The Human Search Engine...

Jul 17, 2010                                         

Humans have been on the path of seeking out new avenues for themselves from time immemorial. Be it the cave men who found out the use of fire, innovated hunting techniques that enabled them to survive and reach the top of the food chain in those harsh times or the brave seamen who went on grueling expeditions in uncharted seas in search of unfounded land and attained glory, humans have all been fascinated by the unknown and the unprecedented.

It is no different even in this modern era when we live amidst tech ­ savvy people, surrounded by all the comforts that present day technology can provide us and claim to be at the zenith of civilization. We have search engines on the net to feed our insatiable cerebral quests, GPS fitted to our vehicles to guide us through even the most unforgiving, remote terrains and sophisticated celestial engines (thanks to NASA) that are taking us closer to unclaimed and never seen before places on far off planets.

But in spite of all this we humans have still not stopped our quests (and conquests) and there is still something that keeps the "human search engine" ticking. Humans are basically programmed for this "search" from womb to tomb. The only thing that varies is the objective of the "search" from individual to individual. It could be to top the academia at adolescence, be the best at our job, end up in a posh neighborhood, drive sleek automobiles, and have a healthy bank balance to support all our desires, just to cite a few instances.

Having attained most or even all of the above, at times, people still are on their search for that elusive elixir that never seems to come in to their grasp. If we are learning that even the wealthiest of individuals end up having a void in their hearts in their old age or on their deathbeds, then, it most certainly is not the worldly possessions that matter. So what is it that we are all after? I am definitely

no advocate of anachronism and certainly have pursuits of my own. But making these attainments the top most priority leads to emotional and spiritual slack at a later stage in life.

A wise man once said about our existence in this world as: "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but are spiritual beings having a human experience in this world". It handsomely drives home the point that we are expected to stay connected with our Maker and Saviour at all times. In telephonic terms "don't hang up on Him". An excerpt from an article that I read comes to mind, where the writer beautifully explains our connectivity with God.

He writes that our soul before we enter this world is a part of a Higher Spirit and even when in our mother's womb is still connected to the Higher Entity. But as we come into this world, throughout our years, the distance gradually starts to increase as we travel further and further away from the Spirit until we are called "home" when we eventually have to merge with the Spirit. He opines that the pull

of this world (so true to its nature of gravity) is such that it we enter a trance completely forgetful of the fact that we are just tenants here. A real thought ­ provoking concept must admit.

In the midst of all this cacophony, there is some remote corner in our minds and hearts that start "searching" to establish the lost "connectivity". Not knowing what, who or where it is most of us devote our time and effort by running after possessions under the illusion that it will help us get "connected". In truth, all we have to do is look into ourselves to see the latent gifts that we have in possession.

To learn to use them, we have to trust "in The One above", like a child learning to walk holding the hands of its mother.

This simple act of ours will help channelize our "search" and enable us to get and most importantly stay "connected" with the Spirit that stays in all of us. Just like how we get to enjoy the scenic beauty when we are going on a long drive in exotic locations, in life too blessings will come along aplenty and good things start to happen when we are on the "right track". Let us choose the right GPS for our SUV of life, Google search the right accessories for the journey and enjoy the drive of life. So what are we waiting for? Let us hit the road and wish you all a happy and safe journey !

by Ryan Heri
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Comment on this article

  • Saravana Sekar, Saravana Sekar

    Thu, Jul 29 2010

    Hi Ryan,

    Good article, and informative.

  • Jacintha Dsilva, Brahamavar

    Tue, Jul 20 2010

    Beautiful Article!!! As we are busy running for materialistic world without any pause & thought, it gives a moment to throw the light on oneself

  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Tue, Jul 20 2010

    Your input,"most humans forget that we came to this world as spiritual beings in human form for spiritual purpose." is great.

    But to make the greater part of the human race, which stresses importance mainly to monetary achivements over spiritual, understand, is the greater question.

    This is evident from the limited response from the readers, and debate over such a interesting and rare subject matter.

  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Mon, Jul 19 2010

    Mr. Heri, This article of yours is one of a kind. To dwell deep into it it requires a phylosopical understanding of life, human or otherwise.
    Life itself is devine and spiritual in a sense. For humans it is ending up in a search because as humans we lose the very purpose of life. Humans come to the world but the material world seperates and distances us from being spiritual.

    We strive hard to be spiritual to reach the ultimate destination to reach the creator after being in the world fulfiling our egos of human nature but most humans forget that we came to this world as spiritual beings in human form for spiritual purpose.

    If one does good in this world as a human that itself is the attainment of the spiritaul order and one has understood life and its ultimate desination.

    Physical life dies and death lives on in a real sense in its ultimate desination.

  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Dear Mr.Heri,
    Thank you for your informative response. In my hobby type, search for creator/creation relations, I did stumble across, similar inspirations of the conscept of connectivity with God, though not the right words to explain, as you have done.

    Now that I know, my thoughts were not mere illusions, I will keep pursing on this concept further.

    Please keep writing similar articles

  • Sudeep Raul, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Dude.. Welcome to the world of Writer...
    Excellent Article, beautiful Amalgamation of words...

  • Ryan Heri, Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Dear Mr. Felix,

    Thank you for your positive and encouraging response. I am elated to know that you found the article inspiring. Coming to the references,

    1. "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but are spiritual beings having a human experience"..this wonderful obseravtion was first made by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher.
    Robin Sharma, a Canadian writer, motivational speaker and success coach has also referred to a similar idea in one of his books "The Monk who sold his Ferrari".

    2. The concept dealing with our "connectivity" with God, which I have mentioned,appeared in one of the magazines I took to reading very casually a long time ago and has been taken from memory.

  • Anand, Karkala/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 18 2010

    Very nice Ryan,
    Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.
    Keep on delivering such articles. Good work.

  • Vishenth Prabhu, Valencia

    Sat, Jul 17 2010

    Well written and quite engaging feature. Regards

  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Sat, Jul 17 2010

    Ryan Heri,
    This is the most meaningful and knowledgeable article I ever read, and does put an end to one of my most important searches as well.

    If people have the capacity to understand the meaning of the following

    "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but are spiritual beings having a human experience in this world". Then they will willingly discard their religions to experience the fantastic relation of our inner self communicating with our creator.

    How beautifully the wise man has put it, " our soul before we enter this world is a part of a Higher Spirit and even when in our mother's womb is still connected to the Higher Entity. But as we come into this world, throughout our years, the distance gradually starts to increase as we travel further and further away from the Spirit until we are called "home" when we eventually have to merge with the Spirit.

    I am really at a loss, as to why the holy books of different religions missed out on this single most important truth which can unite the people of the world as one and put an end to the dominence of religions which cause nothing but trouble to humanity in the name of worshipping God.

    Ryan, I would be greatful if you could give me the name or references to writings of the wise man who, understood the relation of humans with the creator. Thank you.

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