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The Vedic Paradigm - Self-Energy
Material scientists are unable to clearly differentiate "J-between matter and spirit, or a dead body and a living body, because they are blind to see anything beyond chemicals. The Vedic texts, which are the most ancient body of knowledge available to man, give a clear-cut understanding about the universally observable differences between living body and dead matter.The conscious awareness with which we do our activities indicates the presence of a form of energy, which is not manifest in inert systems of dead matter. The Vedic texts state that this energy is the self-energy (also known as the soul or the atman). As long as the self-energy is present in the body, the body is alive. When the self-energy leaves the body, the body is termed 'dead'.
External Functions of Self-Energy
When self-energy is present in the body, we interact with the world in three special ways:
1.Perception: We perceive the characteristics of the world of matter through the senses.
2.Mental Ability: Thinking, feeling and desiring; We think about the different qualities of the world; we have feelings in relation to our perceptions and thoughts; and we desire to perform different activities.
3.Purposeful Activity: We act through the hands, legs, power of speech etc., in order to achieve our desired goals.
Internal Qualities of Self-Energy
Besides interacting with the world around us, we also have three inner dimensions of existence:
(1) Non-temporal,Individual Self-Existence: Internally we experience our sense of "I-ness" persisting through time. Externally every person acts as an individual. We consider others as individual. We generally think it right, proper and natural to protect the self-existence of ourselves and others. Each individual person has his or her own individual mode of perception and of mental and physical activity.
(2)\ Knowing Awareness: We have factual information about the world around us, and we also have the experimental knowledge of, for example, standing, walking, riding a bicycle or skating. Not only do we have knowledge and experience, but we like to increase them. We also like to think of ourselves as being knowledgeable and experienced.
(3) Satisfaction: We could not tolerate being alive without some degree of satisfaction. Satisfaction expands into happiness, bliss and ecstasy. We are always trying to increase our own happiness. On the whole, we also respect others' happiness, and if possible we act so that they can also become happier.
These three internal qualities of self are the basis of our daily existence. These internal qualities are evident, not only in uman beings, but also in animals, although in a more covered Way- Biologists have reported cases of mammals, birds and fishes having learning ability, feelings, moods and other sense reactions.
Relationships, The Basis of Self-Existence
Relationship is the basis of the three inner qualities of self-existence. We understand and experience our individual identity in terms of relationship with the world around us. Relationship is the basis on which we expand our knowledge and awareness, for we understand something new by examining its relationship with what we already know. Similarly, relationship is the principle underlying our satisfaction, for we find satisfaction and happiness in relationship with people, objects and ideas.
If material scientists are to give a physical explanation for the properties of living systems, they must be able to explain how matter could develop the capacities for perception, mental ability and purposeful activity, how it could acquire an intuitive sense of non-temporal, individual self-existence, knowing awareness and satisfaction and how it could develop the ability to perceive and respond to relationships. But there is no prospect of such an explanation. Because not only do molecules, atoms, and electrons lack life symptoms, but also the chemical view of life fails to correspond with life's observed subtleties - human being's unique feeling, willing and thinking capacities, for example. Self-energy is therefore a form 01 energy that is quite distinct from material energy.