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Consciousness is Central to the Functioning and
the Objective of the Universe
Sandeep Gupta
Towards a Science of Conscious...
Two Schools of Thought
• Idealist:
– view reality as an “integrated whole”
– interpret “consciousness” as something primor...
The East & West Divide
• East:
– Believing in the concept of “oneness in creation i.e. single point
reality with multiple ...
The East & West Divide (continued)
– “We have neither any idea how consciousness emerges from the
physical activity of the...
1. The nature and origin of „consciousness‟
2. The objective of the creation
3. Role of consciousness in the creation
4. R...
The Nature and Origin of Consciousness
• Consciousness is singular in nature
• Human consciousness is only an extension of...
Manifestation of Consciousness at Human End
7
Pure Spirit
& Spiritual
Plane of
Existence
The Absolute Brahman
The Divine C...
The Objective of Creation
• All traditions maintain that this creation has taken place for the
benefit of man
• According ...
Construct & Nature of Creation
“The center of experience is the center of the universe – physical as
well as metaphysical,...
Construct & Nature of Creation continued
“The origin of the creation is an infinite spiritual energy source or
reservoir k...
Construct & Nature of Creation continued
11
REGION OF PURE
SPIRITUALITY /
NIRMAL CHETAN
DESH
(1st Grand Division)
No. Regi...
MAHASUNNA
CHIDAKASH
Principle of Delegation
Radhasoami Dham
Agam Lok
Alakh Lok
Anami Lok
Bhawar Gufa
Sat Lok
Sunn
Trikuti
...
Principle of Polarization
13
# Nirmal
Chetan
Desh
# Brahamand
# Pind
Adi Chetan Dhar
(Sound “Radha”)
Shabd Dhar
(Sound “So...
Principle of Elimination
Region of Pure Spirituality
/ Nirmal Chetan Desh
(1st Grand Division)
Region of Universal Mind
/ ...
Relationship of Human Consciousness with
the Macrocosmic Consciousness
15
Nirmal
Chetan
Desh
Brahamand
Pind
Six apertures ...
“Consciousness in intrinsic to the grand cosmos, both
at macroscopic as well as microscopic levels. Man, a
creation on pla...
From Self-centeredness to Selflessness
17
Self-centeredness to Selflessness
Individualconsciousness
I &
my family
MAN
SPIR...
Thank You
18
Post Creational Evolution of the Universe
19
(Source: HH Prof. Satsangi Sahab, 2007, Description of Creation and Glory of ...
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Modern concept of consciousness is very limited, whereas it pervades the entire creation and is the prime force of life

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Consciousness is Central to the Functioning and the Objective of the Universe

