Thursday, April 10, 2008

On the nature of religion and religion as an aspect of human nature

Excerpts from my answers to some questions from a friend concerning some of my "big picture" view of religion and humanity...

On cultural archetypes and religion

[F]rom what I understand it is not unreasonable to suggest that comparative religion and cultural anthropology can be used to support the idea that there are common themes and relationships that are embodied in symbolic forms in each "culture" or "cultural system". These symbols reflect generally shared stories and meanings which are then passed on and reinforced or reinterpreted from one generation to the next. There are frequently noted similarities between symbols or between stories of different cultures that are not though to come from a common (even if distantly remote) shared history or diffusion. Sometimes these similarities are very superficial, such as two cultures using a particular shape or image. Other times the similarities can appear to be profound, which is to say, that deep down they seem to be re-telling a common mythical form, or as Jung referred to them, an archetype. It is also true that we each have our own frame for understanding our experiences and the reported experiences of others, a way in which we construct and amend our individual maps of "reality". And sharing the same stories and symbols, i.e. the same cultural "text", suggests we share substantial portions of this frame and/or of our maps. To what degree the apparent similarities reflect our interpretations of the symbols and stories of others based on our own frame and map (i.e. ethnocentrism) and to what degree these similarities reflect similar evolved behaviors and the same needs as members of our species (and commonalities in how we perceive reality and encode our maps) is an interesting issue. To claim that the social and behavioral sciences have made any conclusive and sweeping refutation of any useful application of Jungian thought at this level of analysis strikes me as either ignorance or limiting oneself to a very narrow selection of scholarship and a more narrow form of interpreting that scholarship. This level of analysis neither "proves" nor "disproves" the supernatural (which, as you know, I am personally disinclined to accept).

On whether religion as normative for humans

I would say that it seems perfectly normative for people to be religious. That of course begs the question of what it means to be religious. There are several definitions that I like, but to be consistent with my answer above, I suggest it involves the priorities we use in framing and mapping our reality and in particular how we understand the meaning of existence and our place within it. This often includes shared stories and symbols about our distant origin and what a complete and well-lived human experience entails. This is frequently associated with the various transitions recognized throughout life - common transitions include birth, becoming an adult, marriage and/or becoming a parent, and death). It can also point to other aspects of what it means to live a full and proper life, including an orientation towards something beyond our own ego/superego, which may include a system of socially conscious ethics or the production of and participation in (sacred) art and music, to name a couple of common examples. Even the tendency towards magical and superstitious thinking, which may play major or minor roles in such framings and mappings of reality, seems to be a fundamental aspect of human psychology. And as a part of a cultural system, there is rich source of symbolism reflecting generally shared stories and meanings which are then passed on and reinforced or reinterpreted from one generation to the next. The thing to keep in mind is that the idea of "religion" as a distinct part of our maps of reality (or even as a separate map) is not the normal human condition. It is, as you are aware, a Western concept rooted in the Enlightenment. Speaking from my own personal thoughts and speculations, I would say that "religion" (without such separation and distinction and as I have defined it here) is the original foundation of/reflection of our ancestors' maps of reality. To say it is "normative" to our species would almost be an understatement.

On the "God spot" in the brain and mysticism

The God module in the brain has recently been challenged by new research, but even without that challenge, there is nothing that says that such a "module" couldn't be a part of the inherited biology of all human beings from a common ancestor with that same trait. Besides, this makes the presumption that God=religion or that religion must include God. Even if one accepted that premise, I don't think such research can demonstrate the reality of God. The "light/perception" analogy demonstrates why I believe this.

To reiterate my perspective, essentially everything of which we are aware stems from our own direct experience. We then construct mental "maps" based on our own explanation-forming mental processes as well as from sharing and borrowing the explanations of others that we know and trust. These maps form the basis for what we call "reality", and when we believe that there is one true reality that can be known, we tend to refer to this as "objective reality". It is somewhat ironic then that our belief in and assumptions about an "objective reality" come from a consensus of subjective experiences about what is real! Hence even claims of "objectivity" are still extremely subjective. And when we go beyond the individual level, it can get more complicated when many people share large portions or overviews of their mental maps of reality. We tend to trust our maps based not only on our own interpretations of our experiences but because others claim to see things the same way.

