Religion: The Last Weapon of Discrimination – II

THE BIOCULTURAL CORRECTIVE

This part of the paper is the follow up on the previous paper entitled: Religion: The last weapon of discrimination. It focuses on the work I started doing on the Rig Veda and Bhagavad Gita and how this work has been used for over thirty years by the Union of International Associations in collaboration with the UN and UNESCO to make the same points and influence policy. It is even more remarkable the fact that this work has been recently verified by the discoveries of modern neurobiology. This work, however, will be more effective if it is taken over and implemented at the local, community, levels through watchful research on the particular needs of each community by exposing abuses and implementing the result of research on Universities, politics, media and families. Conversely this research would also be of the greatest use in India itself where the structures of creativity have been alive for over five thousand years and hopefully are still embodied in the subjects themselves, even though the virus of colonial technologies has contaminated many of her subjects.

This is an enormous task that takes not only the study of India's cultures for a span of over six thousand years, but includes expertise in oral cultures, musical epistemologies, philosophy, neurobiology, languages and needs an enormous amount of support given the competition we face that includes Governments, powerful Foundations and religious denominations.

PART ONE: India's oral past

What is original to India and Indic texts is the fact that they were the first of all Indo European languages to record the state of the species at the time. ( See Meditations through the Rig Veda, by Antonio T. de Nicolas, 1978) Through the Rig Veda we became aware of the human matrix of all human acting, a movement that goes from the geometries of the Asat (formless non-existence) to the forms of gods and humans (sat) to the sacrifice of these forms (yajna) and finally to the perpetual movement of all desire (Rita). What this establishes is a multitude of neurological centers for action, or decision making (gods), always moving, always acting as models for such actions and decisions by humans. Thus identity and crisis had to discover a hidden witness that was not the actor in every action nor the bearer of pain and suffering. The hidden self, the undivided self, the immutable self was the first and central immutable, though hidden, ONE of all appearance. Secondly, there were no criteria observable by which a self could be fixed and frozen for observation and diagnosis. The world, human life was constant movement, (rita) the movement of the desire of the One dividing itself to create. And within these parameters the world lived in peace, chanted and modulated for greater sensation and innovation. And these people also identified another center of intelligence, that, for us, became the hallowed left hemisphere and home of immortal reason, though for the ancient rishis was just known as manas: a sixth sense used to translate the diverse holographic experiences of the right hemisphere of the neo-cortex, and the home of habits. It was not considered a faculty and much less a faculty to reason of things appropriated from the outside, for this brain has no access to the outside but only to the right-brain contents. All these insights have been confirmed in detail by modern discoveries in neuroscience.

But then came Oedipus, a myth from the Middle East, and with it the introduction into the species of alphabetic writing and reading, and, as a hapless biological consequence, the prominence of the left brain hyper development. The book, The Heresy of Oedipus and the mind/mind split, by Dr. Maria Colavito, is the best description we have of this rapture in the original unity, for it provides a new paradigm for understanding human acting, with the added advantage that it finds its best allies in modern discoveries by the hard sciences in the wiring itself of our multiple human brains. Dr. Colavito places us on the trail of human mythic origins the way Darwin placed us on the trail of the Origin of Species. Where Darwin stops with the evolution of species, Dr. Colavito begins with bio-cultures: a nature/nurture symbiosis on the wings of Selection Theory distributively applied to each one of the five brains we humans have. Bio-cultures in this context is the knowledge of "when to nurture and what is nature " while at the same time learning, " what to nurture and when, as we form our own nature." This is a brand new model on the relation that holds between biology and myth, biology and writing/reading as the original invariants that interact as human evolution and human history, and it serves as foundation as to why the cultural imperialism in India today and yesterday happened.

