THOUGHTS ON CONCEPTION AND PERCEPTION FOR A BETTER LIVING


THOUGHTS ON CONCEPTION AND PERCEPTION FOR A BETTER LIVING

It is an origin or beginning or formation of an idea, or initiation of an idea, or initiation of plan, clue to something to be done, comprehension, have an inkling, creation of something in the mind, Inventive skill, fertilization of an idea, construct an idea about something new. Science has taught us that matter is made of invisible building blocks – electrons and protons but can anybody tell us why some electrons and protons become materials and others become living beings? In Indian context, our sages say that everything originates from God and goes back to Him only. For perception to be 100% it is a must that we have bodily discipline, mental discipline and spiritual discipline then all the obstacles to our path are eliminated. Knowledge and experience count much in this respect.

Everything that sees the light of the day is product of an idea. For production of that idea there must have been cause of producing that idea.

 


Conception is an act or situation or power or capability of an individual to form an idea, new thought or initiation of thought or an start of an idea, beginning of something which is conceived in the mind or believed in the form of a thought or belief. It could be termed as the first idea or thought. It is in fact synonymous with birth of an idea, notion, or a plan on which necessary action could be initiated for execution. It is in fact an original opinion/conception/thought/idea.
The Latin word for conception meaning abstract or theoretical based on a general idea and is associated with faculty of contriving or having inventive skill or thought. Sometimes, we may just be perplexed, as to whose idea was about existence of God – who first conceived the idea about God? Or who gave the idea of writing religious scriptures? Fact stands out that the original idea came from our Creator through Saints / Rishis gleaned through intense meditation / bhakti.


One thought conceived or idea may undergo evolution after experiencing a number of times. Initially earth was considered to be not spherically round but as time passed; with exploration and travel round the world, this idea changed and now it is taken as such.
Thought processes help us in growth in different fields. The history of man’s evolution is based on this evolutionary perspective only. In different space and time man has improved by his thought processes – initially the thoughts may be unrefined or raw in nature and then that thought got tested under different conditions under the ambit of cosmic laws. If found suitable, it serves the purpose of evolution otherwise discarded. In other words, man is bound by the cosmic laws to develop consciously and non-consciously. When we put our conceptual thoughts into action it helps in evolution of our thought and with it our life gets influenced.


Everything in the universe is so well planned that no accidents take place there and who created this universe? Whose idea was its creation? One who attains the wisdom and realizes that everything is created, in essence by God, though hidden in appearance.


ACTION ON THE CONCEIVED IDEA IS PERCEPTION


The main stumbling block in thought and its use is non-use of focused mind or concentration or undivided attention that is essential for a thought to fructify in real sense of terms. It is also a fact that we may not fix our attention on job-at-hand thus our effort does not pay dividends at it ought to when undivided attention is paid to the idea conceived. One thing at a time can bring about good results and we can gain traction on the matter at hand. Non-concentration leads to waste of thought originated. Animals act on instinct whereas man has got the power of discrimination so it should be used judiciously. We should wholly reflect / contemplate on what has to be accomplished. In other words, whatever we do should be based on premeditated thoughts otherwise it would be a waste of time and energy. Doing everything consciously and not absentmindedly makes difference. Conceived thoughts could be sieved in such a manner that whatever is not essential should be ignored and essentials of it all be pursued creatively and with zeal and enthusiasm.


It should never be forgotten that our sincere efforts are seconded by our Creator. We should use the creative power of our Creator. Worldly temptations are alluring us always and make us non-focused. When we believe that God is there to help us then we focus on the conceived thought with a single minded devotion and get optimum results.


Actually the intelligence coupled with the drive that He has bestowed in us are sufficient to fulfill our life’s mission. Practicing silence is one of the best methods to silence the unnecessary thoughts that penetrate/interrupt during our creative pursuit.


We fail to fulfill our goal simply because our technique is ineffectual or our attempt is not that deep. Here our endeavour should be to repeat the process differently and get the wholesome result or go really deep into the superconscious self – a prayer in which our soul be burning with a desire for fructification of our effort  then our conceived idea will result into tangible results.


