Nobody gets through life without suffering. In fact, it is said that to live is to suffer and to survive is to find meaning in the suffering. Morbid as that might sound, there’s always the contentment that arises after we come out of the tunnel of suffering. Of course, it doesn’t all end in one go, because life is cyclical. Through all those ups and downs, we are meant to grow as individuals.
But life needn’t be as hard as we think it is. We’re often told our attitude is key not only in how we treat life but also in how life treats us. And there’s great truth to that. Attitudinal change is indeed at the root of how we can manage life better. But going through the internal shift to fix deep-seated issues is not easy. The same multi-headed monsters crop up their ugly heads time and again—be it circling in an on-again-off-again relationship, or constantly attracting toxic people, or repeatedly landing unsuitable jobs.
There are various ways in which people try to deal with such suffering. Some seek the help of therapists to delve into the depths of their psychology, a few go to healers to address their problems at the energy level, some others meet with astrologers to understand what the time is conducive for, and how to go with the flow.
There are various spiritual means one can adopt to find answers to the deeper questions in life. In the movie Interstellar, the protagonist Cooper finds himself in the fifth dimension, trying to find an alternative planet for humanity. This dimension is where ‘higher beings’ are believed to exist, as is. The binary-digit library he uses to try and communicate with his daughter in the process is part of that same fifth dimension.
The idea of this library is rather similar to the legend of records maintained by the Hindu deity Chitragupta. His records contain details of every action, thought, and idea of all beings in the universe. In fact, ‘chitra’ roughly translates to memory and ‘gupta’ to secret. The memory referred to here is said to be of all kinds of information of all souls ever to be born in the cosmos, while the secret is probably that not everyone is aware of it. Some metaphysicians and particle physicists even believe this to be a real concept rather than just another Hindu legend. They commonly call the information ‘Akashic Records’.