Thursday, October 08, 2009

If it takes the whole brain to produce
one thought, it also takes the whole
universe to perform a single action.
Like a neuron, electrons and atoms seem
to be independent, yet a change of
electron spin at one extreme of
the universe will be mirrored, instantly
and without sending signals, by
a paired electron billions of light
years away.

So the “binding effect” is cosmic as well
as personal; it exists “in here” and “out
there.” The net result is that you are an
activity of the whole universe, an insight
that sounds abstract, but just as a single
thought requires your brain to perform a
huge number of unseen calculations, so Karma
performs unseen calculations to produce you.

As we now can prove, change and stability
coexist in the brain; without both it couldn’t
operate. When you remember an old birthday,
you can call it “my” thought, but you feel
no personal connection to synapses and
dendrites or the firestorm of signals passing
over them.

Brain cells work by totally predictable means
involving exchanges of electrical charges
between sodium and potassium atoms and simple
oscillations between positive and negative
electrical impulses. Somehow that mechanical
stability produces free, creative, unpredictable
thought forms.

The rishis asserted the same about Karma. It is
infinitely flexible and infinitely inflexible
depending on how you look at it. Unknown forces
are free to reshape you without your knowledge.
They do it all the time, since none of us has
the slightest awareness of how our brains move
from thought A to thought B.

This opens the question of how much choice we
exercise over our next lifetime. The coexistence
of opposites is a paradox, and unless we solve
it we have no control over the afterlife;
we are just caught in the meshes of a machine
that can produce any outcome according to its
own whims.

ஃ Adapted from Life After Death
by Deepak Chopra

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