Innovation gives us the ability to tap into higher sources of knowledge. Scientists and technologists have the sharpest minds. The proof: tangible benefits of their creativity have emerged with the invention of satellites, cell phones, and other communication systems.
They may not be aware of it, but they are more than inventors, scientists and technologists, because they are also jnana yogis. Jnana yoga is a path that seeks to develop the mind, both concrete and abstract, to gain knowledge and deepen understanding of life and its purpose, leading to enlightenment.
In many ways, modern jnana yogis have the opportunity to stand at the forefront of evolution, using their well-honed reasoning and intuitive skills to enter solutions to problems such as global warming, universal peace, and other conundrums.
The Laws of Nature that scientists come to understand and harness reflect Divine Laws.
Think of it: radio, the Internet and other communication devises, are physical expressions of humanity’s level of omniscience. Harnessing the power of the atom, or nuclear power, is an expression of humanity’s mental creativity to access Divine Laws of Omnipotence.
Education concentrates on concrete mental development. Students learn number facts and how to draw conclusions according to Scientific Method. This is a good start, but it does not awaken the power of the abstract mind. Innovation comes with the ability to tap into higher sources of knowledge.
Despite their mental brilliance, scientists and technologists face blind spots – about how their inventions will be used. Developing the fuller potential of their abstract mind to find win-win solutions can help them overcome this pitfall. Greater abstract awareness leads to higher consciousness to recognise potential hazards.
How do you develop your abstract mind? Meditation can open new doors to higher awareness. But, meditation practices used by jnana yogis need to be relatively short and easy to practice. Here’s one example:
- Sit comfortably with your spine erect.
- Release stress with Synchronised Breathing, or breathing your stresses out to the ocean.
- Be playful. Use your creative intelligence and imagination, but not concrete visualisation. Just let ideas, images or concepts flow naturally. Entertain each thought lightly and do not be attached to its correctness or wrongness.
- Now ask yourself:
- Who is bigger and more powerful than you are? Your Soul, your Spirit, or your city, may come to mind. Continue breathing slowly and deeply as you ask:
- Who is bigger and more powerful than your city, Soul or Spirit? Let’s say your country. Now ask:
- Who is bigger and more powerful than your country, your city or your Soul? The Earth might follow. Now ask:
- Who is bigger and more powerful than the Earth, your country, your city, your Soul?
- As you continue, the next answer may include the Galaxy, Cosmos, Universe, Absolute and Infinite, eternal, ultimate and beyond.
- As your awareness expands, you may experience “suchness,” “everythingness,” “don’t-know-anything-aboutness,” or samadhi.
The mind can be a powerful tool for greater illumination of the consciousness to tap into the unknown. Jnana yogis a la our scientists are very good at this. By discerning the impact of their work through Quest Meditation, they are better able to serve evolution as great pioneers. This is something you’d do, too!
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