Sunday, 7 January 2018

Technology and Spirituality

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Is Technology emulating the ways of the spiritual world? Is Technology (re)teaching us ways on how to grow spiritually?

There are a few glaring similarities that I would like to share here. To understand this better you would require some knowledge on spirituality and software programming or technology.

1.       Software Programming: If conditions and Loops

Universe is a huge complex program with all life forms acting as programmed entities. This complex program can also be referred to as the universal grid which can be accessed by all entities living on Earth. At every decision point in its life, an entity lands on a set of predefined paths. Awareness of all the paths and the ability to choose the right path is dependent on the knowledge gathered by the entity. Lets contextualize these entities to humans.

Every human has accumulated knowledge which is used while taking a decision. The more informed you are, the probability of choosing the right path is higher. Every possible path for a decision or action is already present in the program. There may be millions of if conditions at every step. If I said ‘Yes’ to this job, then I take this path, else I take the other path. Even though the paths are predefined, the decision on which path to take is ours. Karma says, ‘your future is decided on the actions you have taken previously’. This is the way the universe is programmed. You take the decision and enter into one of the predefined paths. We spend most of our early years learning about right and wrong to make us capable enough to take the right decisions when needed. This emphasises on how important a childhood is. If your foundation is strong, you choose the right path sooner.

Among these paths, some of them are loops. Loops take you back where you started. Most times, people don’t realize it, or even if they do realize that life has gone backwards, they still continue making the same mistake and enter the same loop again. If these loops span long, then it is really hard to notice it. But with shorter loops, you should be able to observe the pattern and choose a different path the next time round. A very simple example are wars. It is an unending cycle of violence unless one party chooses to take a different path. This will end the cycle. Apply the same theory to your own life. If life is putting you again in front of the same problem, then think. Do not repeat your last decision. You are wiser now. You have learnt your lesson. Revisit all the options and decide wisely.

2.       Software Technology: Database

When an individual gathers more knowledge by using his cognitive ability, he discovers new paths on the universal grid. When new paths are found, the journey or the learning which led to discovering that path gets stored within the individual’s soul and also into every other soul via the universal energy grid which is accessible to others who have the ability to process that level of knowledge. There is no need to have direct connect between the individuals to share knowledge. Everyone has access to the database within. You just have to ask the right question or query.

3.       Software Technology: Search Engine

By far this is the best learning that has changed the way of life so drastically. Search engines (Ex: Google search) have taught us to ask the right question. Over time we have learnt the art of framing the right question and have accepted the importance of it. Our brains are automatically functioning this way now. It is so ingrained in us, that if we are seeking answers from the universe, we start to frame our query using the same technique. A very clear and specific query helps in getting the answers quickly from the database on the universal energy grid. If your query is vague, then it will take a long time to search for the answer and may eventually return null.

4.      Software Technology: Blockchain - network, consensus, immutability and distributed ledger

The universal grid is like a Blockchain network connecting all of us. It is an open public network with anonymous users.  Each of us carry a copy of the universal database in our soul. Hence, we say, the entire world is within us. We store our experiences in the database which cannot be altered, just like the immutability feature of the distributed ledger in Blockchain. All other data related to our current life is stored in a different database which can be overwritten as needed.
The decisions we make individually gives way to form a path for the world. In other words, the world treads into a path that was collectively endorsed by humans. This is similar to consensus in Blockchain.

5.       Software Technology: Social Media (Ex: WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

Knowledge from the universal grid is pouring into humans all the time. Most information can be irrelevant to the current state in your life or maybe completely negative which is not required for you. Some have the ability to identify them and discard them into some sort of trash bin. Others tend to react to such information. This is very similar to what people are going through in groups like WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. There is huge number of fake news creating so much noise, polluting the knowledge database and taking up storage space. Hopefully in the future, social media companies will put in a mechanism to detect fake and outdated news and flag the message accordingly.
Another similarity is how social media is bringing like-minded people together. In the universal gird, there are multiple dimensions. Based on the decisions you make, you are connected to a dimension which enables you to meet people who have taken similar decisions in life or encounter situations that are similar.

6.       Software Technology: Internet to share knowledge

When majority of the people choose hatred and revenge as response to a problem, then there is no resolution. Along with the people, the world too goes into a cyclic motion of events. Many paths go out of reach and we go into a mode of regression. We lose access to the knowledge that was discovered. An example is the Vedic science which had discovered so many paths but is forgotten by the current world. Many of this knowledge is getting rediscovered. But why did we lose the previous knowledge. What went wrong?

An individual who has learnt the methods of positive thinking, meditation and yoga is the one who has higher cognitive skills and has the ability to access all the knowledge accumulated within. His/her responsibility is to share this method with all. Perhaps, this basic education was limited to a privileged few in the past and we eventually lost the ability to connect within. 

Internet has given us a platform to share knowledge with the whole world.

7.    The latest transformation

There was a time when the goal of all teachings was to identify good and bad. Today we spend most of our time figuring out whether it is real or fake. Be it articles or messages or videos, the first thought that comes to mind is its authenticity. Some of us check online for more information to verify it. Could it be just about losing trust in people due to commercialization of everything or is technology enhancing our cognitive abilities to be able to recognize the world of illusion, a world manifested by someone else.

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2 comments:

  1. Excellent analogies...now we need to add to this the idea of system processes, background processes and user initiated processes (conscious decisions)....this is from arun..from IBM

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