Saturday, November 18, 2006

The handwriting of the Gods with us

It so happens that the frequencies of the Gods are very difficult to tune into, not because the Gods have refused to transmit, but because we have preconceived ideas on the channels through which the Gods bring forth their messages. Such notions lead us to hear our perception (or is it distortions or filtered versions), of what the Gods are saying. The beliefs (or is it myths) we live by may often be dictated by our feelings for that which we hold is “true”. The following statement thus readily comes to mind “is it true because we believe; or because we believe, it is true”.

One positive thing standing in favour of the belief system however, is its purpose as an anchor in what sometimes appear as an earthly envelope of nothingness (apologies to the existentialist), in the metaphysical/spiritual realm. Another reason being its provision of a seemingly functional degree of certainty in an ocean of reasonably vast minutely understood (or non-understood) phenomena in the physical sphere.

Throughout history of civilisation, man has been confronted with experiences, which constitute a direct affront to his life long held (and handed down) beliefs. Such confrontations often lead to a shattering of such beliefs (theories). Consider what would have gone through the minds of the Native American on setting eyes on Christopher Columbus and his troops. The response of man to shocking realisations (or new revelations), is often one of initial inertia associated with disbelief or complete bewilderment.

Man finds new truths disturbing, an anomaly to his ordered chaos. So, he tenaciously clings on to the safer and predictable former truths. Casting our minds back into history, images of religious persecution, faced by the great sages comes into view. In science, the denouncing of scientific truths by the “discoverers” in the face of public (or institutionalised) outrage is another picture, that comes readily to the mind’s eye. These indignation in recent past, have taken departure from their aggressive nature of ancient times, being subdued in the physical sense but acquiring dangerous dimension in the psychological realm. Humans have always resented that which is inherently part of us; that is change. These “most probable changes” fortunately have over time always won, and all are now enjoying the positive consequences of these changes.

We marvel at the courage and passion exhibited by the sages in fighting for and instituting these changes. These great men and women have left their legacies in the fields of religion and science. While they tried to fashion out the new notions, they were regarded as mad by the rest, who were then blinded by their traditional beliefs. These lesser mortals were unmindful of the fact that “madmen are people gifted by Gods with a vision denied to others” and that “genius and madness are near allied”.

Arthur Koestler did say “true (original) creativity starts where language ends”. Extending the boundaries in any field of human endeavour it seems has always been the preserve of the great-ones. Their ability to see farther than the rest, not only rest on the fact that they stand on the shoulders of giants in their respective chosen fields, but they were/are not limited by what has been. In addition, they passionately continue the pursuance of conquering the immense unknown. Well, it has often been said “A tree does not make a forest” but I believe one good seeing tree does make a hell of a difference.

Returning to belief systems, the need for a belief has always been an essential ingredient for living. Our beliefs should not only give us a sense of purpose, but should be a platform for listening through the infinite messages. We should not be held bound by such beliefs in the face of mounting contrary evidences. In order to arrive at the most probable truths at any epoch of human existence, we will continually require a refinement of our beliefs (theories). Lets us strive to batter our theories (beliefs) to accommodate new observations rather than “panel-beat” the observations to suit our theories. Arthur C. Clarke once admonished us to be aware that “When distinguished elderly scientist say something is likely to be wrong, it might just be right”.

The foot-prints (signatures) of the Gods are bound in nature; our sacred duty is to discover them and decipher their meanings, so that we can utilise the acquired understanding for bringing forth hidden treasures that will be of benefit to the entire humanity. Through such passionate sojourn we may find that “which is for the sake of itself and itself alone..Happiness”, so says Aristotle.


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