"What I would like to do, if I
can, is give you an idea of who you are.
The usual idea of who
we are conies from the superstition of materialism. We usually
think of ourselves as a physical body that has learned how to
think, and as some kind of skin-encapsulated ego that is
confined in a bag of flesh and bone and lives the span of a
lifetime squeezed into the volume of a body.
This idea of who we
are comes to us because we interpret reality through our senses.
Our senses, we think, gives us an accurate picture of the world.
We have this idea that sensory experience is the crucial test of
reality, that only if I can touch something, or see something
does it really exist - otherwise it is "just in my
Even from the viewpoint of "common
sense", we know that this is not true. My senses tell me that
the Earth is flat, and nobody believes that any more. My senses
tell my that the ground I am standing on is stationary, but I
know that it is moving through space at dizzying speeds. My
senses tell me that certain things have a certain texture, color
and smell - but it turns out that what I sense of these things
is really not its intrinsic nature, it is the response of the
observer. It is how my senses decode something which is much
vaster, more abstract and quite ineffable.
An experiment was done at Harvard Medical School about twenty
years ago where they took some kittens and brought them up in a
room that had only horizontal stripes.
When these kittens grew
up, they could see nothing other than a horizontal world. They
took some other kittens and brought them up in a room that had
only vertical stripes, and when these kittens grew up they could
see nothing other than a vertical world. Of course, it had
nothing to do with the belief system of these cats.
were examined and they did not have the inter-neuronal
connections to see the "other type of world". In other words,
the way these kittens experienced their senses when they were
small programmed their nervous system in such a way that it
served only one function - to keep reinforcing that initial
interpretation. So what what they saw was ultimately an
interpretation, which is what psychologists call premature
The perceptual apparatus is shaped through
early experience that locks the neurological structure into a
fixed perception of reality.
Right this moment, 99% of the people in this room are taking in
less than one billionth of the stimuli that are present in this
room. What stimuli that people do receive is governed by your
concept of what you think exists "out there".
If you donít have
the concept, you will not perceive it. In effect, it doesnít
exist for you. What we call reality is really the result of a
collection of our subjective experiences. If we happen to agree
on those subjective experiences, we call it "objective science".
But, "science" is nothing but a method of exploring our map of
what we think the truth is.
Science is not a method for
exploring the truth. Science is an extension of our reality map.
So far, our reality map (based on
science for the past 300 years) described by sciences is
entrenched in an obsolete mode. It is entrenched in the
superstition of materialism. It looks at the human body as a
physical machine that has learned how to think, if you believe
in Communism. Capitalism, feelings, drives, God, Heaven,
salvation or anything else, it is because of the dance of
According to "modern science", bio-chemical
phenomenon somehow produces a phenomenon called consciousness,
and thought is a by-product of matter.
This materialistic model leads to a
host of strategies in science that are completely materialistic
- "magic bullets" to cure illness - allopathic medicine, and
taking external substances to do what the body can do anyway. As
we look at how these "magic bullets" work, we find
that most of
these measures are symptomatic in nature, or at best they
interfere with mechanisms of disease - mechanisms of disease are
not origins of disease. The origins of disease have to do with
life and how it expresses itself in terms of physiological
Consciousness expresses these
processes. One can effectively interfere with mechanisms of
disease through the use of drugs, but usually the disease finds
another way of expressing itself. So, in the case of
antibiotics, we have the evolution of antibiotic resistant
organisms which are acquired in hospitals.
According to one
study, disease acquired from going to the hospital kills more
than 100,000 people each year. The number one cause of drug
addition in the world is not street drugs, but prescription
drugs given out by doctors.
According to a study published by
the New England Journal of Medicine, it is estimated that 36% of
hospital patients suffer front iatrogenic disease acquired as a
direct result of bio-technical and medical intervention. Disease
a person acquires because they happen to see a doctor. Although
more people are doing research on cancer in the United States
than have cancer, the incidence of cancer has increased over the
last 30 years by as much as 300%.
More people live off cancer
than the of it Eighty percent of the people in the United States
swallow a medically prescribed chemical every 24 hours. Despite
that, the overall incidence of disease increases. Bio-technical
and medical intervention now rivals traffic accidents,
industrial accidents and war-related activities as a cause of
Medical intervention is one of the most rapidly
spreading epidemics of our time.
All this is not necessarily because scientists have wrong
intentions - it is because the model of who we think we are is
frozen in an obsolete mode - mode that looks on the body as a
frozen anatomical structure. In fact the human body (as well as
everything else in creation) is a river of intelligence, energy
and information that is constantly renewing itself during every
second of its existence. The real you, which is permanent,
cannot step into the same body twice.
