by Rajiv Vij
September 15, 2011
One fish said to the other,
believe in this ocean that they talk about?"
This Chinese saying illustrates how
narrow our vision of the world and the universe can be. We see the
world from our limited perceptual framework.
Despite an overwhelming evolution of the human race, the human mind
is severely restricted by what it can perceive through the senses.
What we hear is limited by the frequencies our ears can process dogs
can hear many higher frequencies and hence have a very different
perception of the same sounds. Our sight is limited by the light
frequencies our eyes can relate to; since pit vipers can sense heat
from infrared rays they must construct the same world rather
If we had a different receiver
mechanism, we would be hearing other frequencies and seeing in new
With scientific knowledge, we know that many things are not what
they appear to be the sky isn't blue, only the scattering of the
blue light absorbed by the atmosphere makes it appear so; the moon
doesn't rise in the night; and the house we live in is not
stationary, but rotates along with the earth. Essentially, we see,
hear and process what we can and not what reality is.
Truth realization is not easy. Besides the difficulty, our
perceptions are further clouded by our personal thoughts and
A Buddhist verse says:
Is anything on earth universally
and unanimously recognized as beautiful? For a lover, a beautiful
woman is an object of desire; for the hermit, a distraction; for the
wolf, a good meal.
What is the truth, then?
Everything in the universe is made up of
energy. All beings are manifestations of the
This vital spiritual force breathes life into every
living being and sustains every cell and organism. Its like an
enormous field of colorless and odorless energy which encompasses
everything and every being that we can imagine all of that existing,
not in isolation or in separation, but in one continuum.
What appears solid is only so because of the frequency of
wavelengths that our senses are capable of perceiving. Our minds
create a three-dimensional world from this continuum of free-flowing
energy, comprising of electrons and neutrons. Like the fish in the
Chinese saying, when we cannot see this continuum, we are limited to
noticing the individual parts of the creation.
As a result, the trees, animals, humans
and all other objects seem disjointed from us. I as an individual
does not exist, never existed, never will the sense of I is merely a
perception of our limited mind.
From Einstein we know that matter and energy are interchangeable;
they're essentially one.
When broken down to its barest form, all
matter is the same energy. We can break a glass jar into pieces but
each piece, however small, will still be glass. Similarly, know that
God is in each one of us, and we are part of the same whole.
This knowledge can set us free.
As we make a conscious effort to stay connected with this
realization, we become better equipped to playing the roles of our
life businessman, teacher, wife, father and friend with tremendous
happiness and inner peace.
This connection lets us be like an actor who plays her role on stage
with great sincerity but stays conscious of the fact that she is
really not the character she's playing and thus not overly identify
with the fortunes and misfortunes of her given role!