Saturday, January 30, 2010

The quadraple in us!

I want to share with you the most logical explanation for why we experience a feeling of satisfaction or dissatisfaction, or feel stressed when certain events occur in our lives.

According to Vedanta, each one of us are a composite structure of four different personalities namely-
1) Physical
2) Emotional
3) Intellectual
4) Spiritual

Whenever an event happens all these four personalities experience this event. They are so subtle that we as the experiencer fail to recognize it and conclude it as one entity. Each of these four have their own independent values and demands.

For example, consider the situation when you are with a group of friends who are drinking beer and you are the only one in the group who does not. You have been in this situation many times before but this time you are tempted towards trying it. Here your physical self is craving for it, your emotional self is excited about it, your intellectual self says "do not drink, it is addictive, harmful for health" and your spiritual self forbids you and urges you to develop self control and avoid unintelligent indulgence in sensuous enjoyment.

Finally, if you drink, you experience a certain amount of happiness because of the union of the first two layers and a certain amount of dissatisfaction for the other two layers.
So, you are not experiencing total happiness and go through a resultant stress.
Consequently, friction is generated in the personality and hence an individual goes through stress and strain of life!!

Vedanta also has the solution to integrate all the four entities into one whole thereby experiencing harmony and happiness.The greater the integration, the greater is his freedom. Intelligent self restraint,self control and discipline are prescribed by our scriptures. These are the fundamentals on which religion and religious practices are based on. Modern man (read we) detest them because he feels that they put bars on his natural freedom and therefore repels the idea of any religious or spiritual practice without understanding the basic scientific principle on which it is based on!!


  1. A good microscopic view of the transactional analysis.

  2. What if the person is an atheist? If a person is an atheist, does it mean that an he/she must always feel stress?

  3. @onkar - Vedanta is just science and religion is also science only if have the ability to analyse and appreciate it! you dont have to be a believer of god to follow science. Also whether you are an atheist or no, you are basically these 4 entities bound as one!

  4. An interesting way to look at things.

  5. @Pavi - first, I would have got the message sans the exclamation marks in ur comments too :).

    second, I did not say that an atheist would have one of the entities missing. I am trying to dig deeper into the topic by bringing forth a hypothetical situation . You mentioned : "you experience a certain amount of happiness because of the union of the first 2 layers and a certain amount of dissatisfaction for the other two layers"

    Let us say on a scale of 0 - 10 , a person who is an atheist , would have a spiritual entity with a value 0. Does that mean that the person must always feel stress considering the imbalance between his spiritual entity and the other entities?

  6. @onkar- sorry about the exclamations.. was over expressive ;)
    the spiritual self is not present because a person is spiritual/believer of god/follows spiritual practices. The spiritual quotient is just the basic knowledge of nature inherent in you. It is just the acknowledgement that there is a force more powerful than you.