A blind person might not have "light" on their map of reality, and hence the experience of light, which occurs in the perception known as "sight", would be some kind of false experience of reality (i.e. hallucination, delusion, etc). Furthermore, this blind person might suggest that based on brain scans of people claiming to "see", there consistently is a certain kind of activity in a particular region of the brain. Not allowing for light on her map of reality, this blind individual assumes that this brain activity must be giving a false sensation and a false perception, i.e., that "sight" and belief in "light" is just in your head and not objectively real. If we substitute "the Divine" or "God" for "light" and "mystical experience/samadhi" for "sight", then we can see why this analogy is apt. It corresponds to the work you implicitly refer to that has been done to try to show that when Buddhist monks, Christian nuns, and other contemplatives are in deep prayer and meditation, a similar reaction occurs in their brains. On the surface, the shared experience and its physical correlation do not "prove" or "disprove" the "objective" nature of mystical encounters. This of course is just as much of a problem for someone wanting to disprove the reality of the Divine as it is for someone trying to "prove" it. I would also suggest that [this] is unnecessary and may confuse the issue.

These experiences are reportedly "noetic", which would suggest that their reality can only be confirmed by experiencing them first-hand. However, I do recall recently reading passage and corresponding footnote in The God We Never Knew by Marcus Borg in which people who study visions, shamanic encounters, and other phenomena do distinguish (as do many people in these non-industrialized cultures) between hallucinations (in which reality is simply confused and distorted) and visions (in which there a different aspect of reality is said to be experienced). [I haven't read it yet, but I do believe there is a book with a title like "Cosmic Serpent" which deals with the question of whether such shamanic experiences are just hallucinations by examining the anthropological investigation of a group living in the Amazon.] I would say that direct experience of the Divine is the best argument for its reality. Ironically, such experiences, from what I have read, point to the reality beyond our maps, beyond our concepts and categories. In other words, from various accounts God/the Divine is experienced as a depth to reality that goes beyond our normal "frame" of understanding and which cannot (at least not accurately) be "placed" on our maps. In fact, allowing for a greater fluidity of our reality and flexibility of our maps would seem to be pre-requisite for having a such a deep spiritual revelation (and would be a part of it). Hence, to borrow an old and well-used image but very appropriate image (also used in that Borg book and by a Buddhist monk I know), it is like a sphere passing through Flatland.

On the notion asserted by some atheists that religion is just a failed or primitive science

Yes, well, that model suits (some of) them, doesn't it? But religion is a big tent where people put everything, and then they can't figure out why it doesn't all make sense as a big jumbled mess. We have to be very specific about what we mean when we discuss religion. For example, from a Western perspective, superstition can be viewed a way people gain a feeling of control over that which they cannot control, of knowing what they cannot know. Magic, the engine of superstition, can then be presumed to be an incorrect or unsubstantiated attribution of causality. What you are describing your complaint is "religion as superstition and magic". Similarly, we can define the supernatural as the hidden or occult realm of superstition and magic where the unseen forces at work operate, and we can describe the supernatural as a set of ontological category violations which provoke a sense of mystery (see Pascal Boyer's theory of religion, which he conflates with supernaturalism). But again, that is just one set of human experiences which are tied together. In fact, it is typical for us to simply label any beliefs or activities involving such themes as "religion". I have previously given my own preferred definition of religion, which does not require any of these elements (although they are often associated with religion because magic and the supernatural are generally presumed to be a part of the reality which religion is ordering).

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The rest of the original discussion also includes evolutionary speculations as well.

