Many eastern spiritual traditions look upon the conventional world as a source of confusion in the path to ultimate freedom. This may be seen as a paradigm the comes into focus as we develop increasing stabilization in whatever mode of contemplation is practiced and to what degree we can align with a worldview that holds that gratification of our desires and our senses is a distraction that distorts our perception of true meaning and purpose. Our comprehension of what might be the source of our being does depend though on the information we have recourse to, and this is primarily through our senses. How our sensory apparatus ‘views’ its objects is perhaps ultimately determined by our mind and the magnitude of any datasource that impinges on our sensory gateways could determine how much of the totality of the source is filtered into awareness, given the reserve of the sensorium we have left over after what has already been occupied by coincidental stimulus.
In simple terms, what we see for instance with our eye-mind complex is in need of processing as well as what we don’t but could see. The capacity of our senses is flooded by information that is generated by varying degrees of encryption at the source, perhaps owing to far greater complexity for limited elements to depict. That which is generated exclusively by the mind and not resulting from other sensory stimulus originates from a much more encrypted source and is only partially sensed. That which comes from the other sensory doors is less complex and more completely sensed albeit at the expense of total mind-peripheral sensorial capacity. The faculties of the mind could be graded and blocked by the peripheral sensory field leading to a saturation of what is seen, felt, heard or thought of. The mind’s field might include information about systems far greater in magnitude and complexity than what man is able to bring into awareness in totality and therefore balancing and filtering sensory input allows the greater organizational complexity which is the mind to fathom encrypted source data more fully. Again, simply put, with lesser other sensory information the mind functions more freely and lets in more of its field. Therefore the advice to restrain the senses for accessing greater clarity, depth and wisdom.
A mismatch in this mind sense – peripheral sense preponderance might actually produce output that is thwarted by limited instruments and depictive capacity as it were, and hence the phenomena of hallucinations, impaired reality testing or perhaps more radically our collective hallucinatory reality! If the mind were to coexist and coinhabit “instruments” that were capable of decrypting more volume or complexity of information, our individual and collective reality might indeed be very different! Even though the source of information for mind only sense is gated by limitation, it might be feasible to enhance decoding capacity by modulating the peripheral sensory signals that come our way, perhaps not so much in terms of only quantity but also quality.
Could it be possible that our physical structure exists in a physical universe and the translation of mind only data reflects such a universe but originates from a field of different spatiotemporal characteristics? This would likely be termed a delusional notion by many! However, virtues like compassion, generosity and wisdom could very well be far more complicated as say compared to merely reflexive or mechanical faculties that simply help us survive and procreate physically. Such qualities might indeed be reflections of greater and hitherto undefined data source configurations. Wisdom and compassion are no doubt influenced by what we hear, see and feel and perhaps the generation of these attributes could be enhanced by optimising the mind sense-peripheral sense balance.
The lens through which we view and describe our universe is both the mind and body. Perhaps if it were only the mind what we “see” would be entirely different!