RE: Science of life...
Aug 24, 2006 08:16 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
8/24/2006 8:04 AM
s a starting point for all debate
See these principal ideas from Gita Notes pp 86
Arjuna's doubt is the one which naturally arises in one who for the first
time is brought face to face with the great duality of nature¯ or of GOD.
This duality may be expressed metaphysically by the words THOUGHT and
ACTION, for these mean in this the same as IDEATION and EXPRESSION.
Brahman, as the unmanifested God, conceives the idea of the Universe, and it
at once expresses itself in what is CALLED CREATION BY THE CHRISTIAN AND BY
THE SCIENTIST EVOLUTION.
This creation or evolution is the action of God. With him there is no
difference in time between the arising of the idea and its expression in
Coming down to consider the "created" objects, or the planes on which the
thought of God has its expression through its own laws, we find the duality
expressed by action and reaction, attraction and repulsion, day and night,
outbreathing and inbreathing, and so on. When face to face with these, one
is first confused by the multiplicity of objects, and we strive to find one
some law or doctrine, practice, dogma, or philosophy, by which, being known,
happiness can be secured.
Although there is one single Vehicle, to use a Buddhist term, yet it cannot
be grasped in the beginning by the student.
He must pass through sufficient experience to give him a greater
consciousness before he can understand this one Vehicle.
Could that unique law be understood by the beginner, could it be possible to
lift us by one word to the shining heights of power and usefulness, it is
certain that Those who do know would gladly utter the word and give us the
sole method, but as the only possible way in which we can get true happiness
is by becoming and not by intellectually grasping any single system or
dogma, the guardians of the lamp of truth have to raise men gradually from
stage to stage.
It was in such an attitude Arjuna stood when he uttered the verses with
which this chapter opens. (1)
G N pp. 83-4
Simple and direct expression of two positions -- now, how to reconcile ?
From: Odin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 4:04 AM
Subject: Science of life...
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to
find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether
by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to
know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is
the meaning of success.
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