I am grateful to my readers who received my serialized blog The Ultimate Truth : Facts & Fiction with a great welcome and appreciation. Some readers could not keep track of all the ten parts and they have expressed a desire that I should post a consolidated version of all the ten parts for their convenience. Honoring their wishes I post today the consolidated content so that they may have a unified picture of the whole by referring back to the parts that they might have missed. An impartial feedback and related questions from the readers are welcome.
The Ultimate Truth : Facts & Fiction ( Consolidated Parts I to X & Foreword )
( Notes and Disclaimer )
I share with my fellow travelers the perceptions, insights,visions ,hallucinations, findings, discoveries,facts and fiction experienced during my meditational jaunts.
The statements made in the forthcoming series under the collective title "The Ultimate Truth: Facts & Fiction" are not claimed to be correct, authentic or supported by any religious scriptures.These can at best be called the personal fancies of a seeker after truth about the reality of the universe perceived as purely personal individual experience without any religious intentions or overtones. The exercise is completely nonreligious, universal, scientific and academic undertaken with a view to reaching some consensus after comparing and contrasting the experiences of the other seekers under similar conditions.
The purpose of recording the statements is the research to be based on similarities of the experiences of the other like-minded individuals, who are hereby requested to send their feedback either in the comments section or through private messages.
The similarity of certain statements with other earlier recorded documents on various aspects are purely coincidental or the result of my absorption what I have read or heard so far and I express my gratitude to the original exponents for that.
No claim to any originality of the thought is claimed, though the language and expression are my own. All the thoughts have been excavated from the Universal Thought Bank and the Collective Consciousness during my meditational jaunts.
The Ultimate Truth -something that the whole world is looking for, I have also been
doing the same for a long time now. There is no dearth of the people who claim that they know it all. Many believe that it is lying buried in the ancient scriptures and are trying to dig it up from there. Some highly learned scholars who could explore new horizons are simply content with the knowledge available in our scriptures.Either their initiative and drive has been suppressed by the fake Gurus who can't tolerate any deviation from the lines drawn by them or they have somehow come to believe in our oft repeated false glory that all knowledge has been given to us directly by God and there is nothing more that can be done.The language of the ancient scriptures is not fully comprehensible and this gives a free play to the scholars to come out with their own interpretations some times absolutely unrelated and distorted beyond recognition. There are numerous genuine scholars and institutions that are working honestly and dedicatedly for the promotion of human values based on our ancient knowledge but for the common man there is no telling from the genuine to the fake. Besides for the genuine persons there is always financial crunch. Because of the multi billion market of Divinity and Divine products the number of imitators and fakes is on the rise at an alarming speed. Most of the religious thinkers and philosophers are simply selling the old stuff in the fashion of old wine in new bottles. That too could be tolerated if the quality of product had not been tampered with.
Under the circumstances there is urgent need of aggressive and rebellious youth, whose brains are yet unsullied by the traditional Indian thought to embark on a journey to find their own path without gloating over our past glory. I am ill-equipped to say anything to the genuine learned scholars of Indian religious thought and philosophy but my humble suggestion to them is that they should try to look beyond the heights already scaled by our ancient ascetics.
The Ultimate Truth : Facts & Fiction
The ultimate truth about this universe is that it is packed to the capacity. Nothing ,can be added to it and nothing can be taken out of it. It is infinite, it has no beginning and no end. Except this phenomenon of universe man can not imagine anything without beginning or end and he knows no reason how and why this universe can be beginningless and endless.It is fully insulated from any outside influences or intrusions Every movement in it is highly disciplined and regulated. In fact there is nothing outside it..Nothing new comes up here except change ,transmutation and transformation of that is already there. There is no BIRTH and no DEATH in this universe, only change of material shapes and forms and different permutations and combinations of non-material aspects, such as, soul, consciousness, brain, mind, memory, ego, intellect, etc. Thus the law of change and transformation applies to every aspect - abstract and concrete.. No new thoughts, ideas or philosophies. Everything has always been there and will be there.These basic characteristics of the universe are beyond human mind, intelligence or logicThis fact has already been accepted by the scientists in the principle that nothing can be created and nothing can be destroyed. In the absence of answers related to these mysteries of the universe GOD comes in handy to be the cause of all that cannot be understood or explained by the human mind. According to the law of antithesis nothing can exist in isolation without its antithetical aspect, not even GOD, so there is DEVIL to authenticate the existence of GOD.That way I am not presenting any new idea, what I am trying to do is to explore the implications of some unexplainable and enigmatic divine facts and that too from my own view point.
It is interesting to imagine what the world was like when man was in the earliest stage of evolution. He was like any other animal fighting for his survival on a level ground but after the evolution he has come to occupy an exclusive and higher pedestal in Animal Kingdom as a Thinking and Social Animal. This thinking of man has bifurcated his existence into two aspects: physical and metaphysical, and has opened up new vistas of living at a higher plane not accessible to other animals for the time being.
