meditation and spiritual growth

“If”, by Rudyard Kipling …

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss: If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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This beautiful poem demonstrates how to live a well balanced human life.  Since we live (via physical body) in a world of opposites, being grounded in the foundation of life (the universal SELF) provides us with strength and a proper perspective.

When we open our eyes in the morning we see the surface value of life, filled with vibratory motion and distinct individual entities/events.  We identify ourselves with body, greet our siblings and parents, and then venture out into the world where we meet strangers.

We may travel across the city, or travel across the globe.  We may visit plains, mountains, deserts, seas, and islands.  We may speak in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, English, or Hebrew.  We may wear a Sari or a long formal dress, with high heels or flats.  Dress in a winter parka, or a swim suit.  We may study science, economics, mathematics, social studies, psychology, or literature.  We may work in a coal mine, a fashion studio, a car assembly line, a school cafeteria, or a dentist office.

We are young, tweens, students, parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.  We are the multiple and ever diverse expressions of the One, absolute eternal foundation of life.

But why is it that difference predominates in our awareness, and we do not see the underlying unity?  Simply put, it’s due to our current ego-centric consciousness.

Scientists tell us (The Standard Model) that our entire world is composed of combinations and interactions between just 12 different particles:

• 6 quarks (up, charm, top, down, strange and bottom)
• 6 leptons (The best-known lepton is the electron; the muon and tau which have charge, and 3 types of neutrinos)

… with the aid of force fields.

Protons and neutrons are composed of quarks.  The electron is a lepton.  These combine to form atoms and chemical elements (118 discovered so far), the basic building blocks of the Universe.

How small are these particles?  Just take a look.

Size in Atoms Size in Meters
1 atom 1 10-10
nucleus 1/10,000 10-14
proton 1/100,000 10-15
Quark and leptons (e.g., electron 1/100,000,000 10-18

Matter consists of particles and antiparticles (the same thing except with an opposite charge).  But since they annihilate each other on contact, for some reason (scientist still don’t know) matter has come to predominate.  Antimatter has been found in high energy laboratory collision experiments.

Gravity affects particles and antiparticles in the same manner, because it’s not a charged property.

Another way to classify matter: Hadrons (composite particles made from quarks).  The two classes of Hadrons are: • Baryons (made from 3 quarks; protons and neutrons)

• Mesons (composite of one quark and one anti quark; pion, kaon)

The Four Forces: • Gravity • Electromagnetic • Strong

• Weak

Gravity Electromagnetic Strong Weak
Carried by Graviton (not yet found) Photon Gluon Z0 ,W+ , W
Acts on Everything Quarks and charged Leptons Quarks and gluons Quarks and Leptons

The three forces (Electromagnetic, Strong and Weak) merge together at about 1018 GeV (Giga Electron Volts).

A Grand Unification Theory is still in development.


Democritus (c. 400 BCE) has said …

By convention there is color, By convention sweetness, By convention bitterness,

But in reality there are atoms and space.

But interwoven and permeating all these individual objects, is an underlying harmony.

Just as when we view a single tree through a kaleidoscope it appears as many, with different shapes and colors, so to the single immutable absolute eternal value of life appears as the multiple objects of creation in the realm of time and space.

Why?  Remember that knowledge is different in different states of consciousness.

When the ego rules our awareness, duality and multiplicity dominate.  After enlightenment the human senses refine and the “hardness” and “solidity” of objects begin to dissolve.  We can then see that they are composed of subtle energy, in flux.  When Unity Consciousness (UC) is reached the field of unity is experienced by the five senses.  Everything is but an expression of Unity.  Unity is all that really is.

Physics also bears out the Unity of Opposites:

• Matter is both continuous or discontinues • Particles are destructible and indestructible • Light and other electromagnetic radiation behave as either a particle or a wave.

• E = mc2, energy and mass are just different forms of the same thing.

• Space and time (relative values) are unified in the vacuum state

Robert Oppenheimer (American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project) has described the world as …

It moves. It moves not. It is far, and It is near. It is within all this,

And It is outside of all this.

Looking at the same event from a higher dimension shows us a truer picture.  As in these geometric examples, it is easy to see how an observer confined to a two dimensional space (length and width only) does not see the entire reality.

2 – Dimensional View 3 – Dimensional View
Two circles (A & B) separate and distinct One round pipe interpenetrating a flat plane
Hyperbola A single cone
Circle A single cone
Ellipse A single cone
Parabola A single cone

“Be in truth eternal, beyond earthly opposites!” is Krishna’s advice in the Bhagavad Gita.

The world is truly as we are.  When ego centric consciousness predominates, we live in a world of opposites and contrast.  When Unity Consciousness (UC) predominates, we live in a world of bliss and unity.  In UC everything is an expression of Myself.

Although we wonder through starry vaults among the field of duality, the ever present eternal Being gently guides us toward Self Realization.   Our soul sings as a bird confined to its cage, waiting to be freed.  O Pristine Spirit of Beauty, allow me to persevere, and transcend the field of thought (illusion).

Meditate daily to loosen the bounds of duality, and rise to heights of ever clearer perception.