Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Is the Universe an Illusion?

The idea itself sounds absurd, we see and perceive the universe, we know it has to exist. But, does it really? What proof do we have that our senses are not deceiving us? After all, our senses and perception are all based on electric impulses. What is to stop these impulses to be designed in such a manner so as to create a make believe universe in our minds? What if the reality that we see is only for us? In other words, what proof do we have that we are not stuck in a matrix-like situation (like in the movie) where our senses have been deceived into believing in a non-existant universe? Is this universe only an illusion? Is there no way we can realize the truth?

Let us assume this universe is an illusion, and we somehow manage to pull the plug on the illusion. What guarantee do we have that the ensuing reality is not another layer of illusion? This can keep going on forever like the chicken or the egg question. The more you think about this, the more you realize that our senses are not as dependable as we thought when we seek the truth.

Take this a step further. I look down and see my fingers and toes. I can move and feel them. But since my senses cannot be depended upon, do my fingers and toes exist? Does my body exist? Do I exist outside of the mind? Does the mind itself exist?

There has to be something deeper, something more subtle than our gross senses and our mind. It is our Atman, loosely (and somewhat inaccurately) translated as soul. We have to transcend this material universe, which is nothing but an illusion to realise our true self. Our mind can only help us in going so far, but beyond a certain stage, we have to transcend the mind itself.

12 comments:

PS said...

come to think of it, Illusion is an Illusion!

Sailesh Ganesh said...

Which basically is the same as it is all real. And we are back to where we started!

Anonymous said...

Hi- I always feel and think that we are not seeing and perceiving lot of stuff in space and darkness - human eye is seeing only what it is equipped to see - apparently our technologies are no better...

Anonymous said...

I know, chop of your finger that isn't there anyway, and see if you can conjure up another one by staring at it long enough. Look, I'm into metaphysics also but, until this clay vessel dies the soul will abide in it then go to the father who created it. Into that dimension of existence. To put on the incorruptible. God will allow you to see what he wants you to see. Know that he is the eternal mind and were not.

Anonymous said...

For the love of HUMANITY, live your life, instead of wasting it!

Anonymous said...

Please, don't really chop your finger off.

techdude said...

The universe is an illusion. However, Once you escape it, you see the world exactly how it is except you know now that everything is one. It takes practice to get there and you must become "enlightened".

Paul KH said...

You are on my wavelength !

I am always thinking about stuff like this but no one else I know does !

bratslapper said...

Thank you i am not alone. this whole thing of rock spinning around sun. Billions of Suns Billions of galaxy's. Suggest project by supperior life forms IE. algie.. EXPERIMENT..I think all life will be the same end game will result in same species.

Anonymous said...

i recommend a book called The Disappearance Of The Universe by Gary Renard

Anonymous said...

i also recomend the illusion of the universe, your mind or what u percive to be your mind is split and only when you realise reality isnt real can you become free, free from the perceptions your mind your split mind is telling you.only then will your soul become enlightend. then you are free from hell, hell being here trapped on earth.if i scare you you are trying to learn if idont your are not heard if you understand me you are on the path home

Selvam said...

pls read my site www.universeandmatter.com. it answers to your questions on universe.
It is an illusion. details is given my text.