The Heresy of Oedipus provides the bio-cultural paradigm is these simple steps: The first step is an outline of the Bio-cultural Paradigm, the second, deals with language systems, making a distinction between mythopoetic languages, those of the right hemisphere of the brain's neo-cortex, and ideographic language, the language of the "interpreter module" of the left hemisphere and its penchant for the habitual repetition of language technologies based on alphabetic writing. It is this technology that has acted as "bio-cultural imperialism" on other ways of knowledge, and it is this technology that accounts, according to the author, for the human mind/mind split. The hero of this human "heresy" is Oedipus, not because of" his incest, nor because of his patricide, nor even because of murder…" nor because" he fought the divine will, and emancipated the individual human will from the gods," but because he introduced in the species a new technology and a new form of knowledge that separated humans from gods, humans from humans, brain from brain and made humans dependent on the outside, eternally divided among themselves and eternally alienated from an unknown within.

This thesis follows the lead of science in establishing that we humans have five invariant brains: the reptilian (maia type), limbic (mythos type), the right (right brain mimetic type) and the left (left brain mimetic type) hemispheres of the neo-cortex, and finally the "interpreter module,"(the logos type). It is a biological fact that these brains did not appear simultaneously in humans but evolved according to need or exercise, as they do in every new born infant, building themselves as neural paths in the brains and as external realities or cultures for the humans who used them as they became available. It is these communities of humans formed around the primary use of one brain over the others that we identify as cultures.

Biology will find little quarrel with this new model, as Michael Gazzaniga (Nature's Mind, NY Basic Books, l992) or Joseph Chilton Pearce (Evolution's End, Harper, San Francisco l992) have recently shown. In view of these studies, the nurture of infants and young children in early education through myth and by myth will become paramount since the lack of development of some bio-cultures in children up to the age of twelve in some cases (and much earlier in most), is irreversible. The "windows of malleability" once closed, are closed forever. These studies also show why some cultures overcome others, misrepresent them and exploit them. This extraordinary and compelling model of the human species as described and verified by Dr. Colavito in this book would not have been possible as a model had she not made another crucial discovery: that next to and based on the biological invariants of the brains, there are five invariant epistemologies or myth structures on which all philosophy and description, scientific or otherwise, is based. This is a novel discovery in an age when philosophy is victim to the demand that epistemology be just a theory of knowledge and no more. Basing her discovery on the use of the faculty of imagination as found in earlier mythic cultures like the Rig Veda, Dr. Colavito has been able to enlarge this project to Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician and modern logos cultures to describe the invariant epistemologies on which they rest. As it turns out, the model takes the brains as a "primary text" upon which a "secondary text" is imprinted through repetition and exercise, creating the neural passages (a biology). A "primary technology" is then applied to activate and set in motion the different biological brains while a "secondary technology" is used for reading the previous technology and texts. If the reading does not coincide with the technology in use, we have ideology and cultural imperialism, which is the actual "history" of history, or the followers of the logos mindset reading themselves through their own technology and demanding that others do as they do. They are "blind" to the fact that the outside world, what we call reality, is an extension of the brain in use, or the brain in use extends itself to form worlds, holograms that become the world, or reality, or rather a superimposition on reality.

And what were and are the ramifications of the mind/mind split?

  • matriarchy becomes patriarchy;
  • open social systems become hierarchically ordered;
  • geometry becomes gematria: mysticism becomes magic, psychology becomes familial repetition of the same;
  • polytheism becomes anthro-monotheism or atheism;
  • reality is perceived only by external criteria;
  • history and "theory" become the sole criteria for describing the phenomenal world as the real, as well as the individual within society;
  • mytho-poetic language and its bio-cultures become persecuted, suppressed or acculturated to the ideographic cultures;
  • human diversity becomes less tenable;
  • we lose our evolutionary advantage as we become more homogeneous.

Dr. Colavito's use of the model is relentless, like Yeats' falcon, "turning and turning in the widening gyre," and in this pursuit ideological idol chases ideological idol to the dust and hardly any belief is left standing; history, philosophy, religion, medicine, the social sciences all shake in their foundations and are about to tumble and one would anticipate fall and leave us all bereaved with nothing to hold on to. Yet, magically, by the end of the book nothing has been destroyed, the world continues to breathe and laugh and the sciences, the human institutions, the gods are again alive though none of them occupies the same "blind" space as before. There is a transformation and despite the pain, there is radiant light at the end of the tunnel. And this is the model we propose.

