Reasoning - Bluring symbols and reality (#1230)
(#1279) Underlying Context for the Discussion on Civilisation
Also see other excerpts from my discussions with the Society for Scientific Exploration.
I greatly enjoyed the discussion (#1219) regarding language. It brought to mind a passage from an ancient Yogic text, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras which are considered by most to be the definitive foundation to all modern yogic paths. I thought it might add a little variety to the mixture of interesting bits of information in this thread. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutra for more on the Yoga Sutras itself.
Chapter one (Samadhi Pada) stanzas 41-3 can be translated as:
41: The yogi whose mind retains only one object of concentration becomes identified with either the knowable object, the method of knowing, or the knower, as pure crystal becomes coloured by objects placed nearby.
42: The first stage of this mode of concentration is when the name, meaning, and knowledge of an object are intermingled. This is called superconsciousness "with questioning" (savitarka samadhi).
43: The second stage, superconsciousness "beyond questioning" (nirvitarka samadhi), is attained when memory is so controlled that the object of concentration is known directly without interference from memories of it.
The key point here, in this context, is the blending of name (word), meaning (idea) and knowledge of an object (experience), which is refered to in other translations as "judicial reasoning". All of these three aspects are means of grasping the underlying reality but can also form veils that obscure that reality, expecially once they are blured and tend to form into dogmatic discourses or conceptual frameworks. When this happens people can no longer approach the reality with an open mind because their minds constantly conjure up the conceptual framework that has become habitually associated with that underlying reality - just like an old- time lumberjack who cannot see a forest as anything other than "timber for the mill" or a materialist who cannot comprehend psychic experiences as anything other than a superstitious hoax.
True knowlede begins with a resonance of an open mind with the underlying reality (awe) and only later, for the purposes of communication, is this structured and abstracted into words, ideas and objective knowledge. But these latter do not capture the underlying reality - they merely point in the general direction where if one has correctly understood one may by direct enquiry and with an open mind attain a similar experience of the underlying reality. This lack of interference from memory is what buddhists mean by sunyata (void, emptiness, no-mind), which is the state within which consciousness and 'reality' are unified.
This is also related to concepts of the 'field' which underlies the subtle propagation of non-local psychic impressions and allows for all kinds of psi-phenomena (see the 3 books mentioned in msg #1227). It is through the right-brain that we can tune into this field and when the left-brain is dominant we dwell in a rationalist, calculating, categorising state of mind that traps us in judicial reasoning and obscures the subtler reality. Hence "correct academic procedure" can often be the very state of mind that makes real intuitive progress and analysis of subtle phenomena impossible.
It is in this context that I have conducted my own work. Instead of working with words, symbols, ideas and so on, and processing them and 'computing' them and thereby drawing conlusions and so on - instead I opened my mind and absorbed directly from the world around me. This is the antithesis of "correct academic procedure" hence I had to leave academia, however my academic training helped in the later assimilation of the impressions but would only have got in the way during the real absorption of intuitive impressions. In this respect I feel that I have read from the pages of the Akashic Record but try telling that to most academics - they want to see the premises and calculations that led to the results.
Thus for me the hardest part of my work has been a constant struggle with language - how to express that which I intuitively know, but which seems utterly beyond words? I could use all kinds of analogies but these have already been spoken. That is what the scriptures and sacred texts of all cultures are about. If you interpret them via a naive mechanistic conceptual framework you get superstitious nonsense but if you interpret them as deeply subtle analogies of a mystical and intuitive vision of reality that is beyond direct expression, then they open up revealing their deeper meaning.
For myself I needed to find another way and I found
information/system theory combined with some rather esoteric
mathematics to be the best approach for me. But once again I cannot
prove that it makes rational sense - but I have implemented the
mathematics directly in software and this shows that it is coherent
and it in fact functions as a transcendent information process that
manifests virtual realities (coherent empirically experiential
contexts). This is a rather abstract language but it is a language
nevertheless (as well as a useful software technology). It cannot
overcome the fundamental limitations of language (which are related
to dualistic empirical representation of a non-dualistic transcendent
reality) but it does provide some interesting perspectives on the
situation. I invite anyone with the ability to learn this language to
take a look and see how it seems to them - I would love to get some
feedback on this. A starting point for the mathematics is:
Or for the software is: www.anandavala.info/TASTMOTNOR/SMN%20Code.html