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A Spiritual Journey

This is a “Work Book” to understand ‘The Miracle of Human Life’.

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15 thoughts on “A Spiritual Journey”

  1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Criticism, Hatred and Jealousy
    The three words: ” Criticism-Hatred-Jealousy ” are contemptible emotions that go together! Any criticism triggers jealousy that grows and simmers as, hostility and hatred, until it goes out of control. Some say there should always be a response to criticism; but a response to criticism by someone speaking ‘against you’ needs no response! However, if a criticism is a truth, then let the ‘truth’ be noted and allow its import be taken note of. If somebody wants to state the ‘truth’ spoken is inappropriate and false, then let it be so. Either way, whether the criticism is right or wrong, in lives of the living, neither make a difference. Such opinions of criticism-hatred-jealousy, are first and foremost, assumptions and have no applicable realism in this world.
    Anyone who intentionally criticizes, is irritatingly hiding from view, the good qualities of the criticized individual and trouncing his own negative personality on another. On a flawless stage of life and living, praising or criticizing, will neither increase nor decrease qualities on others. Tendencies to do evil and good cannot change an innate personaily or chitta. Some call chitta our fate – but in truth it is our mind, logic and our past birth memory tendency to do good or evil. Some call this fate.
    If it is ‘fate’ that decides our reactions to criticism, then disallow the emotion of hate against another bubble-up, when criticized. Whatever we getting is part of our fate (karmic reaction). These ‘special rules’ apply. They are the fundamental ‘laws’ that allow humankind to understand ourselves progress away from feeling stressful with hatred on hearing criticism, and into an unwavering balanced behavior and relaxed calm behavior.
    I choose Existence in this world by Understanding “I-am” here for the sake of Happiness. When the “I-am” person is dissatisfied because of experiences of ‘Criticism-Hatred-Jealousy’ it is because the ego and considers itself to be great. Criticism gives no peace to the soul. In this illusion, layers of Criticism-Hatred-Jealousy to go up on the mind. The tendency dominates the personality and it remains polluted. Such a one-is into self-praising and criticizing others.
    We sow and reap results according to our deeds. Someone can be an intermediate for actions and somebody else can be the medium for the results. A person believing in the principle of Action:Reaction is aware that whatever he/she endures in this world, is the result of this eternal law.
    “Have you learned lessons from only those people, who praise you, who are humble in front of you and are always helpful in your deeds, probably those people are more helpful in taking you ahead who criticize you boldly and are involved in it.” said Kabir.
    Good respectful conduct is of one ideal : ‘Remain happy and always busy.” In a spirit of contentment, he/she realizes that whatever we do and have done here, nobody can stop its results. Whatever there is, it is because of the result of the person’s past actions.
    Act not for the sake of the world but because they remain forever. Remember deeds that the world feels happy about! Achievements should be for the world. Hate, jealousy and those critical of others are foolish enemies of the world! Introspection begins from our ‘self.’ It is not given salvation of Self until there is parting from antagonism, annoyance, extravagance, self-importance and opinion of yourself. Untill the soul-‘self’ is tied up with these tendencies, the soul cannot progress beyond the darkness of criticism-hatred-jealousy.
    Ramkrishna Paramahamsa said, “Develop love, compassion, and freedom and get rid of jealousy, hatred and enmity, for the sake of welfare of mankind.”

