In this brief life so far, Vidur Mishra has spent a lot of time doing nothing while doing quite a few decent things but none as marvelous as doing nothing. During the pandemic of 2020 that baby-shook the already distressed information-overloaded planet, he graduated with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Philosophy from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. Well, it seems he is well equipped to jump in this uncertain sea of information. Not primarily because of his education. But because of his practice in meditation that allows him to discern signal from noise patiently—with compassion towards his fellow sentient beings. A graceful practice that allows him to mindfully navigate the “strange loop” of dualistic thought, intellect, language, logic, and tech-driven materialistic culture.
Vidur completed an undergraduate honors thesis. It explores 1) eastern philosophy and practices of mind (esp. Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen) to dissolve self-referential egoic thought and 2) the western theories of consciousness, such as integrated information theory and strange loops, to understand and model how thought and ego emerge due to the self-referential movement of recursive semantic information. Since the consumption of sensory and symbolic information recursively consumes attention and feeds the ego, it has become ever more important to take some meditative practice in this information-overloaded age. As such, Vidur practices kriya yoga, self-inquiry and sh00nya meditations, mad ecstatic bhakti, and wise surgical jnana. Sometimes, he supplements this practice with silent dancing mime, psychedelic visionary art, and kooky eerie poetry.
Since a very young age, Vidur knew that he knows nothing. As such, he shut up and naturally abided in silence and stillness. He didn’t know what else to do. Hence, as Wittgenstein famously said, “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” Vidur has been very grateful to the universe for blessing his path with many blissful teachers who have nurtured his understanding of the view and abidance in the state of primordial, selfless, thoughtless consciousness. Some of these beings include Ramakrishna and Richard Doyle (the ecstatic bhakti duo), Ramana Maharshi and Gary Weber (the calm jnana duo), Adi Shankara and Franklin Merrell-Wolff (the indifferent surgical jnana duo), Sadhguru (the energy kriya man), and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (the effortless spontaneous man). For example, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche initiated Richard Doyle, and Richard Doyle recursively initiated Vidur into Dzogchen non-meditation meditation without any physical effort-based initiation process. The initiation was as spontaneous, effortless, choiceless, formless, thoughtless, and natural as the primordial awareness itself. As it is. Then, there is a whole bunch of people who taught him academic information-cognitive science and philosophy. John Wheeler is one such eccentric being—a self-excited circuit in this participatory universe. David Deutsch, Douglas Hofstadter, Philip K. Dick, Wittgenstein, etc. follow.
However, there is one sentient being who has shaken Vidur madly from the very core of his existence like none other. It is the primordial guru Adiyogi (First Yogi) Shiva himself. Who is Shiva? Shiva is that which is not. As such, Vidur has now only one unfettered seeking—to dissolve fully in the Great Space (Maha Kala) of Parama Shiva (Absolute Nothingness). Liberated. Free.
Vidur’s first book The Infoboros: Recursion Across Mind, Matter, and Information is coming soon. After a long evolutionary and selection process driven by semantic information, one day, it will recursively emerge out of nowhere.