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As Kboy reminded me sometime back

दैवी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया ।

मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामेतां तरन्ति ते ॥७- १४

Every time I come across a reference to Advaita, I am carried away for a while along a tangent. Surprisingly it’s never the philosophy itself that is the subject, nor are the tangents themselves of similar terrain.

One of the navigable tangents has been the question about nature and its own nature. While the former itself is obviously(?) as real as our own physical self, what about the nature of nature (its features/characteristics…) Is it what we believe it is? Even our most logically proven beliefs are overturned every once in a while, so how real is the reality that we are concerned about? A familiar example is of our beliefs about Earth (its nature) and its neighbors (planets/stars) It’s not that our beliefs turn out to be erroneous only regarding the issues that do not directly concern us, far from it their occurrence is relatively rare when compared to how often our beliefs about ourselves (& our surroundings) turn out to be mere delusions. Self-interest is often given as an excuse for our blindness to the obvious, but its obvious implications make it almost improbable to be accepted by any one. Either that is the case, or the reason might be a slightly different manifestation of the same root cause. Looking around, while drifting tangentially, I was suddenly faced with the possibility that we fail to see the obvious because we do not bother to see it. Either it’s our apathy, or we might actually be blind. Since self-interest prevents us from accepting the latter, we can conveniently stick to the theory that we are so obsessed with making up theories about what we look at that we miss out on actually seeing what is around us.

Proof: As people have been repeating for quite some time, `The proof of the pudding lies in eating it.’ In a similar fashion, the proof for the above theory lies in the burnt vegetables in my kitchen!

PS: There was a painful tangent too: there was an earlier attempt to make up a seemingly absurd theory whose absurdity was limited to ‘seemingly’. As should be obvious by the absence of its records, it didn’t go well!

Written by kowsik

January 15, 2008 at 10:50