Consciousness — the final frontier | Dada Gunamuktananda | TEDxNoosa 2014

Consciousness — the final frontier | Dada Gunamuktananda | TEDxNoosa 2014

Translator: Nadine Hennig
Reviewer: Denise RQ Thank you. I must say I’m very impressed with the way
Mary pronounced my name. I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Laughter) About 25 years ago, I was in my final year of medical school, but I’d been doubting my career choice
for quite some time. Then one day, I went to take blood
from a sweet little old lady. [I] struck an artery instead of a vein. I still don’t know how I did that. As blood spurted out all over the place, I said to myself, “Yep, you’re definitely
in the wrong profession here.” (Laughter) So in the interests of all concerned, I dropped out and became a yogi instead. (Laughter) (Applause) Hence my unconventional appearance. Actually, it’s not the only reason
for my unconventional appearance. One of many shall we say. So I’d like to share with you the yogic concept of space,
our inner space, what we experience within ourselves
– I’m redefining the terms a bit here – and outer space,
everything outside ourselves. We live in a vast Universe. To give you some idea of its size, if we took the universe to be
the size of our planet Earth, then our planet Earth
would be about a billionth the size of a pin head in comparison. A billionth the size of one of those. I’m holding up a pin,
in case you can’t see it. It’s my prop. (Laughter) There you go. It’s the same one. It actually is the same one. A billionth the size of one of those
compared to one of those. By the way, a billionth
of size of a pinhead is about a millionth the size
of a grain of sand, or about the average size of an atom, so take your pick. In any case, the idea is
that it’s really, really, really small compared to the size of the Universe. So does that help put it in perspective? I think that gives us some idea
of the size of our Universe. An incredibly vast and complex Universe
which we’ve been expected to believe, according to modern science, appeared out of nothing
without any intention behind it. That’s actually like
expecting us to believe that our phones and laptops
just fell into place without anyone designing them
or putting them together. According to biologist Rupert Sheldrake “Modern science is based on the principle, ‘Give us one free miracle
and we’ll explain the rest.'” (Laughter) “And the one free miracle
is the appearance of all the matter and energy
of the universe and all the laws that govern it
from nothing, in a single instant.” But modern science is
just now coming around to the conclusions
held by yogic science for millennia, to an explanation of our Universe that is going to take our understanding
to a whole new level, and that is that both the substance
and the intention of the Universe come from a deeper reality
than the material one we normally perceive
with our minds and senses. And that reality is consciousness. an all-pervading, blissful awareness,
inherent in everybody and everything. Just as your own consciousness
is the essence of your own mind, cosmic consciousness
is the essence of the entire Universe. It exists within everything,
and everything exists within it. Essentially, everybody and everything
is part of and full of consciousness. Imagine that. However, we,for reasons
I won’t go into now, have largely given up on the idea
of a higher consciousness in our modern world view. In the last 100 years or so, modern science has come to
a very mechanistic take on reality. What if though mind, matter, and space
were all full of consciousness? What if the possibility of consciousness
as a higher reality were every bit as real as any
of our current constructs of reality? And what if it could give us,
if only we were open to it, some very real advantages
in understanding our world and where we fit into it, compared to some very serious
disadvantages of a materialist world view? In a materialist world view of an arbitrary, mechanistic,
unfeeling Universe, there is every reason to feel alienated,
lonely, fearful, and depressed. And if we don’t feel it ourselves, we all too often see it in others,
and in the malaise of our society. Materialism doesn’t engender
optimism in people or society. On the other hand,
in a blissfully conscious Universe, there is every reason to feel inherently
connected to people and to the world, to feel loved, hopeful, happy,
and at peace with oneself and others. In the words of my guru
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides
the stars guides you, too.” So rather than trying
to validate a worldview which makes us sad
and fearful of the future, I believe, we should be trying to validate a worldview which gives us
fulfillment and hope for the future, not just as individuals but as a society. The benefits of a conscious
world view are immense. And it’s potentially no less valid than any of our constructs
of material reality. This is not just wishful thinking. In fact, the essence
of the Universe is consciousness is just as valid a premise
as the essence of the Universe is matter. The only difference is that one
can be sensed and the other can’t. We can perceive matter with our minds
and with scientific measurement, but we can only experience
consciousness internally. We must find it within ourselves. There was once a Sufi mystic
called Nasr Utem. I actually stayed in his hometown
in Turkey for a few days once. And there are many stories about how he used to teach
in eccentric and humorous ways. One of the stories goes
that he lost the key to his house, and that he was looking for it one night outside under a streetlamp. A passerby asked him, what he was doing. “I’m looking for the key to my house.” “Where did you lose it?”, she asked. “Somewhere inside my house.” Then naturally she said: “Well, if you lost inside your house,
why are you looking for it outside?” “Because it’s dark inside,” he replied. (Laughter) We need to look for what
we’re looking for in the right place. Even if it’s hard to look for it there. It’s easy to look outside,
not so easy to look within. According to yoga teachings,
consciousness lies within, and so we must look for it there. But here’s the catch, not intellectually. It’s not something
we can comprehend with the mind. Take the case
of a light bulb, for example. A light bulb is capable
of shining light on the room around it but not on the power which illuminates it. In the same way, we’re capable
of comprehending the world around us but not the consciousness
which animates us. It’s beyond the normal functioning
