Culture is understood by living it.
It would be a “sin against curiosity” if I do not clarify the points raised by Alex. Let me begin with my background. I breathe at ease with Sanskrit and the Vedic lore. The ideas on culture expressed here do have that background. For want of better translation I have used certain expressions which are bound to create different understanding in keeping with another background. Yet, it is not impossible to find the concord where experiences have common ground.
What do you mean by centre of consciousness?
The expression hints at an experience one finds by following guided discipline. This is like a circle whose centre is YOU and I whose circumference is nowhere to be found. This “WE” is not the sum total of “all” as even the ocean is not the sum total of the incidental waves. Language as a means of social intercourse is only the fourth and the grossest level of culture. The other three levels are increasingly subtle which demand deeper focus and attention to comprehend. Global human self-consciousness is trans-national and is inclusive of all cultures.
Whom do you refer to by outsider?
By outsider I mean one who is biased, unwilling to open up, non-receptive picnic-minded person who visits a country like India where unity in diversity runs in and through many and varied cultures. An outsider is one who lacks the sensibility and sensitivity to comprehend the “sweetness and light” of a living culture.
Can you please explain what you understand by the true experience of culture?
I fully understand the implications of ‘cultures’ mentioned by you. And yet, please note this: The deeper one goes within towards the spiritual centre of consciousness more are the possibilities of finding that true culture is trans-social, trans-national and trans-global because the content of consciousness at its centre is cosmic in essence. The wave is essentially the ocean. So what? The language of this centre is Love and Care.
Can I develop without WE?
When I develops it is WE that manifests and I has the innate potential to manifest. Yes, this requires the field and the environment. “Father is the seed and mother is the field. The yield goes by the name of father and not mother.” Father is culture and mother is environment. I am aware of the limitations of metaphors. The differentiation of academically literate and culturally literate is based on the ethical and moral context of culture. A subject expert in Chemistry need not be a good human being in every sense of the expression. Being human globally takes globally acceptable human value-based, non-corrupt love and care which can embrace humanity, nay, all that is living and non-living.
Experiential learning and performance research meant by me are indeed specific disciplines of Vedic Tantra which enable expansion of consciousness of the aspirant from I to WE wherein being human globally would be an intimate personal experience. Alex, I have not seen you or heard you and yet it is my love for you which has made me to care for the queries and respond to them. You are welcome to my place, live with me and get non-verbal clarifications for your queries.
[Carnality, touch, affect, movement, quietude, no barriers in the midst of drums]
[Shh! Silence flows, don't let words disrupt. Only in silence perception & consciousness arise to glimpse harmony.]
I had clearly misunderstood, so sorry for this! I can´t avoid congratulating you on the beauty of this second post.
Joined the G-group; governance seems not to be in my line, but use is so widespread it is sometimes hard to tell.
Curiosity is bound to kill this cat! Still, only through Otherness I can push my own boundaries to develop awareness and empathy to enhance reflection. Hopefully I´ll sometime know something; in the process I try to introduce every new tiny bit into my daily practice.
Mine is expressive & doer Spanish culture, not ideal to grasp Vedic Tantra, but keen on learning more!:) I´m currently into performance & experiential research applied to social sciences/cultural studies (hybrid/interdisciplinary). Not sure of how I could contribute, but glad to try.
Some multi-layered experience with outsider/insider issues. I can´t but agree.
Newbie here so I´m not aware of the limits in terms of contents/etiquette :(.
Many thanks indeed for such an enlightening response!