We Are Projection Of Our Consciousness

A brief note from author
Before you read this article I would like to describe term “Vedanta” (comes from Hindu philosophy) means End of Vedas (not literally! but end part of Vedas or final section of Vedas also known as Upanishads) Vedas are oldest sacred texts of Hinduism written in Sanskrit. The term “Veda” means knowledge or wisdom. It is Interesting to note that there is no known author(s) of Vedas, yes I said Vedas because there are four Vedas namely Rig-veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda and Atharva-Veda).  I must stop here because we are not discussing Vedas or Hinduism; my intention was to inform you about the philosophy discussed in this article comes from Vedas and Upanishads. Thank you for reading.

Introduction

 Questions like who we are? Where we came from? What is destiny or what I am destined for? Why I feel sad? Is Death the end of everything?  Questions like these have always puzzled us and we are so busy with our lives that we seldom have time to search for the answers. We live each day either planning for future or thinking about past events; in doing so we easily forget our present. It is always the present that pays the price for our ignorance. We don’t even realize what is wrong with our lives! Unfortunately “ignorance” has become way of life for many of us. The only answer to ignorance is to become aware.  

Consciousness

What is consciousness or chetana? Dictionary defines it as the state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings or in easy words consciousness refers to individual awareness. As we enter metaphysical realm consciousness becomes more important and mystical than just making us aware about our surroundings, this is where magic begins. How about the idea of consciousness being the creator of universe? Weird isn’t it? Upanishad defines consciousness as the first cause of creation of the universe although science doesn’t support any of these theories but it is interesting to see what Upanishad says about creation of universe; first nothing existed except super consciousness alone (par brahm or in scientific terms we call it singularity) brahm then “wished” to be many and the universe came out of nothing but conscious wish of par brahm. At time of destruction the universe will disappears into brahm just like spider creates web and devours it. According to Upanishad the universe was created by brahm out of himself. Thus, everything we see here is made of “brahm” (which is nothing but consciousness itself) but it has given a separate name “The Maya” or Illusion.


Maya or Illusion  

 What is maya? Maya means not true or not real (advaita Vedanta philosophy) everything in the universe except the “brahm” is not true in other words everything other than “brahm” is Maya. The world we perceive through our senses is Maya which is true itself but untrue when compared to “brahm”. Maya is responsible for creating physical and metal reality in which our everyday consciousness gets entangled. It is through “Maya” the brahm created duality or many out of singularity. The goal of enlightenment is to become brahm by removing this duality. 



 
Avidya: Understanding Ignorance and role of Maya
 
According to Vedanta philosophy the root cause of human suffering is ignorance ‘Avidya’. (A-vidya means opposite of knowledge which is best describe as ignorance) But you may ask what is that we are ignoring? You do your job every day, pay your taxes and bills on time, take good care of family & yourself, life is running smoothly but someone comes to you and says “man you are ignorant” naturally you will ask “ignorant of what?”  Here the question “ignorant of what” is more important than its answer, the fact is that you don’t know what exactly you are ignoring; this is what we call “Avidya” in true sense, not knowing the real thing. You can now imagine how well “Maya” (illusion) plays her role in concealing the true reality with false identities that we assume in our course of life. The power of maya can be experienced in everything we posses to anywhere we go, maya is everywhere. The only way to see through maya is to end Avidya and to become aware. This more than thousand year old Vedanta philosophy has provided a solid foundation to study and discover true knowledge which would eventually reveal our true identity; it is a journey worth taking.
 
Note: the concept of Purusha (consciousness) and Prakriti (primordial  matter) are prerequisite for understanding maya, to maintain the simplicity of the article I deliberately avoided the introduction of such terms; although I tried my best to provide basic foundation for understanding maya without discussing purusha and prakriti. Don’t worry, I will provide more details in future writings about the topic we didn’t cover in our current discussion.     
                     
 
The perceived reality is the projection of our consciousness through maya
 
Just like water takes the shape of object in which it is poured the consciousness can manifest itself in desired form. It happens when consciousness gets entangled with maya and perceives the reality it desired. People who are aware of Law of attraction may know how our thoughts become reality. The seed of desire is the primary force through which manifestation occurs. Hence the world we see with our open eyes is the manifestation of countless desires done by countless individual consciousness (or self consciousness) making our world very complex place to live. This complexity gives rise to friction; frictions between desires create conflicts and with conflict come the anger, jealousy and evil. In my words “our world is like game of chess which everybody plays but nobody wins except for maya” it must be understood here: as self consciousness interacts with maya it will creates more desires, thus consciousness burdened with more desires becomes weak and materialistic and the bond between the two becomes strong to break. The reality we perceive is the projection of consciousness having seeds of desires which causes entanglement with maya to manifest its desires.   


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