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The Great Sphinx of Truth and Knowledge

“Confronting mankind there stands a sphinx—the vast unknown. However well a man may be informed concerning a specific subject, his furthermost outlook concerning that subject is bounded by an impenetrable infinity. And the ‘discovered,’ as I will show, has only transferred ignorance to other laces. Science has confined its labors to superficial descriptions, not the elucidation of the fundamental causes of phenomena. … She dare not attempt to explain the why even of the simplest things. … How does the maple tree secrete a sweet, wholesome sap, and deadly nightshade growing in the same soil and living on the same elements, a poison? …
“That word Why to man dominates the universe. It covers all phenomena, and thrusts inquiry back from every depth.” ~John Uni Lloyd

The Great Sphinx

When you talk about a sphinx, most people immediately see a great statue in Egypt. That statue, however, is a depiction of a sphinx, not the thing itself. The sphinx represents a mystery, the unknown, the great riddle of the universe, and beyond.

The Limits of Science

There is no doubt that the scientific community has found answers to many questions. They can tell us what chemical make some people have red hair, while others have brown or blond. They can tell us what chemicals make some peppers hot while others are not. They can tell us what makes the sun hot. They can tell us that ice expands when it freezes. They can tell us that metals liquify when heated enough. They can even tell us at what temperature each type of metal will melt. They are good at discovering the whats and wherefores of the universe, but not so good with the whys.

They can tell us that a certain chemical in some peppers makes them hot, but they can’t really say why some peppers have a lot of that chemical, and others don’t. They can’t say why some plants spread their seeds using the wind, while others rely on birds, insects, or animals to spread the seeds. They can’t tell us why plants exist at all.

The Seeker Asks Why

Whether they realize it or not, the seekers of the world are really trying to answer that question “Why?”. Telling them that copper makes red hair isn’t enough. They want to know why they have red hair. They want to know why they have hair at all. Most of all, they want to know the root causes of it all.

Science might be able to give those answers if it would go beyond the limitations of the material plane, but few scientists are willing to do that. When they do, they are often ridiculed by those who refuse to look over the fence, to look outside the cave of matter.

The Spiritual Teacher

Religion generally doesn’t do any better than science in this. Today’s churches are often just as materialistic as the business and scientific communities. They too look for answers in matter rather than in spirit. When they do venture beyond the realms of matter, it is often made up nonsense that pleases the congregation, but is not based on any spiritual truth. It has no actual answers for the Sphinx.

A real spiritual teacher, however, is both religious and scientific. He applies the rules of science and scientific study in exploring the realms beyond matter. Since matter ans spirit are very different, the study of spirit must be different, yet still scientific. You cannot put a spirit on a scale and weigh it to prove it exists. A spirit has no weight, but it is still real. A spirit has no beginning and no end, so cannot be measured. That doesn’t make it ay less real.

So if man really wished to answer the great riddle of the Sphinx, he needs to embrace spirituality as well as science, the non-material as well as the material. Maybe soon the scientists and the spiritual seekers will join together to find the real truth. But for now, we must learn different things from each discipline and put it together ourselves. We must each solve the riddle of the Sphinx.

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Science and Religion: Together for Peace, Separate for Chaos

“Take what I have said kindly; I wish only to induce your religious part to have more charity for your scientific self, and the reverse. Both religion and science are working towards the good of man, although their devotees are human and by human error, bring privations, sufferings, and sorrows to men. Neither can fill the place of the other; each should extend a helping hand, and have charity for the shortcomings of the other; they are not antagonists, but workers in one field; both must stand the criticisms of mutual antagonists, and both have cause to fear the evils of fanaticism within their own ranks more than the attacks of opponents from without.” ~John Uri Lloyd

Science VS Religion

Science and religion was once a single thing, but for several centuries, we have operated in much of the world as if science and religion are enemies, and those who are followers of one cannot be true devotees of the other. The result is a world that is a complete mess with both groups blaming the other and accepting no responsibility for it themselves.

The Science Side

Recently, we are seeing memes on social media coming from the spokesmen for the scientific community saying things like “A scientific truth remains true, even if many refuse to believe it.” While that statement by itself is true, it has problems. First, it sounds way to much like the priests and ministers saying that if you don’t belief what they preach, that doesn’t change the truth. Second, it accepts no responsibility for the lack of acceptance by a large part of the public.

