Ishmael: An Adventure of Mind and Spirit

Quinn ( Dreamer ) won the Turner Tomorrow Award’s half-million-dollar first prize for this fascinating and odd book–not a novel by any conventional definition–which was written 13 years ago but could not find a publisher. The unnamed narrator is a disillusioned modern writer who answers a personal ad (“Teacher seeks pupil. . . . Apply in person.”) and thereby meets a wise, learned gorilla named Ishmael that can communicate telepathically. The bulk of the book consists entirely of philosophical dialogues between gorilla and man, on the model of Plato’s Republic. Through Ishmael, Quinn offers a wide-ranging if highly general examination of the history of our civilization, illuminating the assumptions and philosophies at the heart of many global problems. Despite some gross oversimplifications, Quinn’s ideas are fairly convincing; it’s hard not to agree that unrestrained population growth and an obsession with conquest and control of the environment are among the key issues of our times. Quinn also traces these problems back to the agricultural revolution and offers a provocative rereading of the biblical stories of Genesis. Though hardly any plot to speak of lies behind this long dialogue, Quinn’s smooth style and his intriguing proposals should hold the attention of readers interested in the daunting dilemmas that beset our planet

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part III

Editor’s Note: Following is the third & concluding part of our interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher.

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part I

Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of the interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher. We will also make available the audio of this interview, which has more details on each conversation. Please keep coming back to check.

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part II

Editor’s Note: Following is the second part of our interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher.

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Western Culture – A Concise Religio-Philosophical History for the Non Westerner

Western Culture – A Concise Religio-Philosophical History for the Non Westerner

The following are excerpts from the Book Neo-Vedanta and Modernity: Toward an Understanding Of The Ontology of Bliss in the Context of modernity by Prof. Bithika Mukerji. (Full book at http://www.advaita.org.uk/reading/free_other.htm please beware that the document on this site, apparently transcribed from the original printed book, is riddled with Typos. My version below has been cleaned of typos, as far as possible. )

Among the many reasons to read this entire book, the most important one is that it puts in context the path of Vedanta as experienced/discoursed in the intellectual atmosphere of today’s Westernised post-technological age. The focus of this particular piece much smaller, it is just the part in Chapter 1, Section B.: Formative Factors Influencing Western Civilization.

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Destiny and Free Will

Destiny & Free Will — Are we mere puppets in the God’s hands?

Synopsis

The article reviews and reasons why no philosophical concept in the history of mankind has received as much acceptability as the concept of saMsaara – the continuous cycles of birth and death, puurva karma – deeds of past life and praarabdha – the unconquerable destiny. This theory that was proposed in the Upanished in the millennium BC remains uncontested and sans an alternate hypothesis till date in the realms of philosophy.

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Sapta Chakras

Introduction

In my previous article on Gayatri, I had discussed about how Gayatri Mantra explains the Big Bang and the expansion of Universe.
Refer https://medhajournal.com/columns/philosophy/gayatri—-the-big-bang.html

In my article on AUM, I had explained how AUM maps to standard model of Universe as it is known today.
Refer https://medhajournal.com/articles/philosophy/aum—an-analysis.html .

During the course of that discussion, I had written about the seven lokas, which are nothing but stages of evolution of Universe, upto our planet Earth. I would be mapping the seven lokas to current theory of formation of Universe later in some other blog.

This article is about Sapta Chakras. I interpret the Sapta Chakras as the seven stages of development of a child in its mother's womb.

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Nishkama Karma; A Cosmic View

Freeeeze! Hmmmm, But How?

The story goes like this; when Lord Hanuman was born, the first sight that grabbed the attention of his mischief-seeking eyes was the Sun rising with all his morning splendour.

The Bedrock on which I built this edifice

Science can be a prop to elevate us to Spirituality. Here we attempt to illustrate this specific angle through a brief look at the quantitative characteristics of the cosmic dynamism. An analytical quest reveals to the neutral mind that the cosmic vitality fostered by the natural kinetic energy of the universe, fits well within the Universal Karmic sphere. We must also take note of the fact that many of the top Scientists agree that science at higher echelons is a seamless continuum with Vedanta. Looking from this convergence too, the cosmic dynamism discloses the Karma yogic disposition of the Universe. These are the manifestations of a tangible Science-Spirituality connectivity. In other words, knowing, understanding and inferring commonly known scientific facts may act as a lead up to climb the spiritual ladder if one so desires. — S.K.

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Gayatri — The Big Bang

Introduction

I had already written an article on AUM from a scientific perspective, mapping AUM to Universe through particle physics and states of matter. This article is about Gayatri Mantra.

Gayatri Mantra is held next to AUM in most hindu scriptures. It is one mantra that is common to many sects of Hinduism. All seers and saints of various sects of hinduism and scriptures of various hues talk very high of Gayatri Mantra, though they interpret it differently.

 

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