    1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Navratri – for Seeking Imperishable Roots.
      Human longings are deep and our inner states are not satisfied by the impermanent day-to-day amendments of outer circumstances. Our requests and needs are profound. More so than ever, our longings are indecipherable to the outer space of our daily life. We all seem to have an underground seed plant body that originates from ‘somewhere’ but not sure where! It is deeper than what we can understand by our normal grasp of the world.
      We grow from all sides. When we yearn or aspire to understand the root-being, we do so in a wide-ranging method. This ambitious goal of any and all human being is the soul’s longing for sovereignty. All our desires are requirements of the soul. Though they bear a resemblance to sensory desires, mental wants, intellectual requirements, social wishes, they are, ALL the longing of the human soul. Humans spew out branches and extensions into various distracted rays, screaming through the operations of the non-discerning mind and activities of the sensuous senses.
      However, our longings are, capable of being collected into a single essential power: an inward urge of a longing for freedom – a single focus of the soul’s aspiration for liberation. This yearning of all humanity that is created anywhere on earth or in heaven, be it a human or a celestial, the aspiration is the same! All longings is for realisation of this freedom.
      The Devi-Mahatmya describes the Epic of the March of the Human Soul to its Destination. For the realisation of this freedom, the worship of the Divine Mother during these nine days of Navaratri, is just an undertaking of and want for heroic might.
      The march of the soul is dramatic: Beginning with the chastening of Mind’s want, greed and anger (Shumbha-Nishumbha), it walks the devotee’s the intellect to a path of erasure of pride, jealousy, and attachment (Madhu-Kaitabh). It finally brings to focus the Mind-Ego (Mahishasura-Raktabeej.) The Mind and its millions of thoughts reign over each of us. Without the help of the Mother of the Universe, success is near impossible.

      1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

        Hindu philosophy is ‘Sanatana Dharma.’
        Hinduism is not a ‘faith’ – it comes as a genesis: from the union of knowledge-based justification and the sixth sense, and can only be experienced. There is a place where God Is! Evil and error are not final, because there is no Heaven or Hell. There is only the Law of Cause and Effect – of Karma.
        Therefore, Hinduism is not a definite dogmatic creed. It is an immeasurable, ingeniously unified mass of spiritual thought and realization. It is about an undertaking of the human spirit which is continuously enlarging through the ages, to this date, to meet the needs of its hopeful millennials.
        Hinduism is free of obsession about other faiths. It accepts the fundamental nature of reality and beings, seeking salvation. It refuses to be bound up with a statement of belief or a book, a prophet or a founder.
        Each human is expected to be in a persistent search for truth based on a continuously renewed thought experience and in unbroken evolution.
        Amongst families, Hinduism becomes an inheritance of thought and ambition, for living within the movement of lifestyle called ‘dharma.’.
        It is the only religion that allows each practitioner complete independence in thought and freedom of the human mind.
        This it does with full confidence in its own extraordinary human powers. It has the freedom in thinking that God can be a leaf, a flower or a stone.
        This truth is recommended in the Vedas and advanced for effectiveness in the Upanishads by seers of the Upanishads, who have prophetic powers of Open Heavens. Here these pure souls confirm in truth, there is a central reality, who is all that is and beyond.
        India, as a people, has not lived up to that greatness, but instead, chose to continue with the primitive practices of yore in the name of religion.
        If religion is anything concerned with the practice of spiritual principles, its ultimate is the religion of Upaniṣhads. But, in this land of Upaniṣads, even after thousands of years since the culminating thoughts of rational spiritual philosophy were revealed, the religion of Upaniṣhads still remains a mere ideal.
        Upaniṣads contain the ultimate of spiritual philosophy beyond which no speculative enterprise can ever go. Indians are not utilising the strength of this supreme philosophy, even to a small extent.
        Resultantly, they remain vulnerable to the attacks of external ideals with lesser philosophic merit. The message in the above two verses is taken further to new heights in the ensuing verses.