Every second, you are
renewing your body more easily than before.
The physical body you have now is
not the same one you had twenty minutes ago. One can examine a
number of physiological processes to see how literally this is
true. Just the act of breathing, with each bream you inhale 1022
atoms from the universe. It is an astronomical amount of raw
material that comes from everywhere and ends up as renewed
cellular structure in the body.
With each exhalation you are
breathing out 1022 atoms that have their origin from everywhere
inside the body. You are literally breathing out pieces of your
organs, tissue and DNA structure.
Technically speaking, we are
intimately sharing our internal structure with each other all
the time. You cannot claim exclusivity over your body. Right
now, in your physical body, you have over a million atoms that
were once in the body of Christ, Mohammed, George Bush, and
everyone else. Anyone that has ever existed.
Parts of their raw
material are in your body. In just the last three weeks 1
quadrillion atoms have gone through your body that have gone
through the bodies of every other living species on the planet.
According to radioactive isotope studies, you replace almost
your entire body in one year. Ninety-eight percent of all
the atoms in your body are replaced in less than one year.
You literally make a new liver every
six weeks, a new skin once a month, a new stomach lining every
five weeks, a new skeleton every three months, the brain cells
every year and the DNA (which holds the memory of millions of
years of evolution) comes and goes every six weeks. If you want
to account for every atom in the body, it is all replaced in
less than two years. If you think you are your physical body,
you certainly have a problem. Which one are you talking about?
What happened to the body from last year? It went back to the
dust from whence it came. Itís dead, and yet "I" havenít died.
This is the first major insight that science is beginning to
understand. I am constantly outliving the physical death of the
body. Right this moment. Perhaps the body is a place that my
memories call "home" for the time being. In other words, it is
not matter which produces consciousness - ifs the other way
around It is consciousness which produces matter.
Consciousness which constructs and
becomes physical matter. Is this just a philosophical Eastern
speculation? I would like to say that this is a scientific
insight. If you went to a physicist and asked "what is the true
nature of physical reality?", the physicist might tell you that
the true nature of physical reality is that it is not physical.
If you look at anything "material" you will see that it is made
up of atoms, which are made up of particles moving at high speed
around huge empty spaces - these particles are not material
objects at all, they are fluctuations of energy and information
which lie in a huge Void of information and energy.
Seen through the eyes of a
physicist, and not through the artifact of human sensory
experience, the human body (or anything else physical) is
proportionally as Void as inter-galactic space. If you could see
anything as it really IS, you would see a huge empty Void with a
few scattered dots (themselves being energy} and a few
electrical discharges (more energy).
The fact is that 99.99999%
of the human body or anything else is mostly empty space. The
0.00001% which appears material is also empty space.
The whole thing is made out of nothing. The essential material
of the Universe is that it is not material at all The essential
"stuff of the Universe is "non-stuff.
The most interesting
aspect of it is that not only is it "non-stuff, but it is
thinking "non-stuff", because our inner space is not just an
empty Void - it is the womb of Creation - nature goes to the same
place to create a galaxy or a human body that it does to create
a thought, because what is a thought other than an impulse of
energy and information coming out from the same Unified Field
that structures and engenders all the forces of nature that are
ultimately experienced as "material reality"?
We all come from the same place, and those quantum events -
those basic vibrations of nature that structure the flowers, the
trees and the stars appear in my own awareness as
linguistically-structured verbally elite thought that speaks to
me in the English language - and usually with an Indian accent.
In other words, thought is a quantum event. It is a fluctuation
in that Unified Field, and it transforms itself (as all quantum
events do} into sub-atomic reality, molecular reality and
ultimately "the whole world". My physical body is part of that
world. Itís recycled raw material.
If there is Intelligence in me then
intelligence is pervasive everywhere - there are hierarchies of
Intelligence, or levels of intensity of expression of that
Intelligence. Itís everywhere and non-local. Thought is just an
impulse in that field that creates reality. There is a lot of
interesting work that shows that this is the case. When you
think thoughts, you are actually practicing brain chemistry.
Every thought, feeling and emotion (no matter whether you are
thinking in Danish or Sanskrit) translates into the same
bio-chemical event These bio-chemical events are called neuro-peptides.
They are "messengers from inner space".
There are receptors to neuro-peptides
in every cell in the body. Every cell also generates neuro-peptides.
