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Analogy of a Machine


  • Human life, collective as well as individual can be likened to a machine.
  • The machine is invented by an engineer, designed by another engineer or by the same one and produced by yet another.
  • We use it.
  • When it breaks down, a mechanic repairs it.
  • The mechanic knows only the parts and knows how to repair the broken part, oblivious of its production, designing or inventing.
  • We know the parts of the human machine, but have no idea of its whole, not to speak of its creation, designing, and so on.
  • Our perception is mental. Therefore, it is partial.
  • Spiritual perception can be wider. It can be in the depth or the surface. The surface spiritual perception can be complete.
  • Even the mental perception can be greater if the mind is not lost in its own working.
  • For the mind to withdraw from the identification of its working is objectivity.
  • That objectivity separates the observer from the object.
  • With further separation, the observer becomes the ego and later purusha.
  • The psychic can reveal itself if, instead of separation from the object, the observation can be consecrated.
  • Separation is a process of concentration of the observer on himself.
  • Consecration is a process that tries to move away from the surface to the depth.
  • Man can see the whole of the human machine if he goes into the depth.
  • Unless one knows the whole, he cannot understand the part.
  • Once he knows the whole, he can try to repair the broken part. The mechanic's repairing is from the knowledge of the part, not the knowledge of the whole.
  • The human machine works in several layers and it has a determinant in each layer.
  • A fresh release of energy is the starting point either for fresh progress or functioning for survival. It can be said to be on the horizontal plane.
  • The centre of organisation can be conceived of as a vertically rising plane.
  • The utilization of the energy released is by the decision of the centre of organisation.
  • The action of one on the other gives birth to a resultant, which is neither in the horizontal plane nor in the vertical plane.     
  • What we call human personality or human accomplishment by that personality is a curve composed of these dots determined by the various resultants generated by various occasions.
  • The above picture can be considered to represent the positive side of the personality. The negative personality is represented by the curve on the other side, both of which join to create the graphic representation of human accomplishment. It is a pyramid.
  • As the positive energy is directed by the positive organisation to produce a positive resultant, the negative side is created.
  • So far, we speak only of the energy and its action.
  • Man is composed of four parts - physical, vital, mental and spiritual.
  • The organisations are of several types.           

Skills of the physical.

Force of the vital.

Power of the mental.

Result of the spiritual.

  • For each plane, for each type of organisation, determinants are created and they contribute to the points on his curve.
  • Man is also organised on other levels.

Manners, behaviour, character, personality, the unorganised personality; opinions of the mind, attitudes of the vital and physical, and motives of the whole being.

We see one more phenomenon which we can disregard for the present or put off from the present consideration. It is the extent to which man is shaped by the environment and his own inner capacity.

  • We see Collins, Bingley and Darcy.

Their performance and what they are, are self-explanatory in terms of their heritage, education, propensity and personality. The same can be said of Jane, Lizzy, Mary, Kitty and Lydia.

I would like to add the Snakes and ladders, the weaknesses and strengths that are powerful determinants.

  • Starting from the other end, we see Charlotte ends up with Collins dictated by her motive of a comfortable marriage.
  • Going further, her good will, while she is unmarried and hopeless, which wishes Lizzy not to miss the opportunity of Darcy, brings her a Collins.
  • A story of a fictional character or a real event can thus be fixed in all its details, as we have intuitive experience of human achievement. We all do so fairly accurately on knowing a person.
  • In our own case, it can be nearly perfect.
  • If we can empirically know someone approximately and if there is a method from the other side to precisely define the curve, we are face to face with the potential of a tool, a psychological tool or at least the fashioning of such a tool.
  • It will be a fascinating tool for anyone who desires to know of the growth of his own personality until this point in time.
  • Its further use is of immense importance.
  • So far it is a question of study, discovering the laws of human growth. It is to record what is, it is a measurement.
  • Hereafter the same tool can become creative.
  • The determinants of achievement are the factors of the environment and the faculties of personality.
  • Here it will be obvious that the inner factors are decided by a choice of ours, a human choice.
  • That choice too is determined again from outside and inside.
  • Hence the importance of choice.
  • One has the capacity to choose. It is unlimited.
  • Nations and individuals have progressed by that choice.
  • A great majority is willing to make higher and higher choices, if only they know that they can choose and what to choose and that their choice will lead to progress.
  • Man is less tied to his fate and more inclined to pursue paths of progress.
  • This programme is complex in one sense, and in another sense, it is not so complicated as it appears in the beginning.
  • It shows,

- the process of progress,

- the forces of determination,

- these forces can be altered at will,

- that man is his own maker.

  • This way we are only endorsing a worldwide phenomenon.
  • Only that what man does unconsciously, we are trying to render in a conscious, organised, precise fashion.
  • The theoretical result is man now knows he can rise to any height, if he chooses.
  • Then there is a question of time, whether it is decades or weeks.
  • He has known that the creation of a fresh tool like computer or any such thing through technology abridges time.
  • He also knows his own decision can raise the level of his functioning to any level by an inner choice.
  • One in rural India knows that the industry he is trying to set up will take seven years to be commissioned while, if he chooses to locate it in an industrial estate in a city, the seven years will be abridged into seven months.
  • The inner decision decides the rate of growth from years to weeks.
  • Once the tool is fully fashioned precisely with the complete theoretical explanations, we can offer people a rate of progress they can choose and the goal of their choice.
  • The graded list of words we are trying to write under 16 heads is one essential part of this tool that makes for greater precision of it.
  • As precision is one endowment of the tool, its scope, strength, level of existence and grade of perfection, are other facts. The tool once fashioned admits of endless expansion.
  • Life Response is a wider topic, whereas this is a narrow field, though in its own domain it is exacting in fashioning it as a tool of precision.
  • When a man who gets $60,000 a year discovers that he gets it by his skill, and when the skill is raised to capacity becoming $ 600,000 and the tool gives him the method, surely he will be more than excited.
  • The line between sanity and insanity; monkey and man, genius and ordinary man is thin.
  • Is it not equally true that the line between,

          abysmal poverty and abundant prosperity;

          uninformed ignorance and absolute expertise;

          unskilled clumsiness and great perfect capacity;

          primitive uncultured behaviour and aristocratic culture;

          low living and high accomplishment is thin?

  • Is it not true that it is the choice that crosses the line?
  • The choice is made possible by decision making.
  • When the decision is moved from fourth, third and second quadrants to the first quadrant, it decides to cross the line.
  • That decision in the first quadrant can be fine-tuned.
  • The path of changing decisions from one quadrant to another and its complete journey can be fully traced.
  • The need of the hour is two fold.

Fashioning of an exact tool for measuring human accomplishment.

Presentation of it to the common man in such a fashion that he will readily use it.

  • Man does not see the tool, understand the theory, evaluate its use for him, but he looks at those who have benefited by that tool and emulates them.
  • Thus, the need of the hour is a person who is willing to benefit by the programme and rise ten fold or  a hundred fold in his situation.
  • What matters is the accomplishment of the one who presents the programme.

story | by Dr. Radut