    2. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Feeling Lonely in a Crowd
      These are individuals who focus attention inward and address negative thoughts that have built up inside their persona.
      The person has poor, faulty or inadequate adaptation skills, that make them feel isolated . There is lack of adjusting ability to even healthy situations. There is rejection of the Supreme Caretaker as well.
      Instead of reacting appropriately divine design, they view normal happenings through a maladaptive social cognition. With that come negative thoughts about self-worth and how other people perceive you – all this happens in the brain, that has rejected the ultimate parent of each of us!
      If left unrecognized, the affect becomes an emotional addiction to the belief in loneliness that is false, because we are each in the embrace of Mother Nature. It therefore presents as depression from loneliness from standing alone, which we are not!.
      Playing the victim is something that many such emotionally weak people tend to do, when things do not go their way. If in it for long, it becomes frozen in one’s persona.
      Make sure that you become self- aware of the signs that make you tend to play the victim and make you feel lonely and depressed. Learn to become a volunteer and play with children or join youngster youth clubs for profound discussions on how to transcend from “I-Me-Mine!”
      Do not hold grudges against parents, teachers or friends and diffuse jealousies, if any.
      We all have been given dutiful rules moral values to live by, while growing.
      Self respect comes from knowing our values. Live by them through actual action and watch for factual change in order to be true to yourself.
      Values are different for different people, but for the lonesome, one can gain real self respect by identifying with your own values.

    3. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Life in Existence for Happiness:
      Life is the entire period during which somebody is, has been, or will be alive.
      Existence in the physical world is one’s ability to adapt to the environment of the world, grow and reproduce. Health is a human’s ability to adapt to his or her environment.
      Therefore the quality of existence depends on the way life is lived, consciously and not reactively.
      Humans suffer because of failure to aspire to know the what, where, when, and how of existence, despite a Universal effort to make us all literate. Once made literate, few know how to combine that what is learned and what we alredy know causally, from past existences.
      We continually strive after things that do not give us lasting happiness. An intelligent one will come to the conclusion we are around for a greater purpose than to constantly try to make ourselves happy with beings and things.
      We have a greater purpose in life: volunteering ourselves to help those in need and end suffering throughout humanity.
      The “Buddhist view is that moral behavior flows naturally from mastering one’s ego and desires and cultivating loving kindness and compassion..
      “According to the Buddha, our destiny is neither controlled by God nor predetermined nor by accident.
      “However, the Buddha did say Kamma (karmic action) is a primary cause of our present life.”
      Hindus also affirm, that it is Karma that determines our life and our destiny”.
      Karma Yoga and Gyana Yoga therefore determine how much enlightenment we can find in a life worth living.

    4. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Lights of Knowledge and Wisdom:
      Spiritual Knowledge Is a part of ‘revealed literature’ (sruti) and therefore holds a reserved position in religious texts.
      Over many eons, generations with vision and strength to absorb their practical significance in a life well-lived did so for growth in their spiritual power.
      These ancestors made sure the lamp burns bright on theirs and many other altars. However, their light is illuminates only for the seeing eye.
      One needs to come to the conclusion that each religion is inextricably bound up with its culture and can grow to express themselves, individually and collectively. “Tolerance is the homage which the finite mind pays to the inexhaustibility of the Infinite.”
      Once defined by each faith, that Truth becomes a way of life, conforming with one’s thought. One reaches compliance with life based upon a spiritual and ethical outlook, but only within that group.
      Effort at living, is then based on comprehension and cooperation, despite diversity in humankind’s insight, about the one Supreme Reality.
      Therefore every religion is true, if its adherents sincerely and honestly follow it.
      Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

    5. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      What is the Purpose of the Upanishads and the Gita?
      The Upanishads are penned by authors who are Pure Souls, forever determined and single-mindedly striving, in the direction of the divine. They reveal to us, the seekers, their observations of majesty of the unseen.
      Because they are a part of Sruti or revealed literature they hold a reserved position of awe, by the likes of us: but they continue to inspire the wise with revelations not before considered.
      By the strength of their never-ending impact on Indian thought Upanishads have the power to constantly reach fresh clarification, for spiritual awakening, while on the Journey of Life. Many have experienced revitalization, resurgence and resumption; and a return on the Spiritual Path – it not, all in all, life is and was a journey in vain.
      In many of these homes, the fire (Agni) still burns brightly on their altars. Their Light is only for the seeing eye. Their message in Upanishads is for the Seeker after Truth.
      The Gita meanwhile appeals to the rational ‘self’ on its intellectual journey. It not only offers a subjective force of thought and a vision of majesty, but also because of its enthusiasm, triggers dedication and attractiveness. For many therefore, the Gita is faultless for spiritual awakening irrespective of religion or culture.
      The message is for all who must reach the same level of truth and goodness by adjustments to one another, through constructive comradeship, not negative tolerance.

