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Body to Buddhahood: The Way Out

There are three layers to our Being. And they are: Doing, Thinking, and Feeling
. The first layer of our being is doing. We do things through our hands and legs. This is the doing aspect of our being. Doing is physical. This is the physical layer of our being. This is our Physical Quotient. The second layer is thinking. This is the mental layer of our being. This is the thinking layer of our being. This is our intellectual layer. This is the mind of the being. This determines our Intellectual Quotient. The feeling is the third layer. It is our emotional layer. This is the heart of the being. And this determines our Emotional Quotient.

The doing aspect is nothing but the manifestation of our thoughts and emotions. We generally think that we are doing things. But some where deep down, that doing is nothing but the manifestation of our thoughts and emotions. The thoughts can either be negative or positive. The emotions also can either be positive or negative. Each layer has its own cause and effect phenomenon. The effect has its roots in the cause. And the cause manifests as an effect. Sometimes we may get angry and get agitated and this may result in abusing or hitting somebody. The effect of hurting somebody by either abusing verbally or hitting physically is an effect of the cause of negative thinking and negative emotions. The cause manifests in an effect. The cause could be subtle and the effect could be gross. The cause may not be visible and the effect of the cause may be visible. In the ancient scriptures the thoughts and emotions are indicated either by way of a snake or by way of waves of an ocean as metaphors. The thoughts are like the floating waves in the ocean. The emotions are serpentine like the snake. They are always moving. They are always fleeting. The very word emotions is nothing but something that is moving and changing. The word mood-swings has also been derived from this root word emotion. We have seen the agitated state of the ocean and also the silent state of the ocean. Since the thoughts and emotions are changing and moving, the transformation of these thoughts and emotions is possible. The whole process of transformation of these thoughts and emotions from negative to positive and then to neutral is a part of the process of Meditation or Dhyana. This is a part of our spiritual journey. The neutral state simply means that now I am in full command and control of both the positive and negative states. Now both the states are at my command and control. In this state we can have a top view of the whole situation and strike a balance. In this state we can have a birds eye view of the whole thing. In this sate we can have a total control of our whole being.


Let us take one example of a tight rope walker. The whole balancing act of a tight rope walker is a big learning curve. Initially he tries and falls. He again tries and fails. This goes on and on until he achieves a balancing state. He learns this art by and by. And ultimately he becomes a Master of his own art. To achieve this balancing act on the rope he takes the help of a pole. This pole helps him in creating a balance. When he leans towards the left he moves the pole towards the right and when he leans towards the right he moves the pole towards the left. This third thing and an external thing helps him achieve the balance. This pole acts like a Meditation. There are three positions in the whole process - the left, the right, and the middle. The whole process of Dhyana or Meditation strikes this balance.

Let us take second example, of a car. The car has three gears. The gear is actually one but has three states. The forward gear, the backward gear, and the neutral gear. Both the forward and the backward gears have their route through a common center called the neutral. In the beginning when the car was discovered there was only a forward gear and there was no backward gear because the neutral was not yet discovered. The drivers of the car had to take a round about journey because there was no backward gear. The neutral or balanced state of the mind is not to be taken in that ordinary and negative sense. It is a more stronger and stable state. All these three states of the gear have their own importance and utility. A better driver of a car is one who has mastered the use and application of all these three states. The whole process of observing and learning acts like a Meditation or Dhyana. This eventually results into a mastery of the art of driving.

Let us take a third example, of an atomic structure. Look at the whole atomic structure. There are electrons, protons, and neutrons in the atom. The electrons are negatively charged particles and are in the outermost orbit of the atom. This actually is the periphery of the atom. The protons and neutrons are in the nucleus. They are at the very center of the atom. The protons are positively charged particles. And the neutrons are no-charge or neutrally charged particles. They are in the very core of the atom. The protons are more powerful than the electrons. And the neutrons are even more powerful than the electrons and the protons. And as we move towards the center the power increases. The power is less at the periphery and the power is more at the center. And the scientists say that the core of an atom is the most powerful. It is a power center of the being of an atom.


Our own being is also similar to the being of an atom. This is our psychic being. The physical being is only a manifestation. In the outermost orbit of our being are the negative thoughts and negative emotions. The center of our being is like the nucleus of an atom. At the center of our being are the positive thoughts and positive emotions. And at the very center of our being are the neutral or balanced thoughts and emotions. The very center of our being is a state of silence. And the silence is neither negative nor positive. It is beyond both. It is in this sate of silence that we experience the divine.


As we move towards the center of our being the power increases. The emotional quotient is more powerful than the physical quotient and the intellectual quotient. The intellectual quotient is more powerful than the physical quotient. The physical quotient is only a manifestation of our intellectual quotient and emotional quotient. The mind is more powerful that the body. And the heart is even more powerful than the body and the mind. At the very center of our being is our soul. The soul is our spiritual center. This is the power center of our being. This center of our being is an infinite reservoir of spiritual energy. It is a power center of empathy, love, compassion, intuition and intelligence. As we move on this spiritual path, slowly and slowly, by and by, we will attain to the state of infinite spiritual energy. In this state we come to know that our whole being is directed and guided by our soul. One day this state becomes our self-realization. The Vedas and Upanishads have proclaimed this state as the state of a Sthithaprajna. This is the state of our true being. In this state we simply become like a hollow bamboo, like a bamboo flute and allow the divine to sing the divine song through our being. This is called the Body-Being. This is a process of moving from the Body to the Being. This is where Buddha said that our Body is a door to our Buddhahood. We all are living to attain to this state ultimately. This state determines our Spiritual Quotient. And all this is possible only through right thinking, right feeling, and right doing. This is our true Being.

Spiritual Quotient (SQ) = Intellectual Quotient (IQ) + Emotional Quotient (EQ).

This is where the Vedas say, “Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavathi. That is, you become what you think and you become what you feel. This is exactly where Buddha says, As you think, so you become. Buddhahood is our true nature and we can not be anything otherwise.
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