Life’s riddle

     The apex of evolved life on our Earth is manifested in human being and its bottom – the least evolved and primitive form – is found in virus. At the lowest rung of life-ladder, these microscopic organisms are sometimes found existing and thriving in the extreme climate and difficult conditions.  They are also found in human body. Sometimes disease-causing bacteria get entry through infection into human body. To kill them, doctors fill human body with bacteria-killing drugs – antibiotics in sufficient quantity and for sufficient duration. If the quantity or the duration is not sufficient enough to kill them completely, then bacteria mutate their genetic life-code to evolve themselves sometimes even in hours – into a new form of life to become drug-resistant. What it takes millions of years for higher life-species like human beings or monkeys to mutate their life-code to evolve themselves in new forms to overcome Nature’s hurdles on the path of life,  only days or even hours are taken at the bacteria level.

  Life’s properties at the apex and the bottom are essentially the same. In the kingdom of life man and bacteria share the common basic qualities. We know that life has the capacity to meet and overcome challenges to its forward movement. We may also discover the rule of this forward movement that is seen in the Darwinian principle of the survival of the fittest and that is nothing but the process of mutation, which process aims at not the evolution of the best form of life but to meet the existing difficult conditions that challenge the survival of the life-form in question..

  But the real question is not how, but why, life does so. How do we explain the life’s basic urge to go ahead, to sense the hurdle, to find the direction and to evolve into new form in order to overcome the difficulty on its path?

  Let us take another phenomenon of Nature. Rivers flow from higher to lower level of ground. If you put boulders in the way of its flow, the water gets collected in the sufficient quantity to break the barrier created by the bolder. We may also discover the rules – action of gravity – explaining how it does so. But the real question is not how but why the water-flow does so.  Today we know that this is all done due to the universal force of gravity that pulls water from the higher to the lower level of ground, that is, towards the centre of gravity located within the centre of earth. If you put a boulder sufficiently high in the course of river’s water-flow, the flow gets stopped. But that does not mean that there is no force of gravity acting on it or there is no natural tendency of water to flow from the higher to the lower level.  We also know today that there is potential gravitational energy stored in the accumulated water at the higher level of ground. If we weaken the boulder that is put in the path of flowing water or add some more quantity of water to the already stored pool, the force of gravity would increase and overcome the barrier of boulder and the choked water would again start flowing towards the lower level. Today we know not only how but also why water flows from the higher to the lower level of ground.

  We know that mountains, high-rise buildings, stones put on the ground all have potential gravitational energy or tendency to fall to the centre of gravity within the Earth and the moment we remove the intervening barriers between these objects and the acting force, all these objects would collapse to their centre of gravity.

  We know that all planets of our solar system – including our Earth – and all solar systems within our galaxy have potential energy stored in them that has the tendency to fall to their respective centers of gravity – our sun and Milky Way’s Black Hole.  But they do not collapse into their respective centers of gravity because there is an intervening barrier of centrifugal force of elliptical motion that stops them from crashing into their respective centers of gravity. As we all know, Black Hole is formed by the process of collapsing of the super dense matter it is made of into itself under the force of its own gravity. It has super gravitational force and acts on the surrounding galaxies by pulling them towards its centre of gravity and the galaxies do not fall into it because they are kept from collapsing by the centrifugal force of their elliptical motion. Every particle in the universe has potential energy stored in it that tends to act but this movement-oriented tendency is obstructed from happening by natural barriers. The moment the potential energy stored in an object exceeds the counterbalancing force and the barrier is overcome by it, it starts moving towards its center of gravity – its destination.

  How these natural phenomena are relevant to understand the life and its emergence out of matter?

  Let us look at the universal natural forces. There is a scientific dream of understanding the grand unified force acting in the universe. Einstein proposed that all the known forces – gravity, electromagnetic, two nuclear forces – are in fact only the one force manifesting differently under different conditions. Today some of these forces have been unified by understanding their inter relations but the dream of final grand single unified force is yet not achieved. It may be achieved tomorrow.

  How this unified universal force is relevant to understand the life and its emergence?

  All these natural phenomena prompt us to think of life as some form of energy – a force – and to visualize it as stored in matter in some potential form. Undoubtedly, life is energy. In the cycle of energy transformation, the life gets its power-supply through food and from Sun (in the ultimate analysis). But there is no equal balancing of the energy-input and the energy-output in the case of life. Life has Will that is an additional quantity of energy on the side of output in the equation of the equivalence of input and output of energy, and it contains in it (that is, Will) the additional energy that came from the initial push, which set the life on its course of forward evolutionary movement.

  It is possible for mind today to conceive that there is life stored in the potential form in every particle of matter in the universe but some counterbalancing barrier bars its emergence, manifestation and forward movement as life. Wherever, and whenever, this barrier is removed by whatever means and for whatever reason, the life comes out of its potential state and starts moving towards its natural destination, towards its center of gravity – that is not gravity but in the context acts like gravity calling all life-forms to meet this center and we see this movement as evolution of life. Then, further it is also possible to conceive that this just released life-energy has the tendency to march – because now it is not blind movement of matter but conscious march  of life – towards her center of gravity, or better still, towards her destiny. As we said, in our mental model the centre of gravity is a symbol of equivalence and has nothing to do with the natural force of gravity; likewise, neither is the stored potential life-energy an amount of stored force of gravity. It is something qualitatively different, of a different dimension, a different plane of existence and a different reality. But, nevertheless, it is a force in real sense of the word. This fundamental universal force is yet to be discovered, detected and harnessed by modern science.

