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August 5, 2010

 
WITHIN-WITHOUT from ZERO POINTS

Book III:
TRIUNE MONADS
IN SEVEN DIMENSIONAL 
HYPERSPACE

Scientific and Mystical Views 
on the Nature of Human Existence

2.  A Mystical Psychology
of Human Consciousness,
 the Heart and Soul & the Divine Spark

Why do we think that contemporary thinkers on consciousness necessarily know so much more about the inner nature of human consciousness, than do all the saints, swamis, yogis, Sufis masters, mystics of the esoteric teachings of humankind, the daring explores of such realms?  What do the head doctrine theorists, assuming that the brain produces consciousness, think about what the Dalai Lama says about the origins of human consciousness?  Of course, they are not likely to know, and would likely not consider seriously such alternative views.

Modern psychology has taken the “I think” of Descartes as more primacy than the  “I AM”—the deeper awareness of Being, associated with the heart.   And now, the scientists think that the brain in the head produces the only ‘mind’ there is, and that it creates consciousness somehow through neurological processes.  However, consciousness itself is left undefined and the neurological causes of consciousness cannot be figured out.  Nor have scientists determined where the ‘sense of Self’ resides, and even the idea of there being a real ‘I’ or permanent I, has been dismissed.

In a Psychology Today interview (1976), Guru Bawa, an eastern wise man, made these rather startling comments about western psychology and the common misunderstanding of Self.  According to the guru, psychologists are quite deluded about the origin of the mind (or consciousness):

“I studied psychology once, and I became crazy,” Bawa responded in a playful tone. “I lost all my powers. ... Psychologists don’t know where the mind is.  Some think it is in the brain. Others think it is in the genitals. Others think it is in the ass.  But the mind is in the heart, and that is what psychologists do not know.  Unless the heart opens, you will be driven crazy by the monkeys of the mind.” (April, 1976)
Certainly scientists are in a sad predicament if they do not know where the mind is, or where consciousness originates!  Yet, from a mystical and spiritual perspective, this is precisely the case: there are fundamental errors in modern scientific approaches to understanding of the origin and nature of human consciousness, and the deeper levels of mind.

 Guru Bawa describes some psychologists as thinking that the mind is in the brain–as in the modern head doctrine.  Others relate it to the genitals–in reference to Freudian psychology, with its focus on human sexuality; or, ‘in the ass’–in reference to the kundalini energy, a primordial instinctual energy described by yogis as locked within the root chakra.  However, Bawa insists: “The mind is in the heart.”  This is the deepest, most essential Self and Mind--beyond what the yogis refer to as the “monkeys of the mind” of the material brain. In this viewpoint, mainstream psychology, philosophy and science alike, are fundamentally mistaken about the nature of consciousness, mind and self.  They are not ‘Knowers of Self,’ as described in the mystical literature.
      Sri Chinmoy, another contemporary spiritual teacher, stresses the heart doctrine and also diagnoses human beings’ common ignorance as to the true nature of self:

He does not know himself precisely because he identifies himself with the ego and not with his real ‘I.  What compels him to identify himself with this pseudo ‘I’?  It is Ignorance.  And what tells him that the real ‘I’ is not and can never be the ego?  It is his self-search.  What he sees in the inmost recesses of his heart is his real ‘I,’ his God.  (1970, p.16)
Human beings generally lack true self-knowledge and are asleep to their deep nature as spiritual beings.  According to the mystics, we live in ignorance, identifying the Self with the thoughts, feelings, desires and sensations which make up the contents of the mind and the personal daily life dramas.  All the while, we do not know Self, the “real I”–related to the subtle mystical dimensions of the heart.
     Ramana Maharshi, an Indian sage and mystic, similarly described the Self as being related to the mysterious Heart Centre–deeper than the personal or ego level of the mind centred in the head:
... the final goal (of yoga, or life) may be described as the resolution of the mind in its source which is God, the Self; in that of technical yoga, it may be described as the dissolution of the mind in the Heart lotus. ...  The mind and the breath spring from the same source. They arise in the heart, which is the centre of the self-luminous Self. ... Where the ‘I’ thought has vanished, there the true Self shines as ‘I.’  ‘I’ in the heart. ... The ‘I,’ the Self, alone is real. As there is no other consciousness to know it, it is consciousness.  (1977, pp. 90-1)
Ramana Maharshi makes a number of important points concerning consciousness and self.  Firstly, real “I” or “Self” is identified most intimately with the spiritual and soul dimensions of the heart, and is connected therein to God.  Secondly, the goal of yoga is the dissolution of the mind into its source–within the heart lotus or centre.  Thirdly, the Self is “self-luminous” and “shining”–having a inherent light nature. Fourthly, the self-luminous Self is “consciousness itself.”  Consciousness is the light of Self.  “‘I’ is within the heart.”
       The consciousness of Being, the I Am, is more primary than the thinking and cognitive processes, and ‘consciousness’ is not a product of mental activity, or of the brain.  An infant is ‘conscious of Being’ long before he is able to mentally construe himself in language and thought, and go around ‘minding its own business,’ and updating its models.  This is what the head centred scientists do not seem to realize.  Of course, they might dismiss any concept of consciousness as related to the Heart and blood as simply poetry or music, or religious superstition, but this in fact is the idea at the heart of mystical teachings.
     The issues are in ways clear.  The head doctrine assumes that material brain produces consciousness, the sense of self, awareness of the body and emotions, and that these are all centered in the head.  Everything, all human consciousness is up in the head, and from this view, it is only an illusion that we experience anything within the heart, or within the body.  If we consider the head doctrine in this way, we realize how profoundly limited it is.