The immune ceils, which protect you from degenerative disorders,
are constantly eavesdropping on your internal dialogue. The
question is, if there is an internal dialogue going on, who is
having this internal dialog?
The immune cells make the same
peptides that the brain makes when it processes thought In other
words, the immune cells also process thought Ask a good neuro-biologist
what the difference is between the immune system and the nervous
system and they will tell you there isnít any difference.
The immune system is a "circulating"
nervous system. To make matters more interesting, this is the
case everywhere else in the body. When scientists look at
stomach cells and colon cells, they find the same things going
on now. When you say that you have a "gut feeling", you are not
speaking metaphorically but literallyí, because your "gut" makes
the same chemicals the brain makes. In fact, your "gut" feeling
may be a little more accurate because gut cells havenít yet
"evolved" to the stage of self-doubt.
The body and mind are connected in every aspect of physiology.
When we experience quantum events (intelligence and information)
"subjectively", we call it "the mind".
When we experience those
same quantum events "objectively", we call it "the body". It all
comes out of the same field of pure potentiality which engenders
within itself all these information and energy stales that are
experienced "subjectively" as the "mind" and "objectively" as
By itself, the field is beyond both
"body" and "mind". The "thinker" is not in the realm of the body
or the mind - the field is the "thinker" behind the thought, as
well as the cause of mind and body.
A great Sufi thinker once
"Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is
a field - I will meet you there".
Einstein talked about the
field. He said that it is not an actual model for space-time í
events we call "material reality*, but a field of potentiality.
It is a continuum of all possibilities and energy-information
states that subsequently manifest into space-time events.
Coming back to this idea that the physical body is nothing other
than a field of ideas, we can extend this and see that even in
the Universe that lives inside the body is created out of the
same field of ideas. There is an interesting group of hormones
called pheromones, which are messenger-molecules. If you infect
a plant with a virus, the plant will release hormones into the
atmosphere to let other plants of its own species that there is
an infection going on.
The plant is a localized
concentration of awareness in a much larger field of awareness.
It knows how to share its awareness with other localized
concentrations of awareness (other plants) which carry similar
energy and information states (of the same species). Animals do
There was an experiment conducted at Stanford University
in California where scientists gave some mice electrical shocks.
They took the mice out of the area and brought in fresh mice,
who panicked, because they picked up on the hormones emitted by
the fear in the previous batch of mice.
Every emotional state that we have
has a bio-chemical milieu which is released by the body through
the skin, sweat and on the breath. Our minds extend outside the
body, although the consciousness of the body is within that of
the mind - the mind is within something much more pervasive, and
we call (hat field the "Spirit", which creates the mind, the
body and the objective Universe.
In the Vedic literature, the Rishis said,
"When I found out who I really
was, I discovered that I am not in the Mind, but the Mind is
me; Iím not in the body, but the body is me; Iím not in the
World, but me World is me; curving back within myself I
create again and again; in essence, I am That which creates
all of That - I am That, you are That, All this is That, and
Thatís All there Is; if you find That, then you have it
This is where everything comes from
- not only energy and matter, but even space and time. We tend
to think of time as something "external" and real but as one
"there is no such thing as
linear time. Linear time is a purely psychological event in
a Universe where all time happens at once".
Another physicist said,
just Natures way of preventing us from experiencing everything
all at once".
Our senses decode that into "linear time". Time is
something that we engender through our own self-interaction in
exactly the same way as we engender the bio-chemistry of our
bodies or the environment.
A few months ago I met a friend of mine on a flight to London,
and we "had such a good time" that "time flew". We forgot to eat
and go to the bathroom, and when we got there we didnít have the
usual "jet lag". All the so-called "fixed biological cycles"
were restructured as a result of a different internal dialog
relative to psychological time.
Perhaps you know people who use the
expression "Iím running out of time". When you look at these
people, you find that they have accelerated biological clocks.
They have faster heart rates, higher levels of insulin, growth
hormones and glucose, etc. When they suddenly drop dead from a
pre-mature coronary theyíve truly "run out of time". You may
also know people who have another internal dialog that "have all
the time in the world".
They have a different experience and
a different physiological process.
Many people are familiar with
the experience of being "in love" or walking on a beach and
slipping "into the timeless", as has happened when we use the
expression "the beauty of the mountain was breath-taking and
time stood still.
Notice the expression. In the experience of
unity consciousness (where the "observer" and the "observed",
during the process of "observation", resolve into One unified
wholeness of experience and there is no time) - there is only
Eternityí. Time is a concept. The reality is Eternity.
