A Journey into the Pathways of Philosophy

By Dr. N C Ramanujachary

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(Study of human principles, bodies and higher possibilities)

Two 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).

What we learn step after step can be expressed as below:

1.      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.

2.      Blind asceticism will not do good. Torturing of the body is cruel and horrible, with adverse consequences later.

3.      What  needed is the development of Will-Power. This development is achievable through adoption of:

a)       vegetarianism, 

b) non-drinking of alcohol etc.

 c) marriage-relationship 

d) education.

 Real object of education is stated in many terms. When we simplify them they stand as under:

1.      To cultivate and develop mind in the right direction.

2.      To teach the disinherited and hapless people to carry with fortitude the burden of life.

3.      To strengthen their will and determination.

4.      To inculcate in them the love of one's neighbor and the feeling of mutual interdependence and brotherhood.

5.      To train and form the character for practical life.

The negative qualities that educational system currently bringing up is:

Generation and breeding of envy and jealousy, evil, hatred, life of ferocious selfishness and struggle for honors and emoluments instead of kindly feeling.

Children 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 themselves.

The 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.

'There 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 imperative.

One 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.


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