Intelligence VS Memory in Hinduism
Are Men more intelligent than women or women more intelligent them men?The question itself makes no sense and only an unintelligent,superstitious man can think in such shallow direction.
The first hymn of Rig Veda is written by a woman and so is the conclusion of the Vedas(Vedanta) or Upanishad is also the contribution of women of India.While some men have very broad vision and some have shallow vision.The ignorance in some men relates to domination hence religion sometimes take ugly forms of suppression.
If you read the original Vedanta,it is not at all suppression to anyone.
Why is there so much disturbance, so much fighting and quarreling in the name of God? There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause, because people never went to the fountain-head; they were content only to give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, and wanted others to do the same. What right has a man to say he has a soul if he does not feel it, or that there is a God if he does not see Him? If there is a God we must see Him, if there is a soul we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite..—-Swami Vivekananda
“What is intelligence? Is it a state far beyond the mind and its limits?” Yes. Intelligence is not of the mind; intelligence is one of the qualities of your being. But mind is being used as a vehicle for it; hence the confusion. People think intelligence is of the mind — it comes through the mind. Mind is the instrument for its expression. Mind itself is only a bio-computer. It has a memory system just as any computer has: you feed the memory system and the mind keeps the memory. But memory is not intelligence. Intelligence is the clear insight into things about which you don’t have any information. Memory can function only about those things which are known to you — but life consists of the known, of the unknown, and of the unknowable. As far as the known is concerned, memory is enough.That’s what all your universities and all your educational systems are doing: they are simply feeding your memory with more and more information, and whatever is known to your memory system, you will answer immediately. That answer does not prove that you are intelligent.Intelligence is known only when you encounter the Soul, about which you don’t have any memory, any knowledge, any information beforehand. When you encounter the Soul, that is the point which is decisive. How do you respond? You can respond intelligently or you can respond stupidly.
Is there a God who sends Prophets,Avtars etc….The answer is no….All religions are Human made…and the more you go closer to your real self or Soul or realize that you are the free soul….the more accurate method you can give…Veda means knowledge….Knowledge is infinite…Where is the Vedas or infinite knowledge….In you….
Disciple: On the attainment of the absolute and transcendent Nirvikalpa Samadhi can none return to the world of duality through the consciousness of Egoism?
Vivekananda Shri Ramakrishna used to say that the Avataras alone can descend to the ordinary plane from that state of Samadhi, for the good of the world. Ordinary Jivas do not; immersed in that state, they remain alive for a period of twenty — one days; after that, their body drops like a sere leaf from the tree of Samsara (world).
Disciple: When in Samadhi the mind is merged, and there remain no waves on the surface of consciousness, where then is the possibility of mental activity and returning to the world through the consciousness of Ego? When there is no mind, then who will descend from Samadhi to the relative plane, and by what means?
Vivekananda: The conclusion of the Vedanta is that when there is absolute samadhi and cessation of all modifications, there is no return from that state; as the Vedanta Aphorism says: “[(Sanskrit)]– there is non — return, from scriptural texts.” But the Avataras cherish a few desires for the good of the world. By taking hold of that thread, they come down from the super-conscious to the conscious state.
Disciple: But, sir, if one or two desires remain, how can that state be called the absolute, transcendent Samadhi? For the scriptures say that in that state all the modifications of the mind and all desires are stamped out.
Vivekananda: How then can there be projection of the universe after Mahapralaya (final dissolution)? At Maha — pralaya everything is merged in the Brahman(Soul). But even after that, one hears and reads of creation in the scriptures, that projection and contraction (of the universe) go on in wave forms. Like the fresh creation and dissolution of the universe after Mahapralaya, the super-conscious and conscious states of Avataras also stand to reason.
Disciple: If I argue that at the time of dissolution the seeds of further creation remain almost merged in Brahman(Soul), and that it is not absolute dissolution or Nirvikalpa Samadhi?
Vivekananda: Then I shall ask you to answer how the projection of the universe is possible from Brahman(soul) in which there is no shadow of any qualification — which is unaffected and unqualified
Disciple: Why, this is but a seeming projection. The reply to the question is given in the scriptures in this way, that the manifestation of creation from Brahman(Soul) is only an appearance like the mirage in the desert, but really there has been no creation or anything of the kind. This illusion is produced by Maya, which is the negation of the eternally existing Brahman(Soul), and hence unreal.
Vivekananda: If the creation is false, then you can also regard the Nirvikalpa Samadhi of Jiva and his return therefrom as seeming appearances. Jiva is Brahman(soul) by his nature. How can he have any experience of bondage? Your desire to realize the truth that you are Brahman(Soul) is also a hallucination in that case — for the scripture says, “You are already that.” Therefore, “[(Sanskrit)]– this is verily your bondage that you are practicing the attainment of Samadhi.”
Disciple: This is a great dilemma. If I am Brahman(Soul), why don’t I always realize it?
Vivekananda: In order to attain to that realization in the conscious plane, some instrumentality is required. The mind is that instrument in us. But it is a non — intelligent substance. It only appears to be intelligent through the light of the Atman(Soul) behind. Therefore the author of the Panchadashi (III.40) says: “[(Sanskrit)]– the Shakti appears to be intelligent by the reflection of the intelligence of the Atman(Soul).” Hence the mind also appears to us like an intelligent substance. Therefore it is certain that you won’t be able to know the Atman, the Essence of Intelligence, through the mind. You have to go beyond the mind — for only the Atman(Soul) exists there — there the object of knowledge becomes the same as the instrument of knowledge. The knower, knowledge, and the instrument of knowledge become one and the same.It is therefore that the Shruti says, “[(Sanskrit)]– through what are you to know the Eternal Subject?” The real fact is that there is a state beyond the conscious plane, where there is no duality of the knower, knowledge, and the instrument of knowledge etc. When the mind is merged, that state is perceived. I say it is “perceived,” because there is no other word to express that state. Language cannot express that state. Shankaracharya has styled it “Transcendent Perception” (Aparokshanubhuti). Even after that transcendent perception Avataras descend to the relative plane and give glimpses of that — therefore it is said that the Vedas and other scriptures have originated from the perception of Seers. The case of ordinary Jivas is like that of the salt — doll which attempting to sound the depths of the ocean melted into it. Do you see? The sum and substance of it is — you have only got to know that you are Eternal Soul.
You are already that, only the intervention of a non — intelligent mind (which is called Maya in the scriptures) is hiding that knowledge. When the mind composed of subtle matter is quelled, the Atman is effulgent by Its own radiance. One proof of the fact that Maya or mind is an illusion is that the mind by itself is non — intelligent and of the nature of darkness; and it is the light of the Atman behind, that makes it appear as intelligent. When you will understand this, the mind will merge in the unbroken Ocean of Intelligence; then you will realize “[(Sanskrit)]– this Atman or Soul is Brahman or God”