Dingxiang started from scratch with an inspirational idea and 800 yuan renminbi. He finished college with a degree in structural engineering and came up with a clever design for base isolation bearings. These bearings could be used to help prevent earthquake damage to buildings. They would be built into the foundation and support the entire structure in a fashion that would allow it to absorb most seismic waves and tremors.
The initial money was used to build a small scale model and to register invention patent rights. Dingxiang presented the model to several different construction companies until one agreed to build a full scale bearing set for actual test. After a successful test and some additional modification the isolation bearings was ready for production. The rest is basically history as his company grew year over year.
As human beings we all share the spark of creativity. We love to create and build new things. That human spirit exemplifies the goal and purpose of creation, which is expansion of bliss and happiness. Everyone is connected to that infinite wellspring of life. Locate the absolute at the source of thought.
Creation can take the shape of a new object or an idea. Both the objective (body) and subjective (mind) aspects of life move onto new vistas thru leveraging the balancing forces of nature. In order to reach a new perspective the old one needs to be destroyed (Tamas) and superseded with the new (Sattwa). The condition is then maintained in balance (Rajas) going forward.
Through time more intelligent aspects of the universal absolute reality, creates itself in world. This is through ever increasingly complex biological structures. From rock, to bacteria, plant, animal and man systems are able to reflect more of the absolute into the relative world. We are a source of orderliness in the midst of change. The world about us is in a constant state of flux – increased entropy (degree of disorderliness). The human body gets worn down by the environment but is replenished by its internal connection to the life source. We are all beacons of orderliness in the world.
On this blog we talk about the benefits of inner silence simply because it is a real human experience. Anyone can meditate and see it for themselves. The silent mind is just that, the experience of mental activity settling down to zero. It’s not a state of mind control or hypnosis. To the contrary, no thought at all is the natural resting (ground) state of the mind. Inner wakefulness and bliss is the resulting overpowering experience.
The manifested phenomenal world exists from the smallest to the largest, and from the beginning of time to its end. No matter how small or how large, these are still numerical values that can eventually be counted.
How small is the smallest? We know that an atom is about 10-10 meters, and a quark is about 10-18 meters. On the other end of the scale is the current estimated age of the universe and it’s correspond size (13.7 billion years old, 13.7 billion light years in length). That’s about 8 x 1022 miles.
We know from our experience in meditation that there is a finest value of the relative world. As we transcend thought is experienced as ever refined values; less distinct and less concrete. They become a subtle impulse. Experiencing total silence is only possible when the field of mind has been completely transcended. We have to step out of the field of time/space (mind) to reach the absolute value silence.
There is an actual “gap” between the finest value of the relative and the absolute. The mind reaches this finest value, jumps the gap, and is then left behind as we (self to Self) transcend to the absolute.
The unmanifest absolute is totally outside the realm of concept, size, and measurement. It’s not the manifested phenomenal world of time/space taken to an extreme; super small or super large.
The infinity symbol was put forward by John Wallis in 1655. The symbol is sometimes called the lemniscates, from the Latin which means “ribbon”.
In mathematics “infinity” is often treated as a real number (integer). A set of integers is countably infinite. In a calculus integration or series summation we attribute (x -> infinity) as an infinite series. So we have methods to describe infinity in real life terms.
The inner field of silence is the seed of creation. Everything springs forth from that platform.
Inner silence …
» is that progressive value (quality) of life that evolves and grows toward fulfillment
» frees man from suffering by opening awareness to full development
» sustains progress so that we are more creative every day
» is the play and display of the phenomenal world
» naturally draws the mind towards greater happiness
» integrates dynamic activity with deep rest
» is the home of all the laws of nature
» is progressive thru accumulation of growth
» is discriminative
» is orderly
» harmonizes opposites in the field of time and space
» is self sufficient; creates from within itself
» is all inclusive; contains all that has been and all that will ever be
» expresses itself as the smallest and largest
» extends from here to Here, and i to I
» expresses itself as the eternal present
» is the basis for everything
» is the most natural experience that men and women can have, as nothing is more intimate than yourself
With regard to creation/creativity, others have said:
Erich Fromm, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
Charles Mingus, “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
Henry Ward Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry David Thoreau, “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”
Walt Disney, “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Pablo Picasso, “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.”
Albert Einstein, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
Chief Red Cloud of the Sioux, late 19th century,
“I am pour and naked, but I am the chief of the nation.
We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children correctly.
Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world.
We do not want riches, we want peace and love.”
Find inner peace and love within yourself, made real by the experience of meditation. The field of inner silence is an infinite organizing and creative power.
“For those established in self-referral consciousness,
the infinite organizing power of the Creator
becomes the charioteer of all action.”
(Rk Veda 1.158.6)
Meditate every day; establish yourself in silence, free from the influence of time/space. Bask in the infinite splendor of creation.