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  1. Religion of Soul - Religion of All

    Saint Tara Chand Ji Maharaj generally used to say in his discourses– Brahamana (a higher cast in Hindu cast system) is that man who has dissolved himself into Brahamic (cosmic) consciousness. He does not accept donation, but tries to give, whatsoever he has, to the needy, indigent and destitute. Power of Word, the Creator, reveals in his soul which fulfills all his desires. The Lord of imaginations (Kalpavriksha) accepts his offerings of Love and devotion and provides all the treasures of life to him. Saint Charan Das says-





    Brahmana is that who identifies Brahman (God) in himself



    Becomes introvert and seeks the vision of Lord



    His senses cease to travel outward



    He nurtures compassion for every creature



    He becomes devoid of passions, anger, lust, greed and ego;



    Brahmana is that who possesses these virtues.




    We are devoid of internal treasures embedded in the deeper layers of our Self because we have not identified the hidden enrichment inside. The actual bliss lies inside but we are groping outside in the gloomy world of passions and grief. We are adopting lopsided approach which create imbalance in our life energies. The outer achievements are dominating over the spirit of rationale and wisdom which has created imbalance between the inner and the outer world. The result is tension, instability, selfishness, individuality, unhealthy competition, nepotism, communalism and terrorism.



    The reason of this imbalance is that we have not awakened the spirit of Wisdom seated in the middle of eyes (Third eye); the Lord of which gives all the orders; all the actions originate from this sphere (Ajya Chakra) of actions. Ajya means command, Chakra means sphere. All commands emanate from this sanctioning authority. All the senses respond to the mandate of this housing spirit. But the inner Self of this sanctioning authority has been sleeping in his den for innumerable lives. We have not made efforts to awaken its power which is sleeping encoiled for many past lives. When it awakens, the life force starts dancing which is seen and enjoyed by the devotee, the yogi.



    The Hindu scriptures have called this state as the ‘Awakening of Serpentine power’. It is called serpentine power as it opens its vistas of light like the expanding and contracting face of a snake. Sri Aurobindo has called it Psychic being who is the actual representative of Supermind and master of transformation in this phenomenal world of actions and reactions, and cause and effect. It is the immutable spirit which dwells in the mutable spectrum of physical consciousness. It is the glimmering spark of eternity amidst the fort of dark forces of relative existence. Bhagwat Gita has narrated this power as Kshara Purusha; the mutable Spirit of universe which goes on changing upto the time this cosmic play persists. This Kshara Purusha is the Lord of Works and Psychic being remains in its fold as the representative of Supreme Being, the Satpurusha. It coordinates and commands all the activities of this Ksaras Purusha in any individual existence. Upto when this psychic Being is not awakened, its spirit remains liable to mutability and perishability and remains the instrument of the changes of time, space and causation. It follows the principle of cause and effect. Its eternity does not manifest in its self. Its bliss does remain unveiled and disguised. The friability and fragility of its grounded nature becomes slave of lust and passions. Problems, sorrows and grief of the lower nature remain integrated part of its spirit. This state of helplessness and weakness of the spirit is called ‘Jiva’ in Hindu jurisprudence. When this spirit identifies its natal strength of Real nature, Para-prakriti, Para-shakti or Radha, it awakens and the higher nature of imperishable, intangible and immutable Purusha descends into the brittle regime of Ksara Purusha and dismantles the domain of illusion and hallucination. This immutable spirit has been called as Aksara Purusha, Aksara Brahman or Shabd Brahman; the eternal and imperishable power of Supreme Being which manifests through the melody of celestial Song (the Word Power) in the universe.




    This Aksara Purusha or Brahman is the Lord of knowledge; the originator of all the streams of mental consciousness from where outflows all the gnosis of visible and invisible spheres of the existence. Discriminative power of mind and wisdom are the results of the outpouring of this Sun of luminous knowledge. Lord of Works draws its vitality from this Sun of gnosis. This Purusha has also been called Savitri-Surya or Gayatri-Surya. This sphere of consciousness is the golden womb, Hirnaygrabha; the womb of universe where lies all the seeds of this universe. The universe takes birth from this womb of Lord of knowledge; the Aksar Purusha.