    6. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      ‘Knowing’ SAT-CHIT-ANANDA by Becoming:
      All religious convictions run through rites and observances to
      put into practice their individual sacred philosophy. Their approach is to conciliate the God or gods of their judgment; or for positive bias for one’s physical well-being.
      This accession is made by singing praise to a God-form visualized in human form, and by making offering money, food and even valuables to induce and bribe this vaguely understood Power.
      All these are performances of mortals for achieving absolute protection in return for their offerings.
      Spiritualism does not approve of accession. God and gods are not glorified as or in the human form.
      It and they do not recognize possessions and appropriation of chattels as an aspiration of spiritual pursuit.
      They believe that long-lasting happiness is obtained only by living the life in conformity with the principle of Ātmā through the Karma of Dharma.
      The practitioner of Dharma is comfortable and feels an enhanced essence of SAT-CHIT-ĀNANDA within.
      If there is contradiction between the inner essence and the outer expression, life becomes a turmoil. Such karmas threaten peace and happiness of the person and society.
      The ultimate ruling principle of humanity is SAT-CHIT-ĀNANDA. It eventually intervenes. By churning out enough ‘opposite forces’ to limit such undesirable impacts on Existence-Consciousness-Happiness, itfinally assert itself.
      Opposite Forces are obstructions to natural flow of water in a river. When they (negativities) reach an intolerable level, water musters sufficient force and thrashes away all the obstructions with a violent sweep in the form of floods, tsunamis, storms, landslides, and avalanches.
      All egotistical pursuits in life yield retaliations by the ‘ruling principle’ called the Soul of Humanity.
      That ‘soul’ or ‘Atma’ needs Enlightenment and knowing the ‘ruling principle’ of Humanity – the Laws of Nature.
      Gīta prescribes this ‘knowing’ as the only goal to be pursued in life for ‘happiness’ by One and All.
      All our actions should comply with this knowing, understanding and experiencing the principle of Ātmā.
      Experiencing however can only be achieved by recognizing its presence and consciously feeling it in everything by meditation.
      Meditation is the only practice for such an experience but only after gaining simple knowledge about Ātmā

    7. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Start Training in Childhood in the How of Happiness:
      Aristotle was clear that humans arrive at moral virtue, for the most part, through practice and that the value of studying morally principled texts is limited.
      Moral virtue is a form of excellence inculcated through repeated practice.
      Only the morally courageous have the ability to face imagined self-created fears; this happens when making a habit of controlling egoistic wants and anger against oneself when unsuccessful.
      Practice, not knowledge and of course, study, is what makes one virtuous.
      Even eons ago, Aristotle took a strong interest in the education of the young, because there is only so much we can do to improve a malevolent adult; but we can more easily mold virtuous youths, by instilling the proper habits in them, from a young age.
      What might they be?
      The wise call it “Inculcate the emotional state of ‘happiness’ in all their activity!
      It translates into an ongoing flourishing emotional state of happiness, all the while living ethical values, rather than a state to be aspired for in the future.

