not already conscious or ‘in control’ anyway?
Two reasons – (a) firstly, you are not that conscious that you feel you are; if that was the case, why are you not feeling the flow of blood, let alone control it, that incessantly circulates in your body? Or, why does your ear not catch the loud music outside while you are deeply engrossed in reading a nice article (not this, of course!), (b) Every action that you do leads to an experience; this experience is a result, either good or bad, that acts as a bondage to which you again respond with another action, and so on; so your behavior is already set in a pattern. Therefore, the only action that is left to be done which can free you from any bondage is something that does not lead to any result; and that is the realization of P, given that P does not lead you to anywhere further, there is nothing more to achieve beyond it, and there is no answer to ‘why P exists’ because P exists and does not exist at the same time (remember Schrodinger’s theory in high school physics?)
The doubt in your mind. Till now, it was nice reading, but then here is the point where you will either believe or not believe whatever I have told you. But then, it was you who wanted to find the answers. And that made you read this far, isn’t it? If still interested, read on … (or come back from a coffee break)
There are three more benefits in trying to realize P (note that I am not saying that you will be yet successful though, but it’s worth the try) – (a) there is no harm in trying; unless you have tried, there’s no point in saying that you believe or you don’t believe something, (b) it helps you realize that you are not a lone isolated entity but a part of this entire collective consciousness that does not die [so in principle, you conquer, rather ‘stop worrying about’, death], (c) <I won’t talk about this last benefit yet>
NOTE – Whatever be your experiences in trying to do this, it would be your own personal experience. Hence, share only with someone who practices the same. The realization of P is very personal, and takes time, but it does happen (let us start with this basic belief, right? As I said, do not discard this as weird before you have tried doing it)
PRACTICE SESSION – say, 10 minutes; for 1 week or more
You can practice this either at the start of your day (that is what I do) or before you go to sleep. Whenever it is, it will be good if you eat light and try to do this regularly.
1. Sit straight on a flat surface, breathe normally and close your eyes.
2. Think of four things that you have recently encountered – an action-based feeling that you strongly felt (may be hitting your boss hard on his nose, or a strong desire to flirt with someone), a certain state of mind (sadness, happiness, anger, or whatever), an action, good or bad, you actually did to someone or something (say, scoring a goal on the soccer field by kicking the ball hard, or giving a penny to a beggar). Try for a few seconds to concentrate on each of these.
3. Next, pick up each one of them in your mind and imagine throwing it into an infinite darkness, supposedly that P. Imagine it to be vanishing off in entirety, and try hard not to kind of remember it. Go to the next one and repeat.
4. Once done for all four, think only of the infinite darkness that ate up all you thoughts a few minutes back. Then slowly come out of this thought itself and open your eyes. What or how did you feel?
(Note that at first, it can be very hard to even sit straight and concentrate … and slowly it improves with practice)
That’s not the end … if still interested, my next blog on this series will be coming up soon.