    There is third layer of consciousness which reconciles the opposition of Ksara and Aksara, mutable and immutable, God and non-God, thesis and anti-thesis. All the physical, vital, mental and spiritual forces become satiable in this stratum of consciousness. All works, all knowing and unknowing plunges into the ocean of Bliss of this Purusha (Soami), the Satpurusha or called Purushottama in Gita. Sri Aurobindo calls this state of bliss as the Supramentalisation of the being. This realization of the Self can come through self-giving as it is the inherited legacy of the Lord of love and devotion. The fortified spheres of Ksara and Aksar can only be surmounted and churned through the intense longing of love and devotion for Satpurusha. This realization goes beyond all the boundaries of abysmal lows and sublime highs. All the limitations and perceptions of life, mind, gods, and non-gods, virtues and non-virtues get vanished after taking a sip of the ambrosia, Amrit, of the sanctity of Satpurusha.




    The path of self-realization starts with the awakening of sleeping power lying within ourselves. It is called opening of Third eye. Buddha says it Divya Chaksu, supernatural eye of brightness. Mahavir Swami says it Param Jyoti, the supreme Light. Hazrat Muhammad calls it Noor; Light as the embodiment of Allah. Jesus Christ calls this experience as the Light of the world. In this experience, supernatural powers of gods and goddesses of goodness and virtue shower their grace on the yogi. The endowed grandeur of cosmic energy starts flowing unobstructed through the yogi as through a vessel of Supreme Being. But this opening of third eye is the initiation of spiritual realization. It is the opening of consciousness of Ksara Purusha, the Lord of Works or Virat Purusha, from where all the physical and gross form of cosmos originates. It is the starting of celestial or heavenly experience.




    Kapil, an Indian sage, calls this state of realization as the attainment of the power of discrimination, Vivekkhyatiprapti, and intuition. Patanjali Rishi narrates it the vision of cloud of Virtue, Dharammegha Samadhi. Sankaracharya, Sri Aurobindo and other seers of reality have called it the experience of Samprajyat Samadhi, a state of trance where all unknown becomes known. Vedic literature says when the Sun of Truth rises, the dark of ignorance vanishes; tat satyam suryam tamsi ksiyantam. This Sun of Gnosis remains refulgent for ever within the soul of yogi; adityavat prakashyati tat param. When this Sun shines inside the Soul of yogi, every kind of knowledge starts flowing towards him; yasmin vijyate sarvam vijyatam.




    When yogi surpasses this experience of refulgence, he reveals the truth in the form of superconscient light; not visible even with the supernatural eye of the Being. The fervour and intensity of this light becomes so dense that it is not visible through the celestial eye of gods; the Third eye. This is the experience of Sahasrara; the seat of Param Purusha (Supreme Being). This experience has been known as the realization of Nirvikalpa (beyond all alternatives), Asamprajyat (beyond all knowledge) and Nirbeej (devoid of all the seeds of happiness and sorrows) Samadhi. Christian mystics have called this state as the ‘Dark night of Soul’ or ‘Dark Secret’; the experience of which was engrossed by Prophet Moses on Mount Sinai. In this experience he was enveloped by a cloud of darkness when he approached the abodes of God. It is a blissful experience where the spirits of God and non-God get immerged into the ocean of Bliss of transcendental Eternal. The experience of Sahasrara has been considered just a milestone in Radhasoami Yoga. It is the lower seat of Brahamic (Cosmic) consciousness.



    Osho opines that upto when the Ajya Chakra, is not awakened, man cannot break the shackles of slavery. He always remains in bondage of physical, economical, social and religious slavery. A slave of many masters, inner slavery as well as outer; an instrument in the hands of whimsical and unflinching forces of lower nature. Once released from the clutches of one master, he is incarcerated in the prison of another. He can not give command; he is not capable of giving command. He can only accept the orders because his power of Command, Ajya Purusha, is sleeping.




    Tantric philosophy says that senses are the food of third eye. This eye is hungry for many lives because it has undergone through the trance of deep sleep thereby losing its sense of intuitive discernment. The gate of its sensibility has been locked. Key is missing. Key which can awaken the serpentine power has been lost. The treasure can only be unearthed with the key of wisdom and the power of true discrimination. This enclosed bud can open its petals of wisdom only through the incense of psychic enlightenment. Once this psychic awakening is realized, the gates of benevolence and magnanimity will open. All the treasures of life and knowledge will become accessible. The adamant and obdurate walls of ego and ignorance will shatter and their consciousness will ultimately transform into the gnosis and bliss of superamental Power. The impressions of grief and hunger will vanish from the mantle of humanity. The sense of self-giving will dominate the sense of wit and the doors of ‘Heaven on Earth’ will be opened to the aspiring humanity.




