Advaitam and Science

OM, Purnamata purnamitam purnat purnamutachyate, purnasya purnamataye purnamevavasishyate – Bri.Up V.i.1


                                                                          IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION


Every one searches for that one thing which does not exist anywhere – perfection.  Nothing in this world is described as perfectly good or perfectly bad.  Everything is a permutation and combination.  No one can extract a single thing from this combination without its opposites accompanying it as its side effect.  When we get something as really good its demerits always follows it.  Likewise, when we get something bad some of its merits follow it without noticing.  No person is perfectly good or perfectly bad.  The same is applicable for situations and objects.  If we search for perfection that does not exist, it is ignorance.

When we want good things to happen, then we must have the capacity to view as well as extract the good things out of life.  This is the only possible thing that can be done.  Instead if we target on the negative qualities, we will be never satisfied in life.  When we view the positive qualities, even the negative qualities accompanying them will not affect us.  A person or a situation is said as good or bad depending on the majority of the qualities that prevail in them.  No one can exactly define what is good or bad.  If a person’s values and actions help many people to a large extent, then he is considered as a person with good values.  If his values and action disturb others to a large extent, then he is considered as a person with bad values.  A person can change his values only by proper advice.  He must be made to realize his mistakes in the most dignified way; else it will lead only to more confusion and traumatic situations.  If a person is deeply rooted in negative values and ideas, then it will take a long time for him to realize his mistakes and come out of his beliefs.  In such people even their positive qualities are ignored by others.

If one always projects their negativity or view others negativity, then their nature will become more negative.  In my view, one must learn to ignore negativity and enhance the positive qualities in oneselves and try to view the positive nature of others, else our life will be spent in worrying, correcting and grudging on others.  One must learn to manage negative situations suitably.  Only such mentality succeeds.

Perfection is a concept; it differs with different people.  It also differs in the same person at different stages of life.  Searching for perfection will only lead to a dissatisfied life.  No one acts according to our idea and views.  We can expect or perform a work only to a general rule of perfection.  If we personalize it, then it will lead to a total dissatisfied life.