     The heart doctrine describes a Quantum Self established within the Heart, an ‘I,’ a zero point source origin of consciousness.  Consciousness and life emerging from within without from point sources, and out of higher Space dimensions.  The permanent element is established in ‘higher dimensions,’ beyond the mechanisms of the material/energetic activities of the mind and body—which are both impermanent.   As a Monad in hyperspace, the jivatma, or individual spirit soul, has a ‘metaphysical origin’ in relationship to the physical body.   This is a serious scientific hypothesis, which should not be dismissed given the advances in modern physics and quantum information theory, and such, all of which illustrate exactly such dynamics in nature.
     The primary awareness of Self, of being, of the ‘I,’ is associated throughout esoteric psychology with the Heart, and is discernable within one's own experience.  The mind and brain are regarded as secondary and ‘illumined’ by the light of consciousness, which emerges from within the higher dimensions of the heart.  Consciousness and Self originates from within without from the higher dimensions of the Heart--where a Monad, or jiva-atma, or God spark, or individual I, is established.  This element, or zero point source, is ‘inherently self-illuminating’ like the Sun.  The mind/brain is compared to the moon, which has no light of its own but only reflects that of the Heart, the Sun of the body.  In mystical teachings, the attainment of Self or Self-Realization brings direct realizations of this.   Swami Yogeshwaranand Saraswati, in Science of Soul, states: “... it is instinctually recognized that Jivatman denoted by the pure form of “I” has its abode in the heart, and in Samadhi there is direct realization of this.” (1987, p. 69)
     Dr. R. Mishra, a yogi and medical Doctor, explains in the Fundamentals of Yoga:
 
“The physical heart and physical consciousness are related.  In the same way, the spiritual heart and spiritual consciousness are related. ...  Life and consciousness are byproducts of the heart. ... Biological heart and consciousness are physical in nature and they depend on the metaphysical heart and consciousness.  In reality, consciousness is not created but manifested and this manifestation depends on the evolution of the nervous system ... and blood…. Your principle aim is to reach the spiritual heart and spiritual consciousness by means of the physical heart and physical consciousness.  (1969, pp.139-40)


Modern science considers that the brain/mind produces consciousness-even though no-one can explain what consciousness is, where it ‘seat’ might be, if it has one, or many, or how it could be produced by its ‘neural correlates.’   Even when researchers try to figure out the neural correlates of consciousness, they are often monitoring blood flow.  Modern consciousness studies are in such a quagmire, a virtual Tower of Babel.
    Consciousness is not simply a cognitive process, but a ‘deeper awareness of being’- which we are trying to understand.  Mystical psychologies equate consciousness with light, and connect this to the mysterious ‘I’ within the Heart, and the circulation of light through the subtle anatomy and blood within the physical body.  Such a perspective raises all kinds of issues and considerations, which need to be explored.
     Until psychology was defined as ‘the science of behaviour and mind,’ as it is in contemporary times, its ancient meaning was the ‘science of the soul.’  The issue of ‘the soul’ is, in modern times, also the issue of the origin and nature of human consciousness (although they are different), and these also concern the nature of the heart.  It is only western thinkers who have followed Descartes who thought that any ‘immaterial soul’ would have to be connected to the body in the head, relating it to the pineal gland in the centre of the brain.
     In contrast, the esoteric psychologies relate the  ‘soul’ and ‘consciousness’ principles, the I Am principle, the source of ‘I’—most intimately to the Heart—the “I am” of Descartes’ intellectual formula.  As Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita:

