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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Material evolution is a direct consequence of the evolution of consciousness

Western scientific fundamentalism Vs Christian obsession, November 25, 2009 By Ashis Pujari

Dawkins presents empirical facts about evolution without understanding its causes in the least. His primary objective is to disprove the existence of God. Now that does appeal to folks who can't make any sense of the Bible - which is basically a nonsensical and rather politically motivated scripture.

Western science only pursues matter - rocks on mars, gadgets, particle colliders, space ships, capitalism.. and such. Obviously its description of evolution will center around Genes and Chromosomes. But those are just symptoms of evolution and not the cause. It uses logic through trial and error to prove/disprove theories. The human mind by nature is imperfect and is only meant to be a tool for our survival. It is no surprise that these theories get busted every now and then.

Eastern Indian philosophy has predated the Christian era by at least 4000 yrs and acknowledges evolution in manifested nature (Prakriti). It says that the mind is not enough to understand who we are or what is the purpose of life. Simply stated - a part of the whole can never completely comprehend the whole unless the "part unites with the whole". Species don't just evolve through random selection or mutation - they evolve because they "aspire" to evolve. Material evolution in fact is a direct consequence of the evolution of consciousness in living beings. God is a not a "tall bearded white man" but is the field of Eternal Consciousness that pervades all matter and non-matter in the Universe. We humans can choose to evolve as well - for example through Yoga we can enhance the capabilities of our body, mind and spirit; through Ayurveda we can live longer, healthier lives; through meditation we can realize our true potential and our place in the universe. Ashis Pujari's review of The Greatest Show on Earth

I really wonder what Joseph Campbell would say to Hitchens and Dawkins and the like. It seems to me that those two are perpetrating a world view that considers myth as consisting entirely of fear-based nonsense which can only be taken literally and therefore must be rejected outright. They are representatives of a hyper-materialist ideology apparently pre-emptive of any capacity to digest symbolic material so as to manifest the mind state of one's native divinity. Instead they would have us all cling rigidly to the dogmatic worship of what is "evident" to a mind narrowly conditioned to believe that the little section of the psyche involved in linear, conceptual processing is somehow the one and only abode of a vague superstitious entity they call "truth". Religion, if you know what that word means, can never be harmful, but it so happens that it barely exists at all in the modern west. It was stamped out almost entirely by the early pseudo-christian church and the frankly rather stupid literal-minded scientism which replaced the intellectual supremacy of the church is having a go at putting the last nails in the coffin.

Joseph Campbell would have us wake from our forgetful stupor to recall where these myths come from and what they are for, whereas our modern tunnel-visioned evangelists - whether those who take myths literally and believe them, or those who take them literally and reject them while proffering their own crippled fundamentalist ideologies - would have us all follow suit in the forfeiture of our own depth, transformed into shallow little drones running entirely on the paltry fumes of conceptual data. 
Posted by rampart to Savitri Era Open Forum at 5:38 AM, February 21, 2010

I am still walking around with the ideas that came up in this blog, which means God, religion and nationality. Just now I was reading a chapter in a little book about Hegel from Peter Singer where I found Hegels idea of God and his idea about consciousness evolving …
Robert Whittemore called Hegel a panenthe├»st which means ‘all in God’. It means that all in the universe is part of God (that connects to Pante├»sm), but also that God is more than the Universe because he is the whole and the whole is bigger that the sum of it’s parts (holons). Just like a human being is more than the sum of the parts.
In this idea God is more than all parts of the Universe, but God does not stand apart (we all agree about that). Cells are not identical to men, just like individual parts of the Universe are not identical with God.
Hegel does not see God as eternal or unchangeable, God is the essence which wants to be visible in the world. And once God is visible, the world should evolve to perfection so that God can be more perfect. The forward movement of history is the path of God to perfection. 

Hegel’s term ‘idealism’ has a different meaning than we give it, for him it is about ‘ideas’, God is the absolute idea, which means the ultimate truth of the Universe, sum of its parts. History is the necessary path of human consciousness evolving towards absolute knowledge: human minds freeing themselves from imprisonment in self-images towards understanding the inherent universal nature of mind.
We experience reality through structures in consciousness, self-knowledge means that we understand how consciousness constructs reality. Hegel believed that at a certain point reality would not be an ‘unknowable beyond’ but that consciousness would be able to know ‘directly’: Absolute knowledge is attained when the mind realizes that what he seeks, is itself…

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