By Dr. K S Radhakrishnan on 21-06-2011
The Big World of Maya (XXIII)
The market economy, the resultant
philosophy of post-modernism and the adhocism adopted to solve issues regarding
the existence of man paved way for the emergence of the conflicting one and the
same person having divergent interests. Post-modernism says that there is not
one man but many men in accordance with the changing contexts and interactions
of man with such contexts. A man in the market and man in a place of worship
are not one and the same man but are different in different contexts. Naturally
his interests, attitudes, actions and reactions may be changed. Hence, a person
is able to adopt two different moral attitudes in the said two contexts. But
how a person having specific name and form can adopt difference up to the level
of having contradictory nature of moral norms is a question to be answered
properly. A man in the market is concerned with his own profit alone, while a
man in a place of worship has to pray for one and all including his friends and
foes. That is, a person who stands for himself in a market prays for the
benefit of one and all is quite contradictory.
A man of contradiction cannot
experience peace and harmony. His life would be in a world of uncertainty.
Hence, he has to experience a sense of psychic imbalance. This may be one of
the reasons for the sharp increase of patients suffering from hypertension and
diabetes. Both these diseases are the results of the metabolic imbalances of
the body and they are the psychosomatic diseases generally referred to as
‘tension’. Everyone is suffering from tension. Man in a tensed mood is cursed
to endure anxiety. Therefore, the 21st century man who celebrates
technological victory over organic unity has to pay heavy price for his
ignorance that man cannot make a survival without organic unity. The very idea
that man is a heap of fragments of experiences and he is an organic whole
inseparable from the context he lives is due to the influence of maya. So maya appears in different
contexts having different dimensions. The main concern of advaita philosophy is to find methods to overcome maya in order to experience stability.
About The Author
Dr. K S Radhakrishnan (formerly Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University and Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission) is a learned scholar who has been earnestly trying to revive the ancient knowledge in Indian culture. He worked as a lecturer early in his life and now lives an eloquent advocate of social and cultural causes.