    8. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      The Brain in Pleasure and Pain:
      If one has not been cultured in the ethics of life and living from early years of life, such ones are in an un-anchored boat, and the brain functions similarly.
      Without a foundation of directions, we are motivated and therefore driven towards all things and events in our social life that give us pleasure; and we avoid that which gives us pain.
      Some avoid the ‘no-no’s’ in life, because they fear the ‘unknown’ pain it may perhaps cause.
      However, that is not the complete truth. If fear of a ‘future’ pain is why one avoids illicit sources of pleasure, it is fear and not virtue that becomes the real power of motivation.
      The human frontal cortex has a primary function in thinking about the future. We are quite skilled at imagining what might happen when experiencing anticipatory emotions. This has proved helpful in our evolution/devolution, both moral and otherwise.
      Avoidance of pain from anticipated fear of things that may not happen, imposes a different type of stress. It allows others to persuade the brain to behave against its ethical ‘self.’
      Social conduct in humans with wavering ethical values make them subject to influence from friendly flattery, rather than behaving in righteous indignation against malicious sources of enjoyment.
      Dangerous behaviors is also what happens to the brain under the influence of non-virtuous karmic activities for pleasures. Discover Magazine posed the question “Why does being bad feel so good?” and describes research being done these days to explore the science of wrongdoing.
      Research into brain response connected with lust indicates that (in males at least) the response is all-encompassing. “All said, the most notable thing about lust [and other sins of a persona] is that it sets nearly the whole brain buzzing.“
      The signals are unique, distinctive, unmistakable and uncontrollable. This isn’t surprising…there is a biological and chemical aspect that shapes not only the present, but the future. The biochemical response can be addicting and destructive…
      Therefore begin early and nurture children and young youth on the ethics of normal attitude towards lust, want more than need, anger, greed, covetousness, pride and jealousy.

    9. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Objective of Learning Scriptures is to become skilled at working inside the Internal Worlds, about which, most remain confused in, and about, these mysterious Internal Worlds.
      We have not arrived on earth, fully developed. We lack all edifying elegance.
      A primordial undeveloped soul – has the will and force of the wind, but does not know it.
      It is an animal soul, untaught and untrained about the power of the soul, that enters the ‘wheel of Samsara;’ here it evolves and devolves through repeated reincarnations.
      Upanishads speak about the ‘thinking soul’ who know they command the godly Energies to create this world of multiplicity.
      At the peak of its evolutionary development the thinking soul becomes the intellectual soul.
      Those who read this blog are ‘intellectual souls’ because of the mindful intellect. The realm of influence only takes us to this limit.
      Any progress beyond is not possible because of Involuntary Absolution which does not take us to the Absolute.
      Some of us will reach the level of Angels and Archangels.
      Another minority will go into the Light just by doing nothing except through a mysterious Transmutation – both psychologically or physiologically.
      Each one of us has to incarnate their own Christ or Krishna at the kutastha.
      This needs to be taught through Knowledge, and connected through Wisdom, with our Inner Buddha.
      That is a symbol of Inner Life of Enlightenment, which we all aspire to see in real life. It is about the illumination of the mind.
      Each serious monk or saddhu has his or her own individual particular Buddha.
      There is a realization that ‘everything outside are forces in the cosmos and they are inside of us also’: Meaning, ‘The micro-cosmos within is the same macro-cosmos outside.’
      Self-realized masters are extraordinary beings that are extensions of God himself/herself. True Masters become channels of energy of the cosmos, and incarnate on this Earth to express their wisdom. They exist with us as Ascended Masters.
      But that Force, that Energy that they channelize in and for us, is also inside of everybody.
      These Masters know we have them in potentiality.
      Only if we work with them and put them into activity will we become Self-realized and become like them.
      Nature, mechanically, will not do that for us. The work of transmutation is self-motivated and therefore proves useful to one and all.

