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“The position of isvara is that of supreme consciousness. The jivas, or the living entities, being parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord, are also conscious.”
“In the first six chapters of Bhagavad-gita, the knower of the body, the living entity, and the position by which he can understand the Supreme Lord are described. In the middle six chapters of the Gita, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the relationship between the individual soul and the Supersoul in regard to devotional service are described. The superior position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the subordinate position of the individual soul are definitely defined in these chapters. The living entities are subordinate under all circumstances, but in their forgetfulness they are suffering. When enlightened by pious activities, they approach the Supreme Lord in different capacities-as the distressed, those in want of money, the inquisitive, and those in search of knowledge. That is also described. Now, starting with the Thirteenth Chapter, how the living entity comes into contact with material nature, how he is delivered by the Supreme Lord through the different methods of fruitive activities, cultivation of knowledge, and the discharge of devotional service are explained. Although the living entity is completely different from the material body, he somehow becomes related. This also is explained.”
Recall in Scientology the ‘genetic entity’ which holds the biological form of the body and registers its biological and instinctual requirements. Then we have the ‘Thetan’ or the ‘Soul’ as agency of the will (willful intentional self-determination the doer) and ‘Oversoul’ (witnessing the seer knower) and we have the Body Oriented and Conditioned Personality Psychological Complex – of the ’ego’.
It is interesting that ‘‘body’’ is referred to as a field; perhaps likened to Rupert Sheldrake’s ’Morphogenetic Field’ or ’Field of Formative Causation’ made manifest through a structured process of ’Morphic Resonance’. One might consider these states as the Soul’s resonant residence! The Field involves and integrates all ’idiosyncratic factors’ of the body’s uniquely predisposed environmental (particular and peculiar) circumstances of existence ’Karma’ as dynamic existential factors of Field Resonance.
“Knowing Ātman, also referred to as self-knowledge, is one of the defining themes of all major orthodox schools of Hinduism, but they diverge on how. In Hinduism, self-knowledge is the knowledge and understanding of Atman, what it is, and what it is not. Hinduism considers Atman as distinct from the ever-evolving individual personality characterized with Ahamkara (ego, non-spiritual psychological I-ness Me-ness), habits, prejudices, desires, impulses, delusions, fads, behaviors, pleasures, sufferings and fears. Human personality and Ahamkara shift, evolve or change with time, state the schools of Hinduism; while, Atman doesn’t. Atman, state these schools, is the unchanging, eternal, innermost radiant self that is unaffected by personality, unaffected by ego of oneself, unaffected by ego of others; Atman is that which is ever-free, never-bound, one that seeks, realizes and is the realized purpose, meaning, liberation in life. Puchalski states, “the ultimate goal of Hindu religious life is to transcend individually, to realize one’s own true nature”, the inner essence of oneself, which is divine and pure.”
I was born into a preexisting set of circumstances. This is REALITY Fact #1. The implied purpose is to be that personal worldly entanglement because that’s the primary reality just as it is being prompted by one’s unique circumstances of birth. One must then assume that this is the nature of Karma which itself implies a Karmic Resolution. In fact this is an empirical imperative not only instinctual survival but as the Laws of Karma applying to the very facts of one’s being in the first place. REALITY Fact #2 implies one’s understanding of the world’s consequential conditions of existence. Reality Fact #3 is the acquisition of Self-Knowledge as an experiential process of Self-Inquiry throughout the course of one’s adventures in the world. This becomes one’s fundamental purpose for their lifetime in the world. Myriad temptations test one’s resolve not to be led astray into self-delusions and carnal bondage. REALITY Fact #4 is Death and what comes after. Acceptance of one’s circumstantial facts allows one to practice in accordance with the wisdom of these factors just as they are and not as illusionary aspects of dreams or personal fantasies. REALITY Fact #5 is the Immanently Transcendent Reality of Self-Realization and the Infinite Reality of GOD.