Summary: Indic texts are our witnesses of the integrity of the formation of the human inner spaces, the brains, through which we are able to interact within ourselves and with one another. While the Indic Classical text are primarily oral, those that follow with the arrival of alphabetic writing in other cultures show a preponderance and dominance of the "left brain", "interpreter module" technologies that reverse the capacities of humans by making the left brain the dominant one under the name of reason, while the actual function of that brain is translation, habituation, and distance, as Indic classical texts understood and practiced. What it meant for those oral cultures was the colonial temptation of being overpowered and destroyed. Only left brain dominant cultures can do that, as is the case in point with Christianity, Islam and Judaism in their fight against oral, right brain dominant cultures. And this is the epistemology we stand on.

THE BIO-CULTURAL PARADIGM

(see table below)

THE BIOCULTURAL PARADIGM: A GUIDE TO INTERPRETING MYTHS AND SACRED TEXTS Copyright 2003 Colavito. All rights reserved.

Anthony Judge, writing from Europe, in a recent article, ( see URL above), articulated the long range implications of this distinction between orality and literacy and its critical implications for social integration vs. cultural imperialism by quoting none other than the structure of the Rig Veda in support of a new model for cultural competency:

"Epistemology and music: Given the importance of sound and music as a major integrative factor across cultural boundaries, and given the size of the audience which music now has through radio and other media, the possibilities of this route merit further exploration, as discussed elsewhere (Liberation of Integration, Universality and Concord through pattern, oscillation, harmony and embodiment.

Integration modeled on sound may be inherently more comprehensible to more people than integration modeled on sight. In an earlier study Antonio de Nicolas (Meditations through the Rg Veda, 1978 ) distinguishes four "languages" in the Rg Veda by their intentionality: images and sacrifice, existence, embodied vision, and non-existence. Such efforts to show the functional significance of sacrifice in relation to social integration need attention in a period when "nobody is willing to sacrifice" advantages acquired under the present systems in crisis.

The De Nicolas study inspired an exploration of the tonal underpinnings of the Rg Veda by a musicologist, Ernest McClain (The Myth of Invariance, 1976), which helps to understand the interrelatedness of perspectives and the mnemonic value of their expression through vivid symbols (gods, dragons, etc). McClain clarifies the musical significance of the four languages and, in this context, their relevance to integration: "The four Rgvedic "languages" de Nicolas defines have their counterparts in the foundation of all theories of music:

His "language of Non-Existence" (Asat) is exemplified by the pitch continuum within each musical interval as well as by the whole undifferentiated gamut — chaos — from low to high.

His "language of Existence" (Sat) is exemplified by every tone, by every distinction of pitch, thus ultimately by every number which defines an interval, a scale, a tuning system, or the associated metric schemes of the poets, which are quite elaborate in the Rig Veda.

The "language of Images and Sacrifice" (Yajna) is exemplified by the multitude of alternate tone-sets and the conflict of alternate values which always results in some accuracy being "sacrificed" to keep the system within manageable limits.

The "language of Embodied Vision" is required to protect the validity of alternate tuning systems and alternate metric schemes by refusing to grant dominion to any one of them". (p. 3).

For de Nicolas: "The embodiment of Rg Vedic man was understood… as an effort at integrating the languages of Asat, Sat and Yajna to reach the dhih, the effective viewpoint, which would make these worlds continue in their efficient embodiment" (p. 136). The unique feature of the approach is that it is grounded in tone and the shifting relationships between tone. It is through the pattern of musical tones that the significance of the Rig Veda is to be found.

