SPIRITUALISM – A BRAHMAN SPIRIT IN PRISON:
MY BIRTH AS A BRAHMAN:
My Brahman Identity in this world is established by virtue of my birth at 2/37 Kutchery Road, Mylapore, Madras City, Chennai, Tamil Nadu(Madras State), India, the residence of Dr. Kasturi. Narayana Murthy, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Madras Medical College, my maternal grandfather. The fact of my birth was prayerfully submitted to Lord Kapaleeswarar and this Lord known as Shiva or Rudra presides over my Life and Death both in good health or ill-health, and in Freedom, or Captivity. In the Brahman community, I belong to the ‘Smartha’ tradition established by Adi Shankara of 8th-century. This tradition permits people of my Brahman community to worship Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva with the same sense of undivided devotion and at the same time we worship other deities such as Goddess Durga(Shakti), Lord Ganesha, Lord Surya and several others.
My ‘Smartha’ tradition is largely shaped by close social interactions with members of immediate, and extended family, and to a smaller extent by interactions with the rest of the social community of Hindu faith.
Spiritualism and Spirituality is a living relationship between Spirit/Soul and an external world at any given time and place. Spirit and Soul are known because of their association with a living person. Man, the spiritual being is known from the nature of his existence seeking peace, harmony, and tranquility within himself and with others in his environment and social community. I was given a personal name to reflect my Brahman-Smartha Identity and to provide me the cultural tools to establish peace, harmony, and tranquility in my living experience. One of the first lessons of Spirituality that I learned is that of the recognition of a Supreme Being who could be personified and be known as Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and other deities. The Supreme Being is ONE and at the same time it is more satisfying to worship a variety of deities who display special qualities and bestow their Mercy, Grace, and Compassion with varied flavors; each imparting a different kind of emotional feeling. In my Smartha tradition, the emotional attitude and feeling called Devotion could find its expression in various colors and each is formulated by kinds of visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile sensations. The worship of each deity requires a variation in the ritualistic tradition, physical practice, and the use of prayerful submission. The subjective, mental and body experience called devotion is revealed in a variety of forms and it gives me an opportunity to choose a kind of devotion according to my taste, and individual preference. The second lesson of Spirituality and my Brahman upbringing is that of an attitude called ‘detachment’. I am culturally trained to get involved in action and at the same time maintain a separation between myself and the actions performed by me in the external world. I exist as a Brahman because of my ability to detach myself from the actions that I perform for any reason. The issue is not that of the motivation or drive that initiates the action. The primary concern or issue is that of the fruits of the action performed under the influence of external environmental stimuli, circumstances of time or place of action. I, as a Brahman have no Freedom not to perform action, or avoid action. I, as a Brahman have to perform actions and must not seek or desire the fruits of such actions. In the physical world, my Brahman Identity may not be amenable for verification using objective criteria. The mental attitude of ‘detachment’ is purely a subjective condition. Hence, my Brahman Identity could only be reflected in my social actions and interactions with other members of Brahman community. If such social interactions are totally eliminated, my Brahman Identity would exist only as a subjective condition with no objective findings.
A BRAHMAN SPIRIT IN PRISON:
Spirit is the aspect of human nature that desires Freedom. This sense of Freedom is expressed in Speech, and in Movement. The Freedom of Movement is essential to maintain social interactions. A person held in a prison would not have the Freedom to engage in social interactions with members of his social community. If my Spirit is held in Prison, it will not experience the Freedom of Movement. Being in a Prison relates to the problem of Freedom of Movement and it doesn’t mean avoidance of action or that of not performing action. My Brahman Identity is the source of my Self-Pride, Ego, and Arrogance which keeps my Freedom seeking Spirit in the Prison. The Brahman members of the social community may derive some pleasure and amusement by simply peering at my Brahman Spirit that is held captive in a cage; just like the children who delight themselves by looking at zoo animals.
The evidence for the reality of my Brahman Spirit in Prison is the lack of social interactions with other members of Brahman community in the United States. There is a large Brahman community in the United States and my Spirit does not experience the Freedom of Movement to make the social interaction.
THE SPIRITS OF SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE:
I had served in a multinational defense pact/alliance called Establishment No. 22 or Special Frontier Force seeking establishment of Freedom and Democracy in the Land of Tibet that was illegally occupied by the People’s Republic of China during 1950. The ‘Spirits’ of Tibetan soldiers of my military organization inhabit my consciousness. During 1986, I had arrived in the United States desiring Freedom and Democracy. In reality, my Brahman Spirit, and the Tibetan Spirits have no Freedom of Movement as if we are held captive in a Prison. The only Freedom that I am allowed is the Freedom of Speech and that gives me the opportunity to share the physical reality with all of my readers.
Rudra N. Rebbapragada/R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Organization: The Spirits of Special Frontier Force.
A SMARTHA BRAHMAN’S CHOICE OF DEITIES TO WORSHIP THE SUPREME BEING: