When I meet someone who has a ridicule for growth of understanding, it always surprises me.
The other day, over lunch, I was arguing with a girl about a principle of abundance. I illustrated this concept with anecdotes about historically famous millionaires who had used this concept effectively.
Her response: “I can’t use this details. It doesn’t come from my experience.”
Considering that her idea of reality was only exactly what fell into her immediate experience she was marking down the possibility of knowing anything outside it. Yet, unless she was willing to acknowledge the possibility of something outside her instant circle of influence, how could she welcome the reality of the experience. Unless one has a hypothesis, experimentation is not a choice.
During this time, I read books on super-string theory, quantum mechanics, occult phenomena, and tactical thinking. She, on the other hand, preferred to live within the range of her minimal experiences. My life took a quantum leap for the much better, hers stayed the very same.
Given that my college days, I have actually consumed approximately 3 books a week. My view of the world because those days has broadened so immensely, and my experience of my life and of myself has grown so significantly that I hardly acknowledge the individual I used to be.
In my view, the development of the printing press and the genius of the global brain called the Internet, have been developments of such enormous value that they have accelerated the advancement of consciousness to an amazing degree.
In this century, we have experienced more awareness than at other time in history. Never prior to have we, as a species, been aware of a lot possibility, so much power, therefore much diversity. Perhaps, someplace along the line, there is a distinct possibility that we will even quit our brutality.
Dr. David Hawkins, who uses an unique approach to measure the growth of awareness utilizing the non-linear measurement, has actually concluded that at the time of the Buddha, the typical awareness of all of mankind was around 80; throughout the time of Christ, it was around 100; and throughout today day, it is around 200 to 210. To appreciate the enormity of this jump, you have to think about that he utilizes a logarithmic scale of 0 to 1000, with 1000 being the highest state of measurement on this planet, exhibited by the Christ Consciousness. An increase of well over a 100 points for our types is enormous thinking about a substantial increase in awareness has to do with 5 points in a single lifetime.
In Vedantic literature, the highest values are thought about to be Jnana and Bhakti. Jnana is knowledge of the outright; it is recognizing the field of pure potentiality, the quantum soup, from which all manifested things occur. When this Jnana is reached, a state referred to as knowledge, or satori, or getting in touch with the Christ Mind predominates; at this point real Bhakti, the genuine love for all life, emerges.
Thus the pursuit of understanding, whether esoteric or exoteric, is of supreme worth. Exoteric knowledge allows for a higher power in the world of matter. Mystical understanding permits the next step in awareness, living beyond conditioned thinking in the beautiful quality of the moment.
Exactly what I find fascinating is the idea that both exoteric knowledge, exhibited by science, and mystical understanding, exemplified by mysticism, seem reaching a typical agreement about the nature of truth, the nature of ourselves, and the purpose of life.
Given that we can not, due to the restrictions of time-space, discover through direct experience, we must rely on vicarious experience. In a single book, a man’s condensed understanding can be transmitted to your brain. It took Albert Einstein several years to create the Special and the General Theory of Relativity, and behind his development was the research study and the contemplating of hundreds of the finest minds. In a week, given a 200 page book, I can comprehend the basics of what took so long to find. This is absolutely nothing short of amazing.
Sometimes, I meet people whom I have not spoken to in years. I find that psychologically they have as little understanding of themselves and the world around them as when I understood them before. They even have the exact same problems that they used to have.
One does not need to be an intellectual to check out a book; one simply has to be curious. And if our species were not curious, we would still remain in the neolithic age.
Books are magical phantoms. And now with the development of the Internet, knowledge will broaden so quickly that prior to the end of this century hover-cars and the scourge of dreadful mental and physical ailments will be a thing of the past.
Jnana is understanding of the absolute; it is acknowledging the field of pure potentiality, the quantum soup, from which all manifested things arise. Exoteric understanding permits for a higher power in the world of matter. Esoteric understanding allows for the next action in consciousness, living beyond conditioned thinking in the pristine quality of the moment.
In a single book, a man’s condensed understanding can be transmitted to your brain. And now with the arrival of the Internet, understanding will broaden so quickly that before the end of this century hover-cars and the scourge of dreadful mental and physical ailments will be a thing of the past.