HUMAN SCIENCE

Laws of brain and human development

The scientific study of the laws of the human brain, the common brain of humankind, is human science. The common brain is the shared brain of humans, which could be in a state of conflict if there is conflict in the human world, or in the state of attunement if there is harmony in the study one must understand what is science. Science is the observation of fact with a free mind, a mind not conditioned by the known. The known interferes in the known or the stored up knowledge that prevents one from seeing the fact as it is. It conditions the observer into seeing things according to preconceptions. So,an observer whose brain is not free from the known can’t see the truth. Truth can be seen only by that mind where there is no conditioning by accumulated knowledge, no personalized observer, only an anonymous, impersonal, observing consciousness. It is a state in which, with the personalized observer gone, there is only observation. Such observation,where there is only observation, pure and unconditioned,is science. A scientific study is a study where the mind is absolutely free and observing the fact as fact. The scientific mind is the observant mind,anonymous and without identity. The nature of the scientific mind is always to uncover,not to accept or reject blindly. Therefore, what a scientific mind uncovers regarding the laws of the human brain, is human science.

Listening and Sensitivity

Listening brings sensitivity in human beings. Sensitivity is contact  with everything, human and non- human. The question arises, why is our brain insensitive? It is because, erecting a wall around itself, it has separated itself from the whole. Therefore, it has the feeling of incompleteness, loneliness, isolation, and joylessness.

To escape from this one constantly seeks pleasure. In a blind pursuit of pleasure humankind goes on accumulating thousand and one ways and objects of entertainment, in vain trying to quench the unquenchable thirst for pleasure. There is no end to this pursuit that seek escape through pleasure and refuses to confront the source of the problem. Escaping, not confronting, the source of ones loneliness, isolation, insecurity and fear, clutching on to mirages and chimeras that can provide no actual security, one turns more desperate, more confused, more cut off, and more bewildered. And all this leads to more insensitivity. Caught in this trap the mind is sapped of all energy and ceases to evolve. Insensitivity perpetuates insensitivity, not letting the human brain grow or evolve. Therefore, it is important to understand whether there is any motivating force that can foster sensitivity in the brain at all? Or can the brain be sensitive when it perceives and understands the cause of its insensitivity.

To understand how the human brain can be sensitive, it is necessary to understand what it means to be sensitive. To be sensitive is to be with totality. In the state of total listening , the human brain is with totality.Total listening does not mean listening to the total; it means listening without selection to all sounds around one. Thus, being with the total in the state of listening, the brain becomes total. Total listening is that listening where the brain is silent and only listening, not to any particular sound, but all sound, leaving them unrecognized, unrecorded. When one is listening to sounds in a state of mind where there is no evacuation no identification, and no recognition even, not even as sound, one is truly listening. Now let us see what happens to the brain in this state of total listening. The brain in this state is attuned tothe sound, becomes one with the sound, is the sound. By being completely attuned and, therefore, one with the sound, it becomes total and indivisible, because sound is indivisible. Therefore, the brain in the state of listening exists in the state of indivisibility/totality, of isness, of being.

The question is,  do we really listen? When watch ourselves, may be we see that that we don’t  listen because our brain is preoccupied with many ideas, beliefs, thoughts, experiences. An occupied brain is not free to listen. Have we ever experienced the state of total listening? Where have we gone wrong? In the state of total listening, that is in the being state of mind,’sight’ (observation) opens. Only then can one be aware of the laws of the human brain and be able to confront the source of the problem of loneliness.

Observation and the Quest for being

Without the site (observation) human beings are psychologically blind. with the opening of ‘sight’ the brain begins to observe. Observation, as has already been seen, is seeing the fact as it is, undistorted by any conditioning. Generally we don’t see the fact as it is because our brain is in the grip of beliefs, traditions, ideas, experiences and we are conditioned, not free to see. Therefore, when we look at a fact, we don’t see a fact as it is. Psychologically blind, we are not able to see the truth. We see with another’s eye and follow another’s views. Therefore our mind is not original. Where there is no observation, when a person is not observing, he/she will be a follower of  what he has thought he has understood of someone else’s observation. When with the awakening of sight the brain observes, only then there is authentic inquiry, and the beginning of the quest for being. Where there is quest for being, the brain does not imitate, follow or escape but looks at a thing to ask questions: what it is why it is so. Where the quest for being has begun the brain neither adopts nor follows beliefs, ideas, and traditions blindly. Instead, it comes in contact with and observes what is the fact.

