Is Realization A Chemical Reaction?
The thought process is a continuous activity. The development of
specific neuronal networks may be responsible for the conditioning
Belief systems, behavioural traits and even temperament are all
effects of conditioning.
There has also been speculation of whether there exists in the brain
a God centre. A researcher revealed that when a person was subjected
to pain stimulus before and after being shown the picture of a deity
he had faith in, his tolerance to pain was significantly better
than it was before seeing the picture. So was the increase in tolerance
the result of conditioning?
Such a premise would imply that a similar outcome were possible
if the patient was shown the picture of a mountain, if he had
been conditioned to believe that mountains are objects of devotion.
Does it mean that whichever deity one believes in, the final locus
of God in the brain remains the same?
Then theoretically, if this God centre were to be stimulated,
one could experience calm, bliss, even ecstasy. Would this imply
that all spiritually advanced souls have, over a period of time,
been able to devise an intrinsic mechanism to stimulate the God
Are all spiritually advanced masters just those who, by repeated
practice, develop the God centre further so that it can be stimulated
at will? That would reduce realisation to a mere neurochemical
phenomenon. It would then have some tangible parameters for either
localisation or verification.
Meditation could be just a process that converts all eccentric
thought processes into a concentric pattern with the God centre
as the epicentre. All thoughts pertaining to mundane activities
may be eccentric in nature. These eccentric patterns would be
a deterrent to stimulating the God centre. Most explanations given
by realised masters seem to defy all logic, which is the domain
of the dominant hemisphere. The non-dominant hemisphere is concerned
with intuitive and non-analytical networks.
So maybe, the God centre resides in the non-dominant hemisphere
and realisation could effect a state of awareness that transcends
the baseline neuronal activity of just being conscious. The advent
of functional imaging techniques like the MRI (magnetic resonance
imaging) may assist in the verification of such hypotheses. Probably,
realisation could then be imaged and anatomically localised.
Happiness is most often cause-based, a consequence of perceptive
modalities giving a positive feedback via established neuronal
circuits. Familiarity, sensory gratification, and above all a
very tangible cause-effect relationship permeates this sense of
joy. But, if happiness could be devoid of a cause, it may explain
the detachment that most masters talk about.
Happiness would then be independent of a cause and also stimulation
of specific neural paths. It could become the background electrochemical
activity, where any external object is not recognised as a separate
entity and analysed and assigned relative values of joy or pain.
This Advaita or Oneness could be identified as the baseline firing
of zeta neurons in a specified locus in the non-dominant hemisphere.
It would create a perception shift. It could also deconstruct
the "i" entity as having a discrete identity; the equivalent
of dissolution of ego.
There would be no subjective element to any sensory stimulus.
Which is why many masters seem to revert to a child-like innocence.
Maybe, then godhood would be a neurochemical alteration in the
milieu of the neuronal networks, resulting in a perceptive variance.
And spiritual progress could be monitored by an imaging modality.
February 3, 2010