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Spiritual Consciousness
Spiritual Consciousness

Spiritual Consciousness

by John Grayzel

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English

Publisher

New Age Books

ISBN

9788178224435 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 520

Binding

Paperback

John Grayzel

Author: John Grayzel
David Christopher Lane/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): P Sriramamurti/Prem Prashant/Anand Mohan
Publisher: New Age Books
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 520
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178224435

Description

FROM THE BOOK FOREWORD:

The subject of consciousness is now drawing wide attention. Although consciousness is something embedded in all our experiences, and is considered basic to all our knowing, no one seems to be knowing what exactly it is. The contemporary multi-disciplinary interest in the study of consciousness goes beyond philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists to include physicists, information technologists and several others. Human beings, as conscious subjects, function at two levels. On the one hand their awareness is directed outward towards objects and events, fellow beings, their appearances and actions. On the other hand the awareness is sometimes focused inward in one's own thoughts and feelings and beings.

The two knowledge domains necessarily raise relevant ontological questions regarding the primacy of the subjective and objective items of knowledge. The human experience is however, a confluence of the two. The objective component of the experience is subject to logic and rationality and application of scientific methods. The application of logic of objectivity in the realm of inner awareness has led to reductive exercises, designed to translate inner experiences into outward phenomena. There are broadly two approaches: the eastern and western, to the study of consciousness.

The dominant trends that characterize eastern and western traditions differ markedly in the emphasis they place on subjective and objective; on the presumed relations between the two and on appropriateness of methods to transform subjective items of experience into objective phenomena. In the western tradition, the emphasis has been primarily on the outward and the approach is rational and intellectual. Consequently the preferred method is scientific and the result is overwhelming concern with the physical reality. The central focus in the eastern tradition is on the inward. Reason is often seen as secondary to the inner experience. In the east, consciousness is regarded as an autonomous principle, grounded in spiritual foundations.

In the west any such spiritual association is suspect. Objectivity of the phenomena is considered essential for it to be scientifically studied. Some behavioral psychologists have even declared that there can be no such thing as consciousness, while others have considered consciousness as an epiphenomena of matter. Some saw it as no more than neural events in the brain. Some consider consciousness as a process and the others as ability. Some looked at it as a state, while others regarded it as a function. Conscious experience in the human condition is clearly dependent on certain cortical processes which has led scientists to identify consciousness with brain functioning or as a study of brain. They, however, are not the same as the experience itself.

A person may behave in many ways like a machine, yet one can function also as an autonomous being, exercising free will and self determination. Individuals have intentions, goals and objectives that may not be reduced to brain states. A person is believed to be different from a machine as some behaviors are not seen as being constrained by physical laws that control the brain functions, as exemplified by the evidence for para neural phenomena such as extra sensory perception and psycho-kinesis which seem to defy conventional physical laws and appear inexplicable in terms of known sensory-motor process.

It may not be unreasonable to suppose that conscious experience, though dependent on neuro biological processes, may not be identical with or wholly determined by them. It is increasingly becoming apparent, that the theory which regards consciousness as an epiphenomena of matter or sees in it no more than neural events in the brain, is at best incomplete as it excludes from its consideration aspects of awareness that go beyond the categories of senses and understanding.

Ranging over the subject of Consciousness Studies and focusing on Spiritual Consciousness, this unique collection brings together research papers, essays, narratives and perspectives, both Indian and global, on the religion of Saints or Sant Mat, particularly the Radhasoami Faith. The subjects under discussion range from the basic aspects of Consciousness; Consciousness in Sant Mat and other religions; means of attaining higher levels of Spiritual Consciousness; scientific perception studies to states of Spiritual Consciousness in Sant Mat.

Truly interdisciplinary in nature and international in spirit, this collection marks the revival and integration of interest in science and spirituality within the vast gamut of Consciousness Studies. Contributors are as varied as academicians, scientists, spiritualists, philosophers, medical practitioners and religious heads.

All those desirous of unraveling the mysteries of life's ultimate pursuit will benefit immensely from reading the book. This book would also be of interest to students and researchers of theology, philosophy, science of spirituality, mysticism, religious studies and comparative study of religions.

