Science of Enlightenment (Hb)
By: M.Trasi Nitin
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What is the precise nature of Reality or God?
And what exactly, in scientific terms, is the much-talked about spiritual phenomenon called Enlightenment? Is it at all scientifically possible...Read more
What is the precise nature of Reality or God?
And what exactly, in scientific terms, is the much-talked about spiritual phenomenon called Enlightenment? Is it at all scientifically possible for a state devoid of ego to exist? And can a person do his normal duties in life in such a state?
This book answers these and kindred questions convincingly: in a way that should appeal to a scientist, a spiritualist and a lay person alike. Uncommonly combining in him the rationality of a medical scientist and the profundity of his religio-philosophical studies, the author demonstrates how the spiritual phenomena of Enlightenment and Liberation do have an eminently satisfactory scientific explanation -- an explanation which he also reconciles with conventional spiritual teachings. Finally, flitting adroitly from Advaita to Tao, Zen to Sufism, Buddhism to Christianity, Dr. Trasi shows how the teachings of different faiths aren't different in essence, but just constitute intricate parts of the one and the same grand, big picture.
With deep insight, forceful logic and supporting references, Dr. Trasi's book not only dispels many of the myths, mis-conceptions and distortions woven around Enlightenment, the Liberated State, the Soul and Death, but explores the rationale behind wide-ranging traditional beliefs as well. Also set out is a scientific explanation of diverse spiritual terms.
Nor is the practical aspect neglected here -- including, as it does, a scientifically-backed guide to offset the oft-recurring doubts and questions that nag the average spiritual enthusiast.
Written lucidly, the book is bound to interest scientists, sceptics, and anyone else even remotely concerned with spirituality.
Science Versus Spirituality
1. 'Me' and the 'Other'
The Starting Point
The Genesis of Separateness
Symbolic Thinking and 'Entitification'
Conditioning by Language
Consciousness -- A Figurative Representation
Entitification and (Its Relation to) Avoidable Suffering
The Average (Unenlightened) Person
3. Spiritual Knowledge and its Pursuit
The Paradox of Spiritual Effort
Knowledge -- Conceptual, False and True
The Two Modes of Knowing
True Knowledge and the Guru
Motivated and Unmotivated Action and their Effects
Worldly Duties after Enlightenment -- Action, not Inertia
Enlightenment as a Scientific Phenomenon
Absence of Entitification
Time and its Perception
No Unnecessary (Emotional or Psychologrical) Memory
States of Consciousness
The Liberated One, the Animal and the Child (Difference Between Pre and Trans)
Liberation and Schizophrenia
Would the Enlightened (or Liberated) One Reveal the Fact of his Enlightenment?
Why do the Masters Sometimes Say that Actually Speaking, Everyone is Already Enlightened?
We are Already Brahman!
The 'I' of the Liberated One -- Subject and Object
On the Idea that the World Disappears after Enlightenment
All-Knowing and All-Powerful?
Psychological Suffering and Liberation
Anatomy and Neuro-Physiology
Is Then the Awareness in the Body, or is the Body Really in Awareness?
Awareness of the Mystic (The Liberated One)
Average Man's Awareness
6. The Guru
Is the Guru Essential for Enlightenment?
If there are no 'Others' then why does the Arhat Teach?
Can the Guru Grant Enlightenment?
The Guru and Conceptural Knowledge
What, then, is the Use of Conceptual Knowledge?
The Guru as Teacher
The Attitude of the Guru
Must the Guru himself be Enlightened?
What Should be the Attitude of the Disciple?
What must he do after Listening?
What will be his Attitude to the Guru after his (The Disciple's) Enlightenment?
Selecting a Guru
The Words of a Master
7. Death and After (Death, the Soul, and Rebirth)
What is the Truth?
If the Soul does not Exist, what is it that Really Happens after Death?
Jivanmukti and Videhamukti
8. What Should 'I' Do?
The Active Methods
After the Intellectual Understanding -- The Shedding of Spiritual Effort
The State of 'Spiritual Vacuum'
The Spontaneous Processes
Sadhana or Spiritual Effort
Natural Tendency to Enlightenment
9. Karma-, Bhakti- and Jnana-Marga
The External Path
The Inner (Mental) Paths
All Methods Lead to Jnana-Yoga
External 'Path' (Mode of Life)
Inner 'Path' (Mental Attitude)
The True Gist of the Bhagavad Gita
After Enlightenment -- Advaita-Bhakti
The Common Man's God
The Reality of God
God -- The Reality
Through the Eyes of the Mystics
Thinking about God
Questions and Answers
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