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Sraddhalu Ranade - Practical Applications of Oneness

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global oneness project Practical Applications of Oneness Modern society has been brought up to think of the world in terms of particulars and divisions. Sraddhalu Ranade - Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India - Scientist, Educationalist, Scholar Every time we look at a situation we analyze it into pieces, components, influences, forces, parts. Every time we look at ourselves we look at all the different functions and processes. And this tendency of the mind to look at particulars and divide is one of its tendencies. There is another which is to bring back all those pieces and reassemble them to get back the full picture. So when, for example, the modern mind wants to understand a human being, we cut ourselves up into mind, life, body, and then the body into so many organs and functions. And after all the pieces have been cut up and we feel each one is known by cutting, we reassemble the pieces and then we say, "This is the human being." As a process for the mind it's useful because it gets us to know details and specifics. But by the time you have cut it up and reassembled it, you don't have a living human being. The life, the truth, the soul of the person is gone. You have a dead person--dead form. This is the tendency of the human mind-- inevitable because it knows no other way to know or to understand reality. In order to be able to know the essentiallity of oneness, one has to--sort of say--step back from mind, either move to something deeper or rise to something higher. In both directions one can experience and express something of that oneness. But we cannot be within the realm of the intellect and find it. Now, this insight is extremely important in the modern context because practically all the problems of human life are really problems created by the very functioning of the mind. The human intellect, which has been such a powerful tool, starting from being self-aware to be able to analyze and study the whole world, as a powerful tool it has come to the limits of what it can do, and there is a need to transcend mind. This does not mean abandoning mind, but it means rising to something, a level of knowing, which is more direct, more intuitive, more experiential, which then mind can express with its skill which is the power of expression more than anything else. This recognition is essential for humanity today if we want to resolve our problems. You will see the nature of all of modern problems is that you cannot resolve the problem by changing structures, by changing rules and laws, or changing arrangements and relationships. You can only change them by changing consciousness, shifting consciousness to something deeper, higher, closer to the sense of oneness. And the very nature of the modern crisis is kind of a kick from life--from evolution-- to force us to make that shift. We resist because the first instinct of the mind is not to let go but to work it harder, and this mind working harder--spinning, whirling--only increases the chaos. So it's an essential realization necessary in modern times that to solve our problems we need to step back and out of the limited capacity of the intellect. It should serve a higher truth; it cannot be the leader anymore. This insight can lead us to the resolution of most of our problems in every field of life. But we begin with just the space of daily life where we are interacting with others. In any situation of conflict or tension you will find that we tend to find a point of compromise, and if everybody finds a point of compromise, everybody is, generally speaking, on the average unhappy because everyone has compromised something. And everybody aches to overcome that compromise and get the fullness of what they want. The result is a state of constant tension or pressure which at the first opportunity becomes a conflict where one side subjugates another's need to assert its own need. This is the precarious balance in which we live and in a state of compromise. The only way we can resolve the conflict is if we find among ourselves a deeper level of identity, a deeper sense of unity in which I can give in my interests without feeling it as a compromise, just as a mother gives up her best to her children without ever feeling that she is making a great sacrifice. She does it almost as if she gives herself to her own other part. And this can happen because she feels a sense of unity with her children, as if they are her own other body. When we can recover something of this sense of a deeper unity, we will find that we can give in our narrow interests and open out to a wider interest of the collective consciousness without experiencing it as a compromise. So the shift to a deeper unitive consciousness is the easiest and most direct way of resolving all existing conflicts in our life. Another angle which I bring in is we are in a constant condition of disharmony with all the things around us--people, circumstances, time, space, resources. The state of disharmony can be healed and a deeper harmony brought up only when we experience a reconnection at a deeper level of oneness. And when we live in that sense of oneness, the deeper harmony spontaneously emerges in all our relationships. So just at the level of personal life you see how shifting to a deeper unitive consciousness can resolve all of our most painful compromises and disharmonies. But the same principle will apply to specialized areas of organization of life and action in the field of management, in the field of education, in the field of legal systems, national governance, sciences, arts. In each of these fields the shift to a deeper unitive consciousness as the base changes the whole paradigm of our understanding of life and motivations for action.

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Duration: 7 minutes and 45 seconds
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Posted by: global on Oct 8, 2009

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