Change is the basic truth of our existence. The entire cosmos is changing every moment. In this process of unending change, the human mind extends itself to seek that which is unchangeable. The senses have limitations but the capacity to go beyond experience does exist in us. As Rabindranath Tagore says, within the limited spheres of what we have known, we are able to perceive the unknown.
The biggest wonder is that within the domestic exists the universal,. and within the confinements lives the limitless. The entire universe, in some form or other, exists within us, though we can be seen as a finite manifestation at any given point in time. And the human mind is constantly struggling to bring the unknown within the realms of what is known. Based on what is known – a limited set – the ambition is to explore the unknown.
All changes add up to changelessness and all limits add up to limitlessness. Blue, green and red lights, when combined, produce white light. On the other hand, the intersection of magenta, yellow and cyan, leads to black that absorbs all colours. Similarly, some combinations of actions can give rise to the state of selfless action and other combinations of thoughts can result in thoughtlessness. On the other hand, certain other combinations can lead to a state of non-ending action, turmoil of thoughts and so on.
The entire spectrum of infinite shades can be placed between two extremes of black and white – one that absorbs all colours and another that reflects all. The whole universe can also be seen as something that has a range of combos from acquisition to emanation. The mind constantly struggles to seek the right combination of thoughts which results in thoughtlessness. The possibilities are infinite. In our own way, we are looking for some kind of equilibrium.
We know space is empty and therefore, it appears dark, in spite of having light in it. Similarly, the mind can be made to retire despite waves of thoughts crossing it. Since there is nothing to reflect light, space is dark. If there is no attention paid to any thought, the mind remains blank. That blankness gives us all the strength to get rejuvenated: after all, nothingness is the starting point of the ever-expanding universe.
The most difficult part is to withdraw one’s mind from externalities. Even when thoughts are avoided, different shades of colours, in some form or other, exert their impact. Sound, tastes and odors, at the mental level, do not exist significantly. As regards the external distractions, perhaps a closed chamber can serve as aid. But colour does not disappear even when we close our eyes.
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