      1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

        Plumbing & De-Rooting Bad Habits through Memory:
        Whenever we desire to remember the source of any bad habit, we have to make an intuitive exertion upon and into the subconscious. This is where deep memories become embedded during the many rebirths a mortal takes, over time and space.
        When and while going up and down into the depths of the different and many levels of subconsciousness, the soul must pick up the right sought-after fixation-hidden-affinities and tendencies, amid a curious jumble of diverse and different unrelated topics and themes.
        Moving along the different pigeon-holes in the subconscious, mind recollection or memory, brings the right thing which is being recruited, to the level of normal consciousness.
        The subconscious mind or chitta has the ability to pick up the right thing from a heap of various matters. This is because mind allows one idea only, at a time, to enter the mental factory, through the mind door .
        The subconscious mind brings to the threshold of the conscious mind, during an act of Smriti (remembering a memory), the right thing at the right moment, while suppressing all others. It serves the part of a censor and allows only relevant memories to pass by.
        Who is the driver for these dual minds? Who created these? It is the magnanimous Being within!
        The forgotten ‘something’ flashes out to the conscious mind.
        The Samskaras about a particular thing had sunk deep and even ‘forgotten!’.
        The Chitta, which is the storehouse of Samskaras (and whose function is memory), has to exert a bit, to analyse and sort and bring the sought-after issue, to the surface of the conscious mind, through the trapdoor.
        After some exertion, revival of the old Samskaras takes place and the forgotten idea, or name of a person, which you wished to recollect sometime back, suddenly flashes to the conscious or objective mind.
        But why the dis-remembering?

  2. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Worldwide Effects of Recent Economic and Political Changes
    The old historical journeys of Rajahs, Emperors, Kings, Pharaohs, whether in India, Egypt, Persia, or China were historically descended from Gods to become kings; and then forward, to elected regional political leaders. It has now resulted in several conflicts of interest, by political figures, from specialization of portfolios.
    India, when ruled by hundreds of small kingdoms, protected its natural wealth more than we are protecting it as a democratic nation now and today. Division of labor and division of work are both part of ‘Control Management’ based on the principles of job specialization and dividing labor. These ‘work specialization in organizations have existed in old civilizations, for a long time.
    It happens only of recent decades that departments and ministries are clashing with each other when their individual agendas disturbs relationships and compromise potentials. It is such cases that are increasing in numbers . Disputes between work ethics and development have been mounting exponentially, throughout the nation.
    When India’s markets opened in the 1990s there was a free flow of goods and services between countries. Suddenly, the Nation saw an artificial delusion of unlimited supply of nature’s resources. This false figment of their imagination entered the mind-set of all consumers at all strata of life.
    “If it is not available here, we can always export or import it from elsewhere in the world,” is therefore, today, an irresponsible attitude throughout the nation.
    The corporate world is more focused on sustainability of businesses at the expense of destroying culturally-proven practices. These, to the rich owning Corporate Businesses does not make the wanted impact needed to heal the country or this earth
    Bathing in the Ganges has been a practice, going on for thousands of years, but in the last eight decades the river has become polluted. This downhill state comes from attitudinal changes towards caring for natural resources of rivers, groundwater conservation and preserving forests. For years, India was the ‘dumping ground’ of Western Industrial Nations.
    All metros in India are becoming unhealthy dumping grounds for huge wastes. Small villages where people do not complain yet has led to reckless waste dumping near water resources in a superficially educated nation.
    Bharat’s original foundation is built on Karmic laws. Nature (prakriti) is interlinked with Brahma the Creator. Uncivilized violations against Nature comes with fires, earthquakes, floods, droughts, and landslide. There is no ‘forgiveness’ for such illiteracy.
    No lessons are learned and inexperienced teachers have not been of any value as deterrents for such behaviors. Few are even aware there are in Nature indigenous laws to promote healthy living. Knowledge about life cycles of natural resources and raw materials from source connect people with the food they eat and the land it comes from.
    Until citizens of the land understand how we provoke violations and damages to nature we will not foresee healing.
    As Swami Vivekananda remarked, India’s everlasting message to the world, that is, her life-breath for thousands of years, is religion, nothing else.
    Any government or private institution not addressing this basic cultural need of the Indian masses is destined to fail eventually.
    Religion and nature interact at deeper levels, so this connection must be reminded, amid the modern mantra of materialism. Cultural departments and spiritual heads of institutions must arrive at a consensus deciding to care for nature as a top priority and deliver the sustainability message everywhere that explains to the public and promotes sustainable living at individual levels and sustainable manufacturing at the industrial and business levels.

