GENERAL SCOPE OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
The spirit of Sir Donald Tovey, the musicologist, dictated a typical introduction .. as quoted in the book " The Occult " by Colin Wilson :
"Humanity is now moving into an age of increasing emancipation from many of its past limitations. Man’s greatest problem is still himself and his orientation to his fellow beings."
"To understand himself fully he should become aware of the fact that he does not consist merely of a temporary form which is doomed to age and die. He has an immortal SOUL which is housed in an immortal body and endowed with a mind that is independent of the physical brain."
"Physical death is a transition from one state of consciousness to another wherein one retains ones individuality. The realization of this fact should assist man to a greater insight into his own nature and potential super-terrestrial activities. The knowledge that incarnation in your world is but one stage of man’s eternal life should foster policies which are more far-seeing than those frequently adopted at present, and encourage a more balanced outlook regarding all matters … "
Colin Wilson, in the book “ The Occult ”, further says :
" Man lives and evolves by ‘ eating ’ significance, as a child eats food. The deeper his sense of wonder, the wider his curiosity, the stronger his vitality becomes, and the more powerful his grip on his own existence. There are two ways in which he can expand: inward and outward."
" Civilization cannot evolve further until ‘ the occult ’ is taken for granted on the same level as atomic energy. "
EARLY HISTORY OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
Early Psychical Research
The Society for Psychical Research (SPR), was founded in London in the year 1882. The formation of the SPR was the first systematic effort to organize scientists and scholars for a critical and sustained investigation of paranormal phenomena.
The early membership of the SPR included philosophers, scholars, scientists, educators and politicians, such as Henry Sidgwick, Arthur Balfour, William Crookes, Rufus Osgood Mason, W.F.Barrett, F.W.H Myers and Charles Richet.
The census was the Society’s first attempt at a statistical evaluation of paranormal phenomena, and the resulting publication in the year 1886, “ Phantasms of the Living ” is still widely referenced in parapsychological literature today. Edmund Gurney, became one of the leading lights of the Society.
The date marked a turning point in the History of Occultism, since it meant that solid, skeptical Englishmen with a scientific turn of mind would now investigate a subject whose advocates had so far been cranks, or at least romantics.
The term “ Parapsychology ”was coined .. in or around 1889 .. by psychologist Max Dessoir. It was adopted by J.B. Rhine in the 1930s as a replacement for the term “ psychical research ”, to indicate a significant shift toward laboratory methodologies in their work. The term originates from the Greek : “ παρα para ” meaning “ alongside ”, and “ psychology ”.
Parapsychologists call the psychic phenomena that they search for “ psi ”, a term intended to be descriptive without implying a mechanism.
DECADE OF INCREASED PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH (1970s)
The affiliation of the Parapsychological Association (PA) with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, along with a general openness to psychic and occult phenomena in the 1970s, led to a decade of increased parapsychological research.
During this period, other notable organizations were also formed, including the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine (1970), the Institute of Parascience (1971), the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (1973), the International Kirlian Research Association (1975), and the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory (1979). Parapsychological work was also conducted at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) during this time.
The scope of Parapsychology expanded tremendously during these years. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson conducted much of his research into reincarnation during the 1970s. Psychologist Thelma Moss devoted time to the study of Kirlian photography at UCLA’s parapsychology laboratory.
The influx of Spiritual Teachers from Asia, and their claims of abilities produced by meditation, led to research on altered states of consciousness.
American Society for Psychical Research Director of Research, Karlis Osis conducted experiments in out of body, and astral beaconing. Physicist Russell Targ coined the term ‘ remote viewing ’ for use in some of his work at SRI in the year 1974.
During this period, academics outside parapsychology also appeared to have a general optimism towards this research.
In the year 1979, a survey of more than 1,100 college professors in the United States found that only 2% of psychologists expressed the belief that extrasensory perception was an impossibility. A far greater number, 34%, indicated that they believed ESP was either an established fact or a likely possibility. The percentage was even higher in other areas of study : 55% of natural scientists, 66% of social scientists (excluding psychologists), and 77% of academics in the arts, humanities, and education.
The surge in paranormal research continued throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. By the end of the 1980s, the Parapsychological Association reported members working in more than 30 countries. Additionally, research not affiliated with the PA was being carried out in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Two Universities in the United States have academic Parapsychology Laboratories : the Division of Perceptual Studies, a unit at the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatric Medicine, studies the possibility of survival of consciousness after bodily death ; the University of Arizona’s Veritas Laboratory conducts laboratory investigations of mediums. Several private institutions, including the Institute of Noetic Sciences, conduct and promote parapsychological research.
Britain leads parapsychological study in Europe, with privately funded laboratories at the universities of Edinburgh, Northampton, and Liverpool Hope, among others.
The Parapsychological Association states that the presently available, cumulative statistical database for experiments studying some parapsychological effects provides strong, scientifically credible evidence for these effects. This includes presentiment, ESP, and mindmatter interaction. The Association states that an increasing number of parapsychologists are moving beyond proof-oriented research, because they believe experimental success has already been established, and instead of looking at more detailed factors to better understand the phenomena.
Parapsychological Research has also been augmented by other sub-disciplines of psychology. These related fields include Transpersonal Psychology, which studies transcendent or spiritual aspects of the human mind, and Anomalistic Psychology, which examines paranormal beliefs and subjective anomalous experiences in traditional psychological terms.
“ Theosophy ” .. is the wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy which renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the Cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being, without dependence.
The Theosophical Societyfounded in the year 1875, is a worldwide body whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the realization that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One. The Society imposes no belief on its members, who are united by a common search for Truth and desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service.
Its International Headquarters is at Adyar, Chennai, India. The founder members of the society were Colonel H.S. Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky.
Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater were other members who did commendable work for the society. The present president is Mrs. Radha Burnier.
Three Basic Principles of Theosophy
- To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
- To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
- To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.
“ Anthroposophy ”is philosophy based on the view that the human intellect has the ability to contact spiritual worlds. It was formulated in the early 20th century by Rudolf Steiner and was influenced by Theosophy.
Steiner wanted to develop a faculty for spiritual perception independent of the senses, which he believed was latent in all human beings, and to this end he founded the Anthroposophical Society in the year 1912. Now based in Dornach, Switzerland, the Society has branches worldwide.
TEACHINGS OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
“ The Teachings of Spiritual Science ” alone can unite all people. The Teachings of Spiritual Science alone can bring all levels of people together and establish true oneness in the whole world.
The Teachings of Spiritual Science hold each individual responsible for his or her thoughts, words and deeds. To the degree that each individual connects with the Divine determines the degree of success, harmony and peace of mind in one’s life.
Spiritual Science .. has no doctrine or scripture. It is the study of all religions and belief systems, taking from them the best that each has to offer.
Spiritual Science .. includes the practice of MEDITATION and constant observation of one’s thoughts, words and deeds. It is a disciplined philosophical way of life.
Spiritual Science .. is an open-ended system of thought. It continually grows as humankind evolves, drawing on the frontiers of human knowledge as well as the wisdom of the ages.
Spiritual Science .. works in harmony with the basic tenets of all the world religions. It teaches that each individual is a divine being who is the master of his or her own destiny.
Spiritual Science .. encourages the individual to ‘ think ’, not ‘ what to think ’ ! The goal is not to teach what to believe but rather why we believe the things we believe. There is no emphasis on a particular path to take in order to become spiritually enlightened. Instead, it simply explains that we are all on one path or another, each path leading in the same direction, toward Self-Realization and God-Realization.
Spiritual Science .. is the Wisdom of the Ages, preserved and passed down by Great Thinkers and Sages to those who are ready to truly and sincerely learn the art of conscious living.
Spiritual Science .. is a metaphysical expression of the universal truths revealed in all world religions. All religions are acknowledged as having value in their teachings. In Spiritual Science, you are likely to hear quotes from the Ancient Masters like .. Veda Vyasa, Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus, Mohammed, Zarathrusta and Confucius and the New-Age Masters like Dr. Brian Weiss, Raymond Moody, Gary Zukov, etc., etc.
Spiritual Science .. is a practical, easily applied way of thinking about the nature of the Universe and our relationship to it. When we understand ourselves to be both creations and co-creators of the universe, we are then capable of expressing the unlimited potential within us.
Main Statements of Spiritual Science
We are SOULS : We are not just physical atoms/molecules ; we are not mere bones and muscles ; we are SOULS, eternal verities of infinite potential. We are so much more than our respective minds ; we are the spirits behind all our motives and all our moves.
We are creating our own realities, all the time : As we think, so it becomes. As we speak, so it becomes. As we desire, so the events are formed. Essentially, we keep creating our own realities all the time ! People of this Earth will soon realize LAW OF KARMA as the basic truth governing human life. Unless one understands the LAW OF KARMA, one begins to manage life properly.
Ray Dodd, in the book “ Belief Works ” says :
“ What you agree to believe about what has happened to you, and around you, is nothing less than an act of power. What you decide to believe manufactures the way you look out into the world, a bit of nifty magic that can launch you forward into an expanding Universe of possibility or bind you, forever holding you back. ”
“ ‘ MEDITATION ’ means accessing SOUL’s Energy ” : MEDITATION means accessing SOUL’s energy and Enlightenment means having tasted SOUL’s wisdom. MEDITATION is the fundamentum of Spiritual Science. By the regular practice of MEDITATION, mankind can unburden itself of all the suffering it is presently plagued with .. and evolve to a state of Oneness and Greater Fulfillment.
“ MEDITATION means Healing of the Body-Mind ” : It is only through MEDITATION, that people can get relief from all diseases and consequent sufferings. The diseases that affect us in this life-time are due to the negative karma we ourselves had committed in our prior life. All negative karmas get burnt only through the fire of spiritual experience obtained through the practice of intensive MEDITATION.
Main Subjects of Spiritual Science
ESP / Enlightenment : Extra Sensory Perceptions are a core part of gaining steady access to the absolute Infinite Knowledge. Prominent concepts and subjects in Spiritual Science are Third-eye, Telepathy, Aura Reading, Thought Power, Clairvoyance and Astral Travel, Akashic Records, Spirit Guides, Overself Contact, Past Lives, Reincarnation, Kundalini Energy & Chakras, Extra Terrestrials.
Cosmic Phenomenon : There are many Cosmic Phenomena which have commenced indicating the starting Our Solar System, after every 10,500 years of relative negativity, enters the Photon-light belt which will last for 2000 years, which represents the age of the spiritual living. The Mayans have categorically said that, by the year 2012, We will have gone beyond technology as we know it and we will have gone beyond time and money and we will have entered the fifth dimension.
VEGETARIANISM : For those who pursue spirituality, VEGETARIANISM is an imperative extension of their spiritual experiences. Almost all of the humanity’s suffering has stemmed only from the suffering of the slaughtered animals. All life is one and inter-connected. General slaughter of animals / fish / birds for the sake of human consumption has to cease immediately.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“ It is both auspicious and peaceful for people to choose VEGETARISNISM. ” - Albert Einstein
“ For fear of causing terror to living beings .. let the Bodhisatva who is disciplining himself to attain compassion refrain from eating flesh. ” - Gautama Buddha
“ A carnivorous diet is fatal to real development, and produces the most undesirable results on both astral and mental bodies. ” - C.W. Leadbeate
“ Animals are my friends .. and I don’t eat my friends.. ” - George Bernard Shaws