As of today existence in this universe from the view point of man has two sides: Internal or Inner and External or Outer.
Further the external existence manifests itself in the physical world and the internal or inner existence is metaphysical or abstract. Apparently these two terms appear to be quite apart but closer examination shows that there is a very thin line separating the two.This is mainly because of the universal law of antithesis.
According to the law of antithesis, nothing can exist in isolation, existence needs to be supported by something antithetical: heat-cold, light-darkness,truth-falsehood, love-hate and so on, non of these pairs can exist separated from the other. Thus physical and metaphysical are also inseparable and always co-exist.
Exploration of the inner world with the help of consciousness and awareness assisted by mind provides various visions and insights of the vast physical universe and its functioning, which are well nigh impossible to comprehend with the help of intelligence, logic and reasoning. At the ultimate level of understanding the universe most tools available to man such as intelligence and logic fail and he has to depend on Divine or Godly intervention, hence the need for unknown and invisible power that has been named God by man. In this sense man is the creator of God:
GOD is not the Creator of man
It is the other way round
Man has created GOD
To serve his selfish ends
When talking about the ultimate truth we can't afford to miss three terms in particular: God, Divinity and Infinity.let us first look at the term infinity. In simple language it means: endless, without beginning, without end. But to a mathematician it means a lot more and he fails to apply his regular calculations and formulas to the concept of infinity. For example you cannot add anything to infinity and you cannot deduct anything from It. Similarly you cannot divide or multiply infinity to any number. In all these cases the result will invariably be infinity. Man cannot imagine the application of the concept of infinity to any other field other than the universe or at the most imaginary concept of counting from 1 to infinity, which too practically is an impossibility. Not only that, the mathematicians have hit upon another corollary I.e. the fractional numbers between any two whole numbers ,let us say 2 and 3,is also infinite. In the domain of infinity a curve no longer remains a curve and it coincides with a straight line, which again does not appeal to the human mind that cannot fully comprehend the concept of infinity. All calculations involving infinity are beyond the scope of man. We may tell, to some extent, the shape size and weight of some heavenly bodies but no scientist can tell the number of these heavenly bodies. Nobody knows whether the dome that encompasses the infinite heavenly bodies is round , square, rectangular, cubicle or anything other than all this. These facts alone are enough to show the helplessness of all scientists and knowledgeable persons of the world. So the poor fellows leave answers to such questions to be handled by some super power, which man calls Almighty or God.
Each one us is an integral and inseparable part of the Divinity/Infinity. We don't have any separate existence. In fact separated from our root we can't exist all. Because of our ignorance of the inner world each one of us some times gets the wrong impression of being a separate entity, but it is not so. The realization of this relationship of the individual with Divinity/Infinity is the end of our search for self and God.
It makes a very interesting and exciting study to assess the position of man in this Universe. Viewed from the casual day to day perspective man is an insignificant entity in the universe and by all means he is a very weak, insecure and helpless creature, notwithstanding the boastful exhibition of the physical strength by some vis a vis persons of average physical and mental strength. But the ultimate unceremonious end of such boastful persons like Alexander, Hitler and Mussolini further confirms the feeble and puny existence of man in this universe.But all this relates only to the physical aspect of man.
Fortunately man is endowed with some faculties ( some call it God's gift and nobody knows to the satisfaction of all what,where, or who God is )of metaphysical aspect : soul, mind, memory, imagination,,consciousness,awareness, etc. that make man stand out as a unique favored creature. It is this man that we are interested in.
In physical terms a man is not more than a molecule, an atom or an organic cell of the whole universe. But when we consider this smallest part in terms of an integral and inseparable unit of the Infinity, an altogether different picture about the stature of man emerges. In Part III of this blog the concept of Infinity was discussed in detail and in the light of that discussion the following characteristics of Infinity are worth noting :-
( I ) The concept of Infinity can be used with respect to Universe or Divinity only.
To this extent Infinity and Divinity are synonyms.
( II ) In terms of size, shape,form,magnitude, Infinity is beyond all possible stretches.
of human mind and imagination.
( III ) Infinity defies all arithmetical calculations of addition, subtraction , division and
And above all:
A part of the Infinity is also INFINITE.
It is here that man acquires a stature that gives him the potential of INFINITE, and scope to transcend his tininess . Thus joined to his root man is Infinity/Divinity and separated he is an insignificant dead cell or atom of no consequence.
