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Beyond Senses, Painting by Pratiksha Apurv

Acrylic & oil on Canvas , 66 x 48 inches (167.64 x 121.92 cm)
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Paintings by Pratiksha Apurv - Beyond Senses
Pratiksha Apurv
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Pratiksha Apurv



Beyond Senses



Acrylic & oil on Canvas



66 x 48 inches (167.64 x 121.92 cm)





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Our five senses are like beads of a Mala arranged and balanced together in harmony by an invisible thread -THE SOUL. The thread’s function is most important to keep the beads-our senses- together but yet it remains invisible. We, all the travellers on earth are running on the direction of beads which itself have no power. Our journey has missed the importance of thread, the message of thread- the vision to launch the beautiful odyssey within. It is time to follow the direction of thread that is waiting to be discovered beneath the beads- our senses-to begin our inner journey that will take us beyond the senses. Pratiksha Apurv shares some experiences.

Since Childhood we are told about five senses – Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The school textbooks, full of colourful illustrations, explains the importance of each senses using different objects like traffic lights, flowers, birds, temple bells, fruits and even picture of shaking hands with a friend. This text book knowledge gets so ingrained in our mind that we live our entire life without even looking beyond these senses. Interestingly, we accumulate even more attachments to them. For example, as we grow, we develop some hobby and it differs from person to person. Some like to listen to classical music but some people can not sit for long and they enjoy theatre. But, the journey remains in the outer world. We completely ignore the inner world that exists beyond senses.

Sant Kabir has a beautiful line to explain this phenomenon. “Jo dekhe, so Kahai Nahi, Sune so Samjhavai naahi, Rasna Drug Shruit Kaahi”. The scientist will also agree with Kabir that Eyes will only see but won’t speak. The tongue will speak but it cannot see.Sune so Samjhavai Nahi- The ears can hear but cannot explain. Nose smells the flowers, hand touches and it means all these senses and experiences originating from them are meeting somewhere. There is a confluence and each experience is being controlled by a centre within us which we generally ignore. We must know that all the senses are equally important and in fact Zen masters have described them as five flavours. Besides these five flavours, there exists a sixth sense which is popularly called as Intuition of instincts of a human being. It works around the spirit rather than reality. But, it will be wrong to say that intuition is unreal. In fact it is another side of the reality but due to our social conditioning, we have often ignored it. We hardly give a thought to what our instinct says. However, what is more important is to be conscious or aware of all our senses and moreover not to cling to experiences of the senses and not to be enslaved by the senses. The ancient scriptures have very diligently argued that we do not need to destroy the senses but create a balancing act by re-directing them to inner world that would take oneself beyond the senses.

Krishna in Geeta has warned Arjuna " Yatato hripi Kaunteya, Purushasya Vipaschit, Indriyani Prathini Haranti Prasambha Manah.” Krishna said if not conscious, O Arjuna, these senses are so turbulent, that they can lead astray the mind of even a vigilant human being.

But, in reality we are running after each and every experience of senses forgetting the centre, the master, our soul. Once the soul from body is gone, these senses will remain as it is but it will not be able to experience anything because the master, the centre is gone. Kabir in his beautiful “Doha” is indicating that there exists a launch-pad, a springboard to jump into the journey that goes into inner world. And, start it now before it is too late.

The spiritual master OSHO has described it as a journey to discover the one’s centre. He says the life of man is like a circle without a Centre and he or she goes on living on the circumference, outside without relishing the taste and beauty of the Centre. And, it is true that our whole life is spent in discussing the various ways of penetrating the inner world. We discuss the methods, techniques etc to move inwards.

One of these techniques is closing the seven opening of the head with your hands. This technique is very simple for the one who has the desire to experience the life beyond senses. One just has to close all the openings of the head - eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. It is very interesting because the moment all the opening, senses or organs of the head is closed, the consciousness, which usually flowing out, will be stopped.

Now observe this very carefully- The very moment you stop breathing, your mind function will stop too. The moment you stop the breathing, you are breaking the conditioning of breathing with the mind. This is a very interesting experience and in the process, you will realise that all seven holes are conditioned. The normal functions to which you never gave much attention is actually deep-seated conditioning with one another.

Katha Upanishad has beautifully described this conditioning. It says, “Yena Rupam Gandham Sabdan Sparsham maithunan, Etenaiva Vijanati, kim Atra parisisyate Etad vaitad”. It has pointed out that to reach inside- the highest state- one has to dissect the real meaning behind the happenings. It says the senses are consciousness and one has to differentiate the known from knower. You taste a fruit but who actually tastes it? Is it tongue? No, actually it is the centre which controls the senses but we are so conditioned, that we never thought about it. And it is true for all-sound, smell touches etc.

Once all seven holes are closed, the experiences of those senses or organs cannot move out. It will remain concentrated inside and that very moment it will create a space between one’s two eyes which have learnt as “Third Eye’. This space or ‘Third Eye’ is the door of inner world, the door of inner sanctum. The moment you experience this space, you have experienced all. This third eye can see the infinite which will be immaterial. Our conditioned eyes have only seen the matter but the real energy can be seen through this space or third eye. This technique is in fact a tool for centering of consciousness. Once its flow outwardly is closed, the concentration will open the door of inner world. One must understand that third eye is just a space between the two eyes and actually not the part of body organs. Once this space is realised and you have known and experienced it fully, you have known the universe. Then there is nothing to be known or experienced. You will not be the same person who is scared of death or insecurities in life. Once third eye is known, you will not need security, because you have touched the deathless.

Shiva in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra says “Sarvshrotonibandhen Pranshaktodhrvaya shanaih Pipeelshaparshvelayam Prathate Param Sukham” Stop the doors of the senses when feeling the creeping of an ant. It is easy to close the senses by just stop breathing for seconds and that will disconnect with all your channels of senses. The very moment the mind will stops and world will be closed for you. That very moment you will experience the supreme bliss and you will be suddenly transported to a different world. That very moment as Shiva says will be union with one's own self.

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