"Therefore, from a linguistic and cultural perspective, we have to be aware that we are dealing with a language where tonal and arithmetical relations establish the epistemological invariances… Language grounded in music is grounded thereby on context dependency; any tone can have any possible relation to other tones, and the shift from one tone to another, which alone makes melody possible, is a shift in perspective which the singer himself embodies. Any perspective (tone) must be "sacrificed" for a new one to come into being; the song is a radical activity which requires innovation while maintaining continuity, and the "world" is the creation of the singer, who shares its dimensions with the song." (p. 57)

When, however, the dictates of distributive logic substitute for musical epistemologies we have imperialism, colonialism or globalization used systematically to exploit, destroy and vandalize those original oral cultures, not prepared bio-culturally to protect themselves.

Part Two: The Mandate each one of us carries

Needless to say the urgency to preserve India's bio-cultural inheritance from such clear attacks and imminent dangers is evident. Evangelists, traders, conversions, charities, the English language itself, the dominance of theory over experience etc. can only be developed if the other bio-cultures are also developed. India has all of them even though through the virus of colonialism the left brain, and its lackey the "interpreter module" have become in many the "pilot" brain. However, developing the brains is a matter of nurturing, of education, and therefore there is hope only if there is a plan of education available. With every new child we have a new generation.

THE BIO-CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF CLAIMS ON REVELATION

The philosophical and biological implications of fundamentalist Christianity are the bases of colonialism, aggression, conversion, ideology and all the evils attributed to Christians. It is important and essential to get to the source to understand better its origins and effects. The thrust of these arguments is not directed to anyone because they are Christians, but rather because they are fundamentalist. And this means that regardless of the name these fundamentalists use, the technologies at their disposal are merely those of the left neo-cortex, interpreter module, namely, they are based on concepts attached to names, arbitrary definitions, ideologies and the demand that the users of other brain technologies, those using memory, imagination, experience, surrender to their message and ideology.

The philosophical and biological implications of maintaining a dialogue between Indic texts and Christian ideologies has never been explored. Is it really possible? Though Christian denominations like the Eastern Orthodox Christians or Christians basing their religion on experience rather than theology seem to share with Indic Tradition common technologies, is this dialogue possible with Christian denominations based on fundamentalist, theological criteria? This paper is an attempt to clarify this issue, or at least frame the conditions for such a dialogue to be possible.

A dialogue is possible when the parties involved talk about the same thing, implying that the dialogue is necessary because there might be different perspectives on the thing discussed.

When talking Religion, Indic texts translate an experience that already happened in themselves, while Christian (fundamentalist, theological) texts take the written experience of earlier, oral cultures, of other people, as what has already happened; thus the written text becomes the origin of that experience.

In Indic traditions the oral/written text is a model/guide to experience and a model/guide for decision making. In Christian fundamentalist texts, the written text is the law to conform to, externally and internally.

In Indic texts there is no ideological theology on the wings. In Christian fundamentalist texts theology is all there is and the experience (say of the mystics) is left in the wings of any discussion.

Christian narratives are created by the "pilot brain" known as the left brain, or the left hemisphere of the neo-cortex, and the "interpreter module," on the same side of the left brain but with access only to the left neo-cortex. Indic narratives are created by the "pilot brains" of the right hemisphere of the neo-cortex, while the left neo-cortex is used as an instrument of translation, or habit allocation. The left brain has access only to the right hemisphere, itself and its own constructions, while the right brain has access to the outside. The God of the Christian fundamentalist theology is of necessity a blind God.

The God of the Christian fundamentalist narrative is presumed to be an outside God and earlier than humans; the gods of the Indic narratives are "this side of creation" and coincide with the "intelligence centers" of the brain, they are not substances but origins of knowledge, and they are there to help in decision making.

The God of the Christian fundamentalist narrative enters history and enters human biology; the gods of the Indic narratives transform the discontinuous into the continuous, the diversity into the unity of the origin.

The gods of the Indic narratives are earlier than the God of the Christian one; but it is the later God that tries to destroy the earlier ones.