of the mind, beyond words, beyond even thought itself. The core of our being is not something that can even be spoken
about let alone thought of. I think, we’re all familiar
with the saying by Descartes, “I think, therefore I am.” But this is what yogic philosophy says, “When I stop thinking then I really am.” (Laughter) Just because we can’t think of something, just because we can’t prove
something scientifically, doesn’t mean it’s not there. We can’t prove
a mother’s love for her child but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s a matter of the heart, and matters of the heart
cannot be fathomed by the mind. So material science
can never get to the heart of what it really means to be human. We can only validate
the essence of our existence through the deepest internal
experience of awareness within us. About now, you might be thinking that this is all a bit
airy-fairy and New Age. Even I’m starting to think
[interesting] to myself. (Laughter) So I want to give you
a few brief examples of scientists that have also acknowledged the likelihood
of consciousness as a higher reality. There aren’t many of them. But those that there are,
are quite distinguished. I won’t spend too much time on this, in fact I’ll to try to finish
before I begin. (Laughter) Max Planck, the father of quantum theory,
considered consciousness as fundamental. “I regard matter as derivative
from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard
as existing postulates consciousness,” this from the pioneer of quantum theory. A bit later, the physicist
James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading towards
a non-mechanical reality. The Universe begins to look more like a great thought
than like a great machine.” And I better throw in
something from Einstein here just to give it a bit more umph. (Laughter) “The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience
is the sensation of the mystical. It is at the root of all true science. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power which is revealed
in the incomprehensible Universe is my idea of God.” Finally, I want to give you an example
of a contemporary scientist who actually experienced
higher consciousness first hand. Dr. Eben Alexander is a neuroscientist
who had like many of his colleagues bought into the idea that the brain
creates its own consciousness. Then, quite ironically, he contracted a very rare brain infection
which put him in a coma for a week during which he experienced the heightened
and enlightened state of awareness, despite the fact that he was
clinically brain dead at the time. He said: “During my seven days of coma, I not only remained fully conscious
but journeyed to a stunning world of beauty and peace
and unconditional love. I underwent the most
staggering experience of my life, my consciousness
traveling to another level.” Dr. Alexander is now on a mission to convince the brain science
community to, as he puts it, “graduate from kindergarten” and move on from the idea
that the brain creates its own reality. Now, fortunately for you and I,
apart from examples such as these, there just so happens to be
a systematic and scientific method of validating consciousness
personally in our everyday lives. I think you won’t be surprised
to hear me say that that’s going to be meditation. Meditation is intuitional science where consciousness is substantiated by purely first-hand internal experience. Through meditation, it’s entirely possible
to experience higher consciousness as every bit as real as you and I
sitting in this room right now. Once I had a particularly
illuminating meditation experience where I felt the whole room
was full of a field of consciousness vibrating with awareness and with bliss. It was so intense, so tangible. The feeling I had at the time
that I could cut it with a knife. It was undeniably real then and I still
have no doubt about it to this day. Through meditation, one has
many such experiences that ultimately lead
to the realization of one’s consciousness. Why don’t we go ahead right now and try to experience higher
consciousness through meditation? Shall we give it a try? It might not have occurred to you
when you woke up this morning that you’d be meditating today,
but there you go, anything is possible. So I invite you to the close
your eyes for a minute or so. Remember to breathe, and try not to fall asleep,
I know, it has been a long day. And start off by the centering yourself. Focus on your sense of self. Feel the center of yourself. (Music starts playing) Now feel that you are completely at peace. Feel peace and happiness all around you. Feel infinite happiness all around you. Now feel that you are merging into
that infinite happiness. Feel that your own sense
of awareness is merging into the infinite awareness around you. Feel that your own consciousness is merging into the infinite
consciousness all around you. Feel yourself becoming one with it. Feel that you are one with it. Feel that you are it, and continue like that
for a few more seconds. Now, doesn’t that feel better? Dada Gunamuktananda: Yes? No?
(Audience) Yes. Anyway, you might have gotten
a glimpse just now into the possibility that your own consciousness is one with the consciousness
of the whole Universe. That it’s within you
as well as all around you. That it’s real, and that you can feel it,
if you really try. And not only feel it but know
it is at the core of your being. This is not just an abstract concept,
it’s about the essence of us all. It’s about discovering
the greater consciousness within our own consciousness, realizing our own inner reality
is the greater universal reality. And the more we expand
our sense of reality, our sense of being, the more connected we feel to all beings. The happier we are,
the less fearful, the less lonely because we realize that all is a part of us,
and that we are a part of all. The inner quest facilitates
the embracing of all within ourselves, all people, animals, plants… The planet. People, animals, and plants
on other planets – yes, it’s a no brainer-
the whole Universe. What I like to say is that just as the world
becomes a smaller place with the development of communication
and transport technology, so will the Universe
become a smaller place with the development
of meditation technology. [“Cosmic Consciousness abides
in one’s sense of existence; in one’s very heart’s desire.”
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti] Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Consciousness — the final frontier | Dada Gunamuktananda | TEDxNoosa 2014

