The “Divide”

Renown intellect Deepak Chopra recently made a short video broadcast on the internet. He spoke of the basis of existence is not existence, but the awareness of it. Awareness of existence gives birth to perceptions, and senses that manifest the reality of space, and time – the makeup of the universe as we know it.

Existence, and the awareness of it operate as one, but with a “divide” that has on one side a representation of a mind with definitive form, and the other without. In the analysis of what said, existence is a reflection of awareness which is orchestrated from the basis of potentiality to all possibilities of perception to support the definition of existence that is initially intended. This is arguably the foundation to our being. “Descendants” of Abraham would not concur. They believe in the entity of God as the source of life. A Taoist will have you convinced when thoughts are put in reverse, senses carrying all information will return to a point of origin known as emptiness, or nothing. That is to say, from nothing we came, to nothing we return. From dust we came, to dust we return. It’s all in the interpretation. Despite the differences in views and beliefs, there is one thing all can agree with, and that is the basis of existence began in a virtual realm.

If the basis of existence is awareness, where lies the basis of awareness? Are we intellectually capable enough to go further? If we can’t, do we submit our search to rest solely on acceptance, or faith in ‘there is no God, but Allah’, or without reservation in accepting “nothingness” as the point of origin of thought? Unlike the concept of awareness or God, nothingness supposedly carry no intention, no motivation, no ego and so no reason, nor excuse to bring itself into existence. Cradling from possibly a ‘divine’ inspiration, nothingness (as the word implies) has no motive. And, if words could describe it would likely be adulterated, and misinterpreted as no words made by man could describe the spirit of God. The “divide” has placed us in that position of intellectual limitation, unless the two (2) minds coalesced.

To start from nothing is to suggest the possibility of life’s chapters will one day conclude. Words will be erased from the pages of every book ever written on existence. All will cease to exist. This is hard to decipher, simply because contrary to the purpose, life’s construction is dressed up with stories to provide it support. Story that is constructed by conscience with intention to distil awareness of memories. Meaning to say, awareness, and existence correspond with one another to give each other purpose. Even though the posit of nothingness has its credit, but it’s hard to put a finger on as its implication alone lacks substance to support the argument on the fundamentals of existence that we still grapple to understand. So, nothingness is a paradox which is meant to be conceivably incomprehensible¿

I love to watch the superhero movies that Marvel produces. The storey is compelling with well written script. Super villain, Thanos in the ‘Avengers’ franchise halved the living population of the universe by snapping his fingers with six (6) infinity stones secured on a custom made gauntlet. The stones are a symbolic representation of the source of existence that materialized in once upon a time. Ancient Chinese martial arts too spoke, and taught of five basic (5) elements. By combining the five (5) elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water will bring harmony as opposed to the destructive outcome of the infinity stones of space, reality, time, mind, power and soul. Even if half of life in the universe vaporized by Thanos, the awareness of relationships that once existed is still connected tarrying in the minds of the living. Nothing is forgotten.

Coming to terms with what I had encountered three (3) years ago (which I wrote about last 14 articles ago, “Prayer – A Personal Experience, and Account”) that it’s clear, wisdom lies in acceptance. In our limitation, humbly calls to that compromise. Jolted by the dark, as well as the light, I am guided to embrace the representation of existence. Embracing is not about condoning to the deed of the bad, or even the good. It’s not about the power of human choices, nor about the destruction of bad, nor construction of good to brew self righteousness, and condescension. It’s not about conformity to the prerequisite of life’s status. It’s about accepting the balance of what was, is, then, and not to challenge it. In the state where the soul meets the eye, there is no distinction between what we think is correct, or incorrect. However, to exist means right given to serve the need of awareness, and provide answers to its cause. But, the right is not ours to reject.

Possibly Jesus’s final words of wisdom delivered to mankind, “resist not evil” is about embracing existence, and not to reject. It’s a validation to the wisdom of love for all things which is synonymous to Buddha’s walk the middle path to appreciate the balance in which existence offers. To be aware of existence means living constantly in every moment of its development validated by new births. This is what I am bringing home. It’s the presence state of mind in complete acceptance of the pursuit of awareness which gives birth to life’s context, and meaning.

Again, to exist is testament of the right given by awareness to attend to its need, and that Yahweh, God or Allah is awareness expressing itself. Deepak’s view on awareness is referencing the eternal soul that is not a subject to time, nor space. Essentially, we are beings with timeless souls – time travellers if you like. In that sense, all can agree that awareness is key to the manifestation of existence, and its perpetual development. It’s also recognised as the source of intelligence provoked by an awakening to unravel the enigma of awareness, and its reflection that run along the “divide”.

Judge Only Stand to be Judged

With the advent of Easter, and in the spirit of its celebration, this article which I am posting is a timely message. Recently, I’ve posted a comment in response to a blog which wrote about the celebrity college scandal that has just surfaced from the news. It was well written with good coverage of views from different angles, and I felt needed to share my thoughts on that as well. My comment was short, and precise but I’d like to expound further for my readers’ benefit.

First, I wish to discourage anyone who is already thinking of playing a role in the gossip of the celebrity’s misdemeanour. That is to say, pay no mind on the news reporting on cases like the recent celebrity college scam. The hype the media has created is tempting me to pass judgement on fellow human-beings in thinking I am better. Being overly critical of other people’s affairs is a troubling disposition. Personally, I don’t like to go there as it’s not my business. It’s a trap which lures me to protect, and cover up my ego.

Celebrities who are caught bending the rules are mothers, and they did what any responsible mother would do in their given capacity to provide the best for their children. Who are we to judge them on the moral platform? It’s complicated. But, they did take a shortcut that eventually met with a detour. That’s life’s way of implying something that is not quite right, and fair, and a correction is needed. If anything that comes out good from this transaction is more money for the college that can be put to good use that benefits students, and teachers.

Do good, we to enter heaven. Do the bad, we enter hell. That is the general belief. Can we determine what is good, or bad without knowing the intention of the person who has committed the act in question? Like Jesus who stood facing the crowd that judged him over Barabbas. Barabbas the murderer was freed, Jesus was sentenced to death. So, who enters heaven, and who enters hell when death knocks? We have Jesus, Barabbas and the crowd of freelance “judges” to match them to heaven, and hell. You may think Jesus steps into heaven, Barabbas has to pay his debt in hell, and the “judges” will be dancing in limbo. Let’s pause here for moment, and think about what you are thinking now. See what I’ve just made you do? I’ve persuaded you to pass judgement on others that you don’t even know. We are so quick to prejudice that it has become a habit of second nature. Public judgement is detrimental to that effect. I think it’s wise to observe the red line. Stay on your side unless you are invited over, or defend the right to your space when it has been violated. We need to respect the space of others that they deserve by allowing them with that space to grow as you have been given that same opportunity. If the affair of others does not concern you, learn to control the urge to pass judgment, and remain tight lip. In short and subtle, mind your own beeswax.

The idea of heaven, and hell lies in the conscience. We are beings of conscience. There is no way by force to free ourselves from this invisible bind that God has woven into the human canvas. We need to pay our “dues” for freedom. Where death will eventually take us, is a “place” only as good as our conscience that we have prepared ourselves for. It’s an intimate affair. No one knows better than you of yourself. That is why we can pass judgement only upon ourselves, and not by others.

The development of self-awareness is something that all must take part by making an effort to make it happen. Thought must be put into action if we want to live in a better circumstance. If everyone tunes in to love, and tune out differentiating them self with others, we would live with more honest pleasures, rather than succumbing to suspicious mind. So, is your conscience clear of guilt?

Thank you for tuning in. Happy Easter.