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What is reality ?

Before writing this article, I was thinking of many other topics but somehow couldn’t write down the thoughts. Anyhow, we are back again to the ‘Five Most’ series. The last one was this article. At the end of each year, media channels produce these top 5 series such as top 5 films, top 5 books and so on. However, this article is different as these are universal and timeless top five most common characteristics that work both at the physical and psychological levels. They are:-

Any entity always revolves around another entity

We know that moon revolves around the earth which does the same with the sun. In fact, all celestial bodies do the same. Planets revolve around a sun, satellites do it with planets and even galaxies are continuously revolving. There is constant movement in the universe with all bodies playing the dual role of being the focal center and the revolving object. The attraction between these bodies is nothing but gravitation. Now, let’s look at sentient level, a mom’s life revolves around her kids and family, an enamored man’s life revolves around his lady love, a job dictates a person’s life and so on. In conclusion, we are revolving around things which dictate our livelihood. Now, it might seem that this characteristic is too obvious and there is nothing to gain from it. Since we are analyzing things at an abstract level, here is an interesting question. In our lives, we are revolving around multiple focal objects which are part of different circular paths. Will our life be made any easier if we can group some of these focal objects so that there is reduction in the number of circular paths?

Fractal Design

Interestingly, the above mentioned characteristic is an example of a universal fractal design. Wikipedia defines a fractal as a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale.  Fractal design is mostly discussed in design and mathematics. But, it is a universal characteristic. The golden ratio is a popular case which has been proved with a lot of examples. Even, the universally perceived physical beauty of a face is dictated by golden ratio. There is famous quote “The whole universe is within you” which can be roughly interpreted as all elements of nature (fire, water, earth, air, ether) are within you and the activities of the universe are performed within our own bodies. Universality can be perceived in particularity. However, the sum of particulars doesn’t constitute the universal. That’s why the design is perceived as fractal. Can you think of some interesting fractal universal patterns?

 Conceptual Awareness of all Entities

This is a slightly complex characteristic to comprehend. Any object is not independent of a subjective counterpart. The perception of all objects is not complete without a subjective aspect in the mind. In order to establish a connection between subject and object, there needs to be a link. Additionally, this connective link has to have a constituent which relates to the both the subject and object. Therefore, there is a common constituent among these three aspects, which is nothing but the awareness of “itself”. I am aware, you are aware, any entity is aware. This is not to be confused with ‘self-awareness’ discussed in mainstream media and academic literature, which refers to the entity’s ability to reason and think. The “it” awareness can also be called as a base consciousness of all things. This characteristic is very interesting because if you are break an object into multiple smaller objects, the underlying awareness/consciousness remains the same. It is formless and timeless but omnipresent. Are you confused? Take some time to think!  We are in the realm of meta-abstraction 🙂

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Digging deeper, it can be said that this identified awareness is the only awareness that is complete. Let’s look at an example, when we perceive an object such as a dog sleeping by the roadside, our individuality affects the way we think of the dog. One would admire the beauty of the dog, another would want to get out of the place due to fear of dogs, one would want to pelt a stone at the dog, another might think of abducting the dog. In this way, our perception of an object is incomplete since our mind is limited. There is no total awareness of anything through the mind as it is subject to space and time. The earlier identified base awareness is the only total awareness which is omnipresent yet independent of the object.

Does Randomness really exist?

Unlike the other characteristics which are stated to be true, this one is different as here is an attempt to refute a universally accepted phenomenon. People often talk about things like luck, random event, fortune, out-of-nowhere, butterfly effect and so on. All these terms are related to randomness. Randomness is even modelled in mathematics. The randomness in mathematics is really a strange kind of controlled randomness. In order to look at randomness, we need to get into two related themes Cause & Effect and Action & Reaction. Any event in time and space has a beginning i.e. a cause. Can we refute this claim? I am not able to find any convincing reason. Can you? The relationships between cause and effect can be perceived in two scenarios. Cause and effect are two related states where the entity changes from one state of another. Alternatively, effect is always embedded within the cause and it shows up when stimulated. Either way, there is an effect when an entity is subject to another entity or a set of entities. On the other hand, we talk of action when doing things. Actions are performed with some goals in mind. Therefore, a reaction is an end result of an action. Are there any actions which don’t cause any reactions? Complete inaction is almost impossible for us. Now, let’s get back to randomness. If seen from the dual perspectives of cause & effect and action & reaction, there is nothing random. Only our individual or combined perception and knowledge is limited while ascertaining the cause of a random event. That’s why we attribute words such as randomness to such events. We have to just accept our limited faculties of thinking and sensing here. From now on, if someone talks about the effect of randomness in their lives, poke them with more questions 😀

Three Fundamental Forces

“Calmness, Stability, Equilibrium”

“Action, Movement, Dynamism”

“Depression, Dullness, Inertia”

