Are ‘You’ The Seer, The Seen or The Seeing?

Gullible conversations between Calvin and Hobbes do keep us hooked, don’t they?

This one was featured yesterday in the DC’s coffee-break section. While I went through it, I found Calvin very relatable and naive and the answer of Hobbes had a striking effect on me. For a minute, I found the conversation between them to be that of a seeker to a saint.

BTW, who do you think is the Real Person?

  1. The person in the puddle (or)
  2. The Person looking into the puddle

Which is the truth/reality?

  1. The Ripple-less Puddle reflecting the person the “truth’ (or)
  2. The reflection of the person the ‘truth’ (or)
  3. The person himself is the Truth

The Vedic philosophers would say that the “person’ should be the reality; for only in the presence of the Person, the Reflection and Puddle can be known.

Okay, Let us assume

  • the Clear Puddle to the Mind/Drik/Seeing,
  • Calvin to the Seer/Drashta/Subject and
  • the Reflection of Calvin to the Seen/Drishyam/Object

Like a learned person, Hobbes goes on to say that if you were the reflection then the minute the reflection of the world moves from the mind, the world too should disappear. Or is it the other way round?

If you see any truth to that, then a new set of questions should arise:

  • Can the Mind survive without the reflections?
  • Will the Observer disappear too?
  • Does the duality of the Trinity(seer, seeing & seen) really exist?

Let me ask you this: Can we call someone an observer when he is not actively observing something? Can the observer be separated from the act of observing and the observation itself? I think so. As the act of seeing & the seen only comes when there is a seer who wishes to see a thing, right.

The seer with or without the sight could exist but the act of seeing and the seen is dependent upon him. Like the saying, we only see what we wish to see and not the reality. So, I believe we can safely say that seen and the seeing are because of the Seer.

You might wonder so much for that fictional comic characters. Yeah, I am guilty of that but when you are interested in a subject that kind of streamlines your thought process. It is all good as far as I believe my way is not the only way to seek the truth 🙂

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Longing Will Only End…

Longing for a thing will only come to an end when we finally understand that the ‘Thing’ is neither us nor it is going to last forever. That ‘Thing’ can be our body, our people, our wealth, or whatever vapid that we are pining for.

Until this gets into our head, neither will the longing stop nor the desire to amass things will end. We can talk and write infinite things around it, but we can never put a step further from where we stand.

Worry Not, for the mind can still operate without attributing ‘IT’ to be whatever it has been falsely taught it is. In fact, it can guide us better when ‘IT’ realizes that it is not the one who is performing the feats. Really. You have to experience that to believe it.

The problem with us is that we keep running as if there is a finish line. But do we see one? Has anyone who ran before us seen it? Nevertheless, we keep running and panting till we crash.

With racing, we conveniently stopped thinking and thereby adding layers of personalities around one poor mind. It now carries a lot of baggage of varied characteristics that not only commands its attention but also consumes its energy while protecting them.

But what if we could take a moment and think whether we are as complex as we made ourselves to be. Is there another way of running the race? or Are we really in a race?

Why do I not see a finish line? What am I running for? How much ever I run and whatever trophies I had won, had it made me happy? Has that happiness lasted?

I think sometimes it is better to stop and ask these. We are so consumed in this run, that at times we end up destroying others dreams on the way. All because of our wrong identifications and blindly conforming to whatever we were told.

It is really something that we should ponder upon.

And, an interesting chapter in Gita on the same subject:

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha

Idaṁ śharīraṁ kaunteya kṣhetram ity abhidhīyate

etad yo vetti taṁ prāhuḥ kṣhetra-jña iti tad-vidaḥ//B.G 13.2

O Arjuna, this body is termed as kṣhetra (the field of activities), and the one who knows this body is called kṣhetrajña (the knower of the field) by the sages who discern the truth about both.