Just giving my two cents to spread this interesting scientific view on Dharma by Sri Narendra Devadas Pallahalli. Here we can see and appreciate how Dharma meets with philosophy, psychology, science and life itself with the help of the advanced insights of the author of this article, whose kind permission I sought to post here in the service of Dharma and for the benefit of readers. I admire how he takes us through his thought process from the grossest to the subtlest, exactly the same as the jiva is suppossed to evolve in his spiritual advancement.
Narendra Devadas Palahalli
Science in Dharma – Part1 of 2
This is a Description of ‘Science in Dharma’ Block Diagram. It is based on: science, rationality, personal experiences and experiences recorded in Hindu scriptures and in modern media. These can be verified online. The diagram shows how our experiences in life, in the physical dimension, are analyzed by science and how the finer and deeper analysis leads us to absolute love and absolute consciousness. In this summary, I have tried to present the Hindu scriptural concepts in modern science terminology. It is a closed loop since the physical and the metaphysical are connect in a multi-dimensional quantum or transcendent dimension.
We now start with the physical dimension……
1) Physical Science: Starting with classical physics and Newton, and than on to Einstein and Niels Bohr we refine and evolve the classical physics of matter, energy, time and space, into relativity theories of time-space and finally quantum physics of consciousness. Where observer affects, non-linear time-space, non-local instantaneous communications through wormholes are experimentally determined. A search in Wikipidea and Youtube will shed more light on this evolution of physics. Books by Prof. Amit Goswami are recommended for the details of quantum theories on consciousness.
2) Dynamic Consciousness: The Concept of dynamic consciousness as life in matter, and in particular, in water, has been researched by Dr: Masaru Emoto of Hado institute in Tokyo. His investigation on the reaction of water molecules to vibrations in dynamic consciousness, due to emotions represented by spoken human words, has similarities to human emotional reaction to words. This supports the traditional knowledge that harmonious music representing good emotions helps plant-life grow better. Music and words are triggers to our emotions and cause vibration in our consciousness, which affects our immediate environment. Repeated vibrations can create longterm emotional and even physical changes. Collectively they cause evolution. According to Hindu scriptures, collective consciousness, along with environment and selective mutations, is a cause for the evolution of species in creation.
3) Yoga and Evolution: Yoga is the ancient Hindu traditional way of accelerating the evolution of individual consciousness. This is evolution in both physical and metaphysical dimensions of life/ creation. The whole of Hindu culture of body-mind is based on these concepts in Yoga philosophy.
The evolution of consciousness and its effect on the emotional and physical aspects of life are discussed in Hindu scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas) from the point of view of the three evolutionary stages of consciousness inherent in all life forms. The three stages of evolution in all life forms are:
1) TAMAS: Body dependent collective consciousness with minimal individual consciousness and awareness as in most life forms.
2) RAJAS: Individual consciousness leading to selfish awareness as recognizable in some evolved mammals.
3) SATVA: A rare case of unselfish awareness leading to dynamic universal consciousness.
Analysis, experimentation and documentation of life and beyond life as metaphysics and meta-consciousness, as been the focus of Hindu culture for more than ten of thousand of years. This is unique to Hindu philosophy, culture, spirituality and History.
4) The Four Yoga systems: Accelerating evolution through the three stages of consciousness discussed above, to access happiness and the Bliss of universal consciousness, is the focus of the four yoga systems. The evolution is from instinct and collective body consciousness, to individual consciousness/identity, selfish love and intelligence, to unselfish love, common dynamic consciousness, wisdom and universal awareness through intuitive pattern recognition. The Four yoga systems, namely, Bhaktiyoga, Karmayoga, Gnanayoga and Dhyanayoga, were developed to integrate The four layers of our consciousness namely:
1) The instinct/genetic-body consciousness.
2) The conscious mind/ ego and
3) The soul or sub-conscious mind, with
4) The bliss of universal, dynamic common consciousness or God.
This process is the Dharmic path and culture of Hinduism. The yoga of love (Bhaktiyoga) and action (Karmayoga), can transcend mindbody to access higher consciousness. However, Gnanayoga as rationality, is a subset of sense perceptions and thought process. Therefore, it can only be a firewall to random thoughts (neti-neti philosophy). Dyanayoga as a Dharmic path, is a process of stabilizing the mind by observing and ignoring all thoughts and emotions in silence, without a reaction. For a renunciate, Dhyanayoga can be an exclusive path to self-awareness or Moksha or God.
