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Life, Living The Life, Three Pillars, Role Playing, Materialism, Better World,
Saving The Life, Being Spiritual, Holistic Way Of Life, Mindfulness Meditation, Dalai Lama

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INTRODUCTION

“mindsOn”, “mindsOn”, shouted George jumping out of his chair with great euphoria. ‘I got it; Scot, is it not great?”

Scot was unexpectedly taken by surprise seeing George’s face swelling with joy. They were having breakfast in hotel Ananda (Bliss), in Rishikesh, which is in the foothills of Himalayas.

“Scot, you know, late last night we discussed the name which we may have to choose for our application when we succeed in our research to read the mind of another human. I now got the name. The rest is with you. If you succeed in completing your research, then I will design the prototype of the application.”

“Congrats, George; It looks appropriate. You have done a great and wonderful job and kicked the ball into my court.” Scot’s response reflected his pressure on his research work.

“Hello; gentlemen. Welcome to Rishikesh. This place is as old as Life on the planet. It is also in the foothills of the sacred mountain range in India. This place is called the gateway to the Himalayas and the mount Kailash, the abode of Shiva. From ancient times and till today thousands of sages and saints lived and are living here practicing yoga and meditation. One can feel and breathe the spirit of yoga and meditation in the air.

Muni Ki Reti (‘Sands of Sages’) is near Rishikesh although a small town, it is the gateway for Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. There are many ashrams here. Kailash Ashram was established in 1880. It is the first and large ashram. This is followed by many founded by Swami Atmananda, and Swami Sivananda and others.

In 1968, Beatles visited the now closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram and even recorded a song here, titled White Album. They composed nearly 48 songs here. Several other artists, including Mike Love of the Beach BoysDonovan and Gyp Mills, visited the place to contemplate and meditate.

This place is surrounded by hundreds of Ashrams. They teach yoga and meditation. Seekers of Truth from all over the world come and learn The Way. You can take from here whatever you are seeking such as reading the mind and finding a name for your application.”

“What!” Both Scot and George together at the same time shouted and looked at each other. It was just incredible for them to absorb. Having recovered from the shock, they simultaneously asked, “Who are you? Who told you about our project?”

“I am a wandering monk. I have no name. Also, I have no place of living. Please calm down. There is no miracle. All of us met for the first time. What I told was my understanding of your minds. If it tallies with what you are having on your mind, I am not responsible in any way.”

“Still, it is amazing. How can you precisely say what was going in our minds?”

“You know, you both are from some different continent. The gentleman who is quietly sitting here but watching very closely is from the South and I am from nowhere. All of us are interconnected. Also, there is an electromagnetic field in which every human is positioned in time and space. Through this field, everyone is not only connected but also transmit data and messages with enormous speed. This is what our present day scientists found out from their research.

Although we all come from different parts of the planet, we are here for one common purpose. Seeking something is a common purpose. In fact, we are all seekers and wanderers to know or achieve something or other. Most humans seek happiness. Some seek The Truth. The rest seek nothing. In the process of seeking, some tumble upon the great powers of knowing everything, some great achievement hitherto unknown to humanity, and some great powers of extraordinary results.”

“You are right. We are here to study about ‘mind reading’ as we came to know that there are people here who can do it very well. We want to know and understand how they do it. Can you help us?”

“I do not know whether you are trying to know for the sake of knowing or for the sake of learning.

 ‘Knowing is one thing and learning is another. The more the clutter one accumulates, the heavier the damage the clutter inflicts. The clutter of knowing everything is no exception. Knowing everything other than knowing one’s self  leads to nothing. On the other hand if one knows the self then everything will be known.’

A story comes to my mind and it goes like this:

“A professor of philosophy and religion went to Thailand on a tour to study Buddhism. He had to cross a river to go to the other side to visit a Buddhist monastery. He engaged a boat in crossing the river. While he was traveling in the boat the boatman asked him where from he had come to Thailand.

The professor told him that, ‘he was from the USA.’

As the boatman did not know where the USA was, he kept quiet. He would have responded had the professor told him America which name was very popularly known in Thailand on account of tourism, instead of USA. But the professor was a genius and a very learned academician in his profession. He, therefore, did not understand the ordinary boatman’s knowledge about countries in the world.

After some time, the professor who was reading a voluminous book all the time struck by the silence and started to converse with the boatman. He asked the boatman ‘whether he had heard about the Bible’.

The boatman said, ‘No!’

‘The professor was astonished and said, ‘O! God, man, you had wasted one fourth of your life.  The professor continued and asked him ‘had you at least heard about the Bhagavad Gita?’ 

‘No, Sir’, replied the boatman.

‘You had wasted one-half of your life. I am sure at least you must have heard about The Book of Common Prayer?’ the professor was frustrated.