The above three states are the clues to this characteristic. Can you see that your life is basically a continuous repetition of these states? Yes? then we are in agreement in terms of the three fundamental forces of life – Equilibrium, Dynamism and Inertia. By forces, one would imagine them to be physical but the subtle forces are the ones that impact us more. These forces are important as they dictate the mental health of the being. If the person is mentally healthy, it leads to sound physical health as well. As humans, we are in control of our minds and we can think and reason logically. If there is an instinct within us, it can be subdued unlike animals which are powerless in execution of some instincts. Therefore, the key is to combine equilibrium and dynamism in correct amounts to lead a decent life, devoid of self-inflicted problems. If we look at the predominance among these three forces, dynamism and inertia are more prevalent than equilibrium. Dynamism is the very nature of life. There is constant movement in the universe. It is said that things are vibrating at a rapid pace that some of these movements are so subtle that our sensory organs aren’t attuned to detect them. Motion pictures are an apt analogy here. Movies are actually a continuous display of images; the movement is so rapid that our eyes perceive a continuation of events in the film. Same way, the sensory restriction of our visual, tasting, smelling and hearing abilities is also to be mentioned here. Time, a human created construct is constantly moving and with its effect, space also changes. Time and Space are related and dependent on each other for sustenance in our minds. Inertia or resistance to action is easy to perform but it leads to negative consequences in life. On the other end of the spectrum, Equilibrium is difficult to attain as it is reliant on mental satisfaction and acceptance.  In conclusion, if you master these three forces, your life will be pleasant 🙂 Can you see the prevalence of these forces in other aspects of nature? My guess is that you will find them everywhere 🙂

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And here is the album that kept me going through this article. Megadeth for crazy inspiration!!!

 

 

Acceptance plays a huge role in our lives. This is not an overstatement by any means. In my opinion, it is the single most important factor that affects our psychic hygiene. I will try to list down my clarifying thoughts in this blog post.

We want to live happily. All through our lives, we discover, observe and adapt to situations that aid in sustaining happiness. We try to escape to happiness during gloomy and morose moments. There is no denying these facts. Westernized philosophy of life propagates “Pursuit of Happiness” as the primal aim of life. Happiness, in totality arises out of personal/family/group/communal contentment.

so, Contentment->Happiness

Contentment arises due to these factors to 1.) Statutory Achievements, 2.) Healthy Physical/Mental Hygiene 3.) Pleasing Surroundings 4.) Meeting the Needs of the Five Senses 5.) Vicarious Enjoyment 6.) Fulfilment of Material Desires. One could go on an create a big list of factors that lead to contentment. But most factors are variations and instances of the  six mentioned factors. We, as humans are “Social Animals”. Social because as we belong to a community or a society or in simple terms – a group and we are quite dependant on each other – “We basically do things for others so that they can give something back to us”. Animals because we are all embodiments of the alternative definition of an Animal(adjective) – Marked by the appetites and passions of the body. There are few folks who are exceptions to this Social Animals observation. A discussion on their characteristics is a separate topic altogether.

An analysis of the six mentioned factors that lead to Contentment is portrayed through the diagram below

Acceptance operates at the ground level. Changes to its intensity propagates to the higher levels of contentment and happiness.  Lowering our acceptance threshold lowers our expectations from ourselves and others. This can mean simpler living and less tribulations but this can also mean no real inspiration for continuous progress so one has to be careful in dealing with it.

therefore can we say Acceptance->Contentment->Happiness ?

Please do write down your personal thoughts on this topic….

 

“Its my way on the highway” I remember this line from the theme song of Summerslam with Austin and Taker main-eventing the wrestling fest back in the 90s….So, What about it? This line resonates the philosophy of modern day Indian youth, well supposedly….Accept it or not, today we live in the world of narcissism, epicureanism and hedonsim. Add cynicism to the list as well…Little do we understand the long term repercussions of anything we are affiliated to and obsessed with!

What is it in life that one needs to strive for? One can ask this question casually and the answers given are even more casual and not concrete!  Gender makes a big difference…Men come up with some common replies while Women are not so sure of what they want(particularly Indians)…Wealth, Fame and Property are the 3 main entities that everyone want. Add Affection aka Love to the scheme of things even though it is just a secondary requirement which in many occasions, overtakes the other 3 and becomes the prime focus for an individual! Humans want to love and to be loved. This is the subconscious trait in any personality. It can be subjugated with extreme dose of other emotions or simply through sublimation. The latter is almost invisible these days. Add Knowledge to this list of items to be striven for. So , it makes a five-way battle between Wealth, Fame, Property, Love and Knowledge. Our lives are spent in the pursuit of these entities. If the interest over one dulls, the other lures. These entities form the circle of our lives and there is no escape route, well almost!

Society plays a huge role in a person’s life. In a way, the rules of the society are to be followed compulsorily. Senior citizens make sure we structure our lives in the so-called tried and tested pattern. Sons and daughters are expected to carry on with the legacy of establishing a family’s name in the society and future generations are supposed to uphold the same ideology. Why? The mundane reply is that each family should have its collective head high up in the society and should never be a laughing stock! Is this worth striving for?  Varna Ashrama Dharma(VAD) was found in India with the intention of establishing sustainable harmony. VAD in my view is the best structured theme for any society but it has decayed in to a caste segmentation system, majorly used by sick politicians for vote bank politics.

Consumerism has been the curse of humanity after the inception of industrial age. Living with surplus amenities is sacred these days! The human tendency of self-indulgence is the main target area of merchants. They create uncalled-for needs and we reactively sway to them. To say that our life is a mess of unwanted desires would not be too critical at all. Most of us are gluttons serving to our senses even though there is nothing like a permanent sensual pleasure. It is always temporary and transient.  Can this be called as Stricken Happiness?

We are what we read, what we see, what we hear, what we are subjected to. Past experiences dictate our present and future. We react vicariously to others’ experiences. One can claim to be a master of his/her consciousness but can the same be said for sub-consciousness? There is always this conflict between emotion and reason within us. Does anyone know why? Can we differentiate between intuition and insight? Insight comes from experience and knowledge. Where does intuition come from? Think about it. These are some questions to be answered if we think we are masters of our own lives. Now, tell me whether Its your way on the highway? 🙂