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Few comments on Sutra 4.8 of Ananda Sutram

Image credit You may have noticed this short sutra in Ananda Sutram 4.8 [The kuńd́alinii is the (force of) fundamental negativity.] The Sanskrit original is 4.8 Kuńd́alinii sá múliibhútá rńátmiká. I want to clarify the meaning of “negativity” in this … Continue reading

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Shrii Shrii Anandamurti’s comments on the tri-attributional primordial force

This is a follow-up on the previous posts Why 3? Why 3? (area related argument) The 3 fundamental variables are coupled pair-wise Orthogonality is harder to achieve as the number of explanatory factors increases In this post I wanted to … Continue reading

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Orthogonality is harder to achieve as the number of explanatory factors increases

One of my favorite posts is “New Perspective on Unification” where I discuss the “horizontal” and “vertical” attributes.  Horizontal attributes are associated with collectivity and multiplicity. Vertical attributes are about individuality, individual histories and individual characteristics. In that post I also … Continue reading

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On this day of Ananda Purnima wishing all scientists more intuition

Image credit While watching the full moon and remembering Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on this happy night of Ananda Purnima I was also reading John Horgan’s interview with legendary physicist Steven Weinberg who has been a vocal defender of atheism. After … Continue reading

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Three Realms of Time

It is my habit to search the digital records of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar) for clues. I am infinitely inspired by Anandamurti’s discourses. I have been reading his writings for more than 30 years and this is the … Continue reading

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Engraving concept revisited

Sometimes I am moved by an inspiration and write about a concept without fully understanding why it is relevant at this point in time. My original intention for writing this post was to say few inspiring words on Haqq which … Continue reading

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Dimensionless

Soul is dimensionless. Love is dimensionless. Consciousness is dimensionless. Dimensionless is endless, formless, unbounded, uncountable, innumerable, immeasurable and eternal.  Dimensionless is beyond the bounds of time, space and person. Dimensionless does not come within the scope of measurement. Dimensionless is … Continue reading

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Few Thoughts on Prakrti

This weekend I was thinking on the questions my readers have been asking me recently. These questions centered on Prakrti. When I talk to my Indian friends I avoid the subject of Prakrti. In Indian culture Prakrti is not just … Continue reading

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Network Externalities

When I first heard the term “network externalities” I was kind of embarrassed that I did not know the meaning of this cool sounding term. The person who mentioned it to me said that it was a term used in economics. Later, … Continue reading

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Witnessing Entity

In the spiritual philosophy literature we encounter the term “witnessing entity” quite often.  I made comments elsewhere implying that I am not in favor of using this term. Here I provide reasons for my objection. In the spiritual philosophy literature,  … Continue reading

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On liberation, union and identity

The concepts of liberation, union and identity are typically discussed in the context of social philosophy. This short piece is not really social commentary even though I make a point at the end. This is primarily a follow-up on the … Continue reading

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Philology of Yoga and Tantra

Philology of the Sanskrit words “Yoga” and “Tantra” according to P.R. Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) from “Yoga and Tantra” discourse (1979) The word yoga is derived as the Sanskrit root verb yuiṋj plus the suffix ghaiṋ. Or alternatively, the root … Continue reading

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The Most Outrageous Hypothesis

Cosmic Consciousness is at the core of each entity in its entirety. I mentioned this concept in many of my essays. Over the years those essays have been read by many people in different countries but not a single reader … Continue reading

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Complementarity Principle of Quantum Mechanics

Niels Bohr regarded the “complementarity principle” as the most fundamental principle of Quantum Mechanics, He introduced the concept of “complementarity” in his Como Lecture in 1927. The formal presentation [1] was given in his book “Atomic theory and the description … Continue reading

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Knower I, Doer I, Done I, Known I

MAHAT or MAHATTATTVA: “I” (“I am,” “I exist”) feeling, existential “I”. AHAM or AHAḾTATTVA: Doer “I”, ego, second mental subjectivity. CITTA: Done “I”, objective “I”, objective mind, mind-stuff. This is the classic (earliest) categorization of the layers of the mind. … 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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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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What is Universal?

In one of the Renaissance Universal (RU) discussions I participated in while in Istanbul in 1980, we were talking about music. People around the table were discussing whether Europeans could appreciate the traditional Turkish music. We were not sure because … Continue reading

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Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy (2)

The “page” titled Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy contains all installments. Sanskrit Pronunciation Key a = “a” in “mica” á = “a” in “father” c = “ch” in “channel” e = “e” in “cachet” ae = “ai” in “kaiser” i … Continue reading

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Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy (1)

The “page” titled Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy contains all installments. Sanskrit Pronunciation Key a = “a” in “mica” á = “a” in “father” c = “ch” in “channel” e = “e” in “cachet” ae = “ai” in “kaiser” i … Continue reading

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Cittanu

What is subtler than Higgs field? Is there anything subtler than space-time? In String/M theories they sometimes talk about branes. They talk about the bulk concept as well. There is no spelling mistake here. Yes, you have read it right. … Continue reading

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Force/Consciousness; Midichlorians/Microvita; Jedi/Sadvipra

This article is not about Microvita. I am not ready to write about Microvita yet. It is a huge subject. I don’t know where to start. Consciousness is huge subject too but I have been writing about Consciousness. You may … Continue reading

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Vidya, Avidya, Para, Apara

vidya: introversive principle; divine attraction; centripetal or introversial force; force of attraction to the Nucleus Consciousness; aspect of the Cosmic Operative Principle which guides movements from the crude to the subtle avidya: extroversive principle; ignorance; centrifugal or extroversial force; force … Continue reading

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David R. Hawkins on Causality

This is my fourth post in the “causality” series. The first three were: Difference between correlation and causation Phillip Gibbs on Temporal and Ontological Causality Kant, Hume, Reichenbach, Meister Eckhart and others on Causality I think that the following question … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau is working extra hard these days

The Adjustment Bureau starring Emily Blunt and Matt Damon is one of my favorite movies. I can’t remember exactly how many times I have seen this movie but it must have been at least 5 times. I see many parallels … Continue reading

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Theoretical Aspects of Ego

This is the 7th installment of my “ego” series. The first six were: Observing Ego Knowing ego No anger, no envy Selfishness Over-intellectualism Transparent Ego All six deal with the practical aspects of ego in the context of spiritual practice. … Continue reading

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Electronic Edition of the Works of P.R.Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of Universal Teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He was … Continue reading

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Mischievous smile

I remember my college days as the happiest days of my life. I suppose this is true for most people. In my case it is curious because those years between 1977 and 1981 were the most painful years for the … Continue reading

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Three Worlds and Three Mysteries of Penrose

“Platonic-mathematical, physical, and mental – has its own kind of reality, and where each is (deeply and mysteriously) founded in the one that preceeds it (the worlds being taken cyclicly). I like to think that , in a sense, the … Continue reading

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It is not just atoms and the void

Sean Carroll is a cosmologist, physicist and author. He is a talented communicator. He wrote excellent books. I enjoy reading his books and his blog where he declares “in truth, only atoms and the void.” I don’t know what he … Continue reading

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What is Intuition?

You must have noticed that articles with a title in the form of a question do not really provide answers. I am very conscious of this but I wrote few articles with titles in the form of a question anyway: … Continue reading

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Difference between pseudoscience, metaphysics, spiritual philosophy and science

Science is good, metaphysics is good, spiritual philosophy is great but pseudoscience is bad. This is my position. If you ask scientists they would say “science is good, metaphysics is bad, and pseudoscience is very bad.” Scientists would not differentiate … Continue reading

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Metaphysics is a misunderstood word

Image credit I noticed that people have very different notions of metaphysics. Even among the physicists the connotations of metaphysics vary widely. Let’s start with the literal meaning of metaphysics. The word meta usually means an abstraction from another concept … Continue reading

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Aham or Ego

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti explains Aham (Ego, “I do” consciousness, or second subjectivity) “Matter is the crudest manifestation of citta and citta is a metamorphosed form of Cosmic Consciousness. The two subtler manifestations of Cosmic Consciousness, the Mahattattva and Ahaḿtattva, are … Continue reading

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Analysis and Synthesis

“Spiritual philosophy is synthetic and those who have chosen this path are proceeding with their sadhana of attaining oneness. Hence, experienced scientists on this path cannot even think of destroying the hard earned emerald glow of the experience of other … Continue reading

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Fun with Aphorisms

I love aphorisms. Ancient Greeks loved aphorisms too. My paternal ancestry is rooted in Anatolia and Greece. That may explain my fondness for aphorisms. I don’t create aphorisms intentionally but I was blessed with few over the years. I wanted … Continue reading

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Relative Truth is Objective

Image credit What is relative truth? Cosmos is the relative truth. The term “relative” refers to the derivative nature of the Cosmos. Is there an absolute truth? Yes, there is. Godhead (Absolute Being, Consciousness with capital “C”) is the absolute … Continue reading

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Attraction to Abstraction

Image credit Abstract ideas are unpopular. I hesitate every time I post an article discussing an abstract idea. There is no one around me who is willing to listen and discuss abstract ideas. In the office I am surrounded by … 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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On Receptivity

Image credit I am not an intellectual in the classic sense. I don’t read a lot of books like intellectuals do. I follow my inner voice and pursue subjects that I have some natural receptivity. I don’t think hard on … Continue reading

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Mystery

The most powerful force in the universe is the attraction of a mystery. We fear the unknown but we are attracted to it.  The powerful attraction of the hidden truth is irresistible. We cannot accept the possibility of a random … 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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The seven mysteries of life according to Guy Murchie