Nature operates in three ways: creative or conceptual thinking, preservative (perception of the concetualised idea) and dissolutive. In olden times, humans had to fight with different kinds of elements, both natural and man made. Here survival of the fittest results (Darwin theory)  Waves of thoughts about how to fight against these dangerous elements germinated in the mind of humans, that is also termed as creative state, then that idea is to be put to use.

Perception is interpretation of sensory information and how best we can respond to the information (conceived idea) we are having. It goes to show that we actually conceive an idea and then identify that idea by putting the same into practice. We can take this sensory information from our environs in the form of practical experiences and thus make perception beneficial in the way it is required depending on space and time. For example, we can combine different letters and make a word of our choice. Then these words could be used, keeping in mind the other parameters for its use.

Perception is important for us all to survive in the environment in which we live. If we want to live in a particular locality, we take into consideration the environs around in the form of local populace, social etiquettes of those people, availability of barest necessities of life besides how best we can get used to all these requisites.

Then perception also involves sensory organs. For example, visualizing a dangerous situation through sight and hearing, we tend to avoid an incident. Before plunging into a water we visualize the current or flow of water or there may be some other danger.


A conceived idea could be put to practice. The quantity of practice perfects our quality of conception and perception and vice versa. It goes to show that as we experience, the quality of our work improves optimally – gaining experience means enhancement in our conception and subsequently perception.


CONCEPTION PRECEDES PERCEPTION


There is no perception without conception. We’ve to have an idea of what is our plan of action would be before effort is made to fructify that idea. When we listen with our ears, look with our eyes and use of head and heart and then act this act of ours is enduring and ingenious.


How best we utilize our conceptual idea depends the sincerity of our effort in our perception. Our idea remains a theory just theoretical or notional if the same is not put to practice with sincerity.


Thus it could better be concluded that what we conceive, we’ve to put to practice otherwise that conception will not serve any purpose. Also, idea which is emanated from heart, brings in its wake better results. Both these terms are essential for a healthy living but for both; graces of our Creator, our sincere effort(s) and appropriate environment play indomitable role. 

 

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ART OF LIVING – DIFFICULT THE TIMES GREATER ARE THE CHALLENGES & SWEETER THE SUCCESSES


ART OF LIVING – DIFFICULT THE TIMES GREATER ARE THE CHALLENGES & SWEETER THE SUCCESSES

Living is the most complicated art. Living is not merely eating, drinking and make merry. It is to be lived and lived respectably. Modern science has given us comforts but it has taken us away from natural way of living. Really, science and technology has made us slave to it. Gone are the days when people used to enjoy the beauties of nature. In olden times, nature used to play a dominant role. In our zeal to excel, we just do not enjoy the mysteries of nature; shining of stars and sights of shooting stars, chirping of birds in the trees, walking barefooted on the dew laden grass in the morning, taking the rain droplets in our palms and walking in the rain, viewing the snowflakes falling from sky, viewing the sun rise and sun set, enjoying the moon lit night, the sound of brook, listening to the cry of a small new born and enjoying the prattle of small children etc etc.  

Now, with all our acts of omissions and commissions, we are spoiling it and thus spoiling its balance. The real way of living is to look at the brighter side of things despite tragedies.

While we just think about increasing the kitty of gadgets which make our life comfortable, in this quest, we just forget the value of love. Every one of us should transform our anger, greed, rancor, jealousy, etc with love. It should never be forgotten that light of love just removes the darkness of negativity.

How satisfying it is when our efforts are rewarded! This has been amply proved that if we put our efforts sincerely coupled with God’s grace, we come out successful ultimately. Today, I had a chance meeting with a person who used to work as a semi-skilled worker in a large sweetshop. He told me that he is presently owning a large sweetshop of his own, in the process giving employment to many. He told me that the sweetshop owner fired him from the shop without any rhyme or reason. Then he determined that he’ll work hard; which he did because his costly car and the locality in which he was now living revealed in all. This gives us an ample lesson that when one makes sincere efforts every element in the universe comes to the succor in that person’s efforts. We’ve the examples of different personages who not only changed their own lives but also influenced and left an indelible impression on the world at large; Isaac Pittman, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein amongst so many, who rose to their pinnacle of success due to their singleness of purpose and hard work.

