Mind And Body Health
 
 
The Supreme Energy
 

While scanning Current Science, I was intrigued with the postulates on atman, the immortal aspect of the mortal existence. Narasimhan1 states that the atman described in the old Hindu scripts is possibly genetic material as it carries all the manifestations, behavioural characteristics and even memory as already programmed to the progeny from generation to generation. However, it does not meet the imperishable property of atman and explain how it migrates to another body, when the body dies as envisaged by saints. Crick2 states that one’s joy, sorrow, memories, ambitions, personal identity, free will are no more than the behaviour of vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. He does not spell out the factor responsible for the heterogeneity in human taste, temperament, character, perception and performance. This brings us back to importance of ‘Nature Vs Nurture’ (effect of environment).

Further, vedas say that the three principal gunas satva, rajas and tamas blended in different proportions, based on past karma influence the mind and intellect giving a distinct flavour to each personality. This can be changed by exercising freewill in this birth.

Swami Rama3 says that consciousness is energy, which circulates in the energy channels and is known as prana. When cessation of thoughts of desire, greed, aversion etc. is brought in mind by meditation, the appearance of the world-illusion ceases leading to self-realization.

Advances in physical science seem to validate the concept of brahman (derived by metaphysical science approach), a state of pure consciousness, the universal spirit, sum totality of the universe and its phenomena. Physicists are coming close to explaining, why, if everything is eventually made up of one single substance (energy), does nature provide different types of fields for energy to work its magic? Physicists now realize that these divisions of fields are nothing but different aspects of a single entity, the ‘unified filed’. Yogananda4 stated that body is only a manipulatable form  of condensed or frozen energy. Chattopadhyaya5 is too simplistic in stating that our ancient wisdom derived by years of meditation by the Enlightened to explain physiological phenomena has no rational basis and does not carry conviction.

1. 

Narasimhan N.S. Curr Sci., 2003,85,1115-1116

2. 

Crick F. The Astonishing Hypothesis. Maxwell Macmillan, 1994, p. 3  

3. 

Swami Rama, www.hihtindia.org  

4. 

Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. p. 278. 

5. 

Chattopadhyaya M.K. Curr Sci., 2004,86, 626.

  B.C. Harinath

Current Science March 25, 2005;88(6)