‘No. The boatman replied.

The professor told him that, ‘You had wasted three-fourths of your life’.

Suddenly, the boatman noticed a leak and water was entering the bottom of the boat. The boatman became anxious and asked the professor whether he knew swimming?

‘The professor in a boastful tone told him that, ‘I had read several books on swimming. Checking Goggle and reading Wikipedia were minute to minute engagement for me. I had gathered a lot of information on swimming but I did not know swimming.’

The boatman felt sorry for the professor and told him that, ‘you had wasted your entire life, Sir. The boat was now going to sink and you were also going to sink along with the boat. I had no time but to jump into the waters and swim across the river to save my life.’

The boatman jumped out of the boat and swam across the river and reached the shore. The professor sank with the boat and died.”

The monk continued his talking. “I guess your name is Scot. You know Scot; this gentleman from Chennai, in South India is following me like a shadow. He met many successful, happiest, disabled and sick humans from all walks of life such as rich, poor, powerful, mighty, young and old, in different stages of their lives. He watched, talked and moved with all of them.

He found out that each one is endowed with different capabilities and lives with totally different perception, purpose, the meaning of life, and also without any purpose or meaning of life. There is nothing common in their living other than the existential routines such as eating, playing, working, achieving, non-achieving, mating, co-creating, sleeping and continuing these activities till the last breath in their body. Also, the common factor is the sickness, pain, and suffering without any exception in one time or many times or at the final ending.

According to his findings, no one dies peacefully and quickly when time comes to depart from the world. There may be a few exceptions. But generally everyone irrespective of their hygienic and healthy living throughout the life goes through the process of some illness known or unknown, suffer, prolong, and finally dies in an unconscious state of mind. This applies to all without any exception whether they are rich or poor and whether they are powerful or mighty, kings or presidents, leaders or workers, industrialists or agriculturists, highly literates or illiterates, achievers or non-achievers, saints or yogis, religious or non-religious or atheists.”

Finally, he is burdened with one question, ‘Living the life’ is O.K. Having born one has no choice but to live the life. But ‘whose life is it anyway?’ He now follows me closely to understand and find an answer for his seeking. I raised some questions and wanted him to find answers by himself. But, still, he is not leaving me. Now, you want to join the bandwagon. This is what Bible says:

"Ask and you shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you”. Matthew 7:7.

 Scot and George became curious. “What are those questions?” They asked in one voice.

The monk thought that one or two questions out of many questions raised by him may help them in their research project. Instead of the monk, I rolled out two of them for their information:

‘The mind comes with the body. It is totally invisible. The seat of the mind is still to be located. But it occupies by its own nature, the center of all activities of the whole life. Without the mind there is no life and it becomes totally empty and the body and all its organs and limbs will become dysfunctional. If the brain weighing about three pounds is considered as the seat of the mind, then the brain becomes one of the claimants along with the body and the mind on the ownership of the life. In addition, the heart comes as an organ of the body has a direct connection with the life. While the brain and the heart are visible although hidden inside the body they are physically connected with the entire body by the nervous system, circulatory system, and respiratory system. But the mind is totally invisible and more powerful than the other two organs and operates both of them’.

Then, ‘living the life’ depends on the wholeness of all and not on any one part. In that case, ‘whose life is it anyway?’

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says that,

The mind is the friend of one who has conquered it. But for the one who hasn’t done so, the mind is his foe. (Ch.6.6).

 “Different people have different minds. Also, different minds react to the same situation differently. A Zen story explains it explicitly. It goes like this:

'A monk and his disciple were going towards a town from their monastery. On the way, they had to cross over a river to reach the other side. Suddenly there was a flash flood. They waited and tried to cross over when the flood subsided. A young girl was also waiting to cross over. But the flood although subsided a little but not fully. The girl was looking for help. The monk having realized her plight carried her and crossed over the river and dropped her on the other side of the river and proceeded along with the disciple on their way to the town.

The disciple looked unhappy and his face showed his troubled mind. The monk looked at his face and asked him what is it bothering him. The disciple replied. "You are well respected and highly elevated monk. How come you touched a girl and carried her to the other side of the river?"

The monk laughed and said" I carried her and left her on the other side of the river. But you still carry her in your MIND. That is the difference’."

I continued and told them the other question raised by the wandering monk.

‘The soul is where the self dwells. The search for the soul leads to the ‘gateless gate’ of the self. Humans always live with the materialistic mindset. The materialistic mind’s search will look out for objects which are visible. The seekers, therefore, find it difficult to reach out to the soul which is invisible. The Truth lies beyond the materialistic mindset. Until the seekers reach the dwelling place of the self either by self-realisation or by listening to the feeble voices of the self, it is difficult to reach out to the soul. Therefore the true ownership of one’s life becomes elusive.’

