eye and our communion with nature
By G. Mahen P. Siriwardena
None of the horrific scenes of disaster of the tsunami
enveloping the eastern seaboard of the Indian Ocean shows a single
carcass of a dead animal, except those that died after the event,
in flash floods particularly in Ampara. There must surely be a reason
and the stories of those who sensed that something was amiss are
old man in Trincomalee in one of the hotel resorts noticed that
none of the monkeys who pester the tourists at breakfast time were
there. The waiter who had informed him of this has evidently perished,
but the old man had watched the sea and had seen the waves coming
in. He had clambered to high ground, climbed a tree and escaped.
there was the early riser at Bentota who noticed that there were
no birds on the trees. The unusual stillness was perturbing. He
had sensed that something strange was happening and had hastily
retreated to high ground without knowing why. He escaped.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are reported to host the last of the
vanishing tribes of primitive clans. When the Indian rescuers dared
to venture to provide them with food aid, they had threatened them
with bows and arrows and asked them to go to hell. There were apparently
no deaths. The rest of the fishermen have all but vanished.
in Hindu mythology and the Upanishads is that man is blessed with
a third eye. Located in the forehead, not in physical form, the
eye of instincts, in the form of wisdom, premonitions, clairvoyance
is commonly known as gut feeling.
is supposed that in time past, man was blessed with this faculty
and was able to build many a flourishing civilisation from Egypt
to Asia to South America. They had no technology that is available
who practise meditation are familiar with the inner workings of
the mind. In fact, those who practise Transcendental Meditation
of Guru Mahesh Yogi learn by practice that equanimity and peace
come through the balance of the left and right, lobes of the brain.
Lobsang Rampa in one of his books writes on the third eye.
of today have reached an unprecedented level of technological achievement.
The logical approach of concentration, assimilation and reproduction
in knowledge is very much evident in everyday life. Yet the ability
of mankind to communicate with nature has diminished. It has been
substituted with idol worship. The whole of mankind, it appears
is now blind followers of idolism rather than in tune with the spirits
within and therefore without.
is not surprising that we are unable to perceive the vagaries of
nature and take precautions hours before, as the birds and monkeys
demonstrated on the 26th of December, 2004. What instincts, or messages
were received, via a hawk, eagle or other would never be known.
Yet there has been communication within the whole of the bird and
animal kingdom. They saved themselves. We could not. Have we lost
the ability of the third eye and of communion with nature?