I have come to realize and understand that the Supreme Consciousness enables my self-conscious experience and confers its understanding according to the uniquely patterned circumstantial reality of my experience and my understanding of what it means – this is all imparted by God. This is how I know what I know! It’s simply this. Being of my being, Knowing of my knowing, the Infinite underlying power of my existential abilities to see, do, create and experience anything. GOD is Infinite and where all the Powers of Creation Ultimately Abide!
The scale of our progress involves lower conditional states of being and for my own part that which colors my experiences with a collage of personal defects such is the circumstantial or Karmic foundation upon which I’m traveling a seemingly very rocky road – everything I do is way far from perfection. I would suppose a lifelong learning curve customized in a way that no one else on this earth would or could understand. Acceptance of the Laws of Karma immanently invested in every experiential breath that I take; where patience and tolerance are virtues to accept things as they really are, not apologetically to excuse some self-imagined defect – but because it’s seemingly defective only due to a lack of understanding of the Divine Nature of Experience, any experience no matter how perceived. The moment past is what it is – as a matter of fact. Acceptance is invested in each and every Singularity of Creation ad finitum. Regret is a Fools Parade!
So – the cause of one’s suffering is connected to one’s egotistical attachments just as one’s self-identification with their ego is an attachment born out of ignorance. But we must define the nature of this condition of ignorance. It is the Spiritual Self or the Oversoul that is knowing and where ignorance is defined as not-knowing we must define what is Knowing which by even posing the question demonstrates the nature of ignorance – why would we ask? Who is this ‘we’ that is asking? Such being the case – we are projecting our selves as an entity of self-identification that doesn’t know something(s) and wants to know what it doesn’t know from a ‘particular and peculiar’ viewpoint of perspective. God, as the Divine Reality is Infinite Omniscience by which the capacity to Know is imbibed. God, as the Divine Reality is Infinite Omni-Presence by which the capacity of Self-Consciousness is imbibed. God, as the Divine Reality is Infinite Omnipotence as the Infinite capacity of Creation by which the Finite World is defined and by which the creative capacities of the ‘Individualized Self’ are imbibed.
The ‘Individualized Self’ is a ‘product’ of Creation which is manifested ‘within’ the Infinite State of Undifferentiated Reality as a Differentiated Reality – as a ‘specific thing’ which forms and defines a perception of itself as an Individual Characteristic of itself. Anything exists as a complex patterning of polarities in knowing and not-knowing ‘quanta’ out and about from which a specific condition of Ignorance allows for its continuity with willful persistence and survival as an individual entity as well as a consequential condition of Suffering born out of Ignorance. The Natural passion of Curiosity is born of this as the Desire to Know what One doesn’t Know consequently expressed as the impulse to Question. Self-Discovery leading to Self-Knowledge and Self-Realization must be the highest human passion and the highest purpose as it is the Desire to Return to God’s Divine Reality of Omniscience expressed in Divine Love, Knowledge and Wisdom.
The circumstantial context is a snapshot of the multidimensional holistic patterning objectively and subjectively – it is what it is in infinite detail, from moment to moment, just as one experiences it from their uniquely particular and peculiar perceptual perspective of existence – as I am so it is to me. The ‘Circumstantial Context’ of ‘I am’ from each moment to moment must be the most intimate context in Infinite Creation. Ignorance demonstrates what little we actually know about our personal existential circumstances as perceived from the viewpoint of a human person.
We consider that which is beyond human conceptions – God – Supreme Being – Creator of Natural Life and the Cosmic Universe; beyond human egotism. Would you consider that the Divine Appreciation of God is limited solely to human beings? Consider the ecstatics of Nature and every living form that participates in Natural Life and Creation; and upon which humans depend for the qualities of their very lives? It is the human ego that distorts one’s sense of human exceptionalism. This is a psychological obsession. It’s a representation of humanity’s progenitors and their purposes for genetically engineering the human race; as well as the psychological programming of their human creatures. The human ego is this very psychological construct. The ego is a self-delusional character in a pre-scripted role of a human personality; the ego is a uniquely circumstantial pattern of experience but it is not the immortal Soul. The Soul is the source of Self-Consciousness and Knowledge accorded every human character but which only reflects Consciousness and Knowledge according to its characteristic circumstantial or existential relativity.
…..to be continued