The primary brains of a child, reptilian, limbic, visual neo-cortex (the three primary brains of the right hemisphere of the neo-cortex) develop in the child between conception and the first 7/9 years of his /her life. At that time the left neo-cortex opens and develops; it is only between ages 13 to 25 or even later that the frontal lobes open and decisions in complex situations are possible. Christianity has proclaimed the ages of 7 on to call a child a man. The reason being that at this age the male child develops sperm, the carrier of souls, and the child is supposed to also becomes rational. (Women are not that fortunate and thus are relegated to a lesser role). Reason, then, overcomes the previous "intelligence centers" and it is the faculty that guides actions and decisions. It is this same "reason" that overcomes and conquers other cultures considered inferior because they did not develop rationality properly, when in fact, as in India and in modern neurobiology, the left brain is considered an instrument of translation or habit holding, and not, as in the West, a faculty, the supreme faculty.

Colonialism is the subjugation of a dominant brain over the others, either in cultures or in individuals. Unfortunately for revelation, or the claim thereof, the left brain does not receive sensation directly from the outside, God, the world, but from the right brain, and thus any claims of direct revelation are empty.

Let us consider now some of the consequences of these claims of Christianity.

It is only Christianity that claims that God became man in the form of his Son Jesus.

In other words, God incarnated, became human, in the second person of the Trinity, Jesus.

It is this same religion that claims that the whole human species became contaminated by sin because of the sin of the first woman, Eve. This means that one individual woman sinned and the whole species became sinful. Now, on the other hand, one single individual God, Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, becomes human and the human species does not even notice? The whole species continues sinful, in spite of the fact that God himself embodies it? If Jesus is fully God and fully man, why does the human species continue unchanged by this event, and human history is not divine history but the narrative of the fallen, the deceitful, human measure? Isn't it time we all grew up? We are asked to take communion with truck wheels! And yet these are the doctrines the evangelicals are trying to convert people of other cultures to!

The tension between individual and species is clearly underlined by religion.

Does God create a species that becomes present in individuals or individuals with no significant links to the species? If God is conceived to create on the model of the One, when there is nothing else around, and therefore by self division, the species is the manifestation of that creation, raised or lowered by the presence and actions of individuals, from the avatara ( the manifestation of the whole in one) to the asura (the binding of any possible movement and progression). When, on the other hand, God is conceived to create on the model of the zero, that is by addition, the individual is the center of creation and his/her progression is individual through grace and its connection to the species is exemplar but not biological. The Savior is the model. Is not this latter model the one that makes room for idolatry by superimposing the individual on the species? And, focus now on these words: If Jesus is God, the only one God Christians have, how could they conceive that humans could kill Him, God, and the world would continue its rounds as if nothing would have happened? And if Christians belive that then are they not also conspirators in the death of God? How can God die? Thinks about this, for God's sake.

The so called religions of the Indic tradition, their inner technologies, are primary in humans and therefore earlier than the evangelical ones. It is this experience of the early years of humanity from which the evangelical religions take their information and proclaim their dogmas, not from any other revelation. Writing makes possible this steal by translating the original into another human technology and proclaiming it original through reading it to themselves and others.

It is on this robbery of the early experience of humans as a species or individually, carried out by the technologies of the left neo-cortex (reading/writing), that Evangelical aggression from some humans upon others is based. It is also on this robbery that human aggression, colonialism, imperialism is based.

There is no place to better understand the consequences of writing/reading than in the claims Evangelical Christians make on individual salvation, or individual knowledge, or individual self. What we call the self in the West, namely, that entity we call the self, is not a substance, a thing, a subject other than grammatical, and the result of our own mode of perception. When we perceive, according to neuro-biology, perception comes directly as a whole to the right brain, to the right hemisphere of the neo-cortex, as a visible image created by the vibrations of the reptilian and limbic brains. When the left neo-cortex turns upon it to reflect, find out what it is and so on, this reflection happens on a delay mechanism in the brain itself between the holistic perception of the right hemisphere and the selective one of the left. In this delay a self, a presence is born, the shadow accompanying all perception when interpreted by the left hemisphere. It is not a substance, a thing, an entity, it is simply the shadow we call the self. The West has not been allowed, since Plato was excluded from the Academy for this same reason, to discover, use, the executive self, standing permanently at the door of all perception notwithstanding the many shadows that try to cover this reality with names, definitions and ideologies. Indic texts are the most elaborate and exact in describing the way these two selves interact and the way to moksha, liberation from the delusions of the shadows so that the best decisions can be executed from among the possible.