  Moreover, it is also possible for human mind to conceive that such a center of life-gravity or life’s destination is nothing but part and parcel of the grand unified universal force, and that the same is felt differently in different circumstances, including as life (as we know it existing in material world on our Earth) under certain conditions. Only what is required more is bestowing that universal force with the property of consciousness. It does not seem illogical, at least today. It also renders it possible that life may exist extraterrestrial where barriers for life-emergence have been rendered surpass able by suitable conditions of (life’s) hospitable environment. With the help of this model for understanding life, it is possible that it may be created artificially even in laboratory by the scientists.

  Let modern science, a discipline of knowledge dependent on the tool of mind, make its toils and take its time to discover this secret in its own favorite way.

  Man is exploring the universe. He is able to get out of Earth and travel extraterrestrial places. He has touched moon with his hands and peeped into the interiors of universe. Everywhere man has found compounds made of atoms and atoms made of atomic particles. Basically, it is search of physical world and this physical world, so far as he has been able to know, is infinite.

  However, he is not going beyond material world in his search. He has no tools to go beyond material world. He is not capable with his mind to go beyond matter. Nature has set a limit to the capacity of human mind, as his mind is not the supreme tool produced by her. And, Nature has not yet finished her task of producing still better tools of knowledge and she is still at her work of evolution. Beyond physical world, there are other worlds also and man knows the existence of some of these extra physical worlds and makes attempts to study them. Behind atomic particles, there is a world of subatomic particles or waves and this world must be having its own shape, rules and place in the scheme of things. Also there is a gravitational world behind all material particles that must be having its own symmetrical structure and place in the universal scheme.

  We know that water is a compound of Hydrogen and Oxygen but it is basically different from these two gases. You look at the snowy mountains and compare them with Hydrogen and Oxygen, and you find that they are qualitatively different from each other, though ice is made of these two gases. There is a barrier of quality between the two. One can never experience the reality of ice, by simply having these two gases. Though we know that ice is but a compound of these two gases, these two gases are in themselves nothing but a certain atomic structure of atomic particles. And though these atomic particles are likewise a definite structure of subatomic particles or waves, yet ice, gases, atoms and subatomic particles or waves exist with their separate individual identities and rules.

  One can go deep down into the micro world and find independent structures in hierarchy ad infinitum. There is a barrier of quality difference between any two of levels of this hierarchy. Likewise, one can go out in the macro world and find similar independent structural hierarchy ad infinitum.

  Once some scientists thought that with the discovery of atomic particles, the physics will see its end and there will be left nothing more in the material science for scientists to discover. But Nature is not that simple. The beauty of Nature is its mystery. It is endless, in structure, in quality and in operation.

  It is not only the material plane but also the planes that are beyond it that can be descended into by man by suitable means, and they are ad infinitum. Though none of them is primary, all have their independent identities and rules.

 There is a world of desires and impulses that is real with its individual shape, quality and rules.

  Also there is a world of thoughts with similar attributes.

  And, then there are many more worlds in the scheme of creation. Eastern wisdom accepts the existence of these subtle worlds and its leading lights, like Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus Christ, Milarepa, Nizammuddin, Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo and countless many others, vouchsafe the truth of these worlds on the basis of their personal experiences, experiences that were validated by objective and verifiable results predicted in advance. These experiences of them were not subjective feelings that had no objective foundations. There are persons living on Earth even today, as ever, who live these experiences and prove their objective correctness by predicting future events.

  We live at three planes, or, we are conscious at three planes. These planes of consciousness are neither the inherent properties nor the bye-products of our biological life. However, for action of the consciousness at these planes in our material world, generally, it needs a physical body.

  • Firstly, at the lowest level, at the threshold of life, we ‘feel and sense’ our living existence. It is the world of consciousness at the gross physical level, the most elementary level of living being. It is the base of the pyramid of human structure and is formed of ‘sensations’ that may be occasioned by the end result of our pursuit of desires and thoughts or, by innocuous natural happenings to the physical body.

  • The second one is that of ‘our’ desires. This world is composed of cravings and impulses. A beauty inherent in the desires and cravings – ranging from love to hate and attachment to revulsion – provides this world its own rhythm.

  • The third plane is that of ‘our’ thoughts. It is a world of mind and its reason, and is composed of symmetry. It provides a congruity in the material world around us and creates a beauty and rhythm of logic,

   Who am ‘I’? The ‘I’ is the ever-shifting bundle of thoughts, desires and sensations. This ‘I’ remains in perpetual flex. Like a kaleidoscope, our ‘I’ is an ever-shifting illusion shaped by ‘our’ thoughts, desires and feelings, and this illusion lasts all our life span, till the death. That is ‘I’ and that is how we spend our life.

  With birth, man gets his physical body that develops over time by absorbing material nutrients from surrounding Nature. But, by indulging in desires, man absorbs these desires and forms an inner subtle body – body constituted of desires. Not only this, likewise, he, by dealing in thoughts, absorbs them and forms an inner subtle body – body composed of thoughts. These three subtle bodies – physical, vital and mental – sustain Para psychological human being from within, like a house is supported from within by a steel structure.

  At his death, man’s physical body disintegrates into its constitutional elements that are absorbed back by Nature for re-cycling. Some time after death, his three subtle bodies, too, are released into (or migrate to, which is the same thing) independently existing subtle worlds that are regulated by their own laws.

   After living their respective lives there for some time, these subtle bodies (or subtle beings) also die and disintegrate into their respective constituent elements and absorbed back by Nature for re-cycling. The ‘I’ that we know, being an illusion of something else, also disappears leaving no trace of its former egoistic existence. There are many cases of rebirth of persons belonging to all the religions and all the countries that have been carefully studied by persons with scientific training. To a scientific mind there is no scope to doubt the veracity of at least some of them.

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