If you read Stephen Hawkings book "A Brief History of Time", you
will see that the introduction (by Carl Sagan) says,
"Stephen Hawkings set out to understand the
Mind of God and came to the
conclusion that we live in a Universe that has no beginning in
time, no ending in time, no outer edges in space and nothing for
a Creator to do."
Try and conceptualize this. Itís impossible.
Here, the third-brained rationalism of Carl Sagan is
How can you imagine something that
never began? If you compromise and say, "perhaps there was a
beginningíí, the immediate dilemma is "what was before the
beginning?". If you say there is "an Ending", the immediate
dilemma is "what is there after the Ending?".
If you say mere
are "outer edges in Space", the dilemma is "what is there
outside the outermost edge?".
In this sense, "the universe is
stranger that we can think", because linguistically-structured
verbally elite logical thought (called "rationality") is nothing
other than a justification of a reality map. Itís a
rationalization that attempts to justify a realty map that is
built on a superstition of materialism. We are today in the
midst of the overthrow of that materialism.
All of the technology around us
attests to the materialistic approach to life. The telephone,
fax machine, television, radio and everything else in technology
is based on one premiseí ironically - the material world is not
material at all. The "unit of matter" called an "atom" is not a
solid entity -it is a hierarchy of states of information and
energy within a huge Void of information and energy.
Each force of nature is not just a
simple force, but a field of information and energy. Atomic
"particles" are naves and fluctuations that define the
statistical probability of "finding a particle" at a certain
point during the "time of observation", which "freezes the
continuum of reality" into the "frozen particle", which is a
space-time event that we call physical matter.
We are neither
the physical body or the mind - we are the Eternal Spirit, the
Consciousness, the Unified Field that interacts with itself and
creates everything. This has some great implications that can
make the crucial difference between "survival" and "death" - the
understanding that consciousness is fundamental to matter (and
not the other way around).
There are some experiments that I would like to talk about
because they are quite crucial to this understanding. One
experiment was published by Dr. Herbert Specter at the National
Institutes of Health, wherein he gave mice an injection of a
chemical called "poly-IC" that stimulates the immune system. He
had these mice smell camphor at the same time. After time had
gone by, he discovered that whenever these mice smelted camphor,
they would stimulate their own immune system.
Other scientists have verified this
work. If you gave mice disease bacteria and had them smell
camphor, they would not get sick. The crucial difference between
life and death is the interpretation of the memory of the smell
of camphor. The interpretation of memory. Does this have any
meaning to us? You bet it does, because that is all we do. We
are constantly interpreting our memories. The average human
thinks about 60,000 thoughts a day. What is disconcerting is
that about 95% of the thoughts you have today are the same ones
you had yesterday.
Humans have become "bundles of
conditioned reflexes" constantly re-stimulated and triggered by
media, people and circumstances into the same quantum events,
biochemical events, behavioral outcomes and life experiences. We
become the "victims" of the same repetition of worn-out
memories. The irony is that your tormentor today is yourself
leftover from yesterday.
Imagine if the building we are in is made of brick, and you had
the ability to change every brick in the building once a year -
which is what we do with our physical bodies.
I am really replacing my entire body every year or so. then why
am I still stuck with this back problem and this arthritis?".
The answer is that through conditioned response and bondage to
the known, we engender the same quantum events through our own
self-interaction that results in the same outcome.
If we read
the ancient Vedic literature of India, in one place Lord Shiva
"see the world as if for the first time; see it through
the eyes of a child and you suddenly find that you are free".
Bondage is none other than seeing
the world through the camouflage of pre-conceived ideas,
notions, expectations, interpretations, labels, descriptions,
definitions, evaluations, analyses, and ultimately with judgment.
If you could see the world without judgment, you would see it as
a child - fresh, with infinite possibilities all contained in a
What you need to be free of is not the
unknown - what you need to be free of is the Known. Freedom from
the Known is what we need. We need to step into the Unknown
during every second of our lives, because the Known is nothing
other than the rigid patterns of past conditioning - the
memories and burdens of the past.
The Known is within time-bound
awareness. Time-bound awareness is the Awareness of the
Self-Image. Thorough our own interpretation, we relinquish the
Self for the Self-Image. The Self-Image is nothing other than
the social mask, the protective veneer and the mask behind which
we hide. The Self-image has only one goal: it wants to reinforce
itself all the time.
The Self-image has a time-bound awareness,
where every behavioral action is triggered in anticipation of a
response or in pursuit of a memory.2
This is the state of social consciousness that the
self-designated cultural elite would have you remain in so that
they can pursue power-oriented goals and objectives.