    The sign of true religion is that it makes a man independent and provides redemption. It does not imprison him through the temptation of heaven and fear of hell. God lives within and it can be revealed by self-giving as love and devotion is the soul of supreme Realization.




    This realization is complete in all the respects. It fulfills a person in totality. The beauty and outpouring of enlightenment from the Self enriches the depleted consciousness of body, life, mind and psyche.




    Darkness is nothing but the depletion of light. Sorrow is nothing but the depletion of joy and bliss. Poverty and hunger is nothing but the depletion of faculty of mind and physique. Anger is nothing but the depletion of love. Vanity is nothing but the depletion of compassion. Greediness is nothing but the depletion of the spirit of self-giving. Communalism is nothing but the depletion of vastness of religion. Terrorism is nothing but the depletion of spiritualism from the core of the heart. Soul, being integral part of bliss, eternal splendor and consciousness, love, compassion, sacrifice and grandeur of the Supreme Being, impregnates all these qualities. All the virtues flow exuberantly and dwell inherently in the religion of Soul and Self-realization.




    God governs all because he exceeds all and dwells in all. Hence the religion of Soul is the religion of God and the religion of all. That is why the religion of Soul is capable to replenish all the depleted energies of an individual as well as the whole humanity and the whole existence. It is a converging and enlightened state of all the diverging and combating energies and vital forces of the universe.


    DR . HARIOM , SR . SCIENTIST – AGRONOMY , CCSHAU – HISAR (KURUKSHETRA)PLZ VISIT TO KNOW MORE www.radhasoamitaradham.com
    Radhasoami

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  2. Religion of Soul - Religion of All

    Saint Tara Chand Ji Maharaj generally used to say in his discourses– Brahamana (a higher cast in Hindu cast system) is that man who has dissolved himself into Brahamic (cosmic) consciousness. He does not accept donation, but tries to give, whatsoever he has, to the needy, indigent and destitute. Power of Word, the Creator, reveals in his soul which fulfills all his desires. The Lord of imaginations (Kalpavriksha) accepts his offerings of Love and devotion and provides all the treasures of life to him. Saint Charan Das says-





    Brahmana is that who identifies Brahman (God) in himself



    Becomes introvert and seeks the vision of Lord



    His senses cease to travel outward



    He nurtures compassion for every creature



    He becomes devoid of passions, anger, lust, greed and ego;



    Brahmana is that who possesses these virtues.




    We are devoid of internal treasures embedded in the deeper layers of our Self because we have not identified the hidden enrichment inside. The actual bliss lies inside but we are groping outside in the gloomy world of passions and grief. We are adopting lopsided approach which create imbalance in our life energies. The outer achievements are dominating over the spirit of rationale and wisdom which has created imbalance between the inner and the outer world. The result is tension, instability, selfishness, individuality, unhealthy competition, nepotism, communalism and terrorism.



    The reason of this imbalance is that we have not awakened the spirit of Wisdom seated in the middle of eyes (Third eye); the Lord of which gives all the orders; all the actions originate from this sphere (Ajya Chakra) of actions. Ajya means command, Chakra means sphere. All commands emanate from this sanctioning authority. All the senses respond to the mandate of this housing spirit. But the inner Self of this sanctioning authority has been sleeping in his den for innumerable lives. We have not made efforts to awaken its power which is sleeping encoiled for many past lives. When it awakens, the life force starts dancing which is seen and enjoyed by the devotee, the yogi.