Contents

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements

I. Excerpts from Discourses on Radhasoami Faith Param Guru Huzur Maharaj Sahab, Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra

II. Vision Paper: Cosmology from the Twin Vantage Points of Radhasoami Faith and Systems Science Revered Professor P.S. Satsangi

III. Spiritual Consciousness - An Explanation Revered Professor Agam Prasad Mathur

IV. Basic Aspects of Consciousness
1. Mysterium Tremendum
2. Seeds of Transformation: Small Steps Towards a Unity of Humanity's Consciousness and Conscience
3. Brain, Self and Consciousness: Their Interrelations
4. Meditation, Ethics and Contemplation Science
5. Consciousness & Science: Mutual Understandings and Conflicts
6. A Fundamental Understanding of the Comprehensive Characteristic of Consciousness
7. Spiritual Consciousness: Different Phases of Life & its Realization
8. The Scientific Quest of Higher Consciousness: Supreme End of Spirituality
9. Collective Consciousness
10. Spiritual Consciousness: An Essential Kinetic Force

V. Consciousness in Sant Mat and other Religions
11. The Scientific Spirit in Sant Tradition: A Twentieth Century Example
12. The Path to Higher Consciousness in Kabbalah and Allied Traditions: An Approach from Neuroscience and Psychology
13. Transcendent Systems: A Community of Saints
14. Consciousness in Modern Science and Vedanta
15. Kabir Panth Aur Radhaswami Mat Main Nihit Darshan, Sadhna Aur Adhyatmik Chetna
16. The Nature of Witness Consciousness in Advaita-Vedanta
17. Spiritual Evolution in Relation to Karma — A Comparative Study of Hinduism and Radhasoami Faith
18. Temporal to Ethereal: Spiritual Awakening and Maulana Rumi
19. Spirituality and Consciousness in Buddhism
20. Mysticism: A Study of Judaic Tradition
21. Glimpses of Bhakti and Sufi Consciousness in Radhasoami Faith

VI. Means of Attaining Higher Levels of Spiritual Consciousness
22. Adhyatmik Gyan Ke Unche Star Ko Prapt Karne Ka Sadhan
23. How Brain Gains Access to Self-conscious Mind and Beyond: Convergence of Concepts of Neuroscience and Radhasoami Faith
24. Challenges in Developing Science of Spirituality and Consciousness
25. Religion of Saints (Sants)- Radhasoami Faith: Pathway to Evolution of `Complete'/Holistic Science
26. Awakening Spiritual Consciousness
27. Spiritual Consciousness and Universal Love: Sant Mat Philosophy
28. Surat Shabda Yoga: Only Means to Attain Highest Spiritual Consciousness
29. Karma, Gyana and Bhakti: Pillars to Attain Higher Consciousness
30. Nirakh-Parakh: Means of Achieving High Level of Spiritual Consciousness
31. Adhyatmik Chetna Ke Ucch Shtro Ko Prapt Karne Ka Sadhan –Ranag
32. Means of Attaining Higher Levels of Spiritual Consciousness
33. Self - Surrender (Saranagati) Leads to Higher Consciousness
34. Survival of the Fittest: Achieving Higher Levels of Consciousness

VII.Scientific Perception-Studies
35. Radhasoami and the Future of Religion
36. Systems Approach to Consciousness
37. Spirituality of the One System: Dimensions of Time and Space
38. At the Infinity
39. The Material, the Psyche and the Spiritual
40. Religion: A Scientific Perspective
41. Indian Spiritual Teachings and Quantum Physics
42. Spirituality, Consciousness and Behavioural Health
43. Relationship between Consciousness and Different Levels of Karma
44. A Fuzzy model of Consciousness and the Soul Hypothesis
45. The Science of Spiritual Consciousness
46. The Evolution of Spiritual Consciousness: Interface between Integral Science and Spirituality
47. Measurement of Mental and Physical Consciousness in Surat-Shabda-Yoga using Computerized Digital EEG system

VIII. Sant Mat/Radhasoami Faith: States of Spiritual Consciousness
48. 'Sant Mat' the Religion of Saints and Consciousness Studies
49. Religion of Saints: Levels of Consciousness
50. Unprecedented and Merciful Revelation of the Complete Spectrum of Spiritual Consciousness in the Radhasoami Faith
51. Sant Satguru: The Only Means of Attaining Highest Spiritual Consciousness
52. Emergence of Higher Levels of Consciousness
53. Means to Attain Higher Levels of Consciousness
54. Means of Attaining Higher Levels of Spiritual Consciousness
55. States and Levels of Consciousness
56. Enhancing Spiritual Consciousness: An Educational Model for the Undergraduate Level
57. Modernity in Radhasoami Faith
58. Essentiality of Emergence of a Universal Religion: The Futuristic Religion of Consciousness

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