“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”- Rene Descartes
The search for enlightenment and Truth is one that spans the eons of cognisant existence. I can not say if it is purely a human quality or if other organisms earth or planets yet discovered feel this need. Although I can say with some certainty that in human beings it is a unique and beautiful quality.
As buddha once said, Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
It has been said that we are hardwired for the experience of the spirit which is what ultimately decides what Truth and enlightenment looks like to particular people.
The evidence cited in that article includes the results of research done by Professor Andrew Newberg, a radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania who teamed up with psychiatrist and anthropologist Eugene d’Aquili. The latter proposed a theory that brain function could produce a wide range of experiences, including the religious experiences reported by those having what they believed to be communion with the infinite, or being “one with the universe.” They came up with the idea of doing brain scans of Tibetan monks meditating and Franciscan nuns engaged in deep prayer. And sure enough, they got the pictures they wanted. There is part of the brain’s left parietal lobe which they call the “orientation association area.” It is apparently the region which helps recognize where the line is between the physical self and the rest of the universe. It requires a constant stream of neural information flowing from the senses to maintain that distinction. The scans showed that during the peak moments of prayer and meditation the neural information flow was dramatically reduced. They reasoned that with the brain deprived of information about the “real world”, the person would experience the sense of the limitless feeling of unity with the universe, reported by those having the religious experience. -the meridian (not my preferred resource but I wanted to get the idea across)
I realize this is all a bit muddled, maybe one day I’ll be able to sort out what I truly with to get at but as always with Truth, we have to look at ever definition and possibility before we can begin to make any real conclusions. I’m not entirely sure why I latched on to this subject but here it is.
“ I am saying something about the ineffable. I am saying something about the ultimate mystery.
You can understand it, yet you can never understand it totally. It is elusive, it escapes. It is within reach, but it is not within grasp.
You are always coming closer and closer to it, but you never arrive. And the day you arrive, then you are no more there;
the distinction between the seeker and the sought disappears. Then you are it. That art thou — then you are it! ”-Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh