Category Archives: archetypes

Ka-Hu-Ra

Image credit: (Chris Hadfield/NASA/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images) As a physicist why do I write about sound archetypes? The subject of sound archetypes is not very very scientific, is it? I write about spirituality too and spirituality is not considered scientific either! But, … Continue reading

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Inference and Propensity

Dictionary definitions: Propensity: an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way. Inference: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. In the context of spiritual philosophy: propensity: a causal factor influencing an individual entity inference: … Continue reading

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More Sailboats

In the Sailboats essay I included this picture of an abstract sailboat painting from the Ottoman times. I have few more. These paintings are few centuries old. I wish I could give you the full reference but I don’t have … Continue reading

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Crazy thoughts on how ideas spread

An idea can spread and disappear quickly. The ideas that survive for thousands of years usually spread very slowly. It is not the rule but it is often the case. Historical Shiva lived 7000 years ago. Historical Tehuti lived 6000 … Continue reading

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Sound Archetypes of Sanskrit

This is an important subject. The “acoustic roots” of Sanskrit are also known as Biija Mantras. My understanding is that Biija Mantras are basically sound archetypes. I will take this opportunity to remind you about my writings on the subject … Continue reading

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Sailboats

Image credit How pleasant, oh dear God, how pleasant To journey on the blue sea To cast off from shore Aimless as thought. I would set sail to the wind And wander from sea to sea To find myself one … Continue reading

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Ontological Semiosis

In “Course in General Linguistics,” Ferdinand de Saussure proposed a new science. “It is … possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would be part of social psychology, and … Continue reading

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Internalizing ideas and theories

Apparently the subject of internalization is widely studied in academic psychology and sociology. I am not an expert in the academic aspects of internalization but I am cognizant of my own mental processes. I wanted to share some of my … Continue reading

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Pyramid Theories

This is a re-post from the Knol archives. As I shift gears and get ready to write on Neohumanism I thought I should move some of the more eccentric items from my Knol archive to this blog before I move … Continue reading

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Etymology of Universe

This is from John D. Barrow’s “The Book of Universes.” “The etymology of the word ‘universe’ can be traced back to the use of the Old French univers, in the twelfth century, which derives from the earlier Latin universum. This … Continue reading

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Mystery of Mount Ararat

Mt. Ararat is shrouded in mystery. The legends of the Great Deluge and Noah’s Ark contributed to the mystery but there are other reasons. It is understandable that human imagination runs wild when it comes to Mt. Ararat because it … Continue reading

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Rose Symbolism

I cannot do justice to the long history of rose symbolism in world cultures. I will pick and choose and mention few that held my attention. For me rose is the symbol of the soul. The seat of the soul … Continue reading

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Grace

There is a building known as the Grace Building in New York City. It is on the 42nd street across the Bryant Park. The architecture of this building with its concave vertical slopes of its north and south facades remind … Continue reading

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Bird Symbolism

I watched a documentary film titled “Birders: Central Park Effect.” People in the film were describing their feelings of being one with nature and the joy of being alive. Many of them described how bird watching makes them feel alive. … Continue reading

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Sound Archetype: RA

Introduction  The origins of sound archetypes were discussed in an earlier article [1]. The sacred sound archetypes of the Near-Eastern cultures were identified as YA, HU and RA.  In this article we focus on the RA archetype. RA is the … Continue reading

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Sound Archetype: HU

Introduction One of the common threads in the wisdom traditions of the world is the special place of the Divine Word in the creation theories. In this context, the sound archetype HU is particularly fascinating. It permeates the spiritual traditions … Continue reading

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Sound Archetype: YA

Introduction Certain sound archetypes are firmly imprinted in human consciousness. They permeate the languages of many cultures. The origins of sound archetypes and connections to Semiotics and Phonosemantics were argued in the article titled “Sound Archetypes” [1]. In that article … Continue reading

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Sound Archetypes

Origins of Sound  Archetypes Origins of sound archetypes go back to the Paleolithic period when all humans were hunter-gatherers. In this long period humans were closer to nature and their understanding of the “sacred” was very different from the current … Continue reading

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