There is a difference between fact and opinion. Opinion is personal; fact, impersonal. Where the observer observes with a mind stuffed and blocked with stored up knowledge and experience the observation is personal. But where the observer observes with a mind empty and free, the observation is impersonal. And fact can be seen only by a mind which is impersonal. With the beginning of the quest for being in the human brain, the evolution of the brain begins.

We now have the answer to the question: why does not human brain evolve? Only the quest for being can bring about the evolution of the human brain. In other words, we can say that with the awakening of sight in the brain, the quest for being begins and then the mind can inquire and uncover the laws of brain and grow.

Laws of the brain

Can order be instilled in a brain from outside? Can a particular atmosphere bring order in the human brain? Parents and teachers punish children in order to discipline them because they presume that fear will bring discipline. People are always talking about discipline and they are concerned and worried over the indiscipline in society and are perpetually discussing how social order can be established. It is not difficult to understand why there is disorder in society. It is we who are the cause of all problems in society- jealousy, anger, violence, corruption, hatred, war–because all these problems are in us. It is from the individual brain that such problems enter the common brain. In other words, whatever we are, the world is; therefore, we are the world. But the question is why is the human brain, knowing that jealousy, anger,violence,corruption, hatred, etc. are not good, still not able to free itself of them.

In the universe, whatever is discovered, good, bad or indifferent, is discovered by the brain. And whatever there is in the world, good or bad, is what our brain, that is the common brain, is. Therefore, let us explore this brain and the laws that govern it.

The human brain is governed by motivating forces (aim, purpose, inspiration, circumstances, and problems) and not by its intelligence. Do motivating forces have any role in the evolution of the brain, or is the process of evolution of the brain natural , and therefore, the brain will evolve naturally and the only thing necessary is to see and understand its process of evolution.

The Instinctive Faculty

The instinctive faculty of the brain is grounded in need which gives rise to seeking. The need could be of material, or even spiritual pleasure/joy; or for finding solutions to natural, social, or scientific problems. Though this seeking arising from such need is, somewhere, a seeking for meeting life. When there is no sight (observation) in the brain, it is not aware of the need and the seeking, and therefore, its search becomes merely a search for security and fulfillment without understanding what needs are and why. This is how the human brain has become the slave of its uncomprehended cravings and demands, and more insecure,because a slavish mind is, by nature, insecure. A mind in slavery does not seek relationship; it only gropes for emotional security in relations. It does not seek wisdom; it hankers after intellectual security and stimulation in books, discussions, debates and dialogues. It does not seek truth; it looks for spiritual security and comfort in the authority of religions.

When one acts out of insecurity, one acts merely to be secure, not out of a vision of the whole. When in a society each one is acting for one’s own security, the sum total of self-centred activities creates division in the common brain of human beings and generates conflicts in the society accompanied by all the problematic corollaries of jealousy, anger, hatred, corruption, anxiety, tension, intrigue, go-getting, violence, war etc. When the mind is in this state, the entire structure of society is founded on and driven by fear.

In this state of the mind reasoning and quest are absent. In the absence of reasoning, the mind does not ask the question what needs and cravings are and why they are there. In not listening to them, not trying to ask and understand, the human brain has moved in the wrong direction of suppressing and gratifying them, instead of understanding their deeper significance. It has begun looking outwards to external means of gratification. It started listening to and looking at the outer divorced from the relationship of the outer to itself. The field that is observed became more important than the relationship between the observed and the observer.

