Grammar and syntax of spiritual wisdom
We all have the propensity to believe that our self-consciousness is, for the most part, a rational process. Hence, the argument — that conscious-awareness of the ‘divine in us’ ought to be a spiritual process. For most people who delve into and are focused on their spiritual awareness, their intent is apparent — to retain and embrace the ‘divine in everything,’ at all times. The interesting part is when one embarks on their eternal quest for the divine context, one is bound to understand, sooner than later, that the essence of self-awareness and conscious-awareness of the divine are not so much related to the mind as one’s inner, resident soul. What does this connote? That true consciousness, including what philosophers and mind scientists refer to as ‘mindfulness’ is the fundamental crux of our entire being — a prism that exemplifies the breath of life, or prana, or chi, juxtaposed by the grammar and syntax of all our feelings and emotions. Modern medicine calls it immunity, or immune defence, or immune mechanism, while holistic medicine refers to the whole context as our inner healing agent that we are all endowed with.
When you place them all — awareness, or consciousness, the divine context, or mindfulness — in one basket, it represents our whole experience. Of each of us being the embodiment of all reflective thoughts that occur in our mind regarding the self —including the divine. This appears simple on the surface; but it is actually profound, even intense. Because, no matter the quantum of our life experiences, there are certain thought processes that are not permanent. They are merely fleeting, not long-lasting.
It also needs an enduring sense of awareness for each of us to reach the most profound level of our unconscious self, or psyche — this is, of course, not easy to achieve as it sounds. The reason being —what we consciously experience or understand as the divine is perceptibly limited to our unconscious self, including the perimeter of our thoughts and feelings from deep within and from the inside out. What is also significant is far beyond a specific point — we’d need to surrender to the ‘divine in us’ to take the next step. Once this happens, we transcend the humdrum and attain a lasting state of conscious awareness — one that is in complete fusion with the cosmos, or the universe. Our subsequent stride is predictable. As the ‘divine’ takes the initiative, it surmounts all hurdles through our own conscious-awareness.
The emergence of such a state occurs through transformation — where the divine element expands. To know it from the inside out is not undemanding, again, because transformation does not illustrate itself in a form we’d know, or comprehend. One dramatic mode of knowing what is what, as it is, is through self-awareness. When the self gets enhanced and becomes more divine, you get a feeling that the ‘divinised’ self is all there is to feel and emote. Well, if one is not prepared to ‘separate’ the chaff of the self from the divine grain, one would miss the plot and fail miserably, while transcending the commonplace. However, if one were extremely receptive and humble to the point of being self-effacing, it would all appear like a ‘big leap’ forward for the ‘divine in us’ — a state of breathtaking spiritual experience. This is something you’d describe vividly and also as articulately — as you’d want to — while breaking new ground and attaining spiritual fulfilment, or wisdom.
(The writer is a physician and a doctorate in philosophical literature)