Is belief something we need?

The picture of Ardhnarishvara : the confluence of male and female energies. Here, Shiva is seen with his better half Parvati or Adi Shakti . [More at]
The physical reality is something we are fully aware of and a means of sensory indulgence for every living being. We are plugged-in to this reality for most of your wakeful time and only psychologically detach ourselves while we are in sleep or perhaps a coma. What we perceive as the physical reality is the input data from our sense of seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and touch. For a blind man, the reality is a different entity that to a person with fully functioning senses. The same is true for a deaf person who cannot even comprehend that there is something like sound. The delight of hearing the leaves that rustle when the wind blows or the thundering waterfall and the sound of various musical instruments playing in a symphony are unbeknown to his psychological reality. If you try to tell a deaf man that the thing he is seeing in from of him is a clarinet and even make him understand that it makes some sound; yet, he would not understand what sound is in the first place and would never be able to tell the difference between the bass and the treble.

Try describing the nature and wonders of light to a blind man. No matter how many analogies you give still you will fall short of actually making any improvement in his experiential understanding. Although, he might imagine things as you describe light by giving analogies and making wild mental sketches. Do you think his imagination would come closer to what for you is a living and experiential reality? You see the light! You do not have to suppose of believe that there is something called light. The same is true when one attempts to describe those things that are not in somebody’s experiential zone. In the east, especially in India, the nature of the truth or what is called “Rta” was something not to be contemplated but to be lived by experience through various practices under a Guru. The word does not translate as master but

The syllable Gu means darkness, the syllable ru, he who dispels them,
Because of the power to dispel darkness, the guru is thus named.

                                                                                            — Advayataraka Upanishad
Now, there are many western “scholars” who study ancient Indian spiritual system as a theological subject. They try to define and tell the Indians what their system was all about.
There are many indologists who take upon themselves the white man’s burden to educate the recently freed society as to how to look upon their own tradition. What could be more shameful than that? Perhaps, that Indians too look forward to them for approval!
Does the west need Indian historians and academics to counsel them on the Greek civilization? No. Then what makes them feel superior and try to tell India about its own past? Maybe, the need to influence society to their ends and the means is manipulation of history and culture.
India was the land of seekers; who sought the reality beyond the five senses and found out active ways to achieve that state called ‘Samadhi’. The seers always said that what could be said is not even the iota of what is, and what could be written is no ways ‘The Truth’. Bhagawad Gita is not the holy book of Hindus (although British tried to project it on Indian psyche that Gita is to Hindu’s what Bible is to Christians and Quran is to Muslims) as there are many books written with far greater appeal and incisive nature than Krishna’s Gita (ref: Ashtavakra Gita). Even for Krishna, his message to Arjuna, the warrior prince was not the last one. He dictated another Gita to his disciple Udhhav before is departure form bodily existence, which came to be known as  Hamsa Gita or the Swan Song. By their very nature, the dharmic religions are secualar as they are based of quest and search rather than belief on certain tenets and ‘God’. What was once living and thriving is long dead now. The need to revive the culture is not something imminent for India alone but for the world. There is no conciliation of science and religion because the premise is very different. However, the nature of spiritual endeavor resonates with the scientific inquiry, at least in the beginning. The paths diverge at a later stage since the scientific approach chooses reductionism while the path of spiritual quest is “yuja” or yoga…the sum of all and everything.

India is not just a geographical entity, it is a laboratory for spiritual awaking for thousands of years. The ultimate goal of life is seen as ‘Moksha‘ or the liberation from the illusion of physical reality as is perceived through senses. There is no ‘God’ up or down sitting and judging. The law of karma holds like the law of gravity binds. The transformation of the dead culture is only possible with an unbiased and unsullied approach of the youth of this country. We do not need any of the belief systems. What we need is  to revive the active interest in the basic and fundamental questions of life that would transform our being. Do not sit and read book/s; since they will not give you anything apart from imagination and misguided notions. Would you rather read a recipe book all your life or learn how to cook? Once you learn the art of cooking you do not need a recipe book. You create your own recipe…you create your own reality.

Rest not until we find it…sleep not until we make it!

Tat Tvam Asi…


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