  1. 1. Consciousness is Central to the Functioning and the Objective of the Universe Sandeep Gupta Towards a Science of Consciousness – TSC 2013 DEI, Dayalbagh, Agra 8th March, 2013
  2. 2. Two Schools of Thought • Idealist: – view reality as an “integrated whole” – interpret “consciousness” as something primordial, independent and the all-creating essence of existence. • Materialist: – view reality as a “fragmented whole” – interpret consciousness as a function of the brain, the essence of which lies in the reflection and constructive-creative transformation of the world. 2
  3. 3. The East & West Divide • East: – Believing in the concept of “oneness in creation i.e. single point reality with multiple manifestations of different shades” - has always been a proponent of the „Idealist school of thought‟ – Replete with information about consciousness & its nature • West: – Influenced by physical sciences in the 1900s adopted a materialist stance and since then has been viewing consciousness as a product of physical reality and reducible to it – Still struggling with the concept of consciousness 3 „When a higher system is investigated by applying the laws of the lower system, one only gains a peek into the higher system but not the full knowledge of the higher system‟ (Boulding, 1956)
  4. 4. The East & West Divide (continued) – “We have neither any idea how consciousness emerges from the physical activity of the brain nor do we know whether consciousness can emerge from non-biological systems. we also accept that the term consciousness is currently being used in many different and often ambiguous ways, and presently it is too premature to make any precise definitions of consciousness.” [Richard Frankowaik, 2004, „Human Brain Function‟] – There are and have been people like Joseph Campbell who believe that „consciousness and energy are somehow the same thing‟ and „consciousness does not originate in the head, it is only inflected by the head in a certain direction‟ – a thinking that comes very close to Indian wisdom 4
  5. 5. 1. The nature and origin of „consciousness‟ 2. The objective of the creation 3. Role of consciousness in the creation 4. Relationship of human consciousness with the macrocosmic consciousness 5
  6. 6. The Nature and Origin of Consciousness • Consciousness is singular in nature • Human consciousness is only an extension of the consciousness of the „Creator‟ which is popularly known as “Pure Consciousness” or “Universal Consciousness” • Consciousness at the Creator‟s end manifests as „Param Sat-Chit (Prem)-Ananda Svarupa’ 6
  7. 7. Manifestation of Consciousness at Human End 7 Pure Spirit & Spiritual Plane of Existence The Absolute Brahman The Divine Consciousness (integral vision of all planes) - Existence (Pure Spirit), Conscious Force, Delight Super Knowledge by Identity – Truth (object of knowledge sought created within) Intuitive Intuitions, Revelations (total object of knowledge without thought) Illumined Light & Illumination (descent of knowledge without thought) Higher Silence of Mind (enabling better thought, greater knowledge) Mental Plane of Existence Pure Mental Ideas, Concepts, Rational Thinking, Logical, Pure Thoughts, Conscious Self- Conception Vital Mental Knowledge Imbued with Emotions, Feelings (interests, opinions, sentiments, beliefs, values, ideals) Physical Mental Input of Information, Storage, Understanding, Comprehension, Decision making) Vital Plane of Existence Mental Vital Emotional Thoughts as Attitudes, Life Intelligence, Higher Emotions (incl. conduct, social norms, conscience) Pure Vital Emotions, Feelings, Passions, Intense Human Relationships Physical Vital Sensation of the Nerves (urge, desire, fear, seeks action, relationship) Physical Plane of Existence Mental Physical Body Knowledge of How to Act, Primary Skills of Existence Vital Physical Physical Urges and Sensations (pain, hunger, lust, craving, etc.) Pure Physical Origin of Physical Movement, Instinct for Survival [Source: Writing of Sri Aurobindo]
  8. 8. The Objective of Creation • All traditions maintain that this creation has taken place for the benefit of man • According to Radhasoami Faith, the “Supreme Being” has created this universe, with the objective to give “spirit-entities” with low spirituality an opportunity to increase their spirituality and become fit to eternally enjoy His Supreme Bliss and Refulgence 8 SUPREME BEING “Spirit- Entity” Birth on Earth Life of pain & joy Realize temporal nature of joys & bliss Search for permanent joy & bliss Truth realized Spiritual practice Spirituality increased
  9. 9. Construct & Nature of Creation “The center of experience is the center of the universe – physical as well as metaphysical, and this supreme center is the real center of man, the Atman, the unchanging basis of an ever changing universe composed of both nature and personality, above cause and therefore above time and the self transcending in the perfect truth of perfect non-duality” [Swami Ranganathanand] 9
  10. 10. Construct & Nature of Creation continued “The origin of the creation is an infinite spiritual energy source or reservoir known as the “Supreme Creator” or “Being” (with attendant features of supreme energy, supreme intelligence, supreme refulgence and supreme bliss) with its accompanying quantum spiritual force-field spanning the entire macrocosm. Each constituent fundamental particle of this quantum spiritual force-field known as the spirit-force, is the one which possesses prime-energy and that all other forces (mind-force or physical force) of nature have been evolved by the association of this spirit-force with media (mind and physical matter) of different kinds. This concept of “spirit- force” is no more intrinsically mysterious than “mass”. [His Holiness Prof. Satsangi, 2007] 10
  11. 11. Construct & Nature of Creation continued 11 REGION OF PURE SPIRITUALITY / NIRMAL CHETAN DESH (1st Grand Division) No. Region Constituents‟ 6 Radhasoami Dham SPIRIT 5 Agam Lok 4 Alakh Lok 3 Anami Lok 2 Sat Lok 1 Bhanwar Gufa Maha Sunna REGION OF UNIVERSAL MIND / BRAHAMAND (2nd Grand Division) No. Region Constituents‟ 6 Sunn SPIRIT + MIND 5 Trikuti 4 Sahas Dal Kamal 3 Sphere of Vishnu 2 Sphere of Brahma 1 Sphere of Shiva Chidakash REGION OF UNIVERSAL MATTER / PIND (3rd Grand Division) No. Region Constituents‟ 6 Spirit or Moon Orb SPIRIT + MIND + MATTER 5 Sun 4 Earth 3 Jupiter 2 Saturn 1 Neptune
  12. 12. MAHASUNNA CHIDAKASH Principle of Delegation Radhasoami Dham Agam Lok Alakh Lok Anami Lok Bhawar Gufa Sat Lok Sunn Trikuti Sahas Dal Kamal Sphere of Vishnu Sphere of Shiva Sphere of Brahma Spirit or Moon Orb Sun Earth Jupiter Neptune Saturn Region of Pure Spirituality / Nirmal Chetan Desh (1st Grand Division) Region of Universal Mind / Brahamanda (2nd Grand Division) Region of Universal Matter / Pind (3rd Grand Division) 12 Upon death “spirit-entities” present themselves
  13. 13. Principle of Polarization 13 # Nirmal Chetan Desh # Brahamand # Pind Adi Chetan Dhar (Sound “Radha”) Shabd Dhar (Sound “Soami”) # The entire creation is an “omni quantum field of consciousness”
  14. 14. Principle of Elimination Region of Pure Spirituality / Nirmal Chetan Desh (1st Grand Division) Region of Universal Mind / Brahamanda (2nd Grand Division) Region of Universal Matter / Pind (3rd Grand Division) (Super „+‟ Pole) (Negative Pole) Spirit Force Spirit Force Mind Force Spirit Force Mind Force Physical Force MAHA SUNNA CHIDAKASH • If „physical force‟ eliminated – Pind collapses • If „mind force‟ eliminated – Pind & Bhramanda collapses • If „spirit force‟ eliminated – entire creation collapses 14
  15. 15. Relationship of Human Consciousness with the Macrocosmic Consciousness 15 Nirmal Chetan Desh Brahamand Pind Six apertures in human brain corresponding to the six planes Six apertures in human brain corresponding to the six planes Six chakras in human body
  16. 16. “Consciousness in intrinsic to the grand cosmos, both at macroscopic as well as microscopic levels. Man, a creation on planet Earth happens to be a perfect microcosm of the macrocosm. Spirit-mind-brain consciousness interactions are at the microscopic levels analogous to consciousness interaction between Supreme Being (Universal Spirit) – Universal Mind – Physical Universe at the macrocosmic levels” [His Holiness Prof. Satsangi Sahab, 2010] 16
  17. 17. From Self-centeredness to Selflessness 17 Self-centeredness to Selflessness Individualconsciousness I & my family MAN SPIRIT Figure - 3
  18. 18. Thank You 18
  19. 19. Post Creational Evolution of the Universe 19 (Source: HH Prof. Satsangi Sahab, 2007, Description of Creation and Glory of Radhasoami-Mystical Name; Expositions of Truth Ultimate Reality and Supreme Being; Radhasoami Satsang Sabha, Agra)

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