Aug 13

Unity of Thought and Empirical Knowledge

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Unity of Thought and Empirical Knowledge
by Bhakti Madhava Puri, Ph. D.
December 20, 2020

8th International Conference
Science and Scientist 2020:
Understanding the Subject/Object, Mind/Body Unity

Albert Einstein: “But before mankind could be ripe for a science which takes in the whole of reality, a second fundamental truth was needed, which only became common property among philosophers with the advent of Kepler and Galileo. Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it. Propositions arrived at by purely logical means are completely empty as regards reality. Because Galileo saw this, and particularly because he drummed it into the scientific world, he is the father of modern physics — indeed, of modern science altogether.”

This article will show the duality between logical thinking and experience, held in common by Einstein [in the quote above] and most modern scientists, is a misconception that has led to severe consequences for arriving at a proper scientific conception of reality. The problem is this: while logical thinking is obviously involed in systematizing experiences, the details of that thinking are not included in the final result or truths of empirical observation. The term ‘result’ always implies the presumption of a process for arriving at it, and is thus a necessary part of it.

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Aug 01

Sri Mahanet – August 2021

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At the lotus feet of that Sad-guru, divine relationship, practice, and objective (sambandha, abhidheya, and prayojana) are all achieved –

“Those divine practices of pure devotional service that please the Self-giving Sri Hari (who gives Himself to His devotees) will be learned by continuously serving such a Guru with full sincerity, knowing him to be one’s dearmost well-wishing friend and the supremely worshipful embodiment of Sri Hari.”  – Sri Prabuddha

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.12]

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Jul 01

Sri Mahanet – July 2021

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Of all sadhu-sanga, the foremost is the service of the lotus feet of the bona fide Spiritual Master or Sad-guru –

“Thus, a person in search of the ultimate good should surrender to the Guru who knows well the Vedic scriptures (Sabda-brahman) and the Supreme Absolute Lord (Para-brahman), and for whom the mundane world holds no charm whatsoever.”

– Sri Prabuddhasya

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.11]

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Jun 01

Sri Mahanet – June 2021

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Only by the association of pure devotees (sadhu-sanga) is everything happily achieved –

“The attainment of heaven or liberation cannot even slightly compare with the immeasurable fortune gained by the association of an associate of the Supreme Lord. What, then, can be said of the petty dominion and assets of mortal men?”

– the sages of Naimisaranya, headed by Saunaka Rsi

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.10]

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May 01

Sri Mahanet – May 2021

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Constant remembrance is accomplished only when one can see the grace of the Supreme Lord in every situation –

“One who, in the hope of achieving Your grace, goes on enduring the inauspicious fruit of his own karma, and passes his days practicing devotion unto You in every thought, word, and deed – such a person is heir to the land of freedom: he attains to the plane of positive immortality.” – Lord Brahma

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.9]

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