Who Am I?

Another one of those days… I was doing some self-healing by touch-Reiki. I was feeling a bit irritated at the amount of noise outside that day. (Yeah... I stay in one of the noisiest parts of my city!) And I was wondering how people have become so used to this noise level that they don’t even notice it anymore! But those of my readers who work with Reiki know that you can’t really stay irritated for long while passing energy to yourself, right?

And so my irritation also subsided gradually as the Reiki progressed. Thoughts kept wandering in and out of my system. I never bothered to explore them in depth. I was simply floating away…

And then suddenly I saw the entire universe looming up in front of me! Black background… sprinkled with bright shining specs of light arranged in different patterns for all the different galaxies and constellations! The kind of picture we have often seen in Geography books and Wikipedia, you know! "M.A.G.N.I.F.I.C.E.N.T." is the word that came to my mind!

Let me quickly Google an image of our Universe and see if I can find something that resembles what I saw. Ok here’s one very much like it...

Well, as soon as I saw this image in my mind, it suddenly dawned on me that all those noises – of horns and honks and street-hawkers shouting to advertise their goods – if observed from up there in the Universe, would seem so totally insignificant! So insignificant in fact, that they would be swallowed in complete oblivion! Up there, you would hear only one sound… the sound of silence!

Weird, isn’t it? But it’s the truth. We spend our entire lives fretting over things that seem so important to us… and yet, if only we knew the truth, those things carry no significance at all beyond the tiny stage where we are performing our life’s play! What seem like major Tsunamis to us – upsetting our entire mental and emotional equilibrium – they aren’t even tiny ripples of disturbance for the infinite Universe! Wow!

I suddenly realized one more thing. “They” say that the same Consciousness that is in me is in everyone else. The same Consciousness is in all the plants, animals, rivers, oceans, mountains, the skies, the Sun & the Moon, and the entire Universe… the very same Consciousness that CREATED this whole Universe! Separate this Consciousness from me, and I don’t exist. I AM that Consciousness... the very same one that CREATED this whole Universe!

Can you imagine this now? I am something SO powerful that could have created such a magnificently beautiful piece of work as in that photograph above! And yet I doubt my abilities! I feel powerless… and scared! Ridiculous, right?

We all believe that we are the mortal mass of flesh and bones reflected in the mirror… whereas the truth is that we are the ones SEEING that reflection in the mirror, from behind those pretty eyes – the windows to our hearts! We associate ourselves with what we see… and yet, we are much MUCH bigger than what is seen!

It is difficult to explain this in words. We have been conditioned for too long to believe that we are what the mirror shows us. I wonder why we are brought up with such limiting beliefs and concepts!

Iguana summed it up so very well in these few lines…

Do you have any idea how powerful you really are?
Do you have any idea of how far your thoughts reach?
Do you have any idea how many lives you have already touched?
Do you have any idea of how much you have already accomplished?

Wish I could see how powerful I really am…

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Roshmi Sinha said...

A wonderful read! And yes:

"Nainam chindanti shastrani, nainam dahati pavakaha

Na chainam kledayantyapo na shoshayati marutaha"

Makk said...

We all believe that we are the mortal mass of flesh and bones reflected in the mirror…

Well, I don't think so.

and INDeed your questions have their answer too.

Kaddu said...

Meaning please....

Oh that's cool! Wish all of us had that kinda realization... would take away so much misery from the world...

Roshmi Sinha said...

The shloka:

"Nainam chindanti shastrani, nainam dahati pavakaha

Na chainam kledayantyapo na shoshayati marutaha"

It is from the 'Bhagavad Gita'... and means:

I am the spirit/soul... atman... any weapon, elements of life or any danger cannot destroy me... I am eternal... energetic...

Lord Sri Krishna describes (to Arjuna) the human soul as something that cannot be cut by weapons, cannot be burnt by fire, cannot be drowned in water, cannot be dried by the wind.

Just as a man casts off his worn out/old clothes and puts on new ones, similarly... the embodied self casts off its worn out bodies and enters into others which are new.

Weapons cleave It not, fire burns It not, water wets It not, wind dries It not. This self cannot be cut, not burnt, nor get wet, nor dried up. It is eternal, all-prevading, stable, immovable and ancient.

This [self] is said to be unmanifested, unthinkable and unchangeable.

Therefore, knowing This to be such you should not grieve.

P.S. There is a parallel between this shloka and the "first law of thermodynamics" also known as the "Law of conservation of energy":

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; It can be converted from one form to other; the total amount of energy in the universe remains the same.

Physics in the Bhagavad Gita or the Bhagavad Gita in physics... a point to ponder... what say... ???

Kaddu said...

Honestly! They are all so inter-related. Whether you call it religion, or you call it Science... it's all one and the same.

Uma C said...

So true..we fret over such trivial things in life and never realize that these don't matter in the larger picture. Loved how you inter-wove the noise to the picture to the greater truth of life in the post!

Chicky said...

Thank you, Uma. Wrote this piece long time ago. I find myself incapable of penning down such posts now.

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