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Monism

I recently watched a talk by a brain scientist who suffered a stroke that caused the left side of her brain to temporarily ‘shut down’. With only her right brain functioning, she described how she felt one with the universe… and could no longer relate to the notion of a self identity ( ” I “) or even the boundary of her own physical body.

The description resembled the descriptions of ‘Brahman’, the universal soul etc that one finds in the Upanishads.

Eventually, the study of consciousness, mental processes etc might finally lead science to a the same point that religion/metaphysics reached thousands of years ago. I’m copy pasting the transcript of the talk i referred to.

To read the transcript or view the video of the talk, go here: Stroke of insight: by Jill Bolte

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Sagarika Ghoshe on the Ardh Kumbh

Kumbh 2007

“I had expected raucous crowds, filth, stampeding multitudes and ghastly conditions. Instead, among the dirt poor pilgrims that moved towards the sangam, I found dignity, introspection and a deep quiet.Among the rogues and trickers in the sadhu samaj, I found philosophers, graduates in physics and chemistry for whom god was a quest for the ancient energy that started the earth.”

The Kumbh reminds us of the purity in man’s eternal quest for truth, which these days has been defiled by the likes of VHP who claim to be representatives of Hinduism.

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