    The Hindu scriptures have called this state as the ‘Awakening of Serpentine power’. It is called serpentine power as it opens its vistas of light like the expanding and contracting face of a snake. Sri Aurobindo has called it Psychic being who is the actual representative of Supermind and master of transformation in this phenomenal world of actions and reactions, and cause and effect. It is the immutable spirit which dwells in the mutable spectrum of physical consciousness. It is the glimmering spark of eternity amidst the fort of dark forces of relative existence. Bhagwat Gita has narrated this power as Kshara Purusha; the mutable Spirit of universe which goes on changing upto the time this cosmic play persists. This Kshara Purusha is the Lord of Works and Psychic being remains in its fold as the representative of Supreme Being, the Satpurusha. It coordinates and commands all the activities of this Ksaras Purusha in any individual existence. Upto when this psychic Being is not awakened, its spirit remains liable to mutability and perishability and remains the instrument of the changes of time, space and causation. It follows the principle of cause and effect. Its eternity does not manifest in its self. Its bliss does remain unveiled and disguised. The friability and fragility of its grounded nature becomes slave of lust and passions. Problems, sorrows and grief of the lower nature remain integrated part of its spirit. This state of helplessness and weakness of the spirit is called ‘Jiva’ in Hindu jurisprudence. When this spirit identifies its natal strength of Real nature, Para-prakriti, Para-shakti or Radha, it awakens and the higher nature of imperishable, intangible and immutable Purusha descends into the brittle regime of Ksara Purusha and dismantles the domain of illusion and hallucination. This immutable spirit has been called as Aksara Purusha, Aksara Brahman or Shabd Brahman; the eternal and imperishable power of Supreme Being which manifests through the melody of celestial Song (the Word Power) in the universe.




    This Aksara Purusha or Brahman is the Lord of knowledge; the originator of all the streams of mental consciousness from where outflows all the gnosis of visible and invisible spheres of the existence. Discriminative power of mind and wisdom are the results of the outpouring of this Sun of luminous knowledge. Lord of Works draws its vitality from this Sun of gnosis. This Purusha has also been called Savitri-Surya or Gayatri-Surya. This sphere of consciousness is the golden womb, Hirnaygrabha; the womb of universe where lies all the seeds of this universe. The universe takes birth from this womb of Lord of knowledge; the Aksar Purusha.




    There is third layer of consciousness which reconciles the opposition of Ksara and Aksara, mutable and immutable, God and non-God, thesis and anti-thesis. All the physical, vital, mental and spiritual forces become satiable in this stratum of consciousness. All works, all knowing and unknowing plunges into the ocean of Bliss of this Purusha (Soami), the Satpurusha or called Purushottama in Gita. Sri Aurobindo calls this state of bliss as the Supramentalisation of the being. This realization of the Self can come through self-giving as it is the inherited legacy of the Lord of love and devotion. The fortified spheres of Ksara and Aksar can only be surmounted and churned through the intense longing of love and devotion for Satpurusha. This realization goes beyond all the boundaries of abysmal lows and sublime highs. All the limitations and perceptions of life, mind, gods, and non-gods, virtues and non-virtues get vanished after taking a sip of the ambrosia, Amrit, of the sanctity of Satpurusha.




    The path of self-realization starts with the awakening of sleeping power lying within ourselves. It is called opening of Third eye. Buddha says it Divya Chaksu, supernatural eye of brightness. Mahavir Swami says it Param Jyoti, the supreme Light. Hazrat Muhammad calls it Noor; Light as the embodiment of Allah. Jesus Christ calls this experience as the Light of the world. In this experience, supernatural powers of gods and goddesses of goodness and virtue shower their grace on the yogi. The endowed grandeur of cosmic energy starts flowing unobstructed through the yogi as through a vessel of Supreme Being. But this opening of third eye is the initiation of spiritual realization. It is the opening of consciousness of Ksara Purusha, the Lord of Works or Virat Purusha, from where all the physical and gross form of cosmos originates. It is the starting of celestial or heavenly experience.




