for his tireless work over decades
as we together explored
and tried to make sense
of the human mystical experience
for showing me
that all historical traditions
are just branches
of the One Great Tradition
and to Shilpa
for travelling with me
and always supporting me
on this strange journey
that we call our life
1. The Part and the Fragment
2. The Observer and the Observed
3. The Ground of all Being
4. Creation and Evolution
5. Mind and Matter
7. Evolution and Transformation
8. The Transformed Being
• The Model applied to Hinduism
• The Model applied to Buddhism (Mahayana)
• The Model applied to Taoism
• The Model applied to Judaism (Kabbalah)
• The Model applied to Christianity
• The Model applied to Neoplatonism
• The Model applied to the philosophy of Krishnamurti
• The Model applied to the philosophy of Aurobindo
• The Model applied to the work of Adi Da
In 1984, while a Mathematics student at Warwick University, I began to seriously practice Buddhist meditation under the guidance of various Buddhist monks who would periodically visit the university, a practice that would continue unabated for the next thirty-four years.
At this time, I also discovered the writings of the Indian mystic Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose teachings bore a strong resemblance to what I was learning and experiencing as a Buddhist. Krishnamurti’s descriptions of what he referred to as “choiceless awareness” mirrored almost exactly the techniques of Buddhist meditation (vipassana and zazen) that I was practicing.
“Observe, and in that observation there is neither the “observer” nor the “observed” – there is only observation taking place.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti ("Fear and Pleasure", The Collected Works, Vol. X)
As a student of Applied Mathematics, I had a basic familiarity with the concepts of quantum mechanics, and I began to notice certain similarities between some of the findings of quantum physics and some of the insights and teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, the school of Buddhism to which I was the most attracted.
“"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter."”
– Max Planck (Originator of Quantum Theory)
Soon after this, I discovered the writings of David Bohm, one of the greatest living physicists and quantum theorists, who was developing a theory of reality in which, like Krishnamurti had already asserted, the observer and the observed were deeply interconnected, and like in Mahayana Buddhism, the whole of the manifest universe emerges or arises out of a deeper order of reality or wholeness in which both consciousness and matter find their common ground.
“In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the "explicate" or "unfolded" order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders” – David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order. p. xv.