Part V : The Ultimate Truth: Facts & Fiction
This world is described by many as the house of sufferings with almost everybody affected by one or the other sickness, disease, poverty, hunger, deprivation,depression and what not. However a close examination of all these sufferings will reveal that these physical and mental ailments result from the body conscious subjective view of the happenings in the world. When we view these happenings from the perspective of body they appear to be affecting us and we feel pain and suffering. But once we learn through self exploration and meditation the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical, all pain and suffering evaporates. This body is a machine or vehicle to take the bubble self round to connect with other selves but sitting in this vehicle we consider it to be inseparable and integral part of the self and we are affected as soon as our vehicle breaks down or meets an accident . Taking the analogy a step further it is the same kind of pain that we feel at the break down or accident of a vehicle supposedly owned by our body. In this way by connecting the self to the body the circle or chain of our connections with the physical world keeps on widening and so does the circle and magnitude of our sufferings.Once we learn our immortal characteristic as a soul and the transitoriness and transmutability of the physical world all the worldly pains, sufferings and break downs will stop troubling us.
We concluded in Part IV that man is just a cell in the organic whole of this universe marked by Infinity/Divinity. As an integral part of the whole, this cell is also a complete whole in itself and it enjoys the nourishment and protection flowing from the bigger whole I.e. Infinity or Divinity like the nourishment energy and life force flowing to the child in mother's womb. But for one reason or the other if this cell gets dissociated from the whole, like the disconnection of umbilical cord,it loses the nourishment,strength and vitality that was naturally flowing to it from the integrated whole. In other words as soon as we supposedly break our relationship from the Infinity/Divinity, we become vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on us, resulting in incessant pain and suffering.
Now next and the most important point to be considered is about the existence of God. By and large this point seems to be settled as majority of the people in the world have a strong conviction about the existence of God, it is a different matter that for some God is manifest ( in physical form ) and for others He is unmanifest I.e.without any physical form. Many claim to have seen God, claim to be in regular contact and communion with Him and also promise to show Him to any seeker. The group of these people is collectively referred to as THEISTS. There are others who are of the strong opinion that there is no God,the least in physical form, and they are labelled as ATHE ISTS. And still there is the third group that does not align itself to either of the two groups and prefers itself to be labelled as AGNOSTICS, keeping the options open, for and against the existence of God, depending on the evidence provided to their satisfaction. Whatever position is taken by any person with respect to the existence of God is not of much consequence but the arguments and disputes about the existence of God is sheer wastage of time and energy that will not take people to any conclusion whatsoever. But one thing is certain that we shall have to coin some mutuall acceptable term in linguistic parameters to whom we can leave the unexplained riddles and enigmas to be resolved about the origin of this INFINITE universe and its unfathomable magnitude.
Call God by any other name
GOD remains God
The nomenclature can't change
The essence of a substance
In fact the path adopted by the theists is of great practical value and is the easiest one. By leaving most of the inexplicable riddles and dilemmas to be solved by the Almighty God, people can concentrate on their day to day living, personal growth and all round development. Besides, the fear of God and Divine justice motivates the people to lead a reasonably good and virtuous life without indulging in activities detrimental to their fellow beings. The fear of God in a way maintains a workable balance in this otherwise strife-torn,whimsical and shaky world.There does not seem to be any negativity in being a theist if it does not make these believers complacent about the search for ultimate truth, which most believers prefer to ignore. On the other hand it requires a great courage and strength to be an atheist. It means great trust in self, determination and strong will power in solving all the personal problems, big or small , without any outside help or divine intervention.
We may argue about the existence of GOD but there is no denying the existence of Godliness. I have always felt and realized the existence of unmanifest God or Godliness pervading the whole universe. This Godliness manifests in various physical forms , actions and behavior of fellow human beings and all other creatures, and above all divine laws that govern and discipline this vast universe. Now the question arises whether God or Godliness can exist as separate entity , it will be the same thing as asking whether any color, white for example, can exist without without being manifested in some physical object. There are numerous
other attributes that have no existence of their own as such but can be realized in certain physical objects only.Take for example, sweetness, bitterness, softness, which have their existence manifested in certain physical objects only and not apart from them.We cannot deny the existence of white color but at the same time we cannot see white color separated from objects. Whiteness in abstract form may exist in mind but it cannot be found anywhere outside.
The same is true I presume with respect to God and Godliness,we can have some idea about God in the mind but we cannot find God outside in isolation in any physical object or form.We cannot give any physical form to God,though we can perceive and realize God or for that purpose Godliness in the outside physical world. The conclusion is that God and Godliness are certainly realities which cannot be shown to others but have to be realized by each individual separately and independently.
Viewed thus, God, Godliness and Divinity are synonyms used for certain characteristics and attributes which ensure smooth and flawless movement of this universe, physical, psychological and emotional wellness of life and vegetation on earth or elsewhere on any other heavenly body if life be there.
Now the question arises why there is from time to time turmoil, disturbances ,accidents and violence in God-made universe. The answer lies in the law of antithesis that states that nothing can exist without its antithetical aspect, not even God, who has Devil as his counterpart in the antithetical zone to shake and give jolts to God's Creation from time to time.
