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Meditation, Religion And Philosophical Thinking

Published: 03.05.2009
Updated: 04.05.2009

The Northlines

The practice of Preksa  Meditation has opened a new chapter in philosophical thinking.

I have been a student of  philosophy and as such I know what is living and what is dead in philosophy. I  have a great admiration for philosophy but at the same time I am conscious of  its shortcomings. Originally philosophical thinking was based on a direct perception  of reality. Today it is mere reasoning based on logical consistency. Darsana  means direct perception of reality. Today philosophy is no longer concerned,  with the direct perception of truth. It has become dependent on the rules of  logical thinking. It has become estranged from experience and comprises wholly  of argumentation. It borrows ideas and applies logic to test whether they are  coherent. It has nothing to do with self-experience and relies on objective  experience only. It is not direct but indirect experience, which it values. That  is why medieval philosophy took inference to be the only means of knowledge  because it was not supported by experience. Can we comprehend truth indirectly  and by means of consistency in thinking only? Can arguments lead to the  knowledge of subtle truth? No, never. Ancient philosophers attempted to  comprehend subtle truth with the help of subtle consciousness. They were  correct. Refined or subtle consciousness is capable of comprehending both gross  and subtle truths. Gross or empirical consciousness is, however, unable to  comprehend subtle truth. Modern scientists have, to a very large extent,  engaged themselves in discovering subtle truths with the help of delicate  instruments. Crude instruments cannot reveal subtle truth. They have split the  atom and perceived the tiny particles of which it is composed. This could be  done only with the help of delicate instruments. A sword, howsoever sharp it  may be, cannot split the atom. Even most powerful lenses cannot enable us to  perceive the atom. These are crude instruments and they cannot comprehend  reality, which is absolutely subtle. The key to the success of scientific  pursuits is the invention and production of delicate apparatuses. We may call  these extremely delicate instruments super sensual instruments.

What the sense organs  cannot perceive may be comprehended by means of these instruments and  apparatuses. Super sensual instruments can comprehend the subtle truths, which  cannot be grasped by consciousness dependent on the sense organs.

The term super sensual does  not mean the achievement of supreme truth. Super sensual consciousness does not  mean merely the consciousness of the achievement of supreme truth. The only  function of super sensual consciousness is to achieve supreme truth. But it is  also the basic consciousness, the base of all kinds of consciousness. The  mountain Himalaya is not only the peaks but also the base on which the peaks  stand. Super sensual consciousness is not only the peak of consciousness; it is  also the base of consciousness. Its function is to know that which cannot be  known by the sense organs.

It is matter of pity and  regret that the modern philosopher has neglected the sensual as well as the  super sensual means of knowing truth. He is neither a full-fledged philosopher  nor an accomplished scientist. He has neither the insight of the ancient  philosopher, nor the delicate instruments of the modern scientist, which are  capable of revealing subtle truth. He is deprived of both. The only instrument  with which he can work is logic. He can neither justify statements nor denounce  them. It seems that the modern philosopher has become a legal advocate. He  applies laws to particular cases to disprove the contentions of his opponents.  He does not need super sensual knowledge.

Philosophy is in a strange  position today. It occupies a pitiable place among the different branches of  science. In the universities there are a very few students in the discipline  of philosophy as compared with thousands of students who lock to the faculty of  sciences.

Preksa meditation is a  method of perception. Ancient philosophers were known as Risis or perceivers. They  disappeared in the course of time. Seeing their disappearance the gods wondered  who would now support them. They were told that from now onwards they would  have to seek support in logic. Thus logic became important.

Philosophy based on  perception enables us to realize the self, to bring about a synthesis in life  and to develop the spirit of tolerance and friendliness. Philosophy based on  logic breeds struggles, controversies and conquest of others. Medieval works of  philosophy are only logical and metaphysical presentations of philosophical  doctrines. They are polemics, which carry on an argument to disprove the  contentions of opponents. They are elaborate reasoning to prove the correctness  of the authors' thesis and the incorrectness of those of their adversaries. They  are models of the art of debating to defeat the opponents. Every system of philosophy  became argumentative with the result that the original purpose of philosophy,  which was based on direct perception of reality, came to be defeated. This gave  rise to formidable intellectual controversies.

The area of experience is  indivisible. Experience knows no limit. What were experienced thousands of  years ago can be experienced by any one today also. Consciousness is  consciousness and we cannot divide it. Religion and spiritualism are not two  separate disciplines. It is philosophy based on logic, which affects divisions  and breeds controversies. Therefore, there is a need to base philosophy once  again on the foundations of experience and direct perception. With the  tremendous progress made by the different branches of science it has become  all the more necessary to open a new chapter in philosophical thinking based on  pure knowledge. It is not possible to arouse super-mental consciousness until  this new chapter in philosophy has been opened, otherwise queries and questions  regarding philosophy and religion cannot be satisfactorily answered.

The Nortlines - by the efforts of Mr. Lalit Garg
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