Jeevan is a constitutionally complete atom, it is a conscious unit. Now the question comes – who creates jeevan? So far we have (incorrectly) based our thinking on assumption that for anything there has to be some creator and destroyer. This also became the premise of scientific endeavour – that we humans can also create something and destroy something. This thinking that we could create something and destroy something has led us to great deal of frustration. Some nations say that we can make atom bomb, while some say that they can’t make – this thinking cannot be the basis of equality among nations. Equality is in accordance with (emergence in) existence. Existence is a co-existential harmony. If we do anything which is unnatural (out of tune with co-existential harmony) it is bound to face opposition from one place or another. It happened in the case of business, since its premises are not in tune with co-existential harmony, it became obsessed with profit and got into the vicious cycle of comparison. That which is ‘less’ in one person’s view, is ‘more’ in the view of another - and they continue fighting. This thinking could not result in a healthy and happy human living anywhere. Therefore, in order to lead healthy and happy life human being ought to live with the way of having values (in themselves) and appreciating values (in others). First stage of such living is – Understanding (of existence as co-existential harmony), second stage is Honesty (to have integrity in thought, word and deed), third stage is Responsibility (by recognizing one’s role in the universal order), and fourth stage is Participation (to deliver according to one’s role). These are the four stages for human being to evidence their understanding. The content of understanding is under three headings – knowledge of jeevan, holistic view of existence and humane conduct. I explained how jeevan is – that it is eternal, aspires for happiness and it could evidence happiness only in human tradition. The first step is to understand jeevan – which is called as “Jeevan Vidya”. The carrier and bearer of Vidya (knowledge) is Jeevan. There are three aspects of Knowledge:- 1. The Content of Knowledge: - Knowledge is about whole existence, and jeevan is an inseparable part of existence. 2. Knowledge itself: - the cognisance that happens in jeevan. 3. Knower: - Human being is the knower.
What is it that needs to be understood? Its answer is – whole existence in the form of co-existential harmony itself is there to be understood. The carrier and bearer of knowledge is jeevan, while the one who evidences knowledge is human being. Human being is a combined form of jeevan and body. In this way, the significance of human being, significance of jeevan and co-existence becomes clear. Co-existence (harmony) is the way of existence. Development (direction for further progress) is the way (imperative) of co-existence. Jeevan (expression of consciousness) is the way development gets manifested. Awakening is the way (imperative) of jeevan. The world is the observable reality for awakening. Physiochemical formation and deformation are interrelated events and all events in the world are part of eternal presence of existence. You will not find any point of time in existence ever when there was no material activity of formation and deformation. It is jeevan who is the seer of all these formation and deformation activities. The entity that sees and understands is jeevan only. Body has no cognisance function. The part of body which is not made alive by jeevan becomes numb, and there is no susceptibility to external stimuli of hot or cold there. Another example, under anaesthesia one gets no cognisance of whatever cutting and stitching happens on body during surgery. Therefore we understand, the sensory recognition happens only in those parts of body which jeevan keeps alive. When jeevan becomes curious (desirous to know) for its own fulfilment only then it understands (makes effort to understand) truth, purpose and reality. That was the reason the need arose in me of understanding jeevan. This need is there in rich as well as poor, in strong as well as weak, in old as well as young.
- Excerpt from English Translation of Jeevan Vidya - Ek Parichaya