The Devil is as much a reality as God. Both are joined to each other like twins in the mother's womb. They co-exist ,cannot be separated and are equally powerful. Both of them live in the mind of an individual as much as they live in the entire universe. In spite of their clearly marked boundaries of territories, they have free unrestricted access to each other's regimes. Minor violations are ignored. Both God and Devil know that a subtle balance is essential for the survival of both. Neither of the two can survive of his own. Those who clamor for the eradication of evil from the society are perhaps not aware of the power of Devil. It is better to let the sleeping dog (Devil) lie, it does no harm to anybody. The Purists in search of Heavenly Kingdom are responsible for tempting the Devil and to enrage him. When God has no problems or issues with Devil, why should man be over enthusiastic to tempt Devil and to force him to shake the peace and equanimity of the world in self defense. But for the unwanted and uncalled for interference of man Devil poses no danger to the existence of God's universe.
The only solution to the upheaval and conflicts in the universe is the time tested principle "Live and let live."
This universe does not wholly belong to God
As some people wrongly believe
A part of it is under Devil's sway
And God knows it well
God and Devil are closely related
Though they don't see eye to eye
Both know each other's strength ...
Neither dare challenge the other
Both are at peace with each other
Once they shared the same abode
Till Devil revolted against God's supremacy
And was thrown out of Heaven
Now Devil lives in his own abode Hell
In God's neighborhood adjacent to Heaven
Devil is the undisputed lord of Hell
And God respects his sovereignty
The root cause of trouble in the world
Is not the conflict between
God and Devil
It is the hostility among their followers
The evil forces have always been
Active in the world
In ancient times they used to disturb
The meditation of ascetics & RISHIES.
In order to avoid any entanglements and controversies with representatives of various sectarian religions I avoid any reference to the religious scriptures or different gods and deities mentioned in these scriptures, yet everybody knows it well that the comparative study of various major religions of the world shows that human AVATARS ( manifest gods ,deities or incarnates) representing different religions of the world had a tough time fighting the demons, the hierarchical juniors of Devil on this earth. The fight of the AVATARS with the demons was neck to neck and the defeat of the Devil has been only temporary, and no AVATAR has been successful in eradicating the evil influence of the Devil from earth for good. If that is the history of battles between God and Devil or for that purpose their followers on earth so far, is it not better to work out a reasonable compromise? The other amusing and interesting fact is that the problem of God vs Devil is there only on earth, which is just a very insignificant and infinitesimal part of the whole universe. Clearly, the problem is not between God and Devil, it is between man and man. Unfortunately man is not satisfied with his smooth life and comfortable position as man only, he aspires for a closer and higher position, either with God or with Devil, and this diseased psychology of man is responsible for all the evils, turmoils and violence, The ambitious men get aligned either with God or with Devil, without their consent, and rage a war of sorts among themselves putting the peace and security of the whole human race at risk.There will be perfect peace on earth when man learns to live as man. This subject has vast day to day ramifications, therefore it will be dealt with,in detail, separately.
The erosion of divine values love, brotherhood,caring and sharing has weakened God's camp of human beings which is attributed to the cyclical turn of events named KALIYUGA. Taking advantage of this weakened aspect Devil has sown the seeds of selfishness,hatred, greed and hostility among the shaken and stiffened followers of God, which means gradually weaning them away from God and swelling the ranks of Devil. As a result , otherwise hidden Devilish designs are coming to the fore and are causing conflicts, hatred and violence. Devil has his own share in the natural phenomenon of day and night and dwelling places of the human beings. Broadly speaking the day belongs to God and the night belongs to Devil. There are overlapping periods of dawn and dusk. Dawn predominantly belongs to God and the dusk to Devil. Similarly more than temples , and other places of worship, Devil has the sway at pubs, discotheques, harlot homes and star hotels, which are far more glamorous and gorgeous than temples.in a sad turn of events austerity and simplicity is disappearing from God's worshipping places and the Ashrams of god's representatives on earth.
In bungalows of the rich God and Devil have their separately and specially earmarked places : temple room and bar room. As the sun moves towards west heralding the onset of dusk , the haunts of Devil : pubs, discos, bars , massage centers , dancing halls ,harlot homes become alive and abuzz with life and the priests begin to lull the gods to sleep for the night rest so that the Devil may have his full sway at night providing favorable opportunities to the rapists, burglars , thieves and scoundrels of all shades and hues. By and large all these activities of tribute to God and Devil go on simultaneously and smoothly except sporadic incidents of clash of interests now and then. No wonder, worshippers of God are often found among followers of Devil in night revelries and the followers of Devil pay courtesy calls at temples and other places of worship, and even publicly announce huge donations. In such an atmosphere of cordiality between God and Devil only a few follower extremists on both the sides make a worthless hue and cry.