पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||
This is complete; that too is complete. What this completeness yields itself is complete.
And from this completeness; even if the complete is taken out, what remains is complete.
A verse from the Isha Upnishad which which has intrigued me since childhood. Not only due to the marvelous rhythm of the verse itself (which was the first reason to get attracted to it), but also due to the layers of meanings that one can derive out of it.
The first quarter beautifully states that “Not only this; but even that is complete… Everything around us is complete.” Complete in what sense? I feel it to be complete in manifestation. Complete in its identity. Complete in its reason to exist. What it also indicates is as all are complete; hence all are equal. How is it that everything is complete? It says, “What completeness yields is also complete.” It is a self propagating engine. And hence the source of all completeness, which is also complete, which we (probably naively) call the creator. And if the complete creator, creates us; we too are complete… We too are the manifestations of the same creator… so much so, that we are the creators in our own right.
The last part is the most fascinating. “Even if complete is taken out from the complete, what remains is complete.” Completeness is unharmed, indestructible. Howsoever large part of it do you try to carve out; the complete still remains complete. Whatever you do to the creator, the creator remains unaltered.
I can’t help but bring out the parallel with the concept of infinity. In science and mathematics, whatever you add or subtract to infinity, it remains unaltered.
Irrespective of truth and validity of mythology, the fact remains that some brilliant minds could think and perceive of these ideas thousands of years ago and moreover put them in such beautiful poetic forms. Respect is a small word for them…
June 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm
Perhaps the greatest folly of mankind, particularly European and Western cultures, is to establish a concept of GOD that is separate from ALL IT IS.
Human archetypes while scoffed at by science, are now becoming valid concepts through the scientific method.
Mythology and religions in general, serve a purpose to provide structure of language in form of human archetypes that are instinctual rather than constructed in culture, separate from human nature.
While science does make great strides in areas such as physics and mathematics, to this point it still fails miserably even understanding how antidepressants work in altering human moods.
The Kundalini experience and documented evidence of feats of Yogis are still well beyond the understanding of the larger scientific community, at this point; however, the scientist Jung through his clinical experience defines Kundalini as a human archetype: a real thing across cultures, regardless of a variety of abstract language forms to express this human archetype of experience, and being; cutting edge he was then.
Jung and Freud, at the time of their findings are far ahead of neuroscience and behavioral sciences.
For example, science is just now coming to understand what human empathy even is, with ways to empirically measure it per the human brain.
In my opinion, abstract language developed as a cultural mechanism to help large groups of humans survive through cooperation, is a blessing but also a potential roadblock, to simply being.
There is no other animal, in my opinion, that questions the existence of God aka allitis for god reason, they too, are we, and never separate from complete.
As my cat hugs mother earth, my cat is at peace, even at age 20, crippled in pain but surviving, knowing instinctually as i do now, that we is i is complete with no other desire but to be complete as GOD aka allitis; just being is allitis, simply being.
Language as a human abstract construct cannot change a reality of allitis by either give or take.
The idea that it can..
is simply ludicrous for many people who escape the larger illusions of materialistic western culture.
IT can be easier to do..
for folks who are poor or outcasts of larger culture for whatever reason..
for obvious reasons, i think.
And of course, my cat, who never questions the existence of allitis, through silly human abstract language with concepts of separation from allitis.
Anyway, nice to see you blogging again, and i honor your thoughtful post more i hope, through this lengthy comment..:)
June 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm
Reblogged this on Louise-uh.
July 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm
bara scientific intellectual post hai bhae hamari tu samajh se bahir hai 😛