Are you the eyes or are you seeing through your eyes? Are you the ears or are you hearing through your ears? Are you the body or are you working through your body? Such sincere inquiries qualifies one towards the gateway of spirituality.
So, who actually am I among these? If one was to stand in front of the mirror and point out who am I, what would the answer be? Am I the whole body? Or, am I the face? Or, am I the eyes? Which one am I?
While I speak for ‘myself’, what is ‘my’ and what is the ‘self’? For example, we always refer to body and its parts as “MY”, such as “My body, my hands, my legs, my face, my eyes, my brain, my heart, so on….”
If these are all my, then where is the ‘I’, the self? Who am I? A deep meditation has lead to an embarrassing conclusion that we hardly know much abut this single letter ‘I’. Even the students of medical science are perplexed on such questions for the modern education helps one to understand the body and its relations but it always escapes the real inquiries of life that should define the ‘I’. Some have answered as DNA, some as chromosomes and when the logic of consciousness is brought in, much selected few seem to know.
Consciousness is not a discovered term or an imagination. Consciousness is very easily understood by distinguishing a chemical and a living. The pebble cannot think, has no free will, and cannot make its own decision. In other words, dead. Whereas, the living entity has free will which allows them to think, make their own decisions – by accepting or rejecting, in degrees varying from an amoeba to a human being. What ultimately lacks in the pebble is the consciousness.
The next question would be – what within the human body gives it consciousness?
If we were to have a fracture, were the bones to feel any pain and conclude “Oh, I just broke”? Or would that be the DNA or chromosomes? Where does this consciousness come from?
The consciousness may be compared to the sunlight that pervades throughout the body because of which we can feel through the skin, smell from the nose, watch through the eyes, hear from the ears and taste using the tongue. Its presence is what makes a body living and its absence, a mere dead lump of chemical bag unresponsive and insensitive to uncountable kicks, as good as a pebble.
From the phenomenon of death we can conclude loss of free will or independence, despite the same chemicals in the body which were also present before death. The modern science fails to explain the mystic of this universal subtle science, which is indeed one of the most essential subjects in modern era that can solve all problems of life. The subject of spiritual science can best be understood by accepting the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, the authority on spiritual science. Its author, Krishna, also known as the spiritual scientist, says:
avināśi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idaṁ tatam
na kaścit kartum arhati
“That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.” (BG 2.17)
Therefore it’s the indestructible soul, the original powerhouse of the entire body, the “I”, which is the source of consciousness, animating the entire body. The soul and consciousness may be compared to the sun and the sunlight. Although the sun is localized but it pervades throughout the whole universe by the sunlight, despite being hidden by the clouds. Similarly, although the spirit soul is invisible due to its being covered by the cloud of ignorance, yet it is always pervading consciousness throughout the whole body.
The next article further discusses the soul and addresses other challenging queries.