Lets Awaken our Sixth Sense

Jan - Feb 2006

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The mysterious workings of nature are unfathomable by the human mind. Nature creates awesome earthly turmoil and at the same time sends down subtle forewarnings to the living beings to keep out of harm’s way. Unusual barking of dogs, birds fleeing their nests, unexplained behavior of cats and many wild animals - all these signal to an impending natural disaster. These creatures give intimations of beneficial changes, too. How are they prescient of future events while ordinary man remains completely ignorant of these? Experts attribute this capability in animals to the wondrous gift of the sixth sense, which develops naturally in them.

Sixth sense means going beyond the range of the five normal senses. Subtle perception of that which cannot be heard, seen or understood by the normal sense organs is the function of the sixth sense. The sudden flash of a scene before the eyes which is not actually there is no illusion or psychic disorder; it is the vision of this very sixth sense. Events taking place in the gross phenomenal world have their underlying causes in the subtle non-perceptible world. The pulsations of these events are present everywhere in the subtle world, and upon maturity appear in the form of gross phenomena. If our senses are sensitive enough, we can perceive these signals. But our gross sense organs have their limitations. However, one sense organ - the mind - has the potential to catch these radiating signals provided, of course, that it has been sufficiently refined and calmed. This is called the sixth sense.

The animals, of course, do not have ‘mind’ as we understand the term in the context of man. But experts opine that nature has endowed other creatures too with special instincts, which they use to thwart any danger as well as for other activities of daily life. Since these animals live their lives very close to nature their special instincts are highly developed. For this very reason, the pets generally have this instinct in diminished form, as their lives are not as closely enlivened with nature as that of their wild brethren.

It is this special gift of nature, which saved the animals from the all-devouring onslaught of the tsunami.  In Sri Lanka’s largest sanctuary ‘Galle National Park’, the massive waves of tsunami penetrated up to three kilometers inland but could not harm the numerous elephants, deer, leopards, rabbits and other such resident creatures there. This is very surprising considering that the same waves killed thousands of humans. Did the waves spare these silent and hapless animals, or did they manage to keep themselves out of harm’s way. It is really a mystery. This phenomenon reinforces what the scientists have been suspecting for quite some time now viz., the animals do possess some undefined knack to perceive the danger signals beforehand and reach some safe place.

The sixth sense presents a challenge before modern science, which is grappling to understand it. Operating from beyond the periphery of known scientific parameters, it is, nevertheless, very scientific. References to the existence of such a sense abound in history. The ancient Romans minutely observed the behavior of owls to get advance intimations of a future danger. They found that before a disaster struck, the owls indulged in strange actions and utterances. In some other primitive communities, elephants served this purpose. In India too, the ancient tribes knew this science. The tribes of Andaman and Nicobar islands utilized this knowledge to escape the wrath of tsunami, while the modern and civilized persons, including scientists, perished.

It has been observed that dogs begin to bark in a strange way before an earthquake. A tragic event is often preceded by ominous wailings of dogs, jackals and cats. Before the onset of rains, the drone of a fly species gets markedly increased. Ants begin to move in specific row formations. In the forest, a lion’s stealthy approach is sensed by many birds and tree-creatures whose cacophonous warnings make other ground animals scurry for cover. Rabbits and jackals do not come out of their burrows. Even pets have been seen trying to flee their places on the eve of an earthquake or volcanic eruption even though their sixth sensor is less developed than that of the wild creatures.

Experts on animal behavior assert that the existence of the sixth sense in all living beings cannot be denied. A research group at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Neurobiology has conducted extensive research in this field. Their researches show that the sixth sense was fully developed in our early ancestors. They had a sensor like organ inside the nose. This, remarkably, is present even in today’s man, but in a dormant state. It is called V.N.O. or, Vomero-nasal organ, and is the actual seat of the sixth sense. There is an intricate web of nerves here, and the hormones secreted here probably form the chemical support base of this extra-sensory faculty.

Thus, like other animals, humans too possess infinite potentialities, which they can utilize to manifest the unmanifest, and to get prior intimation of natural calamities. But this cannot be done unless we activate this dormant power and develop it systematically and meaningfully. By adapting our life style to nature and by adopting specific sadhanas this faculty of the sixth sense can be awakened and mastered.

Every dawn, the pond would warn the nearby spring patronizingly, ‘Friend, you must not make the mistake to come closer, or else you would drown in me and die.”

The spring believed in actual work, not in bragging. It would smile a little and move on its course without any reply.

The pond lay where it was, rotting and stinking. But the spring, gradually slicing the banks, one day reached very close to the bank. It rained heavily that night and even the thin separating boundary gave way. The pond was assimilated into the spring, which began to run even more speedily.

The tree on the bank mocked, “Those who neither perform themselves, nor can stand others doing it, suffer this very fate in the end.”

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