Importantly, it is a travesty of fact that we consider ourselves unquestionably above board as far as public health vis-à-vis our dealings are concerned. We should never be selfish in that. In our zeal to get ahead we have become self centred and want to excel at the cost of others. We must have observed how some companies mix harmful agents into the diets of general public thus jeopardizing the health of general people. The recent instance of manufacturers of magi is case in point.

Then while living, we lose sight of humour and laughter. In the absence of humour and laughter, we tend to live in despondency and cultivate the habit of remaining very serious on slightest of pretext. This has robbed us from living happily. We tend to be dejected and saddened by small incidences. It seems as though we’ve totally bid good bye to ‘let go’ attitude from our lives.

In our lives, we just think, whatever we’ve got is due our individual efforts. This way, we tend to forget the contributions of others in our success. It should never be forgotten that we can only put efforts, it is the society only which recognizes our efforts – then only we are successful. We should never forget that in our success, the contributions of our well-wishers, the good wishes of our relations and friend besides the graces and bounties of our Creator should never be forgotten. If this is not realized in our lives then one day we are doomed. The self centred attitude ditches us after sometimes.

The real art of living is to live on the principle of simple living and high thinking; though wealth is required for meeting our requirements of life yet our aim ought not be merely to possess wealth and forget every other things like being noble, caring, giving happiness to others during our interactions with others. We should celebrate every small success in life and associate others too in our celebrations. This would make us sociable and cooperative bereft of jealously and rancor towards others.

If the living is merely for individual’s own bread and butter then it is all right. It is not so. Also, we are inter-connected with others in the form of wife, husband, children, parents, friends and other people who come in contact with us in our social interactions. Undoubtedly, life is such unpredictable, sometimes, we meet some people who influence more than even our blood relations.

Apart from this, there are occasions when nothing works. Every job we put our hands on, just fails to click. Then what? it is well said, everybody knows for sure how to live when everything is according to our liking. But what then if all the roads just lead to doom and gloom; a choppy water all the way. This happened in the life of one of my friends. He was having roaring business, had everything which a family aspires for – material prosperity, happy family life with children studying in standard schools. But unfortunately, a fire incident at shop-cum-store changed everything. Everything in it was gutted. The problem got compounded because there was no insurance cover for the equipment kept in the store. Due to this, life came crashing for the entire family – adversely affecting the education of the children and it also impacted social standing of the family. Despite the most daunting situation in which the family concerned was placed, due to their resilience, hard work disposition, cooperative attitude and determination to excel besides sheer belief in God their lives changed for better due to God’s grace.

Living is an art and most complicated one at that. Various people have various aims in life. For some it is an empty dream, for others enthusiasm, it is adventure, fulfils his/her duties, living a life full of pleasure with self centred approach, for some it is joy ride, for some it is both a tragedy and comedy etc. fact stands out there are comedy and tragedy in life.

  • Spiritual way of living. For a spiritual bent of mind individual life is serious journey. It is a life full of caring for others, meeting others’ needs, being faithful and live life full of sympathy for others while respecting others rights and spiritual freedoms of others.
  • Live and die for material prosperity is living only like animals.

These people want to have everything which makes them more comfortable materially. Greed for still more materials compels them to adopt corrupt practices or may adopt any extreme steps as usurping others’ possessions by illegal means. Their lifestyle shows as though they’ve come to this world for good. These people could ward off anything in their control but when some natural calamities visit, they find themselves caught between the proverbial devil and the deep blue sea. It is because in their entire lives they’ve not cared for human values and when caught in the whirlpool of uncertainty finally it is hard for them to come back.

  • Ego based life. We should be careful in understanding as to where our self esteem starts and ends and from where ego starts. This; ‘I, me, my’ attitude is harmful and cannot succeed ultimately.
  • Life of empathy. If we’ve compassion for others, every endeavour of ours would be in sync with God’s commandments.
  • It is well said that if we live optimistically it would be a life full of creativity. It should be remembered that creativity is another form of prayer. A person who is creative knows how to live totally.