Science in Dharma – Part 2 of 2
5) The Dharmic Path: Evolution of consciousness through education, open discussion, practice of unselfish love, non-violence, symbolic worship of Nature and unselfish service, were determined to be the ideal path for a peaceful, civilized, positively evolving, happy way of life and culture. The procedures in this path of evolution are implemented as the Hindu culture of Sanathana dharma.
When the body’s hold and influence on our ego is reduced through self-discipline, unselfishness and meditation, or even age, our bodyoriented, ‘selfish-ego-consciousness’ is reduced. This enables us to see our sub-conscious emotional residues from past life-experiences (or soul), as Karma. The practice of Karmayoga as unselfish service and; Bhaktiyoga as symbolic, ritualistic and devotional collective worship of Nature as Ishtadevata, are essential to replace these disturbing and contradicting subconscious emotional noise with the harmony of unselfish love. This transition from selfish love to unselfish love and awareness, enables us to see life clearly and objectively, and helps us live a healthy, happy, prosperous and harmonious life, both spiritually and materially. As we follow this unselfish, practical and tolerant, path of Guna-Verna-AshramaDharma, unselfish love develops into absolute love and God. Since, the experience of absolute Love, absolute consciousness and God, are all the same.
6) The Light of common dynamic consciousness: When unselfish love becomes the dominant emotion in our subconscious, replacing other contradicting emotional residues, disturbance in conscious and the subconscious thought process reduces, giving way to an intuitive access to the field of Common dynamic consciousness or “Akasha” (Ref: Michael Talbot). (This enable us to see and experience: the ‘light of deeper consciousness’ as in some instances of meditation, ‘NDE’ (near death experience), ‘ESP’ (Extra Sensory Perception) and ‘visions’, in a trance state. ‘ESP’ is intuitive access to knowledge in Common dynamic consciousness.
7) Multi-dimensional Consciousness: This is an experience of multidimensional creation and consciousness. This is a field of miracles, Siddhi-s and intuitive wisdom, recorded in Hindu history and scriptures. This is a state in consciousness where both energy and matter can be created from consciousness, by our will (or Sankalpa) and transported in time-space-consciousness or in a ‘worm-hole’ in consciousness, to the physical dimension, similar to non-local communication in Quantum mechanics. This is an awareness of physical dimension as an incomplete reality or an illusion, with access to other dimensions. This also gives us an awareness of the existence of static field of consciousness or void or Nirguna Brahman or Turiya. This state of consciousness can be timeless or ‘eternal’. Or…, it is ‘Being-GOD’ !
8) The Unified Field: The Absolute mono-istic existence or NirgunaBrahman or void is the Unified field of Static consciousness. It is inanimate physics, experienced as absolute Love or Bliss. It is represented by ‘OM’ (See “OM-equation” in optimizinglife.org). The dynamic (Shakti or energy) aspect of this static field of consciousness is the origin of our multi-dimensional universe – the cause of all creation and life. Of which, our physical universe (and this world) is one dimension. This is similar to multiple waves in an ocean.
The unified, static field of consciousness is the one, and the only entity that can ‘experience’ all things in this multi-dimensional creation. All these experiences are stored as memories in Common dynamic consciousness or ‘Akashik records’ (Ref: The world as a Hologram by Prof. Leonard Susskind, Stanford University, on youtube.com.). The “Akashik-Records” are sometimes accessed as ESP in savants and in autism. Some of these experiences are also localized as individual perception, memory, ego-identity and evolution, as observed by some life forms.
9) Conclusion: Therefore, according to Hindu scriptures, the unified field and the source of creation that the modern scientists are looking for, is the static field of consciousness that can be experienced as Bliss (or Sat-Chit-Ananda), through meditation on consciousness (Dhyanayoga) and meditation on love (Bhaki-Karmayoga, expressed as selfless service and collective devotional image-worship). This is the foundation of Hindu culture and philosophy. Where, ‘The LovingGod’ is the consciousness in all forms and dimensions of creation including, life, matter, energy, time-space and consciousness. This closed loop is shown above, in the block diagram of Sanathana Dharma.
Original Text. (includes an explanatory diagram): ScienceInDharma_22Jy15
Narendra Devadas Palhalli (N. D. Palhalli) is a robotics engineer in Silicon-valley, California. His interest in robotics lead him to psychology, philosophy, spirituality and the scientific aspects of Hinduism. His research focus is on: pattern recognition in a multi-dimensional universe (Gnana-yoga), Universal love as an experience of Universal field of consciousness (Bhakti-yoga), unselfish-effort (Karma-yoga) as a path in a multidimensional consciousness and Being-ness (Dhyana-yoga) as a path to absolute consciousness. Currently he is promoting these four aspects Hinduism through discussions and presentations to students and scientists. His writings and videos are available at: optimizinglife.org. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org