Thomas Merton on the Bhagavad-Gita
December 8, 2016 – 12:33 am | 33 Comments

Bhagavad-gita can be seen as the great treatise on the “active life.” But it is really something more, for it tends to fuse worship, action and contemplation in a fulfillment of daily duty that transcends all three by virtue of a higher consciousness.

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The Non-Physical is Real
December 1, 2016 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments

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By Arjun Walia, originally published at Collective Evolution.

It’s been more than one hundred years since Max Planck, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics, said that he regards “consciousness as fundamental,” that he regards “matter as a derivative from consciousness,” and that “everything we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

He is basically saying that the immaterial ‘substance’ of consciousness is directly intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical material world in some sort of way, shape or form, that consciousness is required for matter to be, that it becomes after consciousness–and he’s not the only physicist to believe that.

“It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.” (Eugene Wigner, theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.)

Scientists have been urging the mainstream scientific community, which today is littered with scientific fraud and industry influence as well as invention secrecy, to open up to a broader view regarding the true nature of our reality.

Not long ago, a group of internationally recognized scientists came together to stress this fact and how it’s overlooked by the mainstream scientific community. It’s ‘post-material’ science, an area of study dealing with the ‘non-physical realm,’ and it’s challenging the modern scientific worldview of materialism that’s dominated mainstream science. The idea that matter is not the reality is finally starting to gain some merit. The summary of this report presented at the International Summit On Post-Materialist Science can be found here..

“The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles.” (Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science)

Max Tegmark, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, is one of the latest to attempt explaining why he believes consciousness is a state of matter. He believes that consciousness arises out of a certain set of mathematical conditions and that there are varying degrees of consciousness – just as certain conditions are required to create varying states of vapor, water, and ice. As PBS emphasized, “understanding how consciousness functions as a separate state of matter could help us come to a more thorough understanding of why we perceive the world the way we do.”

This article was originally published at Collective Evolution, and is partially reproduced here without the permission of the author, who is not affiliated with this website or its views.

Consciousness Lives In Quantum State After Death
October 17, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Consciousness Lives In Quantum State After Death

Testimonials from prominent physics researchers from institutions such as Cambridge University, Princeton University, and the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich claim that quantum mechanics predicts some version of “life after death.”

It’s Hip to Be Sober
October 3, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
It’s Hip to Be Sober

Booze culture is beginning to fall by the wayside, with a wide range of sober, mindful, after-work activities—making happy hour a little more meaningful, and the morning after a lot more happy.

Allergies, Amish Dairy Cows, and Raw Milk
September 29, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Allergies, Amish Dairy Cows, and Raw Milk

European scientists identified livestock, particularly dairy cows, fermented feed and raw milk consumption as protective in what they eventually called the “farm effect.” Many scientists argued that the abundant microbes of the cowshed stimulated children’s immune systems in a way that prevented allergic disease.

The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda
September 15, 2016 – 12:30 am | 86 Comments
The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda

Bhaktivinoda sought to revive and continue that tradition of enlightened reform exemplified by Caitanya, whose message of bhakti to Krishna challenged caste barriers and brought the Bhagavatam forward as the “ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic knowledge.”