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Science ends & Brahmn jnana begins. NOW, ATHA

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Most of us experience existential angst at some point or other. We may ask, why was I born? What is the purpose of my life? What is reality? Many more such questions arise, and we could find answers, somewhat satisfactory. Extrapolate this to Brahmand, the Universe, and it becomes a different ball game altogether.

How and when did the universe come into being? What is it made of? Scientists can answer these questions. But when we ask ‘why’, we enter the realm of metaphysics and the concept of Brahmn, the universal consciousness that permeates entire Brahmand, the physical, mental and spiritual universes that are limitless, mysterious, often unfathomable, yet alluring, full of wonder and surprises. Daresay, that where science ends, Brahmn jnana begins.


The unchanging reality, called Brahmn, the highest common denominator in the triple multiverses we occupy – physical, mental, spiritual – is full of wondrous secrets, the field of infinite possibility, deep source of all consciousness and energy, Shiv and Shakti, that you experience within you, the perfected microcosm. When you have the urge to know more, when you are so thirsty for Brahmn jnana, you become a jigyasu, a curious seeker impelled by the need to know, NOW. It cannot wait for the morrow, you are fired up to immediately begin exploring Brahmn and Brahmand – you are on a jnana mission, unstoppable, ready to take-off into the unknown.

That is what sets apart a jigyasu from a person who asks questions, teetering on the brink of the unreal and the real, and then is distracted by worldly dealings, still trapped in maya.

Brahmn jnana is within grasp, only if you are fired by the hunger to know, as if your life depends on it, NOW. The word ‘now’ assumes super powerful vitality, because spirituality is concerned with the now, the present, the immediate – the past and the future do not matter. That’s the urgency of the jigyasa, the curious seeker of Brahmn jnana. Every chapter of the Yog Sutras of Patanjali, Narad Bhakti Sutras and the Bhagwad Gita, starts with the word ‘atha’, which means NOW.

The first sutra of the Brahmasutra is ‘Athaatoh Brahmn Jigyasa’ – when a sadhak is overcome with the thirst for Brahmn jnana – becomes restless to get a sadhguru to guide him and is willing to be a dedicated shishya – that moment is ‘atha’, now, this very moment, not in the future, but right now.

The thirst for Brahmn jnana arises in a person when he is not at peace, despite having attained all pleasures of life, and he continues to face new problems and conflicts on a daily basis; youth, like sand, is slipping from his fingers and he has begun to regret leading a futile life. At that point, in a handful of people, arises the jigyasa to know Brahmn, because the experience of Brahmn will fill that person with immense rasa, essence of human experience; param shanti, absolute peace; and param anand, absolute bliss. It is for these jigyasus that Ved Vyas created the Brahmasutra, offering ways to experience Brahmn first-hand by listening, contemplating and through practice.

‘Brahmn’ is an anubhuti, a feeling, an experience of infinity and limitlessness. Brahmn jnana is the final lesson of jnana. Brahmn is param satya, the absolute Truth, the basis of Indic philosophy, the essence of the Upanishads, the ultimate source of Truth. Go for it, NOW. ‘ATHA’.

Samir Jain is Vice Chairman and MD, Times Group

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