Sunday, November 25, 2012
Is Spirituality an Esoteric Philosophical Theory?
Everything in the world need not be laden with meaning or elemental truths. Most people spend their entire lives in search of some profound meaning in the universe. We are obsessed with dead metaphors of blind faith, deaf to logic and reason. What is the meaning and purpose of life? Where am I? What should I do for salvation? Every man and woman tries to prise out the answers, whether he is consciously aware of it or not. As they grow older the anxiety to find answers to these existential questions increase in leaps and bounds. This causeless fear, anxiety and undefined guilt make them desperate and they reach out to organized religions for succor. Religions cannot answer these questions “who am I” or define your identity. They set about doing what they know best – that is vapid, internecine squabbling between faults, a powerful testament to the conflict, and brokenness inherent in mankind, religion and civilization. Carl Jung believed that the barren materialism of science and technology with its empirical formulae and organized religions stripped of its mystery has “desacralised” the world. Man must discover a deeper source of his own spiritual life. There is only one science that can attempt to answer these unanswered questions: philosophy. Philosophy with its tinge of spirituality, studies the fundamental nature of the existence of man, and his relationship to the universe. Philosophy unlike the silos of science and religion deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything. Religion which is exoteric is suitable for the masses. Philosophy reveals to those in the inner circle through spirituality – how you can discern the content of your mind. Through this comes comprehension of your form and you will be familiar with your innermost self.