    Kapil, an Indian sage, calls this state of realization as the attainment of the power of discrimination, Vivekkhyatiprapti, and intuition. Patanjali Rishi narrates it the vision of cloud of Virtue, Dharammegha Samadhi. Sankaracharya, Sri Aurobindo and other seers of reality have called it the experience of Samprajyat Samadhi, a state of trance where all unknown becomes known. Vedic literature says when the Sun of Truth rises, the dark of ignorance vanishes; tat satyam suryam tamsi ksiyantam. This Sun of Gnosis remains refulgent for ever within the soul of yogi; adityavat prakashyati tat param. When this Sun shines inside the Soul of yogi, every kind of knowledge starts flowing towards him; yasmin vijyate sarvam vijyatam.




    When yogi surpasses this experience of refulgence, he reveals the truth in the form of superconscient light; not visible even with the supernatural eye of the Being. The fervour and intensity of this light becomes so dense that it is not visible through the celestial eye of gods; the Third eye. This is the experience of Sahasrara; the seat of Param Purusha (Supreme Being). This experience has been known as the realization of Nirvikalpa (beyond all alternatives), Asamprajyat (beyond all knowledge) and Nirbeej (devoid of all the seeds of happiness and sorrows) Samadhi. Christian mystics have called this state as the ‘Dark night of Soul’ or ‘Dark Secret’; the experience of which was engrossed by Prophet Moses on Mount Sinai. In this experience he was enveloped by a cloud of darkness when he approached the abodes of God. It is a blissful experience where the spirits of God and non-God get immerged into the ocean of Bliss of transcendental Eternal. The experience of Sahasrara has been considered just a milestone in Radhasoami Yoga. It is the lower seat of Brahamic (Cosmic) consciousness.



    Osho opines that upto when the Ajya Chakra, is not awakened, man cannot break the shackles of slavery. He always remains in bondage of physical, economical, social and religious slavery. A slave of many masters, inner slavery as well as outer; an instrument in the hands of whimsical and unflinching forces of lower nature. Once released from the clutches of one master, he is incarcerated in the prison of another. He can not give command; he is not capable of giving command. He can only accept the orders because his power of Command, Ajya Purusha, is sleeping.




    Tantric philosophy says that senses are the food of third eye. This eye is hungry for many lives because it has undergone through the trance of deep sleep thereby losing its sense of intuitive discernment. The gate of its sensibility has been locked. Key is missing. Key which can awaken the serpentine power has been lost. The treasure can only be unearthed with the key of wisdom and the power of true discrimination. This enclosed bud can open its petals of wisdom only through the incense of psychic enlightenment. Once this psychic awakening is realized, the gates of benevolence and magnanimity will open. All the treasures of life and knowledge will become accessible. The adamant and obdurate walls of ego and ignorance will shatter and their consciousness will ultimately transform into the gnosis and bliss of superamental Power. The impressions of grief and hunger will vanish from the mantle of humanity. The sense of self-giving will dominate the sense of wit and the doors of ‘Heaven on Earth’ will be opened to the aspiring humanity.




    The sign of true religion is that it makes a man independent and provides redemption. It does not imprison him through the temptation of heaven and fear of hell. God lives within and it can be revealed by self-giving as love and devotion is the soul of supreme Realization.




    This realization is complete in all the respects. It fulfills a person in totality. The beauty and outpouring of enlightenment from the Self enriches the depleted consciousness of body, life, mind and psyche.




    Darkness is nothing but the depletion of light. Sorrow is nothing but the depletion of joy and bliss. Poverty and hunger is nothing but the depletion of faculty of mind and physique. Anger is nothing but the depletion of love. Vanity is nothing but the depletion of compassion. Greediness is nothing but the depletion of the spirit of self-giving. Communalism is nothing but the depletion of vastness of religion. Terrorism is nothing but the depletion of spiritualism from the core of the heart. Soul, being integral part of bliss, eternal splendor and consciousness, love, compassion, sacrifice and grandeur of the Supreme Being, impregnates all these qualities. All the virtues flow exuberantly and dwell inherently in the religion of Soul and Self-realization.




    God governs all because he exceeds all and dwells in all. Hence the religion of Soul is the religion of God and the religion of all. That is why the religion of Soul is capable to replenish all the depleted energies of an individual as well as the whole humanity and the whole existence. It is a converging and enlightened state of all the diverging and combating energies and vital forces of the universe.



