Home Alone: In a new dimension The Ascent to Shiva
Stunned in a galactic swirl, by a multitude of strains, drawing the individual, into a whirlpool of activity, rendering any hope of stillness, into oblivion the seeker of peace, finds himself at unimaginable crossroads with existence itself.
So consumed by his prejudices he is, that he dissociates himself from new stimuli & feeds on repetitive association & absorption of typical stimuli, defined as his “zone of comfort”. So, cozily stationed in these shackles of familiarity, he reaffirms his life purpose & defines his cultural boundaries in the haloed glow of the unique identity of his clan. Accordingly, he repels all alien attempts of building kinship ties.
Aghast, at the mere thought of losing his singular space in the mass of people around him, he foolishly loses his “Vivek Buddhi” or discretionary powers which promote well being. Harnessing his darker aspect he unleashes terror at perceived affront and invokes the furies in his circumference to cause havoc & disorder. This in effect leads to colossal destruction of certain institutions & ideologies while concurrently allowing the fruition of more relevant & contemporary ones.
In Indian mythology, deploying the ideals of Shiva, the destroyer, such osmosis is the outcome of a chronological & psychological reformation, which marks a new beginning in the life cycle of history. For Shiva, who is defined as “Aja” or unborn & “Amar” or undying, this passage is a mere chapter in the realm of relativity ensconced in causation, time & space.
How then should our mind, bound by its unique circumstances & coping abilities mould itself to absorb the life currents that come our way, with the least resistance, to maximize its potential ?
Here again, is a question, born in the world of Karma or world of relative action. The quest is an outcome of a limited mind, ensnared by the intellect, emotions & circumstances. In other words, the thinking faculty contributes to the human endeavour of evaluating situations and seeking ways to derive maximum benefit from them. This involves action & subsequently creates Karma. So in a restless game of endless give & take the world cycles continue endlessly. People are born, die & reborn to complete unfulfilled desires & repay debts of past undertaking.
It is said in the scriptures, that redemption comes from grace alone, clubbed with well intended willful effort. The supreme omniscient, Mahapurush, Sadashiva, clothes himself in the body of an avatar (Divine form) who descends on the terrestrial plane to redeem souls & salvage humanity from this endless cycle of rebirth.
It is believed that when a reasonable amount of good Karma over lifetimes is accumulated, these divine interventions occur and worthy souls meet their Gurus or divine masters who provide guidance on the esoteric knowledge of disentangling the “atman” or “individual spirit” or “true self” from the “body-mind cage.”
Following certain techniques & lifestyle habits the disciple then finds her/himself, abandoning the veils of materiality & uncomplicating her/his life, in search of higher knowledge. Base survival & security needs are replaced by a search for infinitesimal bliss of the cosmic divine.
Translating that for the fact finding mind, “infinitesimal bliss” is about attaining such a high degree of internal silence & emptiness that all attachments drop away & one experiences joy, love & find meaning in “everything that is nothing.”
So living in the moment, s/he attains an evolved consciousness which gradually progresses to higher realms of self realization, termed as “Samadhis” or divine ecstasies.
In this inward journey, one becomes more & more at home with oneself and one’s circumstances that ultimately leads them to thrive in his/her solitude.
Alas! He is “Home Alone” but in a new dimension.