Go beyond time-bound awareness and you find the Self.
is Timeless Awareness, because the Self is beyond the corridor
of space-time, energy and matter. The Self has a timeless
awareness in which Life is supremely concentrated in the
In the Vedic literature, the Rishi says:
"I do not worry about the Past,
I am not burdened by the Guilt and Memories of the Past, I
do not anticipate the Future or Fear it, because my life is
supremely concentrated in the Present - the right response
to every situation happens to me as it occurs - because
built into my Self is a process that is far more accurate
than can be found within the boundaries of rational thought
- there is no fate worse than to be caught in the clutches
When one escapes the clutches of
rationality, then one escapes the prison of conditioning,
space-time and causation. You must go beyond the Intellect.
Sensory experience is not the crucial test of reality.
Scientists at Ohio State University published a study of
cholesterol metabolism in rabbits. They were giving rabbits
diets high in cholesterol. To their amazement, they found one
group of rabbits that did not manifest high levels in their
bodies. After investigation, they discovered that the technician
that was feeding this one group of rabbits was stroking them,
singing to them and cuddling them.
As a result of that love (flow of
information) these rabbits made a different set of neuro-peptides
that transmuted the cholesterol into a completely different
metabolic pathway, making the crucial difference between life
and death from what is known as the number one killer condition
in our culture. Perhaps the answer is cuddling and touching -
strategies not employed in any hospital that we know of.
A few years ago, a study came from the Miami school of Medicine
in which scientists took two groups of ore-mature infants and
stimulated one by touching and caressing them. They called it
"kinesthetic tactile stimulation". The other group received
nothing. The first group receiving the attention gained an
average of 49% more weight per day over the other group fed on
the same formula.
Now we know that the procedure of touching
resulted in the additional release of growth hormones.
scientists had to conclude that "tactile kinesthetic
stimulation" (touching) is a cost-effective strategy, because
they could save $3000 per admission. You can bet that soon there
will be a Blue Cross billing code for it. Finally, I want to
draw you attention to something else. In Massachusetts, the
Department of Health.
Education and Welfare published a study which looked at risk
factors for heart disease. The study pointed out that the
majority of people who have fatal heart attacks before the age
of 50 do not manifest any of the standard risk factors. They
found that the number one predictor of fatal-coronary events was
that these people had no apparent purpose or meaning in their
The number two factor was how happy the people were. One
of the more interesting statistics was that more people in the United States
the from heart attacks on Monday mornings around 9
am. It is a stunning accomplishment for which only the human
species can take credit Presumably no other creature knows the
difference between Monday and Tuesday.
So, if our bodies are self-engendered ideas, the question is,
Who is having these ideas?
I would like to offer to you that
this "choice-maker" is not local - you cannot pin it down
anywhere, because it is everywhere and no where at the same
You cannot find the location of the One who decides to
more your arm. You can find in the brain the execution of the
command,3 but not
the one who decides to move the arm.
And the "executor" of the command - the genetic entity, over
which the consciousness of the "decision-maker" is imposed.
Where is me "choice-maker"?
The choice-maker is in the gap between our thoughts. This gap
contains infinite choices, and in every little gap between every
thought there is me sitting there, as part of the "thinker
behind the thought".
My individual soul is nothing but a
continuum of probability amplitudes, because each gap is
different from all other gaps by virtue of the quality of
intention that engenders the next space-time event which
constitutes the next thought. That gap is the window and
transformational vortex through which the individual Mind
communicates with the Cosmic Mind. This process is the
restoration of the memory of wholeness - who we are. If you find
this concept of the Cosmic Mind spiritual and funny, then you
could call it "a non-local field of Information with
self-referencing cybernetic feed-back loops".
If you find the
word "Soul" uncomfortable, then you can call it "a continuum of
probability distributions for possible measurement of functions
of time" 4
4 Although the Soul, per se,
is the container for experience, which gives rise to wisdom and
But there is such a thing, and its
dimension-less and time-less. It does not have any boundaries -
it is Who we are.
Thatís a liberating piece of information,
because it breaks us free. I AM the unbounded Spirit that is
present in every bit of manifestation. I have Just chosen this
one for the time being - a space-time event in the continuum of
Eternity. To have the restoration of that memory, at the level
of experience, is to be free and whole.
You can accomplish
anything and everything, as Nature does, effortlessly, just by
Being - the world will offer itself to you, for it has no choice.