Brain, Mind And Consciousness

By Sunil Kumar

Now; to the most interesting part of human existence; the brain. Kind of obvious here; but if it were not for my prefrontal cortex; emotions and experiences; this article would not be written. Also interesting to know that some ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians believed intellect and decisions were a result of the heart; and not the brain as we know it today.

Theosophical Society Seal

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Aerial view of the Adyar Estuary and Adyar. On...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in Aerial view of the Adyar Estuary and Adyar. On the top ind is Tidel Park and the Chennai MRTS. The gardens belong to the Theosophical Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The mind also has been the subject of intense debate; whether it resides somewhere in our brains or it has an existence in the ether; the unknown beyond; the “collective unconscious” of psychology. Before I get disturbed by the next mundane communication with my normal material self(an email, a phone etc etc); let me discuss my idea post for the day.

Sagittal human brain with cortical regions del...

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A conversation between Jiddu Krishnamurti and Pupul Jayakar on uncovering the nature of mind. While the philosopher Krishnamurti(Theosophist from Adyar, Chennai) states that mind is colored by the connotation of race; limiting beliefs(patriotism etc) and adherence to dogma(present in every creed, religion and caste); Pupul Jayakar asks him some pertinent questions aimed at creating some sort of clarity. The abstraction of the Theosophical movement does not lend itself to the reality of modern-day existence; which Krishnamurti would have felt for himself if he were alive today.

The ever-increasing web universe is in itself an abstraction unlike anything else ever seen; and probably consciousness has been suitably altered. In the trans-continental scheme of things; philosophers and gurus also had(many still have) a field day in global movement(literally). Although some of them covet nothing; but followers can provide them with the impetus and resources necessary to travel everywhere.

English: Professor Sir Roger Penrose (born 8 A...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in English: Professor Sir Roger Penrose (born 8 August 1931) OM, FRS is an English mathematical physicist renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He is also a recreational mathematician and philosopher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back to the uncovering of the source of thought; consciouness; the daily churning; a feature of existence. Are we truly cosmic sparks; or something else. The truth is still out there. Ancient Indian philosophers including the Vedic sages; Buddhist thinkers thought of the “mindstream” as relentless chatter; away from the nature of “eternal unchanging reality”. English scientists such as Roger Penrose deliberate on something more complex; the quantum nature; the unexplained world of particle physics; something which Deepak Chopra also talks about often.

Every religion talks about the “soul”; an idea that has existed since time immemorial. That probably does not intrude in the nature of the world; the bots of the world; and the constant chatter aimed at monetary self-realization. Mind, emptiness, perception were first discussed largely in the area of the Indian subcontinent; proving that this region has been the teacher and most profound civilization in the world.

The current scientific context; a result of Renaissance Euro-centric philosophers; mixed with science and Eastern thought(Indian, Chinese, Japanese etc) is inching closer to an explanation; but fundamental questions remain. 7 billion humans; interesting study; with their genomic code of consciousness; and a world of splendid contrasts.

 

 

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