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Subtle is Powerful

38)       The invisible plane of life is as much a field of production as the factory that manufactures goods and the land that produces the grain.

It is true hard work pays; hard work is indispensable. For a hungry man the fine fragrance from the kitchen will be enjoyable, but will not meet the requirements of hunger. Matter is a fact. Materials do matter.

The batons of the policeman and the gunshots do disperse a crowd when all appeals fail.

It is the silent words of the judge's warrant that empowers the policeman.

There was a time that the weight of the materials like iron, steel, etc. was considered to be strength. No longer is it so. The lighter the material, the stronger it is.

Is there a theory behind this phenomenon?

The loud shouts of the corporal on the field give orders.

Those who issue very powerful orders usually do not shout, they speak gently.

To speak gently is more difficult, requires more energy, hence its power.

It is said the more information goes into making a material, the stronger it is. It is lighter too.

Mind is a more powerful instrument than the body.

Working with the Mind requires far greater amounts of energy than doing physical work.

During the World War hundreds of thousands were dying at the front. Attack from the air, or from the ground involved heavy casualties.

Espionage information was pouring in about everything behind the battle lines.

One such information was about their factory production, their location, etc.

One man spotted an information there about a factory producing bushes.

It was the only factory in Germany producing bushes.

Generals plan attacks on military fortifications, production centres, etc.

Mind is an instrument of thinking. To bring two or more facts together in the mind and to ask mind to respond to it is thinking.

There was one such thinker in the Allied Army.

He understood that, if all bushes are made in one factory, destroying that ONE factory will force all the factories that receive these bushes to stop production.

It was a bright idea. It occurred to him by a few minutes of thought.

That invisible idea was equal to destroying all the factories in Germany producing ammunitions.

To us, land is productive, a factory is productive.

We do not see a shop in a similar area is equally productive.

Do we realise a bank is more productive than land, factory and shop?

Today the service sector generates a greater percentage of employment than agriculture or manufacture. Agriculture does duty to 3%, manufacture 18%, while the service sector is above 60%.

This is not true only in production.

He who reads aloud will never reach the reading speed or efficiency of a silent reader.

Internet is not in space; its space is cyberspace.

The efficiency of the Internet is not to be compared to the manual processor.

During the war when Bata was taken over by the government, their executives fled the country and met in London. They felt they could revive the company and they did.

  • The invisible talents of the executives equal the entire company.

Brevity is the soul of wit. To be brief thought must rise in quality.

Fine cloth is costlier than coarse cloth.

  • The subtle is more powerful.

39)       In fact, being subtle, the life plane is more productive.

Whatever Man says to the contrary, Man believes in the material more than the ideal. It is the degree that is concrete, not the education. The age-old Greek wisdom is a sound mind in a sound body while the biological as well as spiritual truth is it is the soundness of the Mind that determines the health of the body. The Secret is reaching a wider and wider audience making people discover modern miracles in ancient experiences.

Money is a thing anyone readily understands. Explaining ever so many ideas of value to a lady, someone felt a wonder at her receptivity. By some stray distraction he lapsed into an explanation of one of his ideals in terms of its Money value. The lady leaned forward, expanded on all sides and exclaimed, "All your ideas are best explained, but cast in terms of MONEY, they are crystal clear".

  • The material is concrete.
  • The ideal is evanescent.

Still one can look around, review his own experience and inquire whether the invisible subtle life plane is not more productive than the physical material plane. He will discover the life plane is not only more productive but often is creative.

It is a common grievance of farmers that they toil on the land for months, sometimes a year to produce a crop. But the trader buys it from them and sells it after a short time for a greater profit, often twice more. In all products even in manufacture it is true that the retailer and wholesaler make more than the producer. The truth is production is the physical gross plane. Sales is in the social vital plane of life that is subtle.

A doctor administers medicines to a fever patient and the fever comes down. In a day or two any serious fever is cured, at the most in 5 or 6 days. Go to a sannyasi - ascetic - and ask him to cure the fever. If he is one who is inclined to undertake the job, he asks for a tumbler of water, chants a mantra, cuts the water with a knife in two directions. Take the water and fever disappears in no time, sometimes before the tumbler is put down. One may dismiss it from his scientific mind, but he cannot disregard the fact.

  • The fact is the more subtle the force is, the more powerful it is. Science itself is a subtle force of that description. Science tells the body worker who labours to move a 500 kg weight trying to generate equal force, to use a crowbar and have the work done by 50 kg.

Where does the 450 kg of force come from?

Agriculture was in the rural areas. Trade grew in the cities and developed into commerce with so many other powers of life such as education, communication, record keeping, documents, registration, etc. Lives in the cities are far more powerful, richer than in the villages. Life is more productive than the physical land. Life produces through human relationships which are intangible, subtle.

  • There is one more plane beyond the subtle life. It is the causal plane. It is creative and yields the results instantaneously. Everyday we witness it but rarely do we interrogate it for its source of power.

40)              Historically all phases of development have begun only like this.

We say that if agriculture is physical, trade is subtle. It is in moving upwards, a plane -- vital, physical, mental -- can grow subtle in extending itself horizontally.

Objects like flowers, food, fruits, etc. are physical.

Their taste and smell are subtle in the same plane, say subtle physical. Human relationships are vital. The unspoken thoughts in such relationships are unseen, invisible. They are in the same plane subtle. We call it subtle vital.

Mind is entirely subtle, unless we call the brain physical and mind the subtle mental.

(Or, if we choose, we can divide thought itself into two parts - 1) the physical thought, that which is articulate in the mind, and 2) the invisible thought as subtle mental proper. Anyway, even the mind has a subtle part.)                   

Historically development proceeds from the gross to the subtle plane.

  • Work in agriculture is physical. The care and attention are subtle.
  • Production in the factory is physical. Its cleanliness, orderliness, etc. are subtle.
  • The evidence the lawyer submits to the court is physical.

The attitude of responsibility he has is subtle.

  • The subject the teacher teaches is physical matter.

The interest and enthusiasm he evinces are subtle.

  • A shopkeeper sells his physical products.

His reputation is subtle.

  • The army gives ammunition that is physical to the soldier.

His patriotism is subtle.

  • Every object, quality or idea has a subtle extension.

Development that begins in the gross plane extends to its subtle part. Only when the gross and the subtle parts of a plane are saturated will it move to the next higher plane.

  • Prosperity of a nation is physical, its culture is subtle.
  • Legal courts and police are the physical parts of the legal machinery,

while people's endorsement of law, their faith in its justice, is subtle.

  • Tourism has its physical, subtle parts of travel and enjoyment.
  • The coin is physical Money, its power and enjoyment are subtle.
  • Victory of the army and the consequent security are the physical and subtle parts of it.
  • Medicine is physical; our faith in the doctor is the subtle part.

 All parts have their subtle extension as subtlety is part of existence.

story | by Dr. Radut