Thursday, December 9, 2021

Life with Cosmic Consciousness


Gazing from the Dover beach the Victorian poet Mathew Arnold could only have the glimpse of the darker sides of life. The sea revealed to him as it had revealed to Sophocles long ago, life’s secrets:

 “… for the world, which seems

To lie before us like a land of dreams,

So various, so beautiful, so new,

Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

And we are here as on a darkling plain

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,

Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

But in another era, another milieu the sea revealed to David, the symbolic root of Jesus, the negligence and meagerness of human existence only to magnify God’s might and love upon them.

Seas and oceans like sky and mountains can time and time again reveal the unrevealed. They are everlasting sources of mystic experience and knowledge. Whenever I watch a sea from its shore I am awestruck and it makes me to forget about time and space.

The vast expanse of blue clothing, the horizon which keeps on setting renewed targets and the never ending waves take me to different lands and higher altitudes of philosophic and mystical experiences. To me waves symbolize life which is fickle yet constant: no two waves are the same but there are waves present always from eternity to eternity. The vastness of ocean outruns human history if not space. The sea has sparked the same fire since the beginning of human life in men and women of different times. Their feelings, emotions and thoughts have passed but the sea is there to evoke the same thoughts again and again in the minds of the new generation of people. So oceans tie me down with the humanity past, present and future. This is what the great mystic poet Walt Whitman experienced at the Brooklyn River:

“It avails not, time nor place-distance avails not,

I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence,

Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt”

Ocean and sky also give me a cosmic consciousness. Alone, watching the sky or ocean, especially at night make me feel the oneness with the whole universe. Sometimes I feel like flying from star to star, all powerful. I can smell and taste the expanse.

I am capable of thinking logically. But whatever logic disturbs my belief in God or in the super natural power it gets nullified when I look at the sky. When the eyes are raised towards the sky I come to know that there is no beginning and end to space and time. It reveals the truth that there is God or the supernatural power in the beginning and at the end of time and space.

When I experience the cosmic consciousness there is no time, space, boundaries, countries, castes, genus and species to me. All are the part of the one and the only one. This state of being is absolutely joyful that takes me to spiritual bliss.

If human beings have the physical state, mental state and spiritual state (super natural) of being then they have to have experiences in all the three. People have to occasionally go through the mystical or spiritual experience by becoming aware of the cosmic consciousness made possible by ocean and sky. If they learn to live with this cosmic consciousness then many problems in life would be solved.

Do experiences die? Have the emotions and actions expressed by the humans since time immemorial died never to return back? No. I believe the experiences of humans crisscrossing time are still there in the universe as waves. They become the collective knowledge, memory and consciousness of the universe. Hence when I gaze at the ravines and peaks of the mountains, sages and laymen of the past stand side by side with me to feel and think like me. If you have the collective consciousness, you can feel the consciousness of every cell move in the universe to the complete oneness because waves won’t die.

Of late I find peace and companionship in nature like the great poets of yesteryears. Every chirp and hum of birds, the gentle nods of bushes and trees at the touch of the impalpable breeze and of course the sky with its magic of colour gives me an enigmatic pleasure. This meditation reveals to me divine secrets. This meditation reveals to me the hands behind the art. This meditation reveals to me who am I.


  1. It is not the experiences that die not, but what has been learned out of them.
    Experience enriches an individual making him wiser; but what is more important is that individual experiences go on to add to the wisdom of the collective consciousness raising it to higher and higher level of awakening. Therefore nothing significant gained by any individual is ever lost, it is there in the collective consciousness for any one to draw from when needed.
    Logic need not disturb one’s belief in God or understanding the ultimate truth. Logic has its domain beyond which it should not, or rather can not be used. Logic is meant just for the physical dimension of truth. It cant cater to higher levels of truth/God. Logic is not against truth, but beyond it ! Seers like Sri Aurobindo says that even at those levels there is a logic, but one so different from our logic. He calls it the the Logic of the Infinite !

  2. As you have mentioned , its always in Nature that we find and realise the presence of the supernatural or the higher power. The sheer enormity of nature overwhelms our mind and we realise that there are things beyond the logic that we know. What we know or think that we know is infinitesimally small in comparison to what we don’t know . Even the collective wisdom of intellectuals over the centuries pales before the enigma of the cosmos. perhaps we can only seek solace in the fact that we are blessed to feel this greatness with all our five basic senses and of course the sixth and the most important one – the sense of the mind’s eye that provides this insight.

  3. Logic is formed  from the knowledge and convictions that we acquired through  senses, and that is the limitation of logic too – logics obviously change with change  of  perceptions and convictions. 

    In achieving permanent  joy of life a ( frozen) logic is a hindrance unless we are able to keep our logics open to change.

    The ‘I’ is what gives us the false feeling of  separateness from the cosmos. Once it is abolished we are the cosmos itself – unaffected by life and death.


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