I think it is safe to say that this blog is primarily for software professionals due to it’s technical content. I have chosen a complex topic to explain, in a an even more complex way. I know the art of turning simple things into a complex one due to my over the period accumulated attitude of “I know it all”. So this post may waste your time if you already know it all, if you see what I mean. However, if you go through this blog and find something missing, misquoted, confusing then you are the right person to reach, preach or teach me.
Being a software professional I often wondered how our Spiritual architecture would be drawn? After putting some efforts this is what I could think of. This may not appear like a complete diagram or even some layers might be misplaced but do remember, this is an open source architecture and any suggestions to enhance it are most welcome. Considering this as a base version lets take a deep dive together.
When our external sense instruments (indriyan)perceive any materialistic thing (vishya), it just passes this request to its corresponding handler, external sense organs, to map with appropriate attribute. The external mappers have no further capability hence pass on this message to Spiritual Message Bus (SMB) or in short manas (manah). Like our enterprise message bus this bus also has many transformation capabilities, high scalability but has one drawback, it overwhelms its consumer due to its high context switching.
The request goes forth from manah and passed onto buddhi (controller) equipped with filters like wisdom (vivek), now controller varies from person to person and this variation is directly proportional to its filter (vivek). Buddhi consults vivek to fetch the stored memories (chitta) related to that request, based on the status of that memory buddhi processes the request and confirms the action back to message bus i.e manah. If it is success message 200 OK, indriyan go ahead and enjoy.
Sometimes buddhi defers the decision but mana keeps polling the buddhi, tapasvis or sophisticated architects know how to terminate such request. But person with chanchal mana surrenders, though buddhi responds back with forced 200 OK message, but it also writes back surrendered status code to chitta. Now let’s explore why does buddhi defer the decision or even how to know whether buddhi has taken a right decision. Here comes the vivek, if vivek is free from bugs (vikar),will talk on these Bugs or vikar little later, filter all spams, ignore the bad requests and keeps a person’s entire system safe and reliable.
Before finding the bugs in vivek lets talk little deeper on it.I will not talk anything new which you have never heard of before,some of you might have heard or read thousand times about how does an constant attachment to material objects leads to krodha and then delusion causing failure of memory and understanding and eventually destruction of a person.For details please refer Srimad Bhagwat Gita Chapter 2 Verse 62 & 63.
ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंस: सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते |
सङ्गात्सञ्जायते काम: कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते ॥
क्रोधाद्भवति सम्मोह: सम्मोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रम: |
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति ॥
What I am more interested in is how to withdraw senses from these objects naturally. If I fix my eyes on latest iPhone 11 even though I have iPhone X, how to discard this craving without force. Or for living objects, if I wish to be as glamorous as any celebrity, despite knowing that I am already a star in my own arena. How to convince my indriyan to look inwards without being tagged as “grapes are sour”.
Bhagwan Krishna has explained the many paths in Srimad Bhagvat Gita to answer all the above questions. They are detailed, simpler and pure truth. But I keep forgetting those divine words due to my low IQ. So I kept on searching my answers and I think that is how I landed with Ramcharitmanas, where Tulsidasji settled down my turbulence with below two lines. Such a great thinker he was, he knew that people like me with low intelligence would find Gita’s essence hard to grasp so he explained like this
नहिं कोउ अस जनमा जग माहीं।प्रभुता पाइ जाहि मद नाहीं.
Everyone in this world is layered with ego, this single bug is the cause of all corruption that lies in the vivek. This ego instructs buddhi to fulfill all the desires, it is this ahamkar which endows the feeling of kartapan (I am the one who dos), then latch onto results. Due to this hook buddhi falls into the dualities of the world. Think of it for a moment and try to correlate all the questions discussed above.
Now, we found out this primordial defect in our system, so how to get rid of this? Its simple! Treat ourselves as sewakor das and our Ishta as Nath or Swami. The moment we understand this relation, ego will be wiped out naturally. But how to be a sewak or what kind of sewak should be. Read below
हौंहु कहावत सबु कहत राम सहत उपहास।
साहिब सीतानाथ सो सेवक तुलसीदास॥
We can not even claim to be called as sewak because this may infuse some pride in us and trap in its vicious cycle. Everything in this world belongs Satchitanand Sadadshiv, Sri Ram, Jagjanni, so there is nothing I can donate to him nor I can offer her. I can only serve her and be an eternal das of Purushottam Raghunandan Sri Ram.