The books I am now working on are :
01 Glimpses Of Vedanta
Excerpt from its Prologue
” But what is truth ? It is everything material, physical, psychological and spiritual, which exist of their own accord and power in past, present and future. It is existence that comes to be of its own potency, whose being cannot be denied in its moment or eternity, through which it exists.
” In terms of an allied category we are familiar with, a truth differentiates itself from the ‘fact,‘ as has already been noted. An objective fact is a truth of the moment that is yet to include us. It is revealed with its causes and effects in the objective, illuminating the dark domains in our knowledge of the phenomenon in its regard, and around it. But, however wide its scale, the knowledge remains formal, without our knowledge of what it means to us, until we are aware of how the fact, its sources or effects, subserve matters in our environment near or far, or directly impact our body, senses, being and mind. With this inclusive extent of awareness, we are able to sense the relatedness between us and the fact and judge the weight or importance of how and what the object in our focus means to us.
” The scope of truth starts with objective or factual knowledge, such as science presents of the material domain. It then extends in our understanding to include its relatedness to our self and being, revealing what it means to us. But each conclusion we make in the process, at every stage, is subject to its validity over time. A phenomenal observation, an object or facts pertaining to an object in the spotlight, may be true for the moment but may not stand to our scrutiny over the day, year, decade or century. Likewise, a fact may mean everything to someone and nothing to any other, to one people or community but not to others, or to one species and not to all living beings.
” The degree of truth is measured by the period of its validity, the space it influences, and the number of beings it affects. A truth valid over the longer scale is superior to one that holds true for mere minutes, hours or days. The one which holds good over the entire time scale, the whole of space and all being, is termed the Supreme Truth.
” Whilst Vedanta mentions some of the truths of various kinds in passing, it lays at the very outset its primary focus : the Supreme Truth, its nature and facts, and meaning, especially the means and ways for an individual to attain or realise it. It would be clarifying to remember that the truth spoken of in the context of Vedanta is not the opposite of ‘ lie.’ A lie is a truth, a fact of the moment that gets contradicted in time. Conversely all truths, other than the Supreme, are lies. Truth is inclusive and is opposed to nothing that exists.
” Truth is existence and the Supreme Truth is existence infinite. Humans discovered consciousness in their own very existence, and universally in all living or semi-living beings, which consciousness could configure itself to forms of knowledge. The knowledge could be instinctual or reflective, depending upon the intellectual endowment of the being. Besides, it was sensed that every form of being, animate and inanimate, came to be on account of convergence of several inputs that actuated and cooperated at very definite processes respective to each, the knowledge of which pre-existed each manifestation. The Vedanta ancients hence appended their understanding of the Supreme Truth and described it as ” existence – consciousness – infinite ” or ” existence – knowledge – infinite.”
” In addition, a universal desire and pursuit for happiness, that is, for freedom from need, pain or want, characterises all animals, including man. The same desire was projected, and is now established, among plants too. All human motives, drives and actions are aimed at having happiness in some form or another – satisfaction, pleasure, joy, delight, fulfillment, contentment or peace. The descriptor for the Supreme Truth was thus modified to include this manifest aspect innate in existence, as it revealed : Existence – Consciousness – Bliss – Infinite.
” Vedanta suggests that whilst phenomenal truths, finite in their extention, having qualities and limited validity or lifetime, can be observed, studied and contemplated upon objectively, known, obtained or attained, the Supreme Truth is not an object accessible to our senses and mind. However, if it helps, we may go back to the facts at the origin : one, all truths are either contradicted, superceded or negated in time; and, two, the Supreme Truth alone remains beyond the limits of form and space, and transcendent of the effects of time. In other words, if we were to negate all forms in our vision, all emotions in our experience, all thoughts in our mind and all finite knowledge in our intellect… our own very consciousness would be subsumed in the Supreme Truth, since that alone is clear of all possible contradiction and the least negation ever.
” Traditions since antiquity admit all manner of ways of ” uniting ” with the Supreme Truth. Very broadly, it spells the perspective to human endeavour within which such an exercise could be pursued : livelihood and financial independence, sexual and sensory fulfillment, ethical and moral living, and liberation from all past impressions, present desires and future wants… which “liberation” subsumes in union with the Supreme Truth, the summum bono. It allows for exceptions depending upon one’s moral excellence, freedom from sensory desire, and focused drive to wipe the inner universe clean in order to maximise conditions for ultimate subsumption.”
02 Untitled … fiction… impromptu excerpt :
” I too am going to Kalka.”
I put down the book. It was midnight now. The woman who joined in at Gomoh Junction looked old but was all eyes, wieghtless and sprightly. It’ll be one more night before we will disembark. We slept. It felt good to be travelling with someone.
” It felt good to be travelling with someone,” she said zipping close her utility pouch. I smiled. She’d read my thoughts. There was no point to it but the wonder turned in my gut. That raises sensations, if you know.
” A pleasure.” I must have said that to me. She looked moist and fresh. The book she’d opened was Narendra’s essays on Vedanta. I stared through the window. This existence was the Lord. I had to keep it in my call before the gut rested quiet. Breakfast was timely. I relaxed, picked up the book, and snoozed.
” You know, this term for truth, “Satya,” keeps coming in but remains empty of content. It’s so familiar, almost intimate, with much meaning, but sort of undefined and unspecified.” It woke me up.
” The content would flow in with our understanding, with clear awareness of instances in our experience for support. That should flesh out its meaning to us.”
” You mean it means differently to the two of us.”
” Generally. But then the knowledge of truth, or the truth of truth, is not what it means. It is what those meanings, seen together, mean to us.”
It broke the ice. We spoke with some familiarity…
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I can see the two books will long in the making.