Guy Murchie (1907-1997) wrote an inspiring book titled The Seven Mysteries of Life [1]. He completed this book in 17 years. It is one of my favorite books. I return to it periodically for inspiration. He was a school teacher, … Continue reading

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Ananda Purnima 2013

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was born on May 21 in 1921 on the day of the full moon. We celebrate his birthday on the day of the full moon in May every year. This happy day is known as Ananda Purnima. … Continue reading

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On Different Definitions of Monism

I came across an article written by Michael Shermer in 2004. He is a well-known author and columnist for the Scientific American magazine. In that article he gives a definition for monism: “Dualists hold that body and soul are separate … Continue reading

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Tangential Touch

… is neither inside nor outside. … is both inside and outside. … is a mystery!

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J.D. Salinger and Swami Vivekananda

Today, I was reading the news about L.A. Lauder’s 1 billion dollar gift to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in the form of an art collection. Buried in the news article was a tidbit of information that another … Continue reading

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Why is uncertainty intrinsic in the Cosmos?

There is an intrinsic uncertainty in the physical universe as detailed by quantum mechanics. I think that this intrinsic uncertainty extends to the wider Cosmos (totality of physical, mental and spiritual universes). Why is uncertainty intrinsic? The root cause of … Continue reading

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Ontology of Energy

Time has come for a discussion of the ontology of energy. Let’s discuss it without academic pretense and dogmatism. I will start by mentioning the views of a well-known philosopher and a physicist I respect. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti’s views on … Continue reading

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How Do I Know?

How do I know what I know? When I say space-time-matter emerged from the primordial fabric I get the usual question: “how do you know?” When I say ‘the primordial fabric is a formation within the Cosmic Mind’ the critical … Continue reading

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Divine Time, Causal Time, Physical Time

Discussion of time will never end. We will never exhaust this subject. My short review today was inspired by a dear friend who has been thinking deeply on the subject of time and asking me difficult questions. I cannot answer … Continue reading

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More cryptic notes

In my previous post titled “Model of a Model,” I mentioned that I was going to write a post on the many interpretations of the quantum mechanical wavefunction. It turned out to be quite a project. It will be a … Continue reading

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Few Comments on the Microscopic Black Holes

In 2008, before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was turned on there was a concern that LHC would create microscopic black holes and they would grow in size causing the end of the world. LHC has been operating successfully since … Continue reading

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Long Narrow Road

In his most famous ballad titled “I am on a Long Narrow Road” the Anatolian folk singer and mystical poet Aşık Veysel tells us that he has been traveling all his life trying to reach the goal (“menzil” in Turkish). … Continue reading

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Engraving Concept of Sefer Yetzirah

Sefer Yetzirah means “Book of Formation” in Hebrew. The origin of the text is unknown. Sefer Yetzirah is the earliest text of Kabbalah. For translation, commentary and detailed information about the history of Sefer Yetzirah, Aryeh Kaplan’s book [1] is recommended. … Continue reading

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No Thermal Death for the Universe

In 2011 the Nobel Prize in physics was shared by Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Prior to their research we knew … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (3): The Supreme Truth

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year university student at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I missed these … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (2): Beware of Dogma

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (1): Mysticism and Yoga

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Metaphysics

Layers of the Mind (Kosha and Loka) Citta Conservation Law of Three Gunas Aspects of Rajoguna, Tamoguna, Sattvaguna A Fundamental Principle Origin of Life Number Symbolism Duality and Interaction A Commentary on “Vibration, Form and Colour” The Five Fundamental Factors (Bhutas)

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Essays by Suresh Emre

A new synthesis of Spiritual Philosophy is presented in Definitions and Summary of Soul Monism I volunteer for the Renaissance Universal (RU) movement. A Vision for a Universal Renaissance. The complete list of my articles is given in https://sureshemre.wordpress.com/index/  

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It is not just semantics

Words matter in Spiritual Philosophy Basis of existence is Consciousness; everything was created out of Consciousness. Materialists say that this is just semantics. Now replace the word “Consciousness” with “matter” Basis of existence is matter; everything was created out of … Continue reading

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“What Is This World?” Lecture of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of universal teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He re-formulated … Continue reading

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Layers of the Mind (Kosha and Loka)

Information about the layers of the mind (Kosha and Loka) can be found in many discourses of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. The table below is from the book “Idea and Ideology” [1]. You can obtain Shrii Shrii Anandamurti’s publications from Ananda … Continue reading

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Dharma

Definitions from the Web basic principles of the cosmos; wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn the principle that orders the universe; one’s conduct in conformity with such a principle; one’s obligation in respect to one’s position in society; the teachings of the Buddha; one’s path … Continue reading

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Spiritual Teachings of Tehuti