    Radhasoami

    DR . HARIOM , SR . SCIENTIST – AGRONOMY , CCSHAU – HISAR (KURUKSHETRA)PLZ VISIT TO KNOW MORE www.radhasoamitaradham.com

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  3. I really enjoyed the way this article presents the case for spirituality. From the reach of this article,it is only natural to then include the spirit in the modern business world. The connection between business success and business failure is obvious to those who want to scratch beneath the surface. In my new HR book, Wingtips with Spurs, the longest chapter in the book is devoted to the spirit and the successful career. It also covers the connectiveness of our actions and the important of spiritual wisdom.

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  4. HELLO HUMAN BEINGS ,
    "LIFE IS NOT A REHERSAL - IT IS THE FINAL STROKE TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN LIFE " & LIFE IS YOUR TIME , SO PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME & CHANNELISE YOUR ENERGY TO KNOW EVRYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE BY TRUE WAY . SO ENLIGHTED YOUR COSMIC ENRGY ( SOUL ). COSMIC ENRGY OF YOU ALL HAS 18 SPHEARES OF THIS JOURNEY TO SUPEREMBEING ( GOD ) .

    1) 6 OF PHYSICAL WORLD
    2) 6 OF SUBTLE
    3) 6 OF CAUSAL

    - IF ANYONE SHOULD WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO THYSELF & OTHERS, THEN FIRST OF ALL KNOW YOURSELF.
    - IF ANYONE SHOULD WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE THEN FIRST OF ALL KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF .
    YOU ALL ARE THE CONSCIOUS PRESENTATION OF GOD IF YOU WANT TO MEET & KNOW ABOUT GOD THEN PLZ ENLIGHTED YOUR ALIVE PART WHO NEVER DIES .YOUR PHYSICAL WORLD HAVE END BUT COSMIC ENRGY WILL ALIVE TILL UNIVERSE IF YOU ENLIGHTED YOUR INTERNAL CONSCIOUSNESS (SOUL) . REMEMBER LIGHT IS THE FASTEST IN THIS UNIVERSE IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW ABOUT PAST , PRESENT , FUTURE MEANS ABOUT TIME & AFTER THAT ALSO AFTER TIME WHICH IS THE MAIN CENTRAL GRATIVITY . THE ONLY YOUR CONSCIOUS ENERGY CAN CONTACT EVERYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE YOUR PHYSICAL WORLD HAVE NO RANGE TO REACH THEM .WHEN YOU ENLIGHTED YOUR COSMIC ENERGY ( SOUL ) THEN YOU WILL FIND THAT YOUR ALIVE ENERGY IS THE PART OF UNIVERSAL ENRGY IS EVERY WHERE IN THIS UNIVERSE . THIS KIND OF CONTACT IS THE TRUE & HOLY LOVE OF GOD . WHICH NEVER DIES TILL UNIVERSE , THE OTHER SIDE YOUR PHYSICAL LOVE IS MAKING THIS WORLD COTINUE . PHYSICAL LOVE DOES BY OUTSIDE BEHAVIOUR , FOR THIS LOVE YOU HAVE NEED OF OTHER BODY & IT CRAETE THE PHYSICAL WORLD & ALSO HAS END BY TIME BUT INTERNAL LOVE DOES BY SOUL , IT HAS NO NEED OF OTHER BODY IT MAKES US ONE BY SOUL IT HAS NO TIME LIMIT & END BCZ IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF SUPEREMBEING ( GOD ) OR SUPEREME NATURE OR SUPEREME POWER OR SUPEREME FATHER OR SUPEREME CENTRAL GRATIVITY .
    THANKS FOR GIVEN TIME TO RAED & FOR MORE PLZ CONTACT ON hariomkvk@gmail.com & PLZ VISIT www.radhasoamitaradham.com ABOUT WEBSITE PLZ CONTACT jasdeep.sindhu@gmail.com

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  5. I like William James' definition of religion as one's "attitude toward life as a whole," if I recall correctly from The Varieties of Religious Experience. Seems consistent with your definition - and thanks for that link.

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