I had a few discussions recently with people of a scientific background that left me thinking.
My point of view is that if they are doing their studies without understanding what lies behind everything, they are missing the point completely.
For example, if you understand all the finer details of how evolutionary biology works, but don’t understand the evolution of the spirit as it unfolds through different states of being, then what you know is very, very limited.
I have mentioned before one of the little snippets that probably gave me more of a negative bias towards science than I should have had. I was reading a book on cosmology, and the authors summarized the birth, formation, expansion, and coming contraction of the universe, and the timelines for this. All the while as I had read the book, I had marvelled at how in synch it was with the way that Vedic teachings have always described the formation of the Universe. Then they even mentioned it, but their interpretation really filled me with disgust. “It is interesting how similar this is to the description of the cycle of the Universe offered by the Vedas, but this is obviously sheer coincidence.”
Because it was not reached through methods familiar to them and understood by them, they could not understand how it could be real knowledge. Blinkered fools. While it seems fantastic, this is how people thousands of years ago could come to the same conclusion – instead of looking outwards with radio telescopes, they looked inwards with a consciousness sharpened by a lifetime of training.
All being and nature has an underlying reality.
All existence is one.
When you look into yourself, you can understand your self and your nature.
When you understand yourself, you start to understand all. Because you are a small part of that all. A microcosm of the macrocosm.
I have recently come across the dumbest movement I have ever seen, and horrifically, it calls itself part of the “freethought community””. How ironic is that, that we chose the same name to describe our world views?
They want a world free of “supernatural beliefs and mysticism”. Their resounding argument is that people believe in an all-powerful and loving god while their children are handicapped or abused. They don’t see how it can make sense.
And that is simply because they can’t see. They can’t see deeply enough into the nature of life to make sense of it all. Their movement is akin to a bunch of 3 year olds forming a society to rebel against the fact that people stop wearing nappies as they grow up, because they feel it is more convenient to just pee in their pants.
What their movement and other atheistic movements are, is a rebellion against the dogmatic views upheld by most organised religions. But we are dealing with two warped and narrow-minded viewpoints. It is easy for either to point the holes in the other, because both are based on stupid, simplistic assumptions.
The religions are often just as bad. Every religion is founded upon the teachings of a true master who is divinely inspired. Once that master passes on, his followers distort the teachings until it fits the level of understanding that they are capable of, and then they force others to agree with their inept and weak interpretation. No wonder it breeds resentment.
Life is a huge and fantastic and wonderful and moving experience. Mysticism is nothing more than trying to understand the mystery that is life. Moving into this research, takes us into truths more exciting and exhilarating than any fantasy. Most importantly, what people who have not experienced it do not understand, is that it is very easy to verify all mystical teachings – through experience. And experience is the only way that you will ever grasp it.