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Sri Ramakrishna – Hindu spiritual figure claiming to have practiced different religions

Sri Ramakrishna (1836-86) began life as an obscure, unschooled village boy, Gadhadhar Chatterji. His first major religoius experience came at age six. Ramakrishna describes his first spiritual ecstasy…while walking along the paddy fields, a flock of white cranes flying against a … Continue reading


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Suttee – A violent and cruel remnant of Hinduism that continues today (without any attempt to legitimize it spiritually)

Embed from Getty Images Sati handprint on the entrance to Junagarh Fort. Sati was the practice where a woman burned herself on the her husband’s funeral pyre or when her husband died in battle defending the fort. Suttee or Sati (Skt. … Continue reading


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The three Hindu gunas – a meeting of psychology, spirituality and cosmology

The Samkhya philosophy of Hinduism outlines three gunas (Skt. = string or tendency) of sattva, rajas and tamas. The gunas are qualities apparently found in material nature (prakṛti) with a corresponding consciousness found in living beings. A refined guna in material … Continue reading


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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

Preamble: Why I’m not too enthusiastic about Christian theology  (skip to main entry, Pelegianism) Reading over material for this update, I came to feel that Pelegianism is a great example of why I’m not overly enthused about the history of Christian … Continue reading


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Dr. James Martin Peebles – A hundred years of theory meeting practice?

Dr. James Martin Peebles (1822-1922) was an American medical doctor, spiritualist, author and Universalist minister who later became a Theosophist. He believed he received inspiration and guidance from a “band of angels,” as he put it. Some of these alleged … Continue reading


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Particles – “I want to be a particle of your light”

Embed from Getty Images A general view of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) cavern and detector during a behind the scenes tour at CERN, the World’s Largest Particle Physics Laboratory on April 19, 2017 in Meyrin, Switzerland. In physics … Continue reading


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Participation Mystique – An alternative to secular materialism

Participation Mystique is a psychological and spiritual idea proposed by the anthropologist Lucien Lévi-Bruhl. It concerns the alleged mystical relationship that so-called primitives had with objects in their environment. In Lévi-Bruhl’s own words: In the collective representations of primitive mentality objects … Continue reading