By Anand Krishna
The Bali Times
Sanjaya was an attendant, kind of a private secretary, to the blind king of Hastinapura, Dhritrashtra. He spent two thirds of his life attending to the king. He had no private life of his own.
Then, one day, just before the sons of the blind king would go to war with their cousins, came along the great seer Vyaas. “Sanjaya, you must report the entire proceedings of the war to Dhritrashtra.”
“But how can I possibly do that, Sir?( Hastina is tens of miles away from the battlefield of Kurukshetra. How can I leave the king?” asked Sanjaya.
“Oh no, you don’t have to leave Hastina,” replied the great seer, “be where you are, serving your king. I shall endow you with psychic ability so you can see what is happening at the battlefield and report it to the king.”
And the seer did that.( He endowed upon Sanjaya the ability that he promised. Sanjaya did not have to undergo any special training.
That was about 5,000 years ago. Things, however, haven’t changed much. Psychic ability can still be endowed just like that. One can acquire it with or without training. Following any discipline or without any discipline whatsoever.
Like any other ability, psychic aptitude is one of the basic human capacities. Unfortunately, so far we have not paid much attention to this. So far, our time and energy have been focused on developing other abilities.
It is only in the recent years – that is during the past century or so – that we have begun to open ourselves to psychic ability. It’s still a novelty. No wonder we’re bewildered. Many of us are just stunned. Many of us are so engrossed in it, with it, that we forget everything else.
Indeed, psychic ability is an important domain, an important layer of our consciousness – but just one of at least five equally important domains, important layers of our consciousness. Without the help of other domains – physical, mental/emotional, intellectual and, last but not least, the spiritual domain – the human psyche cannot fully express itself.
Psychic ability remains dormant in humans, remains hidden, until it finds expression through the physical and at least one another domain, mental/emotional. And this is where this ability can be problematic.
The mental/emotional domain within us is governed by the instincts. Instincts are connected with our subconscious, which is the storehouse of all our experiences. These experiences are not all human. Indeed, most of them are animalistic. We have inherited animalistic instincts from our past evolution.
As such, if the psychic ability within us expresses itself through our physical domain, with the help of just the mental/emotional domain, it can have a very animalistic flavour and aroma. This is the kind of psychic expression that we see all around us today.
Sanjaya, in the story quoted above, was fortunate enough to have his intellectual domain substantially developed. His name indicates that. Sanjaya means “One Who Has Control over the Lower Senses.” Sanjaya also has another meaning very similar to the first: “One Who Has Mastery over Mind.” He had his intellectual domain fully developed.
Therefore, the psychic development in Sanjaya was no ordinary occurrence. With it he took a quantum leap in consciousness. He did not only see the war between cousins, but could see both the folly and the necessity of the war.
No problem can be solved through violence. Indeed, love is the only solution. War is stupid, silly. But then, at times, surgery cannot be avoided. A tumour must be removed to save the body. If war is likened to surgery, then it has some purpose too. Sanjaya could see that. He could clearly see the outcome of the war. He could see the divine surgeon performing, and he had no doubt whatsoever in the success of the operation.
Sanjaya voiced out his conviction: Where there is Krishna, the embodiment of divine love, and Arjuna, the personification of human skill and efficiency – success is certain! To us, it may sound like a prophecy. To Sanjaya, it was simple mathematics. His conviction was natural in the sense that it was in line with the Law of Nature. Love plus skill is equal to success.
Sanjaya was a man of great intelligence. The psychic ability, which he got through the grace of the master, Vyaas, therefore, did not turn him into a bighead. It did not create any sense of ego within him. He did not make any claim of prophet-hood, although he made a prophecy. He did not claim to be a clairvoyant, although he was one, and really a good one. Why he did not do so? The answer is: He was a man of intelligence.
A man of intelligence knows for sure that like any other ability, psychic skill is a passing phenomenon too. You have it this moment; you may not have it the next. As you age and your physical ability is lessened – so too your psychic ability may diminish because of other factors.
The writer is a spiritual activist and author of more than 130 books, several in English (www.aumkar.org, www.anandkrishna.org). His organization runs Holistic Health/Meditation Centers, a National Plus/Interfaith School, a Charitable Clinic and a Public Reading Room in Bali. For more information, call Aryana or Debbie at 0361 7801595, 8477490.