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Shifting what we see as real The three pathways to transmuting our consciousness - Srinivas Venkatram

I: Human beings operate at three levels of the mind

Most people operate at the ‘sensory’ level where they see life as an objective material or biological phenomenon, which is seen and understood through our five senses. Some people operate at both – ‘sensory-level’ and the ‘cognition-level’. They see ‘life’ not just as an objective reality, but as a reflexive reality. They believe that what we see in the world outside is a product of the interaction between our sensory system and our cognitive structures. Those who seek to evolve as individuals recognize the inherent limits and static nature of what we experience at the sensory level, and also recognize that the relationship between our mind and objective reality is a sort of endless recursion. They figure out that the real change can take place not by transforming the external world, or changing what we think or the structures of our thinking;






© Srinivas Venkatram; 09 August 2016






II: This leads the evolutionary individual to the next question: how do we transmute consciousness? This is where religion comes in. Different types of religions offer us different methods by which we can transmute our consciousness.

Pathway 1: If I am able to perceive the patterns within reality, if I am able to go beyond reasoning and perceive the deeper layers or workings of the world, then this perception reveals itself as an insight or a “spark of knowledge” within our consciousness. The more I systematically and deeply perceive the workings of the world outside – the greater can be the change within me. I am able, for example, to perceive the interdependence of all living beings or the transitory nature of phenomenon or other such insights that lead me to deeply shift my innermost understanding or vision of life. The perception of interdependencies, for example, leads to gratitude and comparison where the perception of transience can lead to detachment from sensory phenomenon. This is the pathway that is followed, for example, in Buddhism where diligent and sustained perception of the world can reveal the highest truths in our own consciousness.

© Srinivas Venkatram; 09 August 2016


Pathway 2: A second mode of transmuting our consciousness is by adopting new models of thought, new models of living, and new practices which are conducive to the revelation of consciousness in our life. In this mode, we first accept and adopt a matrix of models and practices associated with a particular religion or spiritual path. As we diligently adopt, practice, and integrate the matrix, I discover or find greater and more persistent revelations of a higher consciousness in the form of visions, insights, transformed moral imperatives, etc. This is the pathway followed by most organized religions that depend upon rituals, moral codes, scriptures, idols, symbols, and formal spiritual practices. This includes much of Christianity, much of Hinduism, in fact, much of most organized religions. These we call the revelatory religions. Revelatory religions offer a steady road, full of guide books, guides, enabling social structures, etc. which can help the organizing person live a life that transcends the mundane.

Pathway 3: There is a third pathway, which is followed primarily by Vedanta. Vedanta begins by posing that it is Consciousness alone which is true, and it is Consciousness alone that must be transmitted. To Vedanta, both empirical/ sensory reality and cognition reflect only transient experiences and structures, and do not reflect the real or longterm truth of anything.

Š Srinivas Venkatram; 09 August 2016


Those who follow the path of Vedanta must seek the knowledge of that Consciousness alone, in the truth of all humankind, and it is this knowledge that leads to evolution at both – individual and collective Consciousness. When this knowledge becomes steady, our entire vision of life undergoes a change – one sees all human beings as potentially divine and capable of infinite potentialities. Furthermore, one sees all reality as pervaded by the Divine.

Š Srinivas Venkatram; 09 August 2016


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