Pure Form

Reason. Can it not go ” beyond the horizon of our senses?” Leverrier, even before Galle, directed his telescope to the place where the planet had been calculated to be. * * * * The only begotten son of God is LOGOS Idea (Gr.), Reason (Latin). Pure form Maya. * * * * Perfection of Reason brings us back to the very origin of all through feeling and intellect both. Sesha takes its own tail in the mouth. * * * * To the modern Psycho-physiologist as to his theory of unconscious cerebration. A mere modification in brain, left behind as a trace, cannot possibly explain memory, recollection, the fact of referring a particular bit of experience to an experience felt before. It is not retention or reproduction but it is the recognition element (Pratyabhijnanam) that constitutes the essentia of memory. The rose of today reminds me of the rose of yesterday, of the same rose (?) seen the day-before-yesterday. Now, the image of the rose may be retained, may even be reproduced, but if it is not recognised as having happened in my past, there can be no recollection; in short without recognition (unity feeling), there can be no memory. As Prof. James puts it “The gutter is worn deeper by each successive shower but not for that reason brought into contact with previous showers.” Can the theory of anatmavad (Unconscious cerebration) offer the faintest suggestion as to how the element of – recognition – is brought about? What is that something added to the unconscious physiological trace or nerve modification that effects a conscious recognition. Furthermore: How...

Faith and reason

This unity is an article of faith in as much as it is an axiom and postulate of our innermost being. We may have practically verified it only in a limited number of cases, but happy they who see it in all concerns of life. We verify the relation between hyperbola and a symptole up to a certain point, but for the rest we Know for certain (believe?) that the same relation subsists. Having determined Self to be the substratum of the Universe, let us not put further questions as to the why and where of Atman: having determined the centre of the circle we should not ask: “Where is the middle of the centre?” * * * * To be modest in our pretensions is often to make a kind of merit of our very ignorance. Says David Hume: “This sceptical doubt both with respect to reason and the senses, is a malady.” * * * * Reason = systematized experience, not a faculty but a method. The most penetrating thinker (like Agassiz) may err in his solution of the burning question of his day, while less able minds may hit the truth, which may sometimes happen, because they are less bewildered by the knowledge of too much trivial detail. Atom, according to Thomson and Tail, are units of rotating motions, or whirls. (Boscovich, Leibnitz = monads.) According to the law expressed in Mendeljeffs series the chemical elements are various forms of the same substance. * * * * (Juxtaposition of parts = Space Succession of events = Time Thus transformations of form constitute all the phenomenal existence....

To the Nominalist

“If relations are mere product of mind, all knowledge being a knowledge of relations, knowledge becomes impossible.” We might address in the same way anything else, an atom of hydrogen, a grain of sand as well as the Sun, the action of a tiny speck of irritable protoplasm as well as the soul of man. A (Subject) B (Object) A thing-in-itself, being like A or B, a mere point, would be tantamount to non-existence. AB = -B A will admit of two stand-points – B A representing subjectivity, and A B representing objectivity. One and the same reality appearing on the one hand as subject and on the other as object. * * * * There is no existence which by the same actions would not develop always the same result. It is this sameness alone that constitutes the intrinsic necessity and universality of all formal laws of thought, called Reason. This formal feature of existence, which is at the bottom of all natural law by making the same conditions produce the same results, is the source of the cosmic order. It is Lao Tze’s Tao, the Amitabha of the Buddhists, the Christian Logos that was in the beginning and has become flesh in the Son of man. If anything is supernatural, it alone is worthy of name. There are philosophers who show great grief if all those features which appear to their conception unexplainable, are not ascribed to some transcendental entity, a thing-in-itself or a god. Arid if a philosophy denies the existence of their supposed cement to combine the disjecta membra of their world-conception, it is generally...

The way of expression

Cf. Your daughter is just a (Urdu word) and Your daughter is a (Urdu word) * * * * Even the most favourite prejudice of Patriotism must be abdicated in favour of all-love. Christ was not a Patriot, Buddha or Nanak were not Patriots. As Ramakrishna realized his unity with woman-kind, even so have we to feel our oneness with the Englishmen, Christians, or thieves. Always defend; defend the enemy. One in the battle-field must suffer, so one in spiritual antagonism must remain invalid and in pain. * * * * The fall of a family man is to sensuous life and that of a God-man is to Patriotism. When the body is sick – in struggle – take care to keep at least the mind in perfect health. Rather, the more should you in such a case try to keep the mind entirely above struggle-consciousness. As you are such, O Body, I have nothing more to do with you (Sivoham). Jnani alone is beautiful. To fall down on the way is death, To fall down at home is rest and life, and To enjoy physical or intellectual beauty is falling down on the wayside. The beauteous are lovely flowers unconscious of the real beauty of self. * * * * Sophomore aired some rather atheistical views before Prof. James of Harvard. i Prof. “You are a free thinker, I perceive. You believe in nothing.” Sophomore: “I only believe – law – what I can understand.” Prof. “It comes to the same thing, I suppose.” * * * * Shama- repression of the mind by keeping it all the...

The World My Own Idea

The idea of a movement called up in a subject in or out of hypnosis has a tendency to induce the movement. But in waking life this idea is neutralized by other ideas. Materializing idea = attention. Psychologically speaking what we mean by attention is the power of fixing certain ideas in the mind and of working with them. Attention may be reflex or spontaneous (though only apparently). In hypnosis the spontaneous attention is altered while reflex attention is undisturbed, and it is through this last that a suggested idea, the choice of which has not, however, been left to the subject, comes into prominence. * * * * It is truly amusing to see how people concede the main substance to their opponents and still cling to the empty shell of their own creeds. * * * * “In normal consciousness every formulated idea is questioned by mind. After being perceived by the cortical centres the impression extends to the cells of the adjacent convolutions”. Cortical centres are, then, the battle-field of various ideas. The Hypnotizing Process is like breaking into a fort. We distract and divide the mental forces already operating in the mind and then let in the strong suggestion to occupy the citadel. The strongest will survive. This struggle is continuously going on just as the struggle between bacilli and bacteria and the outside microbe germs. * * * * As when the garrison is awake, the besieger succeeds in as much as he is indirect, circumspecting and dodgeful. So, in wakefulness the suggestion succeeds inversely as its directness. On the other hand, in abnormal...