It is on these "pilot brains," on these bio-cultures, that humans divide or unite, become aggressive or enlightened, militant and conciliatory. And it is on the effort to expose and correct the origin of human aggression and exploitation among individuals and societies that the interests of any of us dealing in India Studies should base his/her mission.

WHERE ARE WE NOW, AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?

It is unfortunate that I found myself alone in my fight against this racist methodology of the social sciences inflicted on people of this culture and India. I am the only one writing from a Philosophy Department and my suggestions are geared mostly to correct this imbalance. America is a country of great possibilities and these possibilities are in our hands. The proclamations of a few can be exposed, corrected and a voice should be given to the original carriers of these traditions. It is in this light that I make the following suggestions.

I would like to use in this section a few quote summaries of the previous sections written by Anthony Judge in his work for the UN.

"The suggestion in the previous section can be viewed as a crude approximation to a highly sophisticated approach based on the 5,000 year- old chanted hymns of the Rg Veda of the Indian tradition. A very powerful exploration of this work by a philosopher, Antonio de Nicolas, using the non-Boolean logic of quantum mechanics, opens up valuable approaches to integration. The following themes are explored in the de Nicolas study:

  • Interrelating formal languages based on tone
  • Toward reintegrating the individual in action
  • Integration embodied: the re-imaging of man
  • Pluralism: integration through community dialogue
  • Integrative renewal through sacrifice
  • Integrative vision encountered in movement

The unique feature of the approach is that it is grounded in tone and the shifting relationships between tones; It is through the pattern of musical tones that the significance of the Rg Veda is to be found.

"Therefore, from a linguistic and cultural perspective, we have to be aware that we are dealing with a language where tonal and arithmetical relations establish the epistemological invariances… Language grounded in music is grounded thereby on context dependency; any tone can have any possible relation to other tones, and the shift from one tone to another, which alone makes melody possible, is a shift in perspective which the singer himself embodies. Any perspective (tone) must be "sacrificed" for a new one to come into being; the song is a radical activity which requires innovation while maintaining continuity, and the "world" is the creation of the singer, who shares its dimensions with the song."

De Nicolas contrasts this perspective with that of languages governed by vision:

"Thus, in a language ruled by the criteria of sight, vision may mean the sum of perspectives from which a fixed object can be seen, plus the theoretical perspective of the relationships holding amongst different perspectives of the object, plus the mental acts by which those perspectives, relationships and visions are performed. In any event, the invariant object is the condition for the variations in the meaning of vision. The object is the condition for the variations in the meaning of vision. The invariant object is, therefore, not a reality, but a theoretical precondition (phenomenal or noumenal) for a whole system or method for establishing facts. Therefore, it is no wonder that when people speak of transcendence, within this framework, they are mostly forced to speak in mystical terms of things unseen or unseeable, either in terms of religious experiences, or in terms of modern physics. In a literal sense, in the latter two cases, speech is about no things by the same criteria of the speech used to designate things.

Whereas in a language governed by sound:

"In a language ruled by the criteria of sound, perspectives, the change of perspectives and vision, stand for what musicologists call "modulation". Modulation in music is the ability to change keys within a composition. To focus within this language, and by its criteria, is primarily the activity of being able to run the scale backwards and forwards, up and down, with these sudden shifts in perspectives. Through this ability, the singer, the body, the song and the perspective become an inseparable whole. In this language, transcendence is precisely the ability to perform the song without any theoretical construct impeding its movement a priori, or determining the result of following such movement a priori. Nor can any theoretical compromise substitute for the discovery of the movement of "modulation" itself in history. The human body would then be asked to lose the memory of its origins; a task the human body refuses to do by its constant return to crisis.

