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May 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm #5694
Qualitative scientific research in the social sciences legitimatizes the subjective experience. And so the possibility remains…
I agree that the scientific method is not quite the problem. In response to your last sentence, Pavel, the way that science is perceived indeed limits its study and…[Read more]
Thanks, Pavel (your #5726) – apologies for the delay in responding. I know all too well what you mean by the lack of mastery of subjects that we feel we intuitively understand. I have a long list of my own.
I think part of the difficulty is that in our general usage of the term deduction we simply mean an explanation arrived at after c…[Read more]
May 27, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant
My earth and My heaven contain Me not, but the heart
of My faithful servant containeth Me. — QUR’AN
Devotion is the sovereign yoga and is easy to practise. It is easy to practise
if it takes hold of our heart, but hard going if it does not. — M. K. GANDHI
May 26, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall
we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the
earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth; but when it is sown, it groweth
up, and becometh greater than all herbs,…[Read more]
May 25, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
Fix thy Soul’s gaze upon the star whose ray thou art, the flaming star that
shines within the lightless depths of ever-being, the boundless fields of the
Unknown. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE
Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the
love of the uni…[Read more]
Life is consciousness but is not self-conscious in every form; only in man it attains the state, plane or condition of self-consciousness, and when by self-induced and self-devised efforts it becomes a Self-Conscious Being, it gains for itself the greatest of all opportunities, the attainment of Universal Self-Consciousness. Then man has become…[Read more]
The Sevenfold Division
Excerpt from Theosophy Generally Stated
Theosophy postulates an eternal principle called the unknown, which can never be cognized except through its manifestations. This eternal principle is in and is every thing and being; it periodically and eternally manifests itself and recedes again from manifestation. In this ebb and…[Read more]
Thanks, Peter, for your illuminating explanation. It is much better than I could have attempted. I intuitively grasp the value of both methods (deduction and induction), but yet fail to clearly explain it, which indicates lack of mastery over the subject.
In regards to our application of these ideas to the “Occult Science,” my own experience…[Read more]
May 24, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change
takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.
— JOHN STUART MILL
The only object of the Initiate is the enlightenment
of the human race. — BHAVANI SHANKAR
A lot of the time in Sherlock Holmes’ stories he is operating in the field of Inductive Research i.e. he gathers observations and facts together to see how they connect (pattern recognition). From this he generates a tentative hypothesis (often one he doesn’t share with Watson or the reader) which finally leads to a definite theory as to…[Read more]
Deduction and induction can be used in research or in logical reasoning.
1. Deductive method starts with a general theory from which an hypothesis is formed which will be used in the research to test the general theory. Experiment or observation follows, which either confirms or contradicts the hypothesis.
The process goes from…[Read more]
The scientific method. Just a few more thoughts on background, as I understand it. (Not sure where to add this post, so put it in new thread.)
The scientific method, so called, emerged in Europe around 1200ce and reached fruition in the late 1600s with Isaac Newton. Up until this time, what counted as knowledge and truth throughout those lands…[Read more]
May 23, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
Once more we are lightened of our burden, through virtue become spiritual,
and move through Spiritual Wisdom to the Supreme. — PLOTINUS
I am myself and what is around me, and if I do not save
it, it shall not save me. — JOSÉ ORTEGA y GASSET
Yes, I see Raja Yoga as the equivalent of Occult Science in our discussion. One only has to take one’s own inner experiences as facts – as much as any kind of purely sensory input – to start on this journey of self-exploration.
It is true, Pavel. Raja Yoga is far more rigorous in observations free from errors of bias and other defects of mind and heart than modern science, one difference being the latter looks outward, whereas the former searches within. At some level both meet and are complementary to each other.
With all due respect to WQJ, I don’t think a vow is equivalent to a simple desire. A vow (if it is to be followed) is likely to come into opposition to multiple other desires, be it those of the flesh, or of the mind. A vow creates a kind of center of gravity in the person’s consciousness, which might start to dominate all other desires.
Ramprakash, does a Raja Yog use principles of patient observation and experimentation, and does not leap to conclusions by cherry-picking the evidence? If yes, the Yogin uses the scientific method. I am calling for a broader understanding of Science, which includes Occult Science – one of the foundations of Theosophy.
“On the material and scientific side of occultism, the use of the inner hidden powers of our nature, if this principle of desire be not strong the master power of imagination cannot do its work, because though it makes a mold or matrix the will cannot act unless it is moved, directed, and kept up to pitch by desire.”
This is the reason why s…[Read more]
Apparently, such a vow is a core component in transforming, purifying or elevating the desire principle.
“The passions and desires are not produced by the body, but, on the contrary, the body is caused to be by the former. It is desire and passion which caused us to be born, and will bring us to birth again and again in this body or in some…[Read more]
It’s kind of a gray areas…I think Sherlock used deductive reasoning in most cases. He made a hobby of studying types of fabric, types of grass and kinds of butterflies, etc., and he published pamphlets on them. 🙂 So based on his extreme knowledge minute details…he has more “known” truths than the average person.
Deductive reasoning can be…[Read more]
“Raj Yoga encourages no sham, requires no physical postures. It has to deal with the inner man whose sphere lies in the world of thought. To have the highest ideal placed before oneself and strive incessantly to rise up to it, is the only true concentration recognized by Esoteric Philosophy which deals with the inner world of noumena, not the o…[Read more]