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Nine Qualities of Consciousness

[This article is written for a rational audience. They are not intended to impose, influence or comment on prevailing beliefs.]

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All the impressions are drawn from various verses in the Rig Veda. Translations and interpretation are mine.

Nine Qualities of Consciousness

1.       Life

A radiant composer and bearer of knowledge and precious wealth |

Is effortlessly delivered ||

The spirit of creation, invested in the mortal and the imperishable |

Presides over generation ||

Divine the unseen ray; Cognize the bond; May the brilliance arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

2.       Inspiration

Nothing is perceived that heat cannot kill and water cannot save |

Wisdom is a cure for values ||

One life two periods four conducts eight principles of nine parts |

In thousands of expressions ||

Divine these marvels; Cognize the enigma; May the sublime arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

3.       Valour

Natural offerings are acquired by force and shared with pleasure |

By mind’s insecure anarchy || 

Life inspired, life nourished and the life within, starved for peace |

Battle over space and time ||

Divine these customs; Cognize the power; May the restraint arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

4.       Compassion

Ever alert and observing, righteous, resolute, unwavering |

Is the kindness of natural justice || 

Unaffected by joy, sorrow, pain, pleasure, torture or cheer |

Yet involved and not indifferent ||

Divine the awareness; Cognize the speech; May the intellect arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

5.       Counsel

The guiding spirit is the evaluator of metaphysical values |

The critic and the connoisseur ||

The Guru’s wisdom supersedes prevailing societal virtues |

Learning is the radiance of life ||

Divine the sophistication; Cognize the art; May the foresight arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

6.       Relationship

Lifecycles of philosophy, pre-determined or negotiated |

Like waltzing desires of free will ||

Bonds interlaced by feelings and honoured by emotions |

Like chains of interdependence ||

Divine the consanguinity; Cognize the love; May the kinship arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

7.       Order

Uncompromised devotion to character and integrity |

Pledges the commitment ||

Innate and cognate abstracts strengthen sentiments |

And unforgiving violence ||

Divine the cry of despair; Cognize the sabre; May the savior arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

8.       Sanctity

Release life from the fetters and leash of convention |

Rituals are not for rebel ||

Restore the dignity and celebrations of existence |

Let imagination flourish || 

Divine the freedom; Cognize the creation; May the crusader arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

 

9.       Intuition

Perceptions stretching into unknown dimensions |

Like mesmerized seers ||

Dissolving the lines between illusions and reality |

Promising possibilities ||

Divine the aesthetics; Cognize the singular; May the futurist arise |

In worship of the harmony of that divinity and this consciousness ||

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99 Responses to “Nine Qualities of Consciousness”

  1. Aishwarya Says:

    Oh well… 🙁 I can’t compete with that.

    I’ll just hang around a while.

  2. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    Can’t reply with videos during office hours. Streaming videos are blocked. Even my Wi Fi doesn’t work. I’ll rely on picturesque speech till the evening.

    The easiest way to prevent the chance of forgetting is to pack your bathroom kit and go camp there again!!!

  3. Renate Says:

    Sudhir,

    Oh yes! Can’t live long without those apples 🙂 !!

  4. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Shall put up the video replies in the evening. Till then I’ll say it in words.

    Karoge yaad toh, har baat yaad aaeygi
    Gujarte waqt ki har mauj thehar jaaeygi

    [Mauj – wave]

    Gali ke mod pe, sunaa sa koi darwaaza
    Tarasti aankhon se rastaa kisi ka dekhega

    Nigaah duur talak, jaake laut aaeygi
    Karoge yaad toh, har baat yaad aaeygi

  5. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    Can’t live long without apples? Hmm… I am not sure you can live long only on apples. I think you may need slightly more complex proteins. You have alpine genes. Next time bring a polar bear along. 🙂

  6. Renate Says:

    Himalayas

    *

    High hills are mild and givers of perfect nourishment

    No one left behind

    Rivers incessantly sing the mountains’ fresh melodies

    No one stops their wrath

    Peaks of brilliance enter the mind’s most treasured folds

    No one stays untouched

    Valleys remain gentle under centuries of human yoke

    No one loves in vain

    *

    Free-falling poetic effluence after a long day

    Punctuation is for you.

  7. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    Now, that is the first official feedback from you about the visit.

    The videos and tour notes are all my own impressions. No one has yet heard of what you took away with you.

    Keep writing.

  8. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    That rhythm is Vedic!!!!

    Very close to the Gayatri Chanda.

    Don’t worry about the punctuations. Sign languages don’t have grammar or punctuations… Unless you have friends in New Jersey!

  9. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Here is the video reply to the ghazal

  10. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    Here is the video reply to yours:

  11. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,

    Thank you. Fine lyrics. I don’t have a song reply right now. The problem with communicating through songs is that ultimately Thangaballi joins in…

    Let me know when your next post is up.

    Tc,

    Aish

  12. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    I have no ideas for a new post. Lets see.

    Here is the Hindi Thangaballi:

  13. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,
    In the video ‘The story so far’, there is a caption that says to the effect, ‘Kedar proved my beliefs’. Could you tell me how so? If it’s not personal…

  14. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    The ‘Story so far…’ is my favorite video. The best, in the sense that I gave it all I could on a 5 minute timeline.

    The build up to Kedar was near perfect. Thats thanks to my tour organiser, Swati Patwal in Delhi. Some sort of sixth sense must have prevailed.

    Let me put it this way.

    Before Kedar:

    Landed in Delhi: Like an NRI on a make-believe ego trip. “God is a credit card, you know.”

    Reached Haridwar: Was reminded of my parents. My grooming. My culture. My learning.

    Reached Naugaon: Saw the proof that my parents were always right. And Vyasa is always right. And what I had learnt was true. We are a real culture, not something written in books.

    Reached Harsil: Stood like a devotee in the presence of a living miracle. Ganga. If I was amphibious I would have simply gone into Ganga and never come out.

    And then at Kedar:

    Kedar is not just a statement about our culture. Kedar is the live evidence of its timelessness.

    Kedar is a place where you can stand alone, and you don’t need anyone to teach you anything. You just feel it all. You suddenly realize that all those words and books and scriptures are not required. This is what they are about. This is all there is. This is all that is required.

    After Kedar:

    If I had a soul before I saw Kedar, then I am sure I have left it behind in Kedar or Badri. I don’t know where.

  15. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,
    I am goosebumped. Speechless. Eyes welled up. Screen is a blur. Wow…

  16. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    This is what happened. Puurnam adah, puurnam idam; Perfect.

  17. Sudhir Says:

    And while we are on the topic, lets replay “The Story so far…”

  18. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,

    Sincere heartfelt compilations both. We can feel the place and your emotions as we watch it…

    You seem to have a predilection for high altitudes.:) They are both beautiful, the Nilgiris and the Himalayas… How is the terrain at Pune?
    I am curious to know how the silence at Kedar is different from the silence in Ooty? One is soothing and peaceful and the latter, I think, makes one feel stifled and restless at times. I wonder why…

    P.S. I thought of putting up Baahon mein chale aao…but you would reply with saintly tunes, so I desist.:)

  19. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Pune is also a high altitude basin in the Sahyadri range. There was a hill within walking distance of my home. I remember carving figures on young leaves and see them grow with the plant.

    I know what you are thinking. I’ll video reply to bahon mein chale anyway… 🙂

  20. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    World of difference.

    I found a place to live in Ooty. I found myself in Kedar.

    It’s like the difference between a sea shore and a glacier. One is where terrestrial life ends. One is where it begins.

  21. Sudhir Says:

    That Song from Sanyasi above, at 0.52, is on the bank opposite the Bhootnath Mandir in Hrishikesh.

    Either that or its an exact wall paper of that location in a studio.

    You can see the temple spire about hundred yards up the hill among the trees above the ashrams. The Neelkanth range is behind that mountain.

  22. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,
    The opening notes by AR Rahman for Yeh haseen waadiyan, yeh khula aasmaan… plays in my mind as I watch your collection of videos. Nothing can leave us as awe struck as creation herself. I need to visit the place to identify the landmarks, until then I’m content seeing it through your eyes.

  23. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Amazing places of sarzameene Hindustan!!!

    The difference between Switzerland and Kashmir is that Kashmir is subalpine. The trees, temples and habitats are right on top of some of the peaks.

    The alps are higher and drier even with snow, and they rise several hundreds of metres above the tree line.

    You are right. You must visit at least one location in the Himalayas from anywhere between Kashmir and Arunachal. The 3000 Kms range is a paradise.

    Try to make the first visit early as you can. So you will have the time and energy to do more later.

    My parents took me on the North India and Nepal tour when I was 12. It took me 40 years to return to the places. I am lucky in a way. The romantic streak is a genetic disorder in my family. 🙂

  24. Sudhir Says:

    Romantic in the victorian sense. Not the filmy version.

  25. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    I can notice a difference between my own choices of the music I picked for Kedar and Ooty. The ones for Ooty are more objective. Those on Kedar are devotional.

    Here’s my Ooty clip. The songs, if you see, are ego-centric.

  26. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,

    There seems to naturally be a sense of ownership in Ooty. In the Chardham, it is more a surrender of the self. In any case, one is material and the other spiritual…no? I guess our emotions are pre-programmed to the purpose of the destination. We are then washed over by the corresponding feelings when we reach the place…

    I have to visit some day. I am fascinated by the North-East, so I just might begin there. No concrete plans. Perhaps because I am a romantic in a sappy filmy way (and I don’t understand what victorian romanticism is), Shiva hasn’t sent me an invite yet. We say, a visit to a holy place happens when God wills. We feel an inner calling. Hmmm…I didn’t get one yet…

    I guess Switzerland is your next destination… I wonder what songs you’d add to those videos… Dekha ek khwaab toh ye silsile hue, phool bhi ho darmiyaan toh faasle hue…

    🙂

  27. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Never. I am not the touring type. I will never travel to places for food and weather. In Europe I could be faced with vikings or unicorns – not my kind of company.

    I re-live Vyasa’s narratives in the Himalayas.

  28. Aishwarya Says:

    Yeah, you refused to come to Kanyakumari because you felt you might slip off the tip of India…!!!:)

    There was once a guy with an impulsive streak who traveled to the Philippines and to the Urals.

    He grew up.

    Happens…

  29. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Cebu in the Philippines for an online friend. A devout catholic missionary who later migrated to Chicago and is now well settled.

    Astana in Kazhak for the same reason; though not an online friend. Someone I met in Muscat in 1998.

    I did not refuse to see Kanyakumari. But the cause has to be more than tourism. I think NatGeo and Discovery show more than a local guide can ever show.

    Tip of the land is right. Slippery place, na?

  30. Aishwarya Says:

    Ask NatGeo. :-/

  31. Swati Says:

    Sir ,

    Nice post

  32. Sudhir Says:

    Swati,

    Thank you.

    Kahan ho? Awaiting your mail about the September plans.

  33. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Ask what?

  34. Swati Says:

    Sir ,

    Consciousness is pre programmed reality .

    you can say its quality awareness. In consciousness we check our thoughts and delete the waste one and remain the good one . like computer does with file in same manner our mind work with our thoughts . why only good thoughts are important process is explained below .

    Thoughts create feelings
    Feelings develop attitude
    Attitude Create Action
    Action create Personality
    Personality Leads to Destiny……..

    Thoughts power is Energy which makes our destiny

    Thoughts power is louder than our words…….

    Hence be conscious and stay positive .

  35. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,
    A book. Kanyakumari for Dummies.
    Kidding…:-)
    I hope you visit Kerala some day.

  36. Sudhir Says:

    Swati,

    Back in 1977, a surgeon put me under general anaesthesia to remove my tonsels.

    I was lying on the operation table in the KEM Hospital at Pune; the doctor asked me to count up to 10 and I said,

    “1, 2, 3 my feet are cold, 4, 5 I can’t feel my legs, 6, 7…”

    And then… I opened my eyes in a silent room…

    I was switched off for more than 3 hours and I didn’t realize even one moment of it. Those 3 hours are lost forever. They do not appear in my memory.

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    Parents came into the room later. I was enjoying myself. I was on a fixed diet of butter-scotch ice-cream.

    Mother asked me how I was.

    “Aai,” I said, “There’s no such thing as a soul. Everything is consciousness. It’s either there or not there.”

    “And how do you know?” She asked

    “When I was unconscious, there was no me. No awareness. No time. Nothing.”

    My mom was a good teacher. She waited for me to finish my ice cream and then asked,

    “So who woke up after 3 hours?”

    “What?”

    “Who became conscious after 3 hours?”

    “I did.”

    “Who is conscious?”

    “I am”

    “Who is I? Soul or Consciousness?”

    “I am conscious, na? Does it matter? Give me that ice-cream.”

    Well, that closed the conversation. I didn’t asked her to explain.

    But she probably meant that the Soul is conscious – there is no consciouness if there is no soul. For my doctor, the body was conscious. For me, my mind was conscious. For my younger sister, there was no butter-scotch left in the tray.

    ===

  37. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    It is a possibility this year. There is one tour proposed in the first week of September. But if Kedar is open I’ll choose to go there first. Second preference is Himachal.

    Sometime in October I have plans to go to Kailash.

