Science = Theosophy Re: "New Concepts of Matter, Life and Mind" = HPB's prophesy?
Mar 03, 2006 08:13 PM
Thnaks Lenny this is a great article, it reminds me also of the quote from the Mahatma
letters below, I also found Brian Green's DVD program 'The elegant Universe' a great
introduction to some of these mind blowing concepts.
Letter 65 Chronological ed. Letter 11 other ed.
"Perhaps now you will be prepared to better understand the difficulty with which we will
have to contend. MODERN SCIENCE IS OUR BEST ALLY.
Yet it is generally that same science which is made the weapon to break our heads with.
However you will have to bear in mind (a) that we recognise but one element in Nature
(whether spiritual or physical) outside which there can be no Nature since it is Nature itself
(1), and which as the Akasa pervades our solar system every atom being part of itself
pervades throughout space and is space in fact, which pulsates as in profound sleep
during the pralayas and the universal Proteus, the ever active Nature during the
(b) that consequently spirit and matter are one, being but a differentiation of states not
essences, and that the Greek philosopher who maintained that the Universe was a huge
animal penetrated the symbolical significance of the Pythagorean monad
(which becomes two, then three and finally having become the tetracktis or the perfect
square (thus evolving out of itself four and involuting three forms the sacred seven) --
and thus was far in advance of all the scientific men of the present time;
(c) that our notions of "cosmic matter" are diametrically opposed to those of western
science. Perchance if you remember all this we will succeed in imparting to you at least the
elementary axioms of our esoteric philosophy more correctly than heretofore."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, leonmaurer@... wrote:
> Here, below, is a beautifully written essay by a leading scientist that
> confirms the prophesy of H. P. Blavatsky made in the last decade of the 19th
> century -- that the science of the 20th and 21st Century will eventually prove the
> theosophical metaphysics in the Secret Doctrine beyond a shadow of a doubt.
> At the time this essay was written, multidimensional Superstring/M theory,
> along with the ABC field theory that includes consciousness in their combined
> scientific synthesis of relativity and quantum physics, had not been considered.
> While these final "theories of everything" are not yet "proven" through the
> scientific method of experimentation and observation... Enough has been done
> along theoretical mathematical lines in the last few years to make it evident
> that such a proof will be forthcoming within the next few decades... If not
> sooner -- should scientists begin to accept as valid evidence the results of
> subjective experimentation and observation on an equal basis with their current
> objective means.
> Until that proof comes, it behooves us all to be prepared for that time --
> when every educated person will be able to comprehend the reality of the
> fundamental and immutable laws of karma (cause = effect) and reincarnation (I am
> myself, if not this body, forever) ... And can realize what such laws imply in
> the governance of both their individual lives, along with the world itself,
> under the unassailable and peaceful concept of a true "Universal Brotherhood" of
> mankind without distinction of race, creed, sex, condition or organization.
> Thus, hopefully, ulimately achieving world peace and plenty through a perfect
> balance between independence and interdependence.
> Let's start nurturing our hope for that future -- when "Science, Religion and
> Philosophy" will be truly synthesized in the minds of all people, when all
> their organized religions will have to admit to an impersonal pantheism without
> changing their moral-ethical base, and when we theosophical, philosophical and
> scientific thinkers, with a common understanding of the true reality and
> unity of absolute space, consciousness, mind and matter, can become their teachers
> and guides... Without any personal consideration accruing to ourselves, other
> than the pure satisfaction of a job well done. </:-)>
> Best wishes,
> New Concepts of Matter, Life and Mind
> by Ervin Laszlo
> Author, Founder of Systems Philosophy
> In light of the current, revolutionary advances in the natural sciences and
> in the study of consciousness, the concepts of matter, life, and mind have
> under-gone major changes. This paper outlines some basic aspects of these changes,
> taking in turn the emerging concept of matter, of life, and of human mind and
> The concept of matter
> The Western common sense view has held that there are only two kinds of
> things that truly exist in the world: matter and space. Matter occupies space and
> moves about in it and it is the primary reality. Space is a backdrop or
> container. Without furnished by material bodies, it does not enjoy reality in itself.