  3. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Neurology of Awareness Needed for Meditation
    Despite the dominance of science and technology in our modern world we are still way behind in understanding the ultimate reality of the creation of the human being. We don’t know who controls this universe. And if it is god, then who controls god? What is its origin or source of human creation? Questions about the reality of life, death, soul, spirituality, concept of time and of existence has baffled us for thousands of years. Modern science provides tools that enable us to sharpen these old questions, but it generates new arguments. Journal of Psychology and Theology http://www.rosemead.edu
    Most of the metaphysical questions are still as far from a final answer as they were when Plato and Aristotle were asking them. Excelling in scientific knowledge is an obligation and an honour.
    The generation of any seed embraces many challenges. The human seed or embryo will not arrive with the value of that seed. This embryo arrives enclosed in a protective outer covering. It now undergoes formation as part of a process of reproduction. The ripened embryo that will now undergo growth within the mother. http://www.nytimes.com. The question is, does the seed have Awareness?
    One of the big stumbling blocks to answering how the brain generates consciousness is that neuroscience lacks a cohesive framework for linking micro and macro events in the brain.
    However, Baroness Susan Greenfield believes this is changing through an increasingly accepted concept called, ‘neuronal assemblies’.
    The Science of Neuronal assemblies is now defined as large-scale, highly transient coalitions of brain cells, which link local events in single cells with large-scale events in macro brain regions. The brain area differences could be correlated with variable degrees of thought, emotions and regulatory body activities or Awareness or Consciousness.
    A neuroscientific approach to consciousness.Greenfield SA1, Collins http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

  4. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Consciousness:
    For a neuroscientist, Consciousness defies any formal working definition. It is distinct from self-consciousness or Awareness: when experiencing an emotion or accessing a opinion, from a subjective, Aware state.
    This subjective state of Awareness existing perception is not an exclusive property of the human brain. When analysed, there is no obvious qualitative or quantitative transformation in the anatomy or the physiology of the central nervous system.
    There is no clear developmental line crossing when the brain grows in the womb. There is no single or special noticeable change in brain physiology. Consciousness does not happen at birth time. When Consciousness enter the foetus it is obviously filled with self-Awareness.
    A believable scientific view of Consciousness is that it is not a different property of the brain, but is a consequence of a quantitative increase in the complexity of the human brain i.e. Consciousness will grow as the brains grows. Therefore, Consciousness is a part and parcel of the brain! How then are we to determine the physiological beginning of Consciousness in the brain?
    Networks of conscious experience: computational neuroscience in understanding life, death, and consciousness.
    Leisman G and Koch P. tried to demonstrate brain locations to correlate with Consciousness. They found brain activity is associated with consciousness as an emergent property in the brain’s neural networks in the 10 weeks embryo . The neural network activities by then correlate with mental states, with synchronous oscillations in the thalamus and cerebral cortex to bind information. Consciousness emerges as a property of computational complexity among neurons. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
    Consciousness is by nature and by definition is a subjective experience of an ‘inner life.’ It – binds brain activity with a sense of self. This ‘Oneness’ is difficult to explain because it is a transition infra-conscious or pre-conscious state to subconscious and then to Consciousness experienced retrospectively after a deep sleep.
    Consciousness is non-computable. It does not happen randomly nor is it unambiguously algorithmic. Consciousness cannot be replicated by free will. Neurons and their chemical synapses are the fundamental units of information in the brain, and that conscious experience emerges when a critical level of complexity is reached in the brain’s neural networks.
    The basic idea is that the Mind is a computer functioning in the brain. Consciousness engages Awareness of what we are sensing or experiencing, our ability to control or coordinate voluntary actions.
    These issues of life, death, and consciousness are discussed in the context of http://www.mike theheadlesschicken.org, who survived for 18 months, with high degrees of intellectual and cognitive function in an anencephalic brain.
    In the reanimation work of Soviet scientists in the 1920-30s, used auditory sentence processing in comatose, vegetative, and minimally conscious states through dendritic-dendritic processing;. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20157986

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