    All trips are being planned by Swati. Nothing is firmed up yet.

    Once I settle down I can visit Kerala at will on my own.

  38. Aishwarya Says:

    Sudhir,

    Obviously I haven’t been in the loop. Most of my comments, even on earlier pages, seem like gibberish because I don’t know what’s going on. It’s just me, my silly thoughts and songs.

    Thanks for the update. I hope your trip is everything you wish it to be.

  39. Sudhir Says:

    Aish,

    Why do you say that? There is no loop or noose in the making.

    This blog is not for religious propaganda. It’s an epistemic reserve.

    I don’t fake my beliefs. And one belief doesn’t conflict with others. They are all spectrums of the same rainbow.

    Life probably has more colors than we know.

    Nothing is gibberish.

  40. Sudhir Says:

    Darpan means mirror. This is Sahir in pure hindi.

  41. Renate Says:

    Can you feel the soul of the mountains? These are the Dolomites, southern part of the Alps in Italy.

  42. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    Ich bin mir nicht sicher über die seele. Aber ich kann das leben in den bergen fühlen

  43. Renate Says:

    :))))

    Ja, ich weiss, dass Du das Leben in den Bergen fühlst. Wir haben es zusammen gefühlt.

  44. Renate Says:

    Impressions of three mountain ranges – an intensely personal account.

    The Alps

    Home! Most of all! its beauty ingrained in the very bones. Reference for all else. Old mountains with thousands of years of history plainly visible everywhere. Pleasant and tamed, the warm smell of friendly cows mixes with that of grass, flowers and trees. Brooks are free, paths are tame. Wild animals are not independent, either watched and protected like formerly hunted eagles or mountain goats, or senselessly killed, like the poor bear Bruno, on account of a few domesticated animals eaten, or on account of human stupidity, who knows? There is strict limitations to building and a sense of the visible beauty to be protected. A whiff of human footsteps and gasoline is never far from the imagination at least, and where one does not hear cars or machines, one still hears airplanes. And yet, peace is to be found. Breathtaking views, of course!

    Stranded idiots call mountain rescue from their cell phones.

    The Rockies and the Sierras – except for the few areas where humans have taken over entirely.

    Big and wild. Breached by humans, but not tamed. No history is alive under one’s feet. There are places, far far away, where one can feel entirely .. lost .. dwarfed .. free .. elated or intimidated. Wild animals are wild and live in their native habitat without human interference. Humans are guests and have to look to their own protection. Campers’ food has to be protected/ hidden from the animals at night. A paradise for the strong and well-equipped, large enough to feel unshared with other humans. Trails are there, but far and in-between.

    Stranded idiots might die.

    The Himalayas from the very short time I have spent there. They have inspired me to talk in verse.

    High hills are mild and givers of perfect nourishment
    No one left behind

    Rivers incessantly sing the mountains’ fresh melodies
    No one stops their wrath

    Peaks of brilliance enter the mind’s most treasured folds
    No one stays untouched

    Valleys remain gentle under centuries of human yoke
    No one loves in vain

    The Gods are still alive here. The humans live among them.
    Stranded idiots are plied with masala chai.

  45. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    English is not my first language, neither yours. But I can tell how good you are at German from the way you use English words!

    The Alps, Rockies and Himalayas are probably all the same for the planet. But the sense of belonging of a person changes its significance.

    For a person with a more universal perspective, like a sage or a scientist or the CEO of an Oil drilling company; every range is a potential source of inspiration for their occupations.

    In my case, I remain constantly aware of their philosophy and its limited but valuable influence.

    I am used to feeling like an immigrant. Never belonged to any place till I found Kedar and Badri. Those two are my spiritual homes.

  46. Renate Says:

    And I always felt like an exile.

    The Alps are my family’s home, yet I never had the chance to live there.

    The Rockies and Sierras I liked and was awed by, but not inspired.

    The Himalayas are something else. I feel like walking their cattle paths forever.

  47. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    The buffaloes in Kedar and the cows in Badri have their own minds. They look at humans with a sort of parental kindness.

    As if they see something lacking in the design of human beings.

  48. Renate Says:

    Have you ever wondered how ridiculous clothes must appear to animals?

  49. Sudhir Says:

    Renate,

    They must be getting used to some features:

    1. Walking on two legs

    2. Wearing different skins everyday

    3. Making a variety of sounds

    4. Killing without a reason

    5. Behaving like Gods and cats

    6. Cooking food

    7. Fearing everything

    8. Laughing in pain

    9. Crying in pleasure

    Etc