25 January 2009

Being and Time (Heidegger)

"Being" cannot be derived from higher concepts by definition, nor can it be presented through lower ones. But does this imply that "Being" no longer offers a problem? Not at all. We can infer only that "Being" cannot have the character of an entity. Thus we cannot apply to "Being" the concept of definition as presented in traditional logic, which itself has its foundation in ancient ontology and which, within certain limits, provides a quite justifiable way of defining "entities." The indefinability of "Being" does not eliminate the question of its meaning; it demands that we look that question in the face.

-- Heidegger, from Being and Time

19 January 2009

Selfhood and Realization (Osho)

If you realize, you know that there is no self. If you do not realize, then there is a self. Selfhood is nonrealization and realization is non-selfhood.

-- Osho

12 January 2009

Enlightenment linked to brain function

According to a new study by the University of Missouri, spiritual feelings may actually be the result of a lower-functioning right parietal lobe, the area of the brain that defines one's egoic sense. The study monitored the brain activity of monks and nuns as well as non-religious subjects who had experienced recent brain damage. Results showed that more religious subjects had lower electrical activity in the right parietal lobe, a region of the brain related to egoic individuation.


08 January 2009

Universe B (Grant)

Primitive man intuited the existence of that unknown Universe B on the other side of the Tree, with the Abyss (Choronzon) as its copula. This supreme dread was inspired by the metaphysical certainty (the original gnosis) that the phenomenal world is but the manifestation of subjectivity or non-manifestation, and that the physiological formula of the female somehow adumbrated the mechanics of an awful mystery that was unknowable by the mind in its normal state. The 'fall' consisted in accepting the delusion at its face value. The initiates, the gnostics, knew (perhaps intuitively) that reality lay somewhere beyond or behind the total negation of this glamour.

-- from Nightside of Eden (Kenneth Grant)