Lets look at some of the reasons people have stopped blindly accepting everything the scientific community pushes. In the 1960s and 1970s we had a number of studies done by scientists who showed that cigarette smoking caused health problems. The tobacco companies fought back by hiring scientists of their own who debunked those studies, insisting they were poorly done, not large enough to mean anything, and so on. These bought scientists then released studies of their own that proved that cigarettes were completely harmless. It took decades for enough evidence to come out to convince every one of the dangers of tobacco and force governments to take action. Continue reading “Science and Religion: Together for Peace, Separate for Chaos”

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Yes, Spiritual Science is a real Science

“One of the fundamental principles of true spiritual science is that the one who devotes himself to the study should do so with full consciousness; he should attempt nothing and practice nothing without knowledge of the effect produced. A teacher of spiritual science who gives advice or instruction will, at the same time, always explain to those striving for higher knowledge the effects produced on body, soul and spirit, if his advice be followed. … For only those who know such things as they are here communicated can undertake in full consciousness the exercises that lead to knowledge of the higher worlds. Without the latter no genuine esoteric training is possible, for it must be understood that all groping in the dark is discouraged.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual Science

That phrase, Spiritual Science, causes many to scratch their heads in confusion, or just shake them in denial. To many, spirituality is either a fraud that has nothing to do with science, or a real thing that is not related in any way to science. Both groups are wrong. Spirituality can be practiced as a science, and should be.

As Mr. Steiner says, those who practice spiritual science should know, as far as possible, what they are in for, and the responsible school or teacher will make sure that the students do know that. He says that the student should not attempt anything without full knowledge of the possible effect of doing so, both positive and negative.

Today many spiritual groups pop up practically overnight who seem more interested in separating people from their money than in any genuine spiritual growth. These groups will usually tell people about wonderful positive things that can happen to them if they practice the spiritual disciplines of the school, but they completely ignore the negative. The result is often that when a student does experience the negative, he quits, or worse.

On the other hand, many of the conventional churches, approved by and often sponsored by the government, are constantly warning of the dangers of developing one’s own spiritual self instead of relying on the priest or minister to do it for you.

A Real Spiritual School

In a real spiritual school that practices and teaches spiritual science, the student is told what positive things will happen, what positive things may happen, what negative things will happen, and what negative things may happen. This is not to scare off students, except those who are not truly serious about spiritual studies, but to prepare them so they can deal with it appropriately.

Suppose, for example, a doctor told a patient with lung problems to move to a drier climate without warning them that such a climate, while good for the patient’s lungs, might dry out the skin. Or one who recommended a person start taking a drug every day for some chronic condition without warning of possible side effects. I would not think much of such doctors, and I have had doctors put me on prescription drugs with no mention whatsoever of side effects.

Both Sides Now

Even worse that those doctors, suppose you were offered an exotic fish in a restaurant, and the waiter assured you that it tasted wonderful, but failed to warn you that if you ate the wrong part, of if the chef didn’t prepare it perfectly, you will become very ill and possibly die from the poison in the fish. You wouldn’t think much of that waiter or that restaurant, would you? The same should be true of a spiritual teacher and school.

So what should we know? The teacher should tell us, on the positive side, that by awakening dormant spiritual faculties, we can become smarter, more creative, more aware, more knowledgeable. He should also warn us that while engaging in spiritual practices, we could be attacked by those dark beings generally called demons who do not want people to advance spiritually or achieve higher states of consciousness. She should tell the students that all of us advance at our own pace so we shouldn’t look at another and judge our results by theirs. He should remind us that innovating is discouraged because it can be dangerous. Of course, we all want to be creative, but don’t try doing things differently without talking with the teacher first. There may be good reasons why that method is not used, namely, it may invite more negative side effects.

So yes, spiritual development, true spiritual development, is every bit as much a science as is chemistry or psychology. Simply because the tools and the practices are different, doesn’t make it not a science.

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Science and Spirituality are Coming Together Again

Science and Spirituality Coming Together

“The Hermetic principle of Mentalism, while explaining the true nature of time Universe upon the principle that all is mental, does not change time scientific conceptions of the Universe, life, or evolution. In fact, science merely corroborates the Hermetic teachings. The latter merely teaches that the nature of the Universe is ‘Mental,’ while modern science has taught that it is ‘Material’; or (of late) that it is ‘energy’ at the last analysis. …
“So the student of Hermetics need not lay aside any of his cherished scientific views regarding the Universe. All he is asked to do is grasp the underlying principle of ‘THE ALL is Mind; the Universe is mental held in the mind of The ALL. He will find that the other six of the seven principles will ‘fit into’ this scientific knowledge, and will serve to bring out obscure points and to throw light in the dark corners.” ~The Three Initiates

When you give a person a piece of really good cake, most tend to react in one of two ways: some will simply enjoy the flavor and savor it, perhaps asking for more, or wanting to know where they can get more; others will want to know the ingredients, the recipe, how was it cooked, and so on. In general, we can say that modern science has looked at the universe as the first group of people, looking only at the surface and choosing to avoid delving into the depth of things. The spiritual person, on the other hand, looks at the roots, looks at what led up to this thing. This is not to say that science has not contributed greatly to our understanding of the world, but that understanding is generally limited to the top layer, the crust of the bread, in a sense. Continue reading “Science and Spirituality are Coming Together Again”