Introduction Philosophical, spiritual, religious, metaphysical and scientific influence of the mythical personality Tehuti on the world culture is immense. Tehuti was deified by ancient Egyptians and he was accepted and respected by all societies in the Near East. He is … Continue reading

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Ananda Sutram

Ananda Sutram was composed in Sanskrit by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in the year 1961. It summarizes the Ananda Marga philosophy in sutra format. It consists of five chapters and 85 sutras describing the universe, the mind, the spirit and the … Continue reading

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Academic Studies of Consciousness

Academic institutions in America are dominated by scientific materialists. This does not stop the courageous pioneer scientists who work on consciousness. Knowing the circumstances I cannot stress enough how courageous these scientists are.  One of these academicians is David Chalmers who … Continue reading

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All in One, One in All

I have been fascinated by these words of wisdom: All in One, One in All. Say it in reverse. All in One, One in All. It is the same no matter how you organize the words. It gives me so … Continue reading

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Secret of the Universe

I often ask my 12 year old son about the secret of the universe, hoping that God gives me a hint through him. He always says that we will never know the secret. Having been trained as a physicist I … Continue reading

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Cosmic Inversion

There are many mysteries in the universe but the biggest mystery is the connection between the Cosmic Mind and the human mind. Full realization of this connection will lead to a new phase in human development. Interaction between the objective … Continue reading

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Writings of Avadhutika Ananda Mitra Acarya

Avadhutika Ananda Mitra Acarya is a wholetimer in the Ananda Marga organization. Her book “The Spiritual Philosophy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti” [1] is a very important book as it provides excellent commentary. I will provide short quotes from her book and give … Continue reading

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Psychic Pabula

Pabulum (from the Latin) means food; psychic pabula (pl.) means “mental food” or “mental objects.” Abhoga in Sanskrit is the proper term to describe this concept. The term “psychic pabula” is not comprehensive enough but it is the nearest English/Latin … Continue reading

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Remembering Goethe

Goethe was one of those souls who constantly searched for truth. I have been thinking about his approach to science lately. Although he is widely known for his literary work not many people know that he was also a scientist. … Continue reading

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NYC Subway Musings

I take subways in New York City everyday. Depending on the time of the day and the specific line the subways can be very crowded. During rush hour it is not uncommon to be face to face with a total … Continue reading

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Unity of Being (Absolute Monism)

Introduction Unity of Being and Absolute Monism refer to the same concept. There is only ONE Absolute Being in existence. Cosmos including all the physical universes and the infinite number of souls are transformations or internal reflections of this Absolute Being … Continue reading

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Duality and Interaction

Duality is the outcome of an interaction. The fundamental interaction that is sometimes symbolized by the yin/yang symbol is the binding action of Prakrti (Cosmic Operative Principle) on Puruśa (Cosmic Cognitive Principle). This binding action is the fundamental interaction. The binding … Continue reading

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Number Symbolism

Zero : Dimensionless Infinity of Consciousness Geometric representation of zero is a dot (point) because a point is zero-dimensional. The Absolute Unqualified Consciousness (Nirguna Brahma) is symbolized by a point because Nirguna Brahma is beyond this creation, it is beyond … Continue reading

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Anthropic Principle in Physics and Spiritual Philosophy

Introduction The anthropic principle is often used as a weapon in the tiresome debates between “creationists” and “scientific materialists”. Resistance of “scientific materialists” to the idea of Divinity is rooted in their individual psychological development and the sociology of the … Continue reading

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Tzimtzum (Şimşum)

Isaac Luria introduced the concept of Tzimtzum (Şimşum) which states that God began the process of creation by “contracting” His infinite light in order to allow for a “conceptual space” in which a finite and seemingly independent world could exist. … Continue reading

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Existence

Each unit of Cosmos has a center or nucleus which is the identity (the I of the entity). In spiritual philosophy the center=nucleus=identity is also known as the “I am consciousness” or simply as “unit consciousness”. The unit consciousness (atman) is connected to … Continue reading

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Fihi Ma Fihi (It is what It IS)

It is what it IS The “Fihi Ma Fihi” is a prose work of Rumi written in Farsi (Persian). It consists of 72 discourses. Like Masnavi it was written during the last few years of Rumi’s life. The literal translation … Continue reading

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Immanence and Transcendence

The divine essence is both immanent and transcendent. Is this a paradox? There is a way to gain insights into this apparent paradox. Mental clarity can be found by considering the special relativity of consciousness. What is generally understood by … Continue reading

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God loves atheists too

In recent years atheists have gotten bolder. This new atheist attitude started in academia and quickly spread to the popular media. We see them appearing and hosting TV shows. Their manifestos and popularized science books are selling briskly. Publishers are … Continue reading

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Spiritual Philosophy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of universal teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. In all … Continue reading

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