Of Thyagaraja, J Krishnamurthy & Neuroscience

The best starting point to learn anything is to say- “I don’t know”. This makes way for tremendous humility, complete openness, a willingness to learn etc. On the other hand if one starts off saying “I know”,then it is a completely opposite mindset – the mind is closed and unwilling to learn.
Thyagaraja says it musically,while J Krishnamurthy talks about it quite eloquently. And neuroscience deals with it scientifically.
For instance in the thyagaraja kriti “teliyaledu Rama bhakti margamu—“,he takes to task those who assume they know in spite of their complete ignorance. He condemns those who indulge in rituals and assume that to be bhakti. If only they admit in the first place they don’t know and then begin to explore,there would be some chance of arriving at an answer.
Likewise,in another kriti “telisi rama chintanato—“,thyagaraja lays emphasis again on awareness and the need to pay attention while doing ‘rama nama japa’. Awareness about the divine qualities of God while doing ‘japa’ is more rewarding than merely repeating His name like a parrot.

Jiddu Krishnamurthy’s philosophy is all about awareness,attention and observation in order to get an insight on any matter. Of course, it is easier said than done because our mind keeps wandering and is invariably misled by our age old conditioning.

This brings us to the question of what is awareness and how is it to be cultivated. Obviously this has to do with the most complex thing called mind. What is mind? One definition,according to neuroscience, is that mind is nothing but a ‘brain in action’.
Therefore a detailed understanding of how the human brain is structured is vital to address some of the basic issues related to the functioning of our mind. Recently I happened to read an interesting book that attempts to come up with possible solutions to transform our minds. The title of the book is “Evolve your Brain”, authored by Joe Dispenza . The book gives a scientific account of how one can get access to one’s subconscious mind. The book also deals with certain interesting techniques to transform our subconscious reactions into free will based positive actions.

In the posts that follow, I will try to highlight some of the problems of dealing with our minds and possible solutions for the benefit of those who may not have the aptitude or time to read a bulky book. The book deals with these issues with facts derived from research in neuroscience.

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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