Sunday, February 21, 2016

It's all an Illusion

It's all an Illusion

Brahma Satya Jagat Mithya, a sentence of Vivekchudami (by Adi Shankaracharya) describes the illusive nature of the world. All are living in the confusion, what is real and what is unreal? Till scientists told us, we were looking at the Sun and saying, Sun is moving from the east to the west everyday. Now we understand that earth is moving from the west to the east everyday around the Sun.

Buddhism roots the existence in shunya. Shunya to Chitta (mind) and the existence. Ultimately there is mind alone and the corporeal existence is a transformation of mind or consciousness. Utpad (create), sthiti (operate), bhadag (destroy) are the three stages of the mind. One such cycle is called a chittakshan (moment). Millions of chitakshans pass in a blink. But as it passes through the three stages of utpad, sthiti and bhadag, it takes a form (roop). Each roopkshan has life span of 17 chitkshans and it also passes through the three stages of utpad, sthiti, bhadag. All are waves in the sky, the shunya. 

Hinduism differs with Buddhism at this stage of Shunya. From where does the shunya create? By applying all thinking and theories, something remains, the shesha, the base, the eternal. There can't be shunya. The Creator exist. The urpatti (Brahma), sthiti (Vishnu) and lay (Shiva) merged into the core, but He remains. Mahadeva, Mahadeva. 

Again, the process starts. The Generation, Operation and Destruction (GOD). The cycle of creation is going on; black hole, big bang, big crunch, black hole. Now scientists are searching for the "white hole" within the "black hole", the universe in the universe. Tamaso ma Jyortir Gamaya:

Modern Cinema runs of the principle of 16 frames per second, showing us the illusive world. The greatest Director God is doing the same, showing us the illusive world so that the cycle of his play continues. Yudhisthira replied rightly to the Yaksha: "Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder?", 

The visible world is an Illusion. Each picture/roop is nothing but the waves of the cycle of creation, operation and destruction. Why to chase the waves?

Sun looks losing radiance when obscured by clouds. The shine of Sun doesn't go but the clouds obscure it. Similarly, the chitta/mind is luminous, may look tainted by defilments, but the defilments are like clouds over the Sun. Chitta is neither an entity nor a process but it is a base on which all reflect.

Yog Vashishtha calls its Chidakash, the Chintamani, the colourless diamond, that reflects all colours. Sutra 1.2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali says: "yoga chitta vritti nirodha" (Yoga is the silencing of the modifications of the mind). See the screen, not the pictures. Mind is luminous.

All atoms, cells, quantum follow the same principle of utpati, sthiti and lay. Everything passing through endlessly, but the base, the Chidakash remains. The changing comes and goes but the real/unchanging/eternal remains.

अहं निर्विकल्पॊ निराकार रूपॊ विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्
न चासंगतं नैव मुक्तिर् न मेय: चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥ (aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo, vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam, na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha, chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham)

(Meaning: I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness, I exist everywhere, pervading all senses, I am neither attached, neither free nor captive, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva). - Nirvana Shatakam, Adi Shankaracharya 

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥

21 February 2016


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