  1. Life was form from what was created out of the darkness comes the light life formation will be move from this reality to the next example the the flesh will be change in the next frontier reality is a word of illusion conscious is what u made it to be the eyes is the reality of existence. Remember out of the darkness comes light think beyond move to next

  2. There are no reasoning u can't educate a living being that has eyes once the eyes capture the light its illuminate which is and not why and I supernatural beings take i move to me what can u teach me if i am i

  3. First thing try understand the lord of the the night and the day and figure out out the firmament. Which where lies the the twilight zone comes wisdom of all things

  4. Just because he is calm, doesn’t mean he is right. The correct understanding of the reality comes about through rigorous observation and experimentation, NOT through soothing gibberish nonsense.

  5. To explain it easily… He just defined what we actually are "pure" and "joyfull"…..everything we have created otherwise is outside of ourselves.

  6. You see even though some of the things he says may be good for the in an intermediate in for the directly present now they have nothing to do with the truth ariely about this world or else he would know what this world really is and it's evident he does not but all somebody has to do is come wearing a turban in a robe carrying a flower and talking nice and soft and everybody thinks that they are enlightened and somehow I'm Master yet he's admitting he's following a guru I can't believe how unaware you people are none of you have seen into the heavens none of you have spoken to Angels none of you experience love washes or Divine down flows of energy or have teleported your physical body none of you can see the nature Spirits or those who pass on and yet you're all trying to decipher this guy and talk about how he's mastered this he's mastered that you have no idea what Mastery is so shut up for once shut up and listen but you need to go beyond listen to those Masters who have been here and if you're smart enough and if you are Advanced enough they will come to you and appear out of the thin air until then you'll run and rush to every little seminar every little Guru that says he's going to give you Enlightenment for $10,000

  7. I tell my daughter to relax, lie down, think of nothing and relax and just breath…. you owe that to yourself…….peace

  8. Ultra powerful stuff here <3 I also noticed how relaxed his demeanor is. No pacing or fidgets. True peace. the power of meditation speaks for itself, y'all.

  9. Watching this I thought “why do we fight?” We’re all the same thing, we could simply just not fight. It’s just a waste of energy.

  10. That neural surgeon did not experience higher Consciousness he experienced being out of the body and being dead that's not higher Consciousness higher Consciousness is far beyond what he described but what he described as very valid and it's a great story that all humans should hear this man doesn't know what higher Consciousness is but he does know a lot of things about the mind he knows enough to know that all things are Consciousness even though he doesn't fully realize that yet when he does he will tell you stories about supernatural abilities like making matter appear out of the thin air teleporting your physical body changing into one of your thousands of other selves instantly in front of somebody and solid as anything else the new agers all seem to chase down gurus when he's done wearing robes and cuts his beard and takes off the turbine then he will even be further along

  11. 4:15 remember he says "imagine that" thats exactly what hes doing is playing with your imagination keep in mind jesus christ is the way the truth and the life

  12. We have eyes to see
    Ears to hear
    Mouth to communicate
    The universe has become conscious of its self ! We are the universe and our sensorys are for a greater purpose! Consciousness is the universal mind

  13. ha ha !!!! everything came from nothing is hilarious !!!! try energy cannot be created or destroyed and an energy photon is massless and does not perceive time

  14. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

  15. 6:40 In fact, [put any abstract idea that has nothing to do with reality here] is just as valid a premise as the essence of the Universe is matter. The only difference is that one can be sensed and the other can't.

  16. Job 38,39,40 kjv very calm. We all live in this world together. Through this we learned the foundations of the Earth. Nothing cannot make nothing. For bam there is my God. For the world is but perception. For if you know there is a God. Let this be in your heart. For it is eternal. For the rest of the world is but illusions. They persuade you to follow them. But truly what should you be seeking. I think this man's got something. But seek for yourself. Never forget the beginning of your creation. For the world could be so confused.

  17. Those who are looking at his postures and verbal glitches are the samples ordered online , just to prove that this world is full of idiots !
    Thank you Ted-X , keep rolling.

  18. Katie Martin….well said young lady. Im an optimistic agnostic and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this.
    We would be lucky if other people of religion were this "enlightened".

  19. Okay, screw this guy. "We can't prove a mother's love for her child." Yes, we can. We can measure hormones such as dopamine and serotonin.

  20. the second you said artery instead of vien my heart [I haven't been in the biz for 20 years] still dropped to the pit of my stomach……i don't know how serious that is in real bodily surgery but I know how BIG A DEAL that is in Endodontics

  21. so define consciousness…

    con·scious·ness – noun – the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings.

    still not clear…you can't define something that is or was never defined – you can define something by starting with "It's like…"
    nor can we separate imagination from intuition; we need proof.

  22. The molecular mass shown on the P table is for a mole of atoms not a single atom. 1 mole = 6.022 x 10^23. Therefore, 15.99g of oxygen contains 6.022 x 10^23 atoms (bonded as pairs). Still a great video tho!

  23. At the core of all religions and spirituality, there is an experience of some being, place, or level of consciousness beyond ordinary human ken. It is often called awakening or enlightenment in the East; and the Kingdom of Heaven, salvation, or redemption in the West. Achieving this state of being is goal of all systems of spirituality and religion. It considered the greatest treasure, the highest purpose of life, and a great achievement..

    It is an awakening from the illusion of only being human to recover your consciousness of Who You Really Are: a spiritual being, part of the One Infinite Being, Source of all that is. Enlightenment is a continual experience of self as an immortal spirit, an individualization of the One Infinite Creator Being from which all that exists comes. It includes recovery of your innate perception of and communication with the One of whom you are always a part. It occurs as part of a much great understanding of ultimate reality:

    The only thing that really exists is a single, infinite, Being of Aware Will, the One Creator of all that is. This BEing has 13 Primordial Characteristics; Oneness, Infinity, Light, Consciousness, Wisdom, Will (Power), Perfection, Beauty, Magnificence, Love, Truth, Peace, and Joy. She has many human names: Brahma, Tao, Creator, God, Yahweh, Allah, etc. (We call the One a “She” because She is more yin than yang.)