> This common sense concept goes back to the Greek materialists; it was the
> mainstay also of Newton's physics. It has been radically revised in Einstein's
> relativistic universe (where spacetime became an integrated four-dimensional
> manifold), and also in Bohr's and Heisenberg's quantum world. Now it may have to
> be rethought again.
> Advances in the new sciences suggest a further modification of this
> assumption about the nature of reality. In light of what scientists are beginning to
> glimpse regarding the nature of the quantum vacuum, the energy sea that
> underlies all of spacetime, it is no longer warranted to view matter as primary and
> space as secondary. It is to space or rather, to the cosmically extended
> 'Dirac-sea' of the vacuum that we should grant primary reality. The things we know as
> matter (and that scientists know as mass, with its associated properties of
> inertia and gravitation) appear as the consequence of interactions in the depth
> of this universal field. In the emerging concept there is no 'absolute
> matter,' only an absolute matter generating energy field.
> The concept of life
> The subtle relationship between the material things we meet with in our
> experience and the energy field that underlies them in the depth of the universe
> also transforms our view of life. Interactions with the quantum vacuum may not
> be limited to micro-particles: they may also involve macroscale entities, such
> as living systems. Life appears to be a manifestation of the constant if
> subtle interaction of the wave-packets classically known as 'matter' with the
> underlying vacuum field. These assumptions change our most fundamental notions of
> life. The living world is not the harsh domain of classical Darwinism, where
> each struggles against all, with every species, every organism and every gene
> competing for advantage against every other. Organisms are not skin-enclosed
> selfish entities, and competition is never unfettered. Life evolves, as does the
> universe itself, in a 'sacred dance' with an underlying field. This makes
> living beings into elements in a vast network of intimate relations that embraces
> the entire biosphere itself an interconnected element within the wider
> connections that reach into the cosmos.
> The concept of mind
> In the on going co-evolution of matter with the vacuum's zero-point field,
> life emerges out of nonlife, and mind and consciousness emerge out of the higher
> domains of life. This evolutionary concept does not 'reduce' reality either
> to non-living matter (as materialism), or assimilate it to a nonmaterial mind
> (as idealism). Both are real but (unlike in dualism), neither is the original
> element in reality. Matter as well as mind evolved out of a common cosmic womb:
> the energy-field of the quantum vacuum. The interaction of our mind and
> consciousness with the quantum vacuum links us with other minds around us, as well
> as with the biosphere of the planet. It 'opens' our mind to society, nature,
> and the universe. This openness has been known to mystics and sensitives,
> prophets and meta-physicians through the ages. But it has been denied by modern
> scientists and by those who took modern science to be the only way of
> comprehending reality. Now, however, the recognition of openness is returning to the
> natural sciences. Traffic between our consciousness and the rest of the world may
> be constant and flowing in both directions. Everything that goes on in our
> mind could leave its wave traces in the quantum vacuum, and everything could be
> received by those who know how to 'tune in' to the subtle patterns that
> propagate there. This assumption is borne out by the empirical findings of
> psychiatrists such as Stanislav Grof. They confirm the insight of Vaclav Havel: it is as
> if something like an antenna were picking up signals from a transmitter that
> contains the experience of the entire human race.
> Societal implications
> That people in all parts of the world search for a deeper awareness of their
> own subconscious mind may not be accidental: at this critical juncture of our
> sociocultural evolution it may be part of the survival dynamics of the human
> species. A greater awareness that all that goes on in our mind is accessible to
> others, and that all that goes on in the mind of others is accessible to us,
> would prompt us to develop greater empathy and solidarity with each other.
> Such felt relations are vital not only for our personal growth and development;
> in our interdependent and crisis-prone world, they are vital also for our
> collective survival and development.
> Ervin Laszlo
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