Did you Know – We live in Partial Reality
Did you know?
Totality of Reality
What we see is only a partial reality, a tiny fraction of totality or wholeness. The wholeness is filtered and coloured in two steps before becoming a reality for an individual. These two filters are individual consciousness and the individual mind.
3-in-1 Structure of Reality
The wholeness consists of subject, object and a gap that keeps them apart. It is the knowledge that fills this gap and thus, re-unites the subject and object and completes the wholeness or in other words fulfilment of a desire.
The knowledge that needs assimilation to fill the gap resides in multiple layers akin to an onion bulb wherein a layer of knowledge is exposed only on peeling off the previous one.
And thus, “knowledge is structured in consciousness”, a famous quote of Maharishi. Here, the onion represents a thing, various layers collectively are consciousness while each layer is some aspects of total knowledge about that thing. Deeper the knowledge, easier to understand different aspects of that thing or different aspects of our action. A deeper knowledge of various aspects is commonly referred to as wisdom.
The Object and Objectivity
The objectivity of the object, an external component in relation to the subject is a secondary and minor component of wholeness. It is the subjectivity of the subject involved that filters and colours the perception of that object. Visible, surface level, gross aspects are the objective aspects also known as facts.
The Subject and Subjectivity
The subjectivity of the subject is the primary, a major component of wholeness and constitutes more than 99.999% of total reality for that individual. Subjectivity is the reason behind a reality been perceived differently by different individuals. Subjectivity is external to the object.
It is the beliefs, opinions, views etc that constitute the subjective layer and acts as a dye that colours the objective facts.
Mind – the First Filter of Individual Subjectivity
Each of the human senses imposes their limitation on totality and in the process forms a fictitious boundary that separates an object from its subject. Thus, splitting the reality into objective aspects and subjective aspects. This is the first of the two filters.
Prior Experiences – the Second Filter- a Colouring Dye
It is the memory, the stored images accumulated since birth that acts as a dye and colours the new experience with the past.
Veda refers to this core, the foundation of subjectivity as individual consciousness which among others includes, beliefs, sense of good and bad, attention, etc and shapes the intelligence of that individual.
Intelligence the Key Differentiator
Intelligence is a key differentiator between the three components of total reality and either connect or keeps them apart. The object is the least intelligent of the three and requires intelligence of the subject to interpret it. Though the deployment of artificial intelligence has made objects a bit more intelligent and self-serving, still there is no substitute for the intelligence of the subject in the equation.
A combination of subjectivity and objectivity shapes the whole world of that individual. It is a vast topic forming the core of Veda and Vedic literature and hence frequent references are likely.
Did you know?
Attention on a Thing Makes it Grow
Whatever we put our attention on will grow stronger in our life is one of the famous quotes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Things that we pay attention to grow irrespective of good or bad intentions or whether consciously or without.
Imagine a gardener tending to the plants in his garden. He has a running hose in his hands. Noticing the growth of unwanted weeds, he begins bemoaning – “OMG! these weeds are growing so fast and beginning to overtake my flowers!” As he stands there, the water from the hose is flowing out in whichever direction he looks. He is watering the weeds, and so, not surprisingly, they begin to grow and take over the garden much to the contrary of his intentions.
Take another common scenario. It is common to advise not to splurge on cakes and chocolates. But, by framing the suggestion in a negative fashion, we are in fact bringing the person’s attention to it and thus exactly opposite to desired intentions. Any advice with negative variety ‘don’t do’ has this inherent risk.
An outcome and its impactfulness is a net effect of action, attention, and intention. In this example of the gardener, the consequence of his actions is a mix of intended and unintended actions. Whereas in case of instruction to avoid something, usually works against the intention.
In a similar vein, we are constantly investing in all that we put our attention on whether with intention or without. When we attend to something or someone, we initiate a flow of energy and intelligence towards that thing and in process, that thing grows in its energy.
Physical presence is not a necessity for the flow of consciousness energy. It is common to think often about a situation that we didn’t enjoy resulting in consciousness energy flow directed to those negative experiences and thoughts. Though It’s only happening in the mind, and yet the awareness is still flowing to it. As a result, it will grow and grow until it dominates thinking.
Whatever we put our attention on in life grows. Make a decision to attend to that which you want to become stronger in your life, and let go of watering that which you want to fall away.
Is this suggestion merely a piece of good advice or is there logic behind this? As you would have guessed, indeed there is a full-fledged science. Veda and Vedic literature is an Encylopedia of this invisible, unmanifest knowledge that remains hidden behind human consciousness.
There is a direct linkage between attention and knowledge. Each feeding the other. Whatever we put our attention on knowledge of it will grow stronger in our life and similarly, knowledge about a thing leads to enhanced attention to it setting up either a vicious or virtuous cycle.
How does this knowledge help?
Life goes on irrespective of whether we know about oxygen in the atmosphere or not, understand its importance or not, we breathe oxygen to survive and live. Similarly, whether we know about consciousness or not, it is our consciousness that enables us to live and experience life.
Life continues even though we remain oblivious to science that enables us to see and experience things. It is our knowledge about a thing that differentiates whether that thing is easy or difficult for us. Knowledge is the key differentiator between what is easy or difficult. When easy, we tackle it easily and when difficult, we give up sooner or later blaming the circumstances and someone else.
The knowledge makes things easy. Easy to understand, easy to acquire, easy to accomplish. And thus, the fulfilment of desire(s) become increasingly easy with growing knowledge of consciousness. Please note that knowledge is always about a thing. Something of our interest. Knowledge of everything is Veda.
If this post raised your curiosity and attention then further posts are likely to be of your interest. Watch out for more on Vedic Gyan.
Did you know?
Did you know that the Bhagavad Gita is the most interpreted epic in the world and is a part of Vedic Literature along with Ramayana and Mahabharata?
Did you know that there exists a structure that defines the connection and relative position of each of the Vedic Literature in the wholeness called Veda?
I wish to share knowledge about what is Veda and its value to human life in the language that a common man can easily grasp and with examples that can be easily correlated. The following topics and the questions from the readers would be dealt with here on my website posts under the category ‘Did you know’.
- Myths about Veda
- What is Veda
- Benefits of learning Veda
- Lack of eco-system in the current
- Difference and commonalities with Modern science
- And many more