Where there is the absence of reasoning there is reaction. Why does the human brain react? It reacts because it is preoccupied with beliefs, ideas, traditions and so on. We have to understand why the human brain is preoccupied. The brain where the quest for being has not begun, does not perceive things and situations as they are and learn directly from that perception. Therefore, it looks for crutches in the form of ideas/beliefs/traditions/knowledges, which, in turn, interfere in the listening and seeing. Therefore, whenever it listens to what is being said, since the brain is not free to listen, it reacts out of its accumulation of knowledge. The reaction is the sign of a preoccupied brain and the cause of conflicts. In the state of total listening, reactions end and quest for being begins.

The Reasoning Faculty

The ground of  the reasoning faculty is the quest for being and that is why the very nature  of the mind in this state makes it inquire into the fact, and not accept or reject it blindly. To inquire is to go through whatever one comes in contact with and understand it without a priori conditioning. The brain in this state does not follow imitatively or ignore anything; instead it inquires into fact and learns. If there is no quest for being in the human brain, its evolution is not possible, because then it is not learning to be but learning only to know or understands intellectually. Consequently there is only a pointless accumulation of knowledge. Society is what we are, not what we know. We act and behave out of our being, not out of our knowledge. Therefore, there is duality in the personality of human beings who are not what they know or understand intellectually. The question arises, why isn’t the human brain what it knows or understands intellectually. It is so because the quest for being has not begun. When the quest begins, the human brain no longer accumulates knowledge but learns to be, and from here creativity begins.

The Creative Faculty

The ground of the creative faculty is silence. But this silence does not mean what generally it is understood to mean: noiselessness, refraining from speech and so on. The silence that is achieved through efforts is not the silence we are talking about here. This silence is a state of mind that is free from all conditioning and all the motivating forces that generally govern it, and therefore, able to see the fact in the universe. In other words, what we mean by silence is a state of mind where there is no division, no conflict, no blocking of psychological space with beliefs/ traditions/ ideas/ memories; where, instead, there is an emptiness; like that of the sky that holds infinite space, or that of a mirror that reflects whatever is before it. The mind, in this state, perceives the wholeness of relationship, as fact, and also the network of relationships that constitutes the whole universe; and out of this perception there comes a sense of responsibility. This is why the creative mind is responsible not for anything particular, but for the whole, the totality of all things. This responsibility ( response + ability) is not a burden to be carried but just the ability to respond sensitively and adequately each moment.

Such a silence cannot be forced, disciplined or ordered. By being aware of  the movements of the mind, that is, of whatever is going on in the mind, conflict ends and silence comes uninvited and with it, immeasurable energy and perception of totality. What is meant by mind here is not the brain. The mind is more than the brain. The mind is more than the brain. The reach of the mind goes extending to include all that it touches.

The state of creativity is where the mind perceives the network of interdependent relationships pervading the whole universe. In the history of mankind it is through this state of mind that all creative work has found expression. The mind in this state perceives the wholeness of life, the meeting of everything with everything, the real order. The action and behavior that are the expression of this state of mind where there is real order will bring order in society.

So, order is inherent in the creative faculty of the human brain, and the mind in this state is in a state of joy. Only this order can bring lasting order in society. This order cannot be instilled in a mind from without. No environment can bring order in the human brain; only the quest for being in each individual can. In other words, in order to establish order in society one has to establish order in oneself.

If there is disorder in the human brain, there will be disorder in society because society is the expression of the human brain. The question is why is there disorder in the human brain. It is because the human brain has concentrated effort on becoming and not on being. It has concentrated not on understanding the ways of the mind, but on acquiring, acquiring skill mind efficiency. It has striven to become something– a doctor, an engineer, or whatever– but it has not sought the understanding from which comes the order within. If the human quest primarily is to find the order in the mind, thereafter one could acquire whatever skills, it will not disturb the universe. The energy of the inner order, chanellized through whatever skills, will contribute only to harmony.

