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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cosmic consciousness

Ravindra Kumar, Hindustan Times

There  are  different  interpretations to what happens to someone who realises  God.  The  experience  cannot  be  described in worldly language, because the tongue refuses to obey and words are insufficient to translate.

Yet, those who experienced it have tried to express the inexpressible to the  best  of  their ability.  Dr.  Richard  Maurice  Bucke surveyed the experiences  of  saints  in  various  religions  and summarised the “common denominator” in  his  book Cosmic Consciousness.

According  to him, one observes  that this universe is a living spiritual presence and is not made of dead material. One finds oneself eternal as a soul and the fear of death and  sin  goes  for  ever.  One acquires enormously great capacity both for learning  and teaching. He has exceptionally good health and there is extra charm in his personality.
At  the  time  of  “spiritual  climax”,  the  experience of death and immediate  resurrection is so sudden that you do not know what is happening and the accompanied feeling of bliss is so unique that it is indescribable. You  feel that you have entered a new and unknown world, entirely different from the old world.

There  is  indifference  and  unconcern  to  worldliness. There is a sudden feeling  that everything is happening according to some divine plan for the good  of  everyone,  much in agreement with the teleology of Max Planck and towards  a  predefined  divine  goal:   Since  universe  is  God and God is universe,  consciousness  of  the cosmos means God-Realisation in which one finds ineffable joy, freedom and peace.

In  most  cases,  the chosen form of God appears in trance or vision, such as Krishna, Jesus etc.  

According to Astavakra Samhita, “The wise who are free from mental projections, unbound, and of unfettered intellect sometimes sport in the midst of great enjoyments, and sometimes retire into mountain caves.”

As per Vedanta, “the wise may continue to work in material world according to his former nature or may give up working completely; he is free in this matter.”

innervoice@hindustantimes.com

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