Human consciousness

PTI | ByAcharya Mahaprajna
May 18, 2004 01:51 AM IST

To arouse consciousness we have to carry our energy to upper parts of the body, say masters.

It takes a long time for a seed to grow into a tree. If it does not sprout, we will be deprived of the benefits we receive from the tree. We get flowers, fruits, shade and fuel only when the seed has sprouted and grown into a tree. Consciousness also has to perform a long journey before it can attain its highest development. If it remains dormant, we will not be able to receive from it what we expect to receive. Friendliness, peace, sympathy, good-will, equanimity and synthesis are the consequences of aroused consciousness only.

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To arouse consciousness we have to carry our energy to the upper parts of the body. When it descends into the lower parts, it excites sex-consciousness. Knowledge and consciousness can be developed only when energy is carried upwards. Meditation is an attempt to carry energy upwards.

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Preksa mediation camps are being organised from time to time. These camps provide exercises in meditation as well as discussions on the subject of meditation. The practice of meditation introduces the practitioner to his self. He establishes direct contact with what happens in him. Discussions on meditation are much helpful in this respect. Knowledge of physiology and anatomy is essential for a physician as well as for a mediator. Their purposes may differ. Knowledge of the body is essential for the meditator so that he may be able to perceive its parts and touch and activate every cell of it with consciousness.

Knowledge of psychology is as essential for the meditator as it is for the psychologist. Unless the preksa-meditator knows the different strata of consciousness, he cannot activate the powers of the psyche. The purpose of meditation is to arouse and develop the powers of the psyche.

Knowledge of karma sastra is as essential for the meditator as it is for the philosopher. The meditator cannot subdue the waves produced by the fruition of karma without a knowledge of the nervous system. Preksa meditation makes the mind wakeful. The wakeful meditator can feel the excitements and passions arising in the nervous system and render them inactive through perception.

We are aware of the power of thoughts, but we are unacquainted with the power of perception. Thinking tires out knowledge-tissues whereas perception energises them. Perceptive consciousness is natural. In whatever part of the body it enters, consciousness releases the current of vital energy in it. The flow of the current of vital energy in sufficient quantity arouses the dormant centres of consciousness in the body.

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