Dimensions of perception

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MEGHANA ANAND challenges our doorways of perception to open and our consciousness to expand into absolute oneness.


 

Here is a small and interesting experiment.

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A

Is line A short or long? Is it dark or light?
Perhaps drawing line B may help.

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A

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B

Now try answering the same questions.

Line A is longer and lighter than line B. In absolute terms, A is neither short nor long, dark nor light. It is what it is. Similarly, the world around us is a product of our perception, which is relative and conditioned. Rare is a person who is able to perceive things as they are, in their absolute, pure condition. If we were able to do so then perhaps there would be no question of likes and dislikes, preferences and prejudices.

But in real life we have our likes and dislikes, preferences and prejudices. In fact, there are as many universes as there are individuals. Do we ever question why? Swami Vivekananda once said, “Every human being has the right to ask why, and to have his question answered by himself, if only he takes the trouble.” Our ancient ones have time and again prescribed meditation as the tool to reveal the true nature of everything. Meditation, along with inner purification, can present the world to us in its absolute form, above these dualities, into the realm of absolute oneness.

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity shows us that what we perceive as the force of gravity in fact arises from the curvature of space and time, and that the speed of light within a vacuum is the same no matter the speed at which an observer travels.

This absolute, unchanging vacuum is also within us, from which everything else emerges. As one of our artists in this issue says: “The question before us is not the process of how. The bigger question ceaselessly resonating within us always is why.”



Article by MEGHANA ANAND


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