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April 19, 2014


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Robin Datta

The "I" maker.

Vedic tradition describes the "I" as just a thought, albeit the first among all the others, and referred to as the ""I-maker" (ahankara). It is to be noted that all thoughts, emotions, feelings etc. are considered unaware, "jar(d)ha", pronounced the same as gourd, sword, etc. with the addition of a terminal "a". Notwithstanding all its stupendous complexity, the brain and the mind are part of a non-aware biological automaton, a meat-robot.

Under the right conditions the sun can be reflected, as when a bucket of water is placed in the sunlight. So too consciousness becomes apparent, as the "awareness" in "awareness of" with the conditions that obtain in the brain, the mind being comparable to the surface of the water. As has been noted that on their own (as on a pitch-dark night), all flowers are black: their colours are only manifest in sunlight.

Consciousness is said to be self-aware and self-effulgent. In its presence, the non-aware mind seems to be aware. But consciousness does not a mind, just as "awareness" does not need an "of". This may not be obvious to most, but with the background in Vedic meditation, it might be easier to grok. And that is a sine qua non for being "conscious as consciousness". A mere intellectual "understanding of consciousness" will leave one floundering.

Nor is it possible to explain it to another through words and rationality.

Taittiriya upaniShad (2.9.1): Words turn back along with the mind, failing to grasp It. (yato vAcho nivartante aprApya manasA saha).


Consciousness as a State of Matter.


"Living Zen" by Robert Linssen.

Zen "no-mind", "no-thingness", "emptiness", and "the Void": "Consciousness unconscious of consciousness conscious of itself."


The 200-year "self" or "I".

Along with mining asteroids and human colonies on the Moon and Mars, a "self" that lives for 200 years is among the consequences of a century of cheap, abundant supplies of liquid fossil fuels (no longer cheap) and the resulting unprecedented financial asset valuations, i.e., "something for nothing", to wages and GDP and the "self"-delusional thinking that permits brain/mind/thought to detach from the thermodynamic/net exergetic limit bound constraints of a finite planet.

Similarly, at the trend rate of growth of combined market cap of Apple, Facebook, and Google to the trend rate of US GDP, the market cap of these three companies alone will increase from 6% of GDP today to 50% by 2022, 100% by 2028, and THREE TIMES GDP by 2030. This is similar to Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft during the bubble of the 1990s.

Anyone with a 5th-grade understanding of exponential math would be selling these stocks with both hands yesterday.

Moreover, collectively, and even among the wealthiest, most clever elites, we do not understood even the rudimentary aspects of thermodynamics, entropy, and exergetics (and here).

Thus, one is persuaded that the human ape species is collectively "self"-delusional and certifiably and clinically insane on a mass-social scale.

Robin Datta

For those acquainted with the Vedic tradition, the answer to the question "Who is I" falls out of the structuring of the question: the "is" indicates that the "I" is not "am".

And then there are "The Great Sayings"

Robin Datta

"The Great Sayings"

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