It is up to the philosophers to discover the language ruled by the criteria of sound, rather than presuppose a priori that the only language universally human is the one ruled by the criteria of sight." (17, p. 192)

With these notes in mind the mandate we carry, would be different in kind and scope to those other Foundations present in the market place today, like the Japanese, Buddhist, or Korean ones, for example.

The most important mandate would be to change the classifications of humans that the left-brain dominant cultures have imposed on the human species. The first one to fall should be the ethnic classification with all its implications of color, race, gender etc. Instead we will promote bio-cultures as what it is: the plurality of brains accounting for the individual and communal leanings of people and societies.

People divide by bio-cultures, not by color or ethnicity. A large excuse for discrimination would thus be removed.

A dedicated and continuous study of neurobiology, a sort of "think tank" should be formed to accumulate data gathered from these studies in order to establish the nuances of brain development with consequences for diagnostics in health, business, education, culture. These finding should be published in books, textbooks, radio programs and television.

A dedicated effort should be sustained to translate those findings into the common language, like English, insisting in the education of all about the realities most important to humans, that being the reality of he "witness" or self without attachment to the variations in emotion or results of action, totally absent in Western Academic categories.

An effort should be made at reconciling the traditions of philosophy of Indic and of Classical Greek texts from Pythagoras and up to Plato and include in these conversations the writings of Western mystics, in a way that would open the doors of mutual understanding to both cultures and the possibility of progression in philosophical development. In this way religion will fall into two primary pilot- brains, those of the left developing theology, and those of the right developing experience and decision-making.

A sustained effort should be also made to implement in education and social customs the bio-cultural paradigm so that people of different bio-cultures would profit, and develop through mutual inter-action.

A most dedicated and serious effort should go into changing the model of medicine based on compliance to a manual, a man/woman on authority, and discover instead the model of India based on mutual narratives.

Adversarial depictions of Hindu customs should be monitored and challenged.

Universities should be made aware of cultural competence in their degrees.

But above all the most important mandate would be to teach a whole generation of people how to make decision. Decisions are possible on models, and myths are those models for oral cultures, while the decisions made by literary cultures are based on a simplified reductionist system of veridical statements for which one only needs compliance but not neural development. As discussed at a Conference sponsored by the U.N. in Bangalore, in http://laetusinpraesens.org/docs/knowqual.php

"There is a relationship between comprehensive integrative insight and "global" (as discussed above) viewing, much explored within eastern cultures, that might be contrasted with western-style scientific exploration. It summarized by Maria M. Colavito (The New Theogony, 1992) in her discussion of two models of creation in culture as the Models of the One and of the Zero. The

One functions by division, the Zero by addition:

"The model of creation by the One is the aural model. This model produces mythology, geometry, alchemy, polytheism, music, mysticism and enlightenment through revelation. The model of creation by Zero is the literary model, It is responsible for theology, algebra, biology, monotheism, visual art, asceticism and knowledge through the appropriation of data. Humanity needs both models. Our modern culture has focused on the skills necessary to produce only the latter model. A simple journey through history reveals that this struggle between these two world views is not new."

Commenting on this, Antonio de Nicolas (1989), sees this as the problem: the One does not know by its own skills. It is only in the model of the Zero that knowledge comes forth with its language of substances. Now the question arises what is the function of the One? Creation, of course. And how does this take place? From the Rg Veda, through the Gita, the "skills" of the One as model are the skills to open the heart and consequently the frontal lobes, to be able to make decisions for oneself and the culture in every situation. On the other hand, the skills of the Zero model, develop the neo-cortex only and close the entrance to the frontal lobes: wise decisions are difficult and the best solution is the "monoculture" or as it is called now the "uniform global culture." But this result will make our individual efforts and the efforts of our cultural, diverse pasts, as an effort in interdependent harmony, totally superfluous, and our demise imminent."

Can Hindu studies count on Hindu Foundations and even Governments in the same way the fundamentalist Christians count on powerful Christian Foundations and Government subventions? And do not forget that these Christian organizations have added a political twist by leaning the legislature towards "privatization" of every service available through Government, so that grants with tax-payers money can go to faith-based organizations and thus continue the dominion of their bio-culture/religion over the others and at their expense.

