A Journey into the
Pathways of Philosophy
Dr. N C Ramanujachary
INSIGHT AND INTUITION
of human principles, bodies and higher possibilities)
things are possible for us: 1. Knowing Truth by one's own direct
experience. And 2. Obtaining wisdom and power to help others effectively
and judiciously (in stead of blindly and in hap-hazard).
we learn step after step can be expressed as below:
Concept of the relation of the body or the physical sheaths
to the "Inner" the true-being of man. The relation and the
mutual interaction between the two aspects of human nature are
illustratively learnt and demonstrated.
Blind asceticism will not do good. Torturing of the body is
cruel and horrible, with adverse consequences later.
What needed is
the development of Will-Power. This development is achievable through
non-drinking of alcohol etc.
Real object of education is stated in many terms. When we simplify
them they stand as under:
To cultivate and develop mind in the right direction.
To teach the disinherited and hapless people to carry with
fortitude the burden of life.
To strengthen their will and determination.
To inculcate in them the love of one's neighbor and the
feeling of mutual interdependence and brotherhood.
To train and form the character for practical life.
negative qualities that educational system currently bringing up is:
and breeding of envy and jealousy, evil, hatred, life of ferocious
selfishness and struggle for honors and emoluments instead of kindly
are to be specially taught: 1. Self-reliance 2. Love for all living beings
3. Altruism 4. Mutual charity and 5. Capacity to think and reason for
sum and substance of the above canon is to minimize the mechanical work
and to maximize the training/development of Inner senses. Right
understanding of the 'work of life' and steady progression towards that is
needed. We may call it by many names. There are also various
systems/working methods such as Pancha-sila, Ashtanga-marga, Eight-fold
path of Patanjali, the realization that right means alone lead to right
ends and most of all Right convictions well founded and practiced.
are certain fundamental propositions in the Bhagavad-Gita and they
underlie, not merely Hinduism but Buddhism, the ancient philosophies of
the Egyptian and the Chaldeans, the speculations of the Rosicrucians, and
almost every other system having the remotest connection with occultism
from times long antecedent to the so-called historical periods.'
Perception is fundamental for knowledge/wisdom. Unveiled spiritual
perception, as advocated by Madame Blavatsky, is not only possible but is
essential for any development worth the name. Methods of obtaining that
perception are obvious. Humanity has reached that level of perceptive
consciousness that it could form mental images of the 'abstract' ideas and
'concepts.' Making an image of the 'mental abstraction' (ideal and the
idol) is within our experience. We pour life and energy into the idols,
consecrate them. Such phenomena must be possible when we think of the
Human being. He/she can be empowered to the most high degree of
progression and eventual perfection. Incarnation
is one-thing, and the personification of a thought-form is yet another
thing. A non-personal approach
and outlook in all matters of behavior and conduct is thoroughly possible.
Perfect unselfishness, altruistic approaches, searching for opportunities
to help others is open to all, once the need for such action is
must believe first in his seeing the manifestation as omnipotent,
omniscient and omnipresent in every spec of atom. Realization is a matter
of pure faith and belief, of course in the right things. All side-tracks,
hallucinations are to be passed over. One has to be clear in his purposes.
Desire to avoid something undesirable, running after something seemingly
supreme, mere inquisitiveness into things of riddle should not make one
seek for Wisdom. It (Wisdom) has to be sought for its own sake. Once it
dawns, it shall rule the person. Seeking after Wisdom should not be in
anticipation of the fulfillment of desires etc. One must
contain his/her insights, never expose or publicize them in pride.
Everything needs a careful, non-personal examination. Pretence in the
course of examination will contaminate all. The journey, it must be
earnestly understood, is never ending and ever-lasting.