What is "It", After All, That We are Searching?

by Bhaskar Banerjee - Date: 2007-03-20 - Word Count: 455 Share This!

While the out and out materialist looks upon man as a body - a combination of cells - and the psychologist as an integrated body-mind, the spiritually illumined regards man in his essential nature as a soul having the mind and body as its coverings or instruments.

Material life is, therefore, concerned primarily with the well-being of the body. Mental life is occupied with the welfare of both the body and the mind. Spiritual life on the other hand takes into account all these three factors, the soul, the mind and the body, and aims at a harmonious development of the body and the mind so that the soul may be able to unfold its potential divinity spontaneously.

The instruments of the mind and the body must be made healthy and vigorous so that the soul may function through them freely and joyfully. That is why we find the ancient Vedic Rishis (seers) praying: "May my limbs, speech, breath, eye and ear and also my strength and all my senses become refreshed and vigorous….May I who am devoted to the Atman be endowed with all the virtues extolled in the Upanishads".

In all the forms of adventures the adventurer somehow feels the existence of an unknown infinite region and wishes to discover it. As Thomas Gray, the English poet, has said,

"Some bold adventures disdain

The limits of their little region,

And unknown regions dare descry".

(Ode on a Distant prospect of Eton College)

The scientific explorer is attempting to come in touch with the new regions in the world of matter. The psychologist is trying to probe into unexplored regions of the mind, subconscious and unconscious. The para-psychologist with the help of extra-sensory perception is discovering the "new world of the mind", and demonstrating how "the new mind can in some way transcend barriers of time and acquire impressions of events to come". He is proving how "a direct mind to mind contact is possible in the case of persons living far distant from one another", thereby widening the frontiers of the mind and revealing the power of the mind to reach new regions transcending the domain and laws of matter.

The spiritual seeker is eager to come directly - intuitively - in touch with the Infinite Spirit, which like the Infinite light interpenetrates and permeates not only his own soul but all souls. In the course of his search for his own Atman, the individual soul comes to discover the glory of Paramatma - the Infinite Spirit which is called by various appellations, Brahman, God, Tao, Truth, Allah, Jehovah and so on.

The Upanishadic seer advises:

"Abandoning vain talks know the Supreme Atman, the Self by whom heaven, earth and sky, the mind and the vital powers are permeated. This is the way to attain immortality - the eternal life".

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