‘I am unborn. I only exist as a result of your imagination’ – Swami Chinmayananda
I heard this phrase uttered by Swami Swatmananda ( https://www.chinmayamissionmumbai.com/chinmaya/our-acharyas/swami-swatmananda) during my brief attendance of his talk on Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda at the 100th birthday celebrations today ( 8th May 2016) at Sandeepany Sadhnalaya, Powai, Mumbai.
Mind and thoughts play a vital role in our lives. Mind is the reservoir of thoughts as a result of past experience and as a result of imagination about ourselves and others around us. Now, this is also ‘psychology’ in terms of pure science. Wikipedia states .. ‘Psychology is the study of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.’
When Swami Chinmayananda says that ‘I am unborn and only exist as a result of your imagination (about me)’ .. he is absolutely right to do so. So this fact of being unborn can be used to your benefit as well as to your detriment. Thoughts are also destructive .. I mean they are self-destructive if they are not rightly monitored by your intellect. But, thoughts are powerful enough to create a new world around you, or a happy family around you, or even build a heaven to live in .. Needless to say, thoughts alone can help you to realize your true self. Self realization is nothing but a state of expanded consciousness.
Wikipedia states ..
“In one overview, Mortimer Adler defines self-realization as freedom from external coercion, including cultural expectations, political and economic freedom, and the freedom from worldly attachments and desires etc. Paramahansa Yogananda defined Self-realization as “the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.”
Now, there is a belief that thoughts are not our own and they arise from a bed of thoughts in vicinity and we chose to ‘accept or reject’ them at every moment i.e, we get to decide to act on these thoughts or not. In this context, it does confirm that one can strive for self realization. Hence, self realization has to be sought for but one needs to be patient to let the process unfold itself in its evolutionary steps. Here comes to play the ‘grace of god’ because evolution cannot be expedited or slackened .. it is purely as a result of Nature.
American Spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen has written a lot on evolutionary enlightenment .. I am as much curious to know about the extent of freedom one gains from such enlightenment. Will it mean freedom from the cycle of birth and death? ..