Monday, 21 June 2010
Is there a need to achieve anything in this world? By Sri Dr Surya Narayana Raju
Above Is latest photo of Dr Raju taken at entrance of Jk(J.krishna Murthy) center.
Mind and world appear and disappear simultaneously.So both are interrelated and interdependent.When the mind does not perceive the world as in deep sleep,swoon,samadhi it becomes no-mind.
So world must be a projection of the mind.Mind being consciousness in movement world must also be consciousness in movement.The sanskrit word Jagat(world) literally means that which always changes moves.So movement is common factor to both.If they don't move they cease to exist.
So mind is the world.
A child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his own self. And when a child is born the first thing he becomes aware of is not himself; the first thing he becomes aware of is the other. It is natural, because the eyes open outwards, the hands touch others, the ears listen to others, the tongue tastes food and the nose smells the outside. All these senses open outwards.
That is what birth means. Birth means coming into this world, the world of the outside. So when a child is born, he is born into this world. He opens his eyes, sees others. 'Other' means the thou. He becomes aware of the mother first. Then, by and by, he becomes aware of his own body. That too is the other,that too belongs to the world. He is hungry and he feels the body; his need is satisfied, he forgets the
body.So child observes the seen as a witnessing consciousness including his own body.He is yet to develop an ego so he sees the world without any separative feeling.
Now starts the genesis of the ego.
First he becomes aware of you, thou, other, and then by and by, in contrast to you, thou, he becomes aware of himself.This awareness is a reflected awareness. He is not aware of who he is. He is simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles, if she appreciates the child, if she says, "You are beautiful," if she hugs and kisses him, the child feels good about himself. Now an ego is born.
Through appreciation, love, care, he feels he is good, he feels he is valuable, he feels he has some significance.
A center is born.
But this center is a reflected center. It is not his real being. He does not know who he is; he simply knows what others think about him. And this is the ego: the reflection, what others think. If nobody thinks that he is of any use, nobody appreciates him, nobody smiles, then too an ego is born: an ill ego; sad,rejected, like a wound; feeling inferior, worthless. This too is the ego. This too is a reflection.
First the mother - and mother means the world in the beginning. Then others will join the mother, and the world goes on growing. And the more the world grows, the more complex the ego becomes, because many others' opinions are reflected.
The ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others. If a child lives totally alone,he will never come to grow an ego. But that is not going to help. He will remain like an animal. That doesn't mean that he will come to know the real self, no.
In this way the essential witnessing consciousness "I am" is mixed with adjuncts like the body,thinking faculty,intellect,memory resulting in a compound consciousness as "I' thought or I-am-the-body-idea" which imagines itself to be a body,so limited (kinchigna) so feels separated from rest of the existence,it is a distorted false form of "Real I" consciousness 'I am".So mind is imagining itself to be not only the body but also the underlying Self consciousness "I am".
Mind cannot rise without imagining itself to be our real Self consciousness.The mind comes into existence by superimposing imaginary adjuncts on the basic form of consciousness "I am".Human requires basic needs like food,shelter,clothing,medical aid,job etc for his maintenance.For this he has to earn in right means.This is normal and physiological.
Once ego is crystallized it starts comparing with others,becomes rabidly ambitious, competitive,starts possessing what he earns,because he has goal to reach through achieving lives a life of purpose and a man with purpose is angry,violent.
In this way an achieving life relates with the existence in a pathological way and thinks that the other separate and contrary to his life.In this process of achieving and becoming desiring takes strong roots which makes us future oriented bypassing the present.A man of desire misses and sacrifices the present moment for a future which is yet to be.Some monks have non-achievement as their life goal and this is also an attitude of achieving in a different manner.
We should go beyond achieving and non-achieving and live a natural way of life.Achieving attitude of mind is the seed of conflict,violence,disorder,strife,war in the society.Just imagine there are 750 crore achieving minds in the world whose interests are against each other.
Total wealth of the world is in the hands of 2% rich people and so rest of the population are denied the basic needs of life.So see the danger of achieving attitude of mind and its consequences on the individual and so the society.Achieving attitude is only to fulfill psychological appetites for which there is no limit.Can real be achieved?Is it wise to run after to achieve that which is false.
In life actually there is no need to achieve anything for psychological purpose. If one starts for achieving Self that is also a self centered activity.Self is not achievable but it is there for you to become one with it through Self-Inquiry.
Note: Through this message Dr Raju Garu is not asking people to be lazy and not to work.It is aimed to point out the consequences and futility of achieving something in life just for gratification of mind.Vast majority of humanity are denied access to basic needs because of rabid ambition of chosen few.In many countries it is the corporates that frame the laws which suits them and govern the whole world.They are given many subsidies to improve their industrial empires.
The steel king of the world Mr.Lakshmi Mittal is not paying any income tax while an old servant maid working in his house is paying 20% of her earnings as income tax.Kindly observe how corrupt is the social morality which is actually immoral.In Africa millions are dying due to starvation and in USA millions are suffering from over eating.So we are all responsible for suffering of fellow human beings.Mahatma Gandhi said world has enough resources to fulfill basic needs of all but its resources are not enough to fulfill the ambition of chosen few who are responsible for the suffering for fellow human being.Unless we bring in awareness that achieving attitude of mind brings destruction to the individual who is indulging in it and society at large.
Science has advanced so much that even if we work for four hours a day for 5 days in a week everybody will be provided with all basic facilities.The culture of exploiting and getting exploited must end through awareness of the futility of doing such stupid things.We should not work with doership with an eye on fruit of action which contaminates the action.Working without doership amounts to Akarma but laziness is not akarma.
About the Author
Sri Suryanarayana Raju is interested in Self-Enquiry in the light of Sri Ramana Maharshi,Osho,JK.He wrote two books on "Self-Enquiry" and "Commented on Upadesa Saram and Akshara Mana Malai". available for download at http://www.esnips.com/ web/ramana-maharshi