“Then, ‘living the life’ for many may be without realizing the soul and for some with the realization of the soul. Therefore the question of ‘whose life is it anyway?’ remains unanswered.”

“O.K; these are all philosophical questions. But what Scot is trying to find out is, ‘are there ways and means in scientific terms by which one can read other’s mind?’ You seem to have developed skills of reading the mind. Can we understand, for our research, how could you do it?” George intervened on behalf of Scot after hearing the monk’s questions on Life.

The monk laughed for a moment. He replied saying:  “It is neither a secret nor a magic. There are many here who can read the mind. But they do not share for money or trade for publishing a book. I can tell you this skill is developed over a period of time by observing humans face to face with undisturbed eye contact with a strenuous amount of patience and repetitive practices not for this purpose alone but to study the whole head to toe body architecture and its functions.

Also, when the mind is still and free from pollution of any kind and when the body is in total harmony with the mind, then one can read the mind of the other with the aid of one’s own mind.  Again, I would like to know some clarifications.”

“Why are you researching on this aspect?  What are the objective and purpose? What the practitioners do here is not their main activity. As I said earlier, the skill is developed as a by-product of many practices without the practitioner attempting exclusively to focus on it or attempting to master it. This had happened in many scientific research studies as well. It is happening even today.

‘The mind is the operating system of the whole body. It is a storehouse of unlimited data and information, which are capable of retrieval at any time. It is also the bedrock of emotions. It is the springboard of consciousness. The five sensory arms of the mind determine the development, functioning, living, aging, withering and passing away of humans.’

Mind reading to a large extent help to understand what is going on in the minds of those who are not able to express to others clearly on account of many handicaps such as impaired speech or reduced cognitive ability or lack of coordination between what is in mind and speech mainly due to cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson disease, dementia and accidents etc.”

Scot and George were uprooted from their general perception of monks. They were enthralled by the monk’s understanding of the body, the working of the mind and the depth of the knowledge. As they were collecting their thoughts to reply, three luxury busloads of tourists arrived in Ananda. The entrance and the reception hall suddenly became very noisy filled with hectic activities of the tourists checking their baggage and handbags running hither and thither making a hell of noise.

In the midst of all and before Scot and George collect their thoughts and tried to explain the details and purpose of the study, the monk said ‘Good luck, Goodbye’ and vanished from the scene as he suddenly appeared from nowhere.

Scot and George were totally taken by surprise. Scot said, “What a strange encounter!  We do not know how many more surprises are awaiting us in this strange place.”

George nodded his head in total agreement with what Scot said. Later, they proceeded on their own path to discover materials including some humans who practice mind reading for their research work. I also left the hotel to pursue my own study, on “Living the life”--whose life is it anyway?’ depending on the basis of various questions raised by the wandering monk.

After reaching Chennai, one day, as usual, I was having morning coffee with my wife in our house with a daily newspaper in my hand. Morning coffee and daily newspaper were inseparable twins for many. I was no exception. At that time I happened to stumble upon a news item about a centenarian who lived in Nilgiris, now called Udhagamandalam (Ooty) with very active, happy, and healthy life. I immediately thought that this centenarian may provide a lot of insight into the longevity which will help me to find answers for my study.

Next week, I went to Nilgiris for my expedition. There I not only met the centenarian Dr.Thomas but also as suggested by Dr.Thomas, I met Justice Ray also as suggested by Mrs. Ray, I met Mr.Makesh a planter and industrialist, his son Kiran. I also accidentally met Urmila an entrepreneur, a potato farmer, his son Ram, an industrial worker, a landless laborer, a daily wage earner, and an employee of an unorganized sector.

All of them provided their own perspectives on ‘life’ and what ‘the life’ means to them. Although some of them are real life stories they are presented with pseudo names how all of them ‘live their lives’ or how ‘the life lives their lives’ in the first chapter of the book.

In other chapters, how the extraordinary, self-automated engineering marvel of the human body architecture with the ‘life’ inside withstands and survives the influences, pressures, and winds of changes of different kinds at different times of forces and factors on its voyage in the turbulent waters of the sea of life are explained.

Also, the interconnectedness of the ‘life’ within the body and outside the body is discussed. Interdependence and interconnect-tion with one another of various organisms and with every other human and every other thing in the world are detailed highlighting the importance of holistic approach to life.

Finally, how the inbuilt nature of being spiritual will help to navigate safely, successfully with meaning and purpose the life’s voyage with the adoption of the holistic way of life is brought out in detail in the book.

H. H. Dalai Lama said that,

“The basis of human rights is a happy life. Everyone wants to lead a happy life for which we need to have a holistic approach.”