Spiritualism is Not Merely a Dialectic
| Dr. Mandeep Prakash - Principal GM, BSNL, Haryana - 13 Jun 2019

“Thus spiritualism is not merely a dialectic on what is soul, spirit or Aatma; it has to be, actually , a realization of the Ultimate Pure Energy- the one that is indestructible – uncreatable – formless – faceless – Eternal - Neither delugeable nor inflammable; and to be so established. Yoga is the Most profound and scientific pathway for this attainment.”

By Dr.Mandeep Prakash

New Delhi, June 13, 2019: Ever since man stood up on the Two feet, visualized the Horizon and strange light that changed its color through the day, provoked the Human mind for finding the course and cause of The Creation. The Man was intrigued by happenings around him to which he had no logical explanation.

The resources around him were limited to wild plants and animals; his own skin was naked compared to tough skin of animals; his physical frailties restricted areas to resources as against some stronger animals. His body frame was weak but the mental abilities were far too superior to that of any other being moving around him. He started constructing safe dwellings and building a Society to safe guard the internal and external interests of his clan.

To keep that community and society in a discipline as well as to answer queries of lesser capable brethren of his, he raised an entity above and superior to himself and became Oracle to that Super Human Entity- rituals and customs were devised so that a faith was installed by the clan in the Super Human Entity and Its Oracle .

As the Civilization grew, the Society became more complex; to keep the society together, to protect it and its interests, there was a requirement of Defense, Offence, & internal governance, a differentiation of skills so as to produce & manufacture  Goods & Services; the clan progressed and so did the Oracle, In order to maintain ethics- Morals -Values rituals for society to have its norms – participations and sanctions, with the progression of civilization, a body of followers be it  called the Church- Sanggat – Sanghthan- Aryavart was added to the Faith in Super Human Entity and its Oracle.

Thus was born the religion. Religion, thus, is a part and an instrument of society and social structure. The word ‘Religion’ it comes from the Latin word ‘Legios’ which meant a unit or formation in an Organization / Army. Religion is basically an ancient device to ensure discipline in society by institution of uniform rituals, a conduct of social events like birth, marriage, death etc., and to institutionalize customs, norms and values so that the whole society works as a singular monolithic organization in a predictable manner.

The religion has four cardinal components (a) a Super Human entity (b) a Church or body community of followers (c) a Code of conduct & defining rituals for social and individual’s life events  (d) An unchallengeable Faith. It is very different from the ancient Vedic concept of Dharma.

The concept of Dharma in the Vedic India was akin to the concept of functional duty and changed with the status of the person both with the achieved status as well as the ascribed status.

Thus a man had different Dharma as a Son – as a Father –as a Brother-as a Husband – as a KARTA in the undivided Family; as a member of the society as a Farmer - as a priest – as a Minister –as a Officer of the State - as a King –as a Rich man – as a Servant – as a Master, so on  and so forth . The Vedic rituals were associated with the Forces of Nature and each Force had a personalized ‘Deva’ for whom ‘Aahutis’ were offered through Fire or Water and the God Supreme was symbolized by ‘OM’ and chanted as sound A-U-M.

There was no church or the body of followers but the society at large was expected to exercise control by following Dharma by every individual in capacity of the status the individual was discharging. Hence Vedic time did not have any religion in sense of the word as it is understood today.

Historically Gautam Buddh was the inventor and the First person to establish, Religion, perhaps, in the entire world for the propounded the right conduct-The Sangham - and faith in ‘Dhamm’. He did not indulge in the explanation of what is AATMA, - what happens after death – What is Param Aatma, what is God. He simply propounded that life is full of pain and desire is the Cause of pain; to control desire one must follow middle path as per the Vital eight Right values.

Thus the religion in modern sense was born and the followers of Budha were bound to place their faith in the Sayings of Budha.   The space and context demands not to Judge the merits or dements;   the cause and effects; The Right and Wrong or even the impact of historical course of the development of Nation of India.

However Sanatan Dharma came into being as reaction to Buddhism and Jainism as well as the drive to revive ancient Indian practices and study of Scriptures including Vedas. Today we have umpteen numbers of religions their denominations and then myriads of cults.

Today when the state has crept in to each Street, each House, each Individual Life, Religion has become a Vestigial Social Organ except for the sake of Vouch saving historical cultural ethnical and somewhat moral practices and values. It is being used rightly or wrongly for commercial and political gains.

It may still be relevant in the pockets where the state fails to assest its presence physically and also for the sake of individual progression for which Religion provides the academic inputs.

Individual progression itself is now looked upon in the terms of financial and material gains quite contrary to the concept in ancient Vedic India where it was believed that the body is merely an ephemeral vehicle and the rider is ATMA or Soul whose progression is the most important pursuit of Human existence.

While the western Philosophers- researchers were enchanted with the growth and development of Human body. Lamarck-Darwin putting in life times studying and discovering the evolution of body from microbes uni-Cellular simple living organism to complex human beings, the oriental mind delved deep inside and was mesmerized with experience of soul- its progression from JADDA to CHETAN to SAT-CHIT-ANAND;

There was but just a small part dedicated to body development only indicative in nature in terms of DASA AVTAARS; Life from Water- MATASYA-KURMA-VARAAHA-BAAMAN-to KALKI. Main focus was the AATMAN & PARAM AATMAN.

The JIV ATMA and body are like energy and the matter; like Shiva and Shakti; like the PURUSHA and Prakriti. The modern Physics propounds a wave partical theory for ATOMIC structure studies which postulates that atoms exist in a wave nature when dynamic but can be seen as particle only under special circumstances when their interaction with other matter is restrained and movement is restricted. Similar has been the hypothesis regarding Param Aatman & JIVA AATMAN and body.

The Shakti or Purush symbolic of AATMA, which is in dynamic play in the Creation. It is primordial energy that maintains Pervades –Operates - Balances – The Entire Universe and when a drop of this energy gets established as life in a body; It becomes ATMA or JIV ATMA, To realize the presence of this JIV ATMA in our selves is the subject matter of Spiritual study.

Various Saints – Rishis- Munis and many other people who are supposed to have attained this realization have rather failed to define it and eventually said “Neiti –Neiti” meaning “This is not even this is not” this is why the internal individuals progression was kept as the supreme pursuit by Ancient INDIANS DARSHANAS and SHASTRAS have Dwelled upon in detail on the subject matter for Thousands of years before actually being put to writing.

The BHAGWAD GEETA has been agreed upon as the pithiest and most substantive essence of all previous DARSHANAS & SHASTRAS and Lord Shri Krishna in BHAGWAD GEETA has pronounced the Yoga Darshan as the best of the Guides in this field. It is, however worthwhile to note that the BHAGWAD GEETA or the Song of the God flows in the matrix of Sankhya Darshan.

The Yoga Darshan which was compiled and enunciated by Rishi Patanjali even though it existed as a School of Philosophy even in times the earlier to Rishi Patanjali; it was Rishi Patanjali who  structured the Yoga into eight part/phase disciplines YAMA, NIYAMA, SAMYAMA or PRATYAHAAR , ASAN, PRANNAYAMA, DHARANA , DHYANA & SAMADHI. This discipline has to be inculcated from childhood; best from the age of Nine to Eleven years.

It is a complete  life style leading to the self realization or the ultimate state of  spiritual realization called KAIVALYA YOGA is said to lead to KAIVALYA or YOG CHITTA where the CHETNA or conciseness gets  in to Yoga or joined with the  JIV AATMA  or the Soul. The one becomes Conscious of an established in the Soul or the ATMA which is but miniscule portion of PARAM AATMAN or PURUSH or Shakti or The Ultimate Truth. 

Thus spiritualism is not merely a dialectic on what is soul, spirit or Aatma; it has to be, actually , a realization of the Ultimate Pure Energy- the one that is indestructible – uncreatable – formless – faceless – Eternal - Neither delugeable nor inflammable; and to be so established. Yoga is the Most profound and scientific pathway for this attainment.


Author Dr.Mandeep Prakash is presently working as Principal General Manager Finance in BSNL Haryana Telecom Circle after absorption To BSNL; Education - ISMBBS from IGMC Shimla;PG Diploma in HR Management from IMT Ghaziabad;MBA-Finance from PTU-Jalandhar and LLB from Punjab University; Worked as Medical Officer in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh; Then Got Selected through UPSC-Civil Services in Account & Finance Service Under Communications Ministry; Authored-'Fitness Beyond Fitness' In 2012 and "Bauddh Under Amaltas" in 2017;He can be contacted at - mandeepprakash@rediffmail.com

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