Essays & Writings
Jayaram published hundreds of essays on various topics.
The following is a list of important essays, which are currently available on the
Consciousness is the sum of thoughts, memories, desires, feelings,
ideas, and opinions arising from perception, experience, imagination,
reason, or belief. This definition may not be scientific and may
not cover all aspects of consciousness, but it is sufficient for
our discussion.Consciousness has both general and specific aspects. The general
aspects are found in all humans, but there are some aspects that
are specific to each individual. Based upon the common aspects,
you can draw valid conclusions about personality, behavior and human
psychology. Such knowledge is useful to understand others and deal
Suffering is inherent in life. Who does not suffer? Even when you are happy, a part
of you may still be suffering subconsciously. The seers of ancient India knew it.
It formed the core of many ascetic traditions of the subcontinent, who suggested
different solutions and approaches to the problem of suffering. The Buddha echoed
the same sentiment when he declared that birth was suffering.
In the history of the world, the Samkhya School was probably
the first school of philosophy to propose a mathematical model of
the universe in which Nature functioned as an automaton to manifest
diversity and different realities. Samkhya means numbers, and the
Samkhya philosophy is about the number of realities (tattvas) that
are present in existence. It identifies the individual soul as a
universal constant and Nature as a variable phenomenon with a number
of causes and effects latently present in it. It also proposes that
Nature produces nothing new. Whatever that needs to be manifested
is already present in it as effects hidden in their causes.
Truth has a great significance in Hinduism, as an aspect of Brahman,
a characteristic of existence, the support of creation, a quality
of gods, moral virtue, philosophical concept, spiritual practice,
instruction, and the personification of Dharma (Law) and Rta (Order).
Truth is divinity itself. Brahman is Truth personified. Devotees
worship Lord Vishnu as Satyanarayana, the Lord of Truth. Shiva is
pure (shivam), free from the impurities (malas) of egoism, attachments,
and delusion. Hence, he is a Truth Being and eternally pure (Sada
Shiva). Brahma's creative power arises from the purity of his consciousness,
chastity and austerity. Hence, the Prasna Upanishad (1.15) declares
that Truth is established in Brahma, besides austerity and chastity.