I said to them, “Why revolt? Let them proceed. It will be as it is intended to be. There is a certain way of things which we should not try to control.”
Then I heard my own words and stopped.
Then it hit me and I continued.
Mind your own business
The lives of most living species on this planet are governed by primitive survival instincts. In grade four, we were taught the three basic ‘requirements’ which separated the living from non-living things: Locomotion, Nutrition and Reproduction. All the biochemical and neurological stuff that runs behind these natural processes is simple enough to understand (at a certain level) when broken down into singular processes. Once that is done, characteristic behaviours of different life forms can easily be explained as a result of a combination of two or more biological instincts (for example: flocking, migration, existence of different mating seasons specific to species, hibernation, etc.) Consequently, a complete behavioural study of almost all life on Earth can be reduced, up to a great extent, to fulfilling whatsoever it takes to be alive. Life, therefore, is brains driving the body.
However, I would think twice before saying the same thing about our species. We do -naturally so- live our lives driven mostly by our biology. But I can stamp my foot for the heck of it. A cow will not. I will roll on the grass because I can, but a dog will probably not. We can act in spite of our biological instincts whereas most other animals cannot. They need to have a biological reason to act. What more are humans than their evolutionarily advanced brains, then?
Choice and Control
If I ask you, “What runs your body?”, only a few of you would actually say “the Brain”. But an unknowing child probably will say something like, “I- I run my body”, and he wouldn’t be far from correct. Assuming that you, the reader, are convinced of a higher level of control (higher than the brain) that we humans exercise, I will get to the point.
Will, Self, or whatever you’d like to call this controller, gives you the experience of your singular bodily existence. Without this Self, one would be sleeping to their innate nature. But we live; we love, we communicate, we make art, we do a lot of which cannot be reduced to simple biochemical reactions.
“Minds have minds of their own!” ― N.Kabra
The realm in which this theoretical Self must exist is far from supernatural or metaphysical. It may actually be highly tangible. Counter to intuition, the idea of a Self inside such a realm is quite paradoxical, as it invites the possibility for it to break the Principle of Causality. This Self would possess the power to fracture the universal chain of cause and effect simply to exercise its will. The Self, therefore, must not be a part of some whole: It would have to be the Whole itself.
This all-encompassing ‘domain of control’ is what a Buddha must experience. Well, not exactly; because ‘experience’ in our daily definition implies the actuality of an experiencing self. This domain would be what a Buddha’s Self must explode out to. His being must be the becoming of the Whole Universe.