ENERGY

How shall we see energy as it is? There is energy in the whole universe manifesting as the sun, the moon, the sky, the earth, air, water, fire etc. All these are sources of energy not only for human beings but for all creatures and plants, in fact for the whole universe. Have we ever perceived/ experienced this energy that is there in the universe, expressed through various forms? Are we aware of our environment, both psychological and physical, and the energy behind it?

Human beings get energy from various sources. One important source is breathing. one can live for some time without food and water, but not without breathing. Do we know right breathing? We breathe as we are habituated to. Right breathing attunes the energy manifested as the body to the energy of the universe. Breathing is the bridge between the body and  the rest of universe, between being and dissolution, between life and death.

The whole world is the game of energy as destruction and  creation. The energy in the whole universe is the energy in each one of us and this energy is indivisible; but psychotic.logical divisions created by conditioning in human brains prevent the perception of indivisibility and create division in the human brain and consequent conflict in the world. The corollaries of this conflict– jealousy, hatred, violence, competition, exploitation, corruption, war, etc– are all expressions of the energy refracted and distorted through the conditioned psyche. Today, a large part of mankind’s energy is going waste in this way and another part, in trying to control, fight, and contain the corollaries of conflict. Further, the energy wasted in conflict and countering conflict vitiates the psychological atmosphere in which we live and our children grow. Little energy is left to flow and flower as creativity.

So, it is evident that energy expressing in the form of actions and behaviour through whatever state of mind we are in, destructive or creative, brings conflict or harmony, respectively, in society and the world. Human beings, by being aware of how energy is polluted or made pure, can free the energy from psychological division and thereby attune it to being.

The body

The body is the instrument through which the mind expresses itself. when the body is healthy, it is not separate from the mind. It is in tune with the state of being of the mind. In many Indian languages swastha is the word for healthy. It is constituted of swa meaning being, and stha meaning situated in or attuned to. A healthy body then is a body attuned to being, not an entity separate from the mind, but a friend one with the mind.

The body is the manifestation of the energy whose source is earth, water, air, fire, and sky.The balance of the principles symbolized by these is important for a healthy body. An important source of energy for the body is breath. The breath is constantly healing the body, keeping it in tune. We breathe but we don’t know how to breathe. The right kind of breathing makes the body young and fresh. When we don’t breathe properly the body becomes a sick home, an unhappy dwelling for the mind.

The human brain is a projection/creation of the past, constituted of computerized recordings right from animal memories of the process of evolution coded in the DNA, to beliefs, traditions, ideas from one’s racial memories, to the conditionings of contemporary environment. Traditional thought has ignored, sometimes even tortured, the body thinking of it as perishable, and therefore, of little consequence. Materialist thought has attended to the body’s superficial needs and comforts, decorated and pampered it from outside, but not listened to it deeply, to the protests and indications it makes from time to time. When we don’t understand the significance of the body, we don’t love and care for it. Neglected, it does not remain healthy. Because of the division between being(mind) and body, the two are not in tune.

Since, our brains have not flowered in introspection but been trained and shaped by psychological forces of the environment, therefore, our sensitivity to the voice of the body has been dulled. We have stopped responding to the intelligence of the body speaking all the time in various ways if only we would listen. The primacy given to the attitude of training and disciplining over the attitude of listening and learning has spilled over onto our relationship with the body. We train our body according to dictations from outside. We train it to become a mechanical follower of habits. That is why it does not remain sensitive. A brain turned mechanical thinks mechanically, speaks mechanically, eats mechanically, drinks mechanically, walks mechanically, acts mechanically, behaves mechanically, sleeps mechanically, does everything mechanically.

Food and Sensitivity

Sensitivity of the body depends on the food it has and the way it has it. Food does not refer just to meals, but to whatever is received through the senses. We eat and drink and hear touch and smell and bathe and sleep without knowing how to do them. We do almost everything without understanding why we are doing it.

The question is what makes the body insensitive. If we take things in insensitively, not paying heed to the intelligence of the body, it makes the body insensitive. If we are aware of our body and listen to it, it will tell us what to eat and what not to eat. But only a sensitive body is able to do so. There can’t be any hard and fast rule because what suits one body does not suit another. So, to understand, what kind of food makes the body sensitive and healthy, one has to be aware of one’s own body and listen to it and understand its intelligence.

Sleep and the Creative Mind

Sleep is essential to life. But do we understand what it means to sleep? To sleep is to die. Die to things we have cherished and loathed. Be free from the known and so be in the ever new. Therefore, sleep /death is necessary to have a nascent mind. If the brain sleeps the right kind of sleep, it dies each every night. It goes through a psychological death. The brain registers and carries all the things with which it comes in contact. If the brain does not sleep, it gives continuity to the past, the old, and it cannot regain freshness, be free to see the new. Generally when we sleep, the brain does not sleep. In the right kind of sleep there will be the ending of the psychological burden of the past, and a beginning of the new.

There is a difference between sleep and escape. Generally when we go to bed we escape, and not to sleep. The right kind of sleep begins not by escaping but by watching the body, its aches, and tensions. In order to heal the body one has to watch the body and breathe, breathe deeply. One has to listen to the sounds all around and observe whatever is happening in the brain. If one is aware of the brain while one is listening to the sounds, one can see the brain recognizing them. One has to do nothing, just listen, and see the evaluation, recognition, and identification going on in the mind gradually cease. One has to watch, as it is, the things the brain has registered. When we are listening to all sounds and they stay unrecognized, unrecorded, and we are watching whatever is happening in the mind, the right kind o sleep will come automatically. And, if we sleep in this way, we shall awake with a silent, creative mind.

Memory

There is a faculty in the human brain that, like a computer, registers, organizes and stores thoughts, experiences, knowledge and information. This faculty works through memory , which reorganizes and records the knowledge and information fed into it, and from the stored knowledge, one can recall whatever one wants; but generally what happens is that the stored knowledge in the memory comes and interferes in the act of seeing and listening. The question is why does memory interfere? Should memory end to free the mind to see, or should one be aware and understand why the brain does not see the new? What is the role of memory in life? Memory is a storehouse that preserves and records the knowledge, information, and all things with which it comes in contact through listening and seeing. The knowledge can be used in life whenever necessary, but it has no other use in living, because living needs seeing with a quiet brain, i.e. observation, not knowledge that could condition observation. Where there is sight (observation), memory would stay subservient to it and not interfere in the seeing.

Generally the brain records the thoughts, knowledge, and information through listening and seeing. But if the brain is not listening and seeing truly,. it is not open to record the fact as it is, and also if the brain is not quiet, it cannot recall the fact from memory. The quiet brain can have a photographic memory but this memory does not condition the mind in listening and seeing, The observant mind is not governed by memory but uses the knowledge held in memory whenever necessary.

Death and its Real Nature

We all know that we will die one day and we are afraid of death without understanding it and its real nature. Death, like life, is a beautiful thing, only if one were to understand living. Living is a state of mind, where there is no past or future. It is only in the moment that is the present. Living is not the result of the past. The experience of the past creates hopes and fears for the future, which conditions the mind and distracts it from living. Therefore, one cannot truly live without continually dying. In other words, to live moment to moment, one has to die moment to moment.

Generally we think that living is always in the present and death is a thing that will happen in the future. Human beings live either in the past or the future, not in the present. The mind that does not live in the present is not living. So, a mind that is attached to the past, dies. The past, that is the content of consciousness, dies; consciousness/ living / being never dies.

In order to understand death and its reality, one has to understand the meaning of death. To find out what happens when one dies, one has to see death in actuality. We have several concepts of death in our mind. Is there such a things as death, or is it only a psychological fear? What dies  in death? Isn’t it the past that dies to dissolve in the present and flow into the future? Does energy or the body die? Or do they continue, after dissolution, in being. Where do the energy, and the bodies go? Death is the dissolution of the body into being. It is only dissolution and reconfiguration, not destruction. So, in living there is no death. Death is a psychological fear that impedes the energy of the brain that is not in the state of living.