BIOCULTURE

MAIA

MYTHOS

R BRAIN MIMETIC

L BRAIN MIMETIC

LOGOS

INTELLIGENCE AREA

AMYGDALA/SEPTAL AREAS OF LIMBIC SYSTEM

PREFRONTAL CORTEX/ LIMBIC SYSTEM/ HEART

RIGHT HEMISPHERE NEOCORTEX

LEFT HEMISPHERE NEOCORTEX

INTERPRETER MODULE/LEFT HEMISPHERE

PRIMARY SENSE

KINESTHESIA

AURALITY

VISUAL/GEOMETRIC

VISUAL/CONCEPTUAL

DIGITAL

DIVINE IS; PERCEIVED AS:

THE ONE; A FEELING

THE GODS; A HARMONY

A DEMIURGE; AN IMAGE

A SAVIOR; A CONCEPT

A MACHINE; THE UNIFIED THEORY

THE BODY IS :

A SERIES OF ENERGY CIRCLES

A MUSICAL STRING

A MICROCOSM OF NATURE

A DUALITY OF BODY AND SOUL

A MACHINE

KNOWLEDGE IS OBTAINED BY:

THE BODY'S PHYSICAL RESPONSES

THE EXERCISE OF ALL HUMAN FACULTIES TO ACHIEVE "INSIGHT"

A GURU; A TEACHER;

A MASTER

FOLLOWING "THE BOOK"

GETTING POWER

SIN IS:

STOPPING THE ETERNAL FLOW OF LIFE BY STANDING STILL

MISSING THE MARK IN DECISION MAKING BY NOT CONSIDERING ALL PERSPECTIVES (HAMARTIA)

THINKING YOURSELF A GOD WITHOUT FULFILLING THE QUEST SUCCESSFULLY

BREAKING THE DIVINE LAW

GETTING CAUGHT BREAKING THE RULES

ESCHATOLOGY

RETURN TO THE ONE (ORIGIN)

MATRIX OF THE BODY SURVIVES VIBRATIONALLY; LIFE FORCE RETURNS TO THE ONE

METEMPSYCHOSIS; APOTHEOSIS

DISSOLUTION OF BODY; SOUL IS IMMORTAL AND GOES TO ANOTHER REALM

NO PERSONAL SURVIVAL AFTER DEATH; ONLY PROGENY AND GOOD OR BAD WORKS YOU CREATE SURVIVE

RELIGIOUS SYSTEM

PANTHEISM

POLYTHEISM

HEROIC MONOTHEISM

CONCEPTUAL MONOTHEISM

ATHEISM; AGNOSTICISM

IN LITERARY DOCUMENTS, CHAOS EXISTS WHEN:

CREATION BEGINS WITH:

THERE IS INACTION;

A DRAGON, A SNAKE, THE UNIVERSAL "MOTHER"

(THE TRIPLE GODDESS OF CREATION, PRESERVATION, DESTRUCTION)

OPPOSITES ARE AT ODDS WITH ONE ANOTHER;

THE OPPOSITES UNITING TO CREATE ANOTHER GENERATION

(THE DIVINE COUPLE; HIEROS GAMOS)

SOMEONE OR SOMETHING STOPS CREATION FROM HAPPENING;

THE HERO SLAYING THE "STAGNANT ONE" AND ESTABLISHING HIS NEW WORLD ORDER (THE DEMIURGE; THE MAGICIAN)

A MALE GOD IS ALONE IN THE WORLD

THAT GOD PROCLAIMING CREATION BY BEING THE PHYSICAL PROGENITOR (VIA SPERM) OR BY THE POWER OF SPEECH OR INCANTATION (THE HIEROS LOGOS-SACRED WORDS)

THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH NO ANSWER AVAILABLE

A NEW THEORY TO EXPLAIN, PREDICT, OR CONTROL THE PROBLEM.

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