Did you ever have the overwhelming feeling that the universe is completely indifferent to your personal strivings and tragedies? Well, you were quite correct. The temporal illusory manifested holographic universe is insentient, meaning lacking feeling or consciousness. The hologram we mistakenly accept as solid reality is comparable to a primordial, megalithic, cosmic computer program that is set on automatic and simply runs its course through the Four Cycles of Time.
The external illusion, produced by Prakriti’s guna-maya, has no feelings or ‘consciousness’ in the sense that we assign to human consciousness. Prakriti simply follows her Cosmic Programs from one Yuga to the next. The Wheel of Life contains myriad worlds, vast wheels within wheels that are set to run eternally with or without our consent and approval.
Prakriti’s guna-maya is an insentient program - subtle beyond ordinary comprehension - that incessantly transforms the signals received in the mind via the five senses as they operate on their objects. This phrase ‘operate on their objects’ refers to the idea that we each perceive the external world through our unique individual gunas and therefore all ‘objects’ are modified accordingly by the current predisposition and character of our senses. When we perceive these objects, we do not see what is there. We only see through the ‘lens’ of our own gunas.
These objects are those 10,000 things we are always observing, evaluating, and desiring. Those things we become so attached to, things that we steal and kill for, that eventually break our dreams and hearts – illusory ‘things’ that hold us deluded in the hologram. Prakriti is aloof and indifferent to our precious attachments, as she has neither feelings nor consciousness.
Sentience and consciousness are found within, in Purusha, your Spirit-Soul, Self-Atman. The power of Love is beneath the illusions generated by guna-maya. Love is the only Real. These feelings of Love are not those of possession and sentiment - which are as easily lost to the fickle mind, as they were acquired. Real feelings of Love are unconditional, unselfish, and do not fade with time. When we are cut off from the God-within, we are cut off from the eternal and true power of Love.
Ironically it is we humans that are becoming the robots we fear. As we descend further down into the lower frequencies and density of the Kali Yuga, we are more and more cut off from any awareness of the God-within, of Purusha (our soul) and Self-Atman. Without access to the healing and nurturing feelings of Love, we harden and develop robot-like behavior. This is why with each passing day it feels as if our world has become more heartless.
Without Love to hold us in the light of truth (sattva), we are more easily programmed by deceptive propaganda and sick advertising. Without Love, we give in to our obsessive selfish drives and compulsions that condone the current phrases so symptomatic of the darkside – phrases such as greed is good, calling someone less fortunate a loser, it’s all about me, etc. We become isolated self-absorbed robotic fools.
Cut off from the Spirit within, this kind of self-centered narcissism leads to brave-new-world tyranny and the Rise of the Insentient Machine as a paradigm for life and living. It may be that the final years of the Kali will be a truly terrible new world order controlled by inconscient tyrants. We may find ourselves trapped in a loveless world, each of us, all desperately focused only on the empty shell of our own fragile, brittle, and feeble small identity-self egos. A world without Love, where petty cruelty and inhumane self-interest is accepted as the ideal, would hardly be worth living in.
Fortunately such a world could not survive for long – although it might seem an eternity to those imprisoned in it. Such a heartless diseased structure would have an inherent and terminal flaw of fatal weakness. A world without Love would soon collapse, implode, and crumble of its own frailty. The small identity-self ego has no real power. Just ask Ozymandias. The Yugas will come and go leaving no trace of the tyrannical and deluded polarity illusions of those who in fear became nothing more than robotic slaves to their own gunas. Only Love is real power and only the Real - the Self-Atman, the Spirit within us all - has that power.
The unreal never is.
The Real never ceases to be.
Bhagavad Gita, 2-16
Without Remembrance (SMARANA) of the Self-Atman within, the small identity-self ego can only operate within the confines of Prakriti’s insentient machine. The Wheels of Time (KALA) are eternally unstoppable, unrelenting wheels within wheels. The ego, that falsely imagines itself to be separate from Isness, is helpless to do anything but continue to be swept along in MAYA’s waves (SAMSARA), her endless production of frequency waveforms. Only when the ego realizes that it’s going no-where and surrenders totally to the God-within, the Self-Atman, can you access the Love that has always been flowing within you and all around you – ubiquitous!
Wow and WAH (Hindi for wow)! This is some ‘sport’ the Creator devised for Itself to Play in – is it not?
I met a traveler from an antique land
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822
The Bhagavad Gita
Translated from the Sanskrit with Notes, Comments & Introduction By Swami Nikhilananda, 1944
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1992
With the Tattva Kaumudi of Sri Vacaspati Misra
Translated by Swami Virupakshananda
Sri Ramakrishna Math Printing Press, Madras India
The Concept of Apavarga in Samkhya Philosophy
Dr. K.P. Kesavan Nampoothiri
NAG Publishers; 1990, Delhi
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