Harmony pervades the universe — right from its principal foundations in space, time and matter to its highest expressions in the realms of our mind. Harmony emanates from discrete entities, or patterns, in the perimeter of amplitude, complexity and coherence too. It’s corollary, “harmonisation,” is a tad different, because it is not a biologic evolution. It is a process of fruition in the absence of which there would be no progressive advance.

The good, old philosophical doctrine that the source of harmonisation conforms to divine expanse, or the transcendent component of the universe, is, therefore, seminal. This is primarily because the basic similarity of the process of harmonisation connects us to a single, unitary cause — viz., nature, or cosmos. Its definitive character may “tease” our scientific temper, analysis and investigation, all right. Yet, it is just as good, or as “bad,” as establishing the close connection that exists between our moral endeavour and its whole, or cursory, experience in the present dispensation.

Small things make the world. Small things, likewise, make us big, or trivial — depending upon what we want, or wish, to be. Yet, whatever matter is, by itself, we just can’t think of us, or the universe, without the presence of minute particles with specific properties that “run” us and the world — although atoms, as we know them today, are not the solid, indivisible bodies that some of our ancient philosophers envisaged. They are, on the contrary, composite entities with their triad of discharge.

Harmony is equilibrium, or balance, of constitutive different parts of our human entity, or the article of our environment per se, as philosopher Plato exemplified. When you think of the harmony of the soul, you should certainly think of its necessity in our time as being full of imbalances that are difficult to cope with. This is why the spirit of harmony appears to be a fundamental principle in our quest for happiness, balance, success and fulfilment. More so, because neither the soul, nor body, nor the entire human construct in us is a device whose equilibrium is pre-determined, or realised, through certain mechanical changes — as may be the case with machines, gadgets and the like.

For philosopher Immanuel Kant harmony was everyone’s essentialist standpoint, with the soul being the essence of our existence — although its core, or reality, is subject to reason, alongside its several subtleties, in their totality. The complexity of the soul, as Kant articulated, subordinates our intellect — as a means just as logic is to rationality — including the across-the-board dialectical and critical treatment of the concepts of our intellect in their relation to the world, or moral reason. The inference is simple. Our moral reasoning forms our consciousness; it provides us with the harmony of self-awareness.

Harmony appears to be the reverse of contradiction. It is, at the same time, the mirror image and reflection of the holism of things and the holistic approach. Yet, it is divergent to the distinct character of our world and our essential emphasis on it — because everything has its sovereignty as a subsystem inside, or within, each of us. This is, perhaps, one big reason why our consciousness is placed usually prior to its parts with our progressive and developed mind being the assembly-line of distinct sensations and memories of them. When our mind is driven by its own perpetual, ingenious energy, the dynamic part of our psyche is also casting its imprint under the diverse assortment of our thought processes and actions. This forms the basis for the multiple theories, beliefs and convictions of our life experiences that are as distinctive as our fingerprint.

(The writer is a wellness physician, independent researcher and author)

Rajgopal Nidamboor