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Consciousness

Consciousness

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STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS FROM THE VIEWOF MODERN AND SPIRITUAL SCIENCES
 
INTRODUCTION
Consciousness is the word which we use, umpteenth number of times, in our daily lifewithout being conscious of its use. In other words, this word consciousness has become a part and parcel of our routine talking vocabulary and in communication. However, thesedays, all of sudden, the word consciousness has become very important and respectedword in the context of science and spirituality. Everyone is
consciously
talking aboutconsciousness. We find again and again, in meetings, gatherings, colloquiums, symposiaand conferences of science and spirituality or otherwise as well, people are
consciously
seeking about consciousness.The general point of talking and discussion among the august gathering is about; what isconsciousness? How to define consciousness? What is so important about consciousness?Why all of sudden this word consciousness has gained so much importance? Whyeveryone is now
consciously
talking about consciousness? What one will gain after understanding the word consciousness? Consciousness as a missing link between Godand man, God is consciousness; consciousness is God; consciousness, consciousness andconsciousness… so on and so forth.So, why do not we take this opportunity to probe
consciously
this word consciousness, alittle deeper and try to understand its meaning, objective and philosophy? We would liketo study the subject both from the point of view of modern science, and as well asspiritual science. And will see what and how much we have gained or learned at the end?
THE WORD
The word consciousness may be used both in the common language, in a scientificlanguage and as well in connection with the deeper spiritual connotation. Here in thisarticle we are essentially interested in finding the similarities between the consciousnessof scientific and the spiritual world.2
 
Most of the time, often, we use the word consciousness, in day to day life, in a very loosesense. It may be broadly classified as an equivalent English term
awareness
meaningknowledge of something. Generally speaking, when we use the term consciousness,
actually we only mean awareness
, i.e. one is aware of the information around one’ssurrounding etc.
 A Deeper Meaning 
We, if look carefully deeper into the meaning of the word consciousness and awareness,we may find that there is a
subtle
difference in the meaning of these two words. Althoughon the gross level we often use these two words as a synonym. But we find that on thesubtle level or to say in the spiritual sense, consciousness has more subtle meaning thanthe word awareness.By saying this, we mean that one cannot be
aware
of anything without raising theconsciousness, to say, to the usually higher level of consciousness. We can
aware
of thehigher level,
if and only if 
, we have raised our consciousness to that said higher level of consciousness. Awareness cannot be raised without raising the level of consciousness.While, on the other hand, raising the level of consciousness, itself raises the level of awareness. Or, we may say in the subtle form consciousness is independent of awareness;
but 
awareness is a function of consciousness.
The Common Term
We start the subject, to begin with, the common use of word consciousness in our day today life. We may observe that we talk about
consciousness
such as, one is consciousabout his
touch
, one is conscious about his
look 
, one is conscious about his
taste
, one isconscious about his
listening 
or one is conscious about a particular 
 smell 
. For example,often we say that so and so person is very sensitive and careful towards his well being of his outer-look, or in other words we may say that the person is very conscious about hislook, and as well as in choice of his dressing. We take another example; he is verychoosey and particular about his choice of food that suits his taste buds; or we may say he3

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