“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna,
and is directing the wanderings of all living entities,
who are seated as on a machine  made of material energy.  (18, 61)

“I am the Self, O conqueror of sleep,
seated in the hearts of all creatures.
I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings. (10, 20)

     Mystical psychologies maintain that humans can experience varied levels of the awakening of consciousness, inner quantum shifts or leaps of consciousness, through Self Realization, and further samadhis. This can include objective experiences of the deep grounds of being and within other subtle being-bodies, experiences of mystical unity with the world or cosmos, and states of spiritual and divine consciousness.  There are also afterlife worlds, and other lives, and other realms of being- from hell worlds to voids, purgatories and even seven heaven worlds.   Mystical psychologies regard consciousness emerging from within the deep substrates of Being, and certainly not a fortuitous by-product of matter/energy processes of the brain.   Consciousness is not created by or from matter, but rather, the matter provides the body or vehicle for consciousness experience. Further, different bodies provide the vehicles for consciousness upon diverse interpenetrating levels of being. 
     The subjective side of consciousness, the I experience, is described as light, and this illuminates the object side, the me, the various psychological functions of the mind, emotions and the body, and the various being-bodies.  Whereas modern science conceives that human beings live and die with the material body, mystical teachings describe seven bodies and seven dimensions of existence, inter-penetrating and sustaining one another.  Of course, if there is life after death, other dimensions of human existence and such, then consciousness in the human body, was never being produced by the brain.  Instead, the brain is a vehicle, body or sheath, for the life of the spirit soul, the I Am--that is within the heart.  The heart is the Sun of the body, while the mind, like the moon, only reflects the light of the sun.
     In the Vedas, purusha is consciousness and spirit, while prakriti, is the basis for material nature. Blavatsky distinguishes between the creations of spirit and matter, the subject and object sides, the heavens and the earth, the supernal father and supernal mothers.  Similarly, the Dali Lama describes human consciousness as the combination of consciousness which is a reflection of the Mind of Clear Light and minute space particles, which are the basis for the material nature, the vehicle.  The Vedic psychology describes 7 differentiated prakritis, and one fundamental undifferentiated Prakriti.  Prakriti is undifferentiated when three gunas, representing intelligence, energy and matter, are in perfect symmetry, and hence sign-less.
     When the worlds are spun out of nothingness, the 7 inside creates 7 outside—hence there being seven degrees of Maya, 7 realms of existence, each of which is sevenfold again.  Tibetan Buddhism thus postulates 49 planes of existence within the Great Chain of Being.   Consciousness as light can exist in relationship the subtle matters, energies and intelligences of all these inward levels.  Thus as it withdraws at death through the ‘indestructible drop’ within the heart, it can awaken within new life circumstances and dimensions, under different conditions of existence. Thus, modern science assures us that the brain produces consciousness, that there is no central I in a human being, and that life, unfortunately or fortunately, ends at death.  In contrast, mystical psychologies suggest profound possibilities for multi-dimensional existence, through interior dimensions of being, with a central I, established in higher dimensional Space--as a Triune Monad amidst the Seven Skins of the Parent Space.  The Sons, the living beings, which emerge from the Pleroma, expand and contract through their own Selves and Heart, and each becomes in turn a world spun out of spirit and matter.
 
Partial Table of Contents:

1. “I think, therefore I am,” Descartes’ declaration epitomizes the dualistic errors of contemporary thought    …
2.  A Mystical Psychology of Human Consciousness, the Heart and Soul & the Divine Spark  … 8
3. ‘Consciousness' has to be distinguished  … 
4.  Western science does not consider ‘consciousness’ to be ‘substantive’  … 
5.  The Dalai Lama on the Indestructible Drop within the Heart, Space Particles,
        and Consciousness as a reflection of the Mind of Clear Light  …
6.  Scientific American asks "Are you a Hologram?"
7.  Modern psychology has no conception of the deep origins of human consciousness
           from within the grounds of being. … 

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