05 February 2008

goodnight to a lovely dreamer . . .

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"Don't fight darkness - bring the light, and darkness will disappear." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi



  1. Anonymous1:21 AM

    May he rest in peace.
    Do uou believe in law of attraction?

  2. KInda . . . as expressed in the concept of Jungian synchronicity.

    But I have to qualify that by saying that I see it as a bottom-up corelation, not a top-down one.

    In this it reminds me of the concept of "natural selection" as it is used to describe the mechanism that drives the process of evolution. The phrase "natural selection" makes it easy to erroneously hold to the notion that evolution has a "goal" in mind." It can connote an external agent that is "interested" in the progress it affects. The phrase "law of attraction" is similarly charged. It could lead one to infer some mystical source as the cause of some of the more (and less) agreeable coincidences in our lives as it is only natural to want to credit providence with our lot.

    I don't see that as the case, though, and though I recognize that the things that happen to us are "like us", I try not to ascribe any magical/mystical qualities to the phenomenon.

    My take on it is indirectly expressed in a famous quote by Jack Nicklaus (I think):

    "The more I practice—the luckier I get."



  3. Anonymous8:41 PM

    He wasnt a dreamer.

    He just realized something far more profound about Existence-Reality altogether than us westerners who are trapped in a "profoundly" reductionist ideology/paradigm.

    Picture our body structure as being a seven storey building with a basement too.

    We live largely in the basement where it is very dark.

    We somtimes gesture gestures towards the ground floor and perhaps the first floor, turn on the lights for a moment or two and then fall back into the basement.

    By comparison Maharishi lived in the fourth and fifth floors where the lights were always on.

  4. Amen to that.

    Perhaps I should have refered to him as a lovely alarm-clock in a field of dreamers. But then he wasn't very "alarming," was he?

    Your Merton metaphor is well taken.





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