    This Being manifests out of its own energy substance, out of its own Essence, out of Its Love, everything that exists: the Creation, the Cosmos. She is both Creator and the Creation. She is the Essence of all that is. She is your Essence; you are Her. There is only the One.

    The purpose of the Creation is experience, every kind of experience possible. The Creation is Essence expressing, exploring, and experiencing Herself in all Her infinite possibilities of being. The Creation is the playground, the Disneyland, the cosmic movie theater of God. (You are starring in your Human Movie now.) However, the Creation is an illusion (maya); the ultimate and only Truth is Essence.

    Essence individualizes part of Herself into limited beings, spirits, and these incarnate into the Creation to play, adventure, and enjoy. We are each one of those individualizations of Essence, of the One. We are an immortal spirit, a particle of the One Infinite Being, a “chip off the old block”. Our separated individuality is an illusion; we are always the One; there is nothing else we can be. We are all the One pretending to be the Many to have others to play with and against, and above all, others to love (otherwise, we would only know self-love).

    We are currently incarnating in the creation to explore the Human Experience, to play the Human Adventure Game. (The Human Experience is the exploration of all that we are not in Essence; the exploration of negative energy, obstacles, struggle and effort.) To fully live the Human Experience, to immerse ourselves in the role of human being, to take life seriously and dramatically; we must truly experience ourselves as only a human being. We must not-know Who We Really Are (immortal spirits, particles of the One Essence). We must block out the 13 Characteristics. We do this by creating a shell of negative energy around our consciousness that blocks out Essence and generates for us the illusion of a human identity. (We know the exact mechanics of this shell, how it works and how to free yourself of it, explained in the book Essentiality I: A Modern, Scientific, and Fast Path to Enlightenment.) The shell is part of the Creation and therefore an illusion; in Truth, we never cease to be Who We Really Are.

    Every human being can awaken from the illusion of only being a human being when he commits to doing so. We can do this by discreating the shell of energy that limits our consciousness to that of human and generates for us the illusion of the Creation, of being human. Essentiality is a system, a technology for this discreation. This restores our awareness of self as an immortal spirit, and restores our perception and communication with Essence, with the One. When we are permanently awake such that we do not fall back into our human identity illusion, we are “enlightened”. Enlightened, you live life from a higher level of consciousness, power to manifest, love, joy and abundance.

  24. If I click my mouth a lot by moving saliva around and smacking my lips, will I sound sophisticated and intelligent?

  25. Just another guy somewhat like a con man doing his thing to make money and hopefully score some trim on tours, later opening centres, getting a book deal, etc. He disarms the audience with cheap humour, lame jokes, lame word tricks, similar to many ministers or preachers. His voice is just 'eh', I don't hate him, I don't like him but I think you need to consider his personal mating value in why he does this. What he's doing is using slow hypnotic visualisation commands, just parlour tricks for suggestable minds, to use their imaginations. I get it, I really do, I've looked into this stuff for decades now. I'm not saying altered consciousness isn't possible but I'm saying this is essentially an act, entertainment for a bunch of morons, on their own level of evolution as well all are me included but I guess I got past that level.

  26. Why does a religious leader get to speak? How about balancing this out by asking John Piper and John Macarthur to speak at Ted

  27. I don't really agree with that sort of guided meditation. I think Alan Watts' idea is better: just let the flow of thoughts proceed as they will and the brain will tire of itself.

  28. Yes, cheat yourself and sleep and not be aware at what which is going around you because you are getting inner peace and joy, for a bunch of bullshits!

  29. This is using philosophy and reason, not based on science, to justify anything you want to make up. If you don't use science, you can just make anything up and say it is real.

  30. in the 80's this was the similar positive sense that Star Wars gave to kids all over the world with the Force, that there is a flow and connection between all things… I hate that the franchise then made it based on individual's genetics and then stopped talking about it altogether

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