some sense, the primary limitation of materialism is its “obviousness”.
We rely on our senses all the time, to the point where we place
a great deal of trust in those senses. And rightly so, relative
to ordinary functioning and survival: our senses are constantly
keeping us alive, whether we are speeding down the road in our
automobiles and suddenly swerve out of the way of an unexpected
car; or we are spitting out something that tastes “off”. Why would
we want to bad-mouth such good friends as these five? We are so
intimate with (and habituated to) these friends that there is
even an emotional overtone of “obviousness” to everything they
worth recalling how the "apparently obvious" has been
shown to be untrue —
the stuff of mere appearance —
time and time again.
sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
for the moment all our school book learning. When we look up in
the sky over the course of a day, it is obvious
that the sun goes around the earth. It’s over to my left in the
morning, right above me at noon, and over to my right at sunset.
It’s obvious that the sun
is moving and the earth isn’t. Yes, our contemporary belief
system include such “facts” as “The earth goes around
the sun”, but how many of us can actually recall the various reasons
that led scientists to switch their view? Most of us carry around
a lot of “facts” like these, in much the same way that the Sunday
school student memorizes and then carries around his or her religious
suspending our awareness of all the “facts” we learned in school,
we can add to the catalog of obvious, directly perceivable facts
that the earth is flat —
not meaning that there are no mountains, etc., but that all
of these are aligned perpendicularly (“upward”) with respect
to a flat plane, and the upward direction of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains in California is the same
upward direction as the Himalayas in Nepal.
the Earth were a globe, there certainly would be — if we could
imagine the thing, to be peopled all around — 'antipodes:' 'people
who,' says the dictionary, 'living exactly on the opposite side
of the globe to ourselves, having their feet opposite to ours'
— people who are hanging down, head downwards while we
are standing head up? But since the theory allows us to travel
to those parts of the earth where the people are said to hang
head downward, and still to fancy ourselves to be heads upwards,
and our friends whom we have left behind us to be heads downwards,
it follows that the whole thing is a myth —
a dream — a delusion — and a snare,
and, instead of there being any evidence at all in this direction
to substantiate this popular theory, it is plain proof that
the Earth is Not A Globe.
could go on and on: The stars are tiny pinpoints of light; etc.
That’s the way it appears
to be. Therefore, according to naive realism, that’s the way
those among the Spiritually Realized don’t agree with this.
The “material-only” vision is not
the way Reality appears
to them. And that is because they are not limited to “the five
senses”. They also have a “sixth sense”, a sense of feeling-awareness
that reaches beyond the body, beyond the material, beyond the
realm of the five senses. With proper activation and training
of this sixth sense, God is as immediately obvious and accessible
as our own bodies are to us. The Spiritually Realized see all
that we see, sense all that we sense. But they are also directly
aware of much more than us, and are directly aware that what
the rest of us take as the whole reality, is just the surface
of reality, “the
tip of the iceberg”. They are the explorers and Realizers
of the depth of Reality.
materialism limits itself to the exploration of objective reality
in going from simple materialism to scientific materialism,
the scope of phenomena considered “real” has been extraordinarily
expanded (over and against the exclusive use of the five senses
alone), the requirement for objective results, and hence for
a separation between the perceiver and the perceived, restricts
exploration to objective reality.
It is not that the subjective realm doesn’t show up at all;
in the so-called “soft sciences” (where “soft” is measured relative
to that ultimate “hard” science, “physics”), such as psychology,
sociology, etc., people’s subjectivity is indeed examined, but
is examined as objectively as possible.
is disallowed from the purview of materialism is any participatory
exploration of reality, because that would result in a loss
of objectivity. But that participatory exploration
through the “instrument” of one’s own feeling-awareness turns
out to be the primary tool
for exploring the Spiritual and Transcendental dimensions of
reality. Thus scientific materialism inherently disallows the
very means required to validate the Greater Reality, and, because
it takes a reductionistic stance, it is then forced to declare
that no such Greater Reality exists.
is “knowledge” in our time? It is epitomized by the method and
the accumulated culture of scientism. And the method of science
epitomizes the tendency toward non-participation. The method
of science is, at its best, a right and useful tool for acquiring
certain kinds of information or data about conditional events.
But as a world-view, or an ideal orientation toward existence,
it is nothing other than the attitude and method of egoity.
This is because it is based upon the abstraction or separation
of the observer from the observed. It expresses a preference
for the non-participation (or non-interference) of the observer
in the observed and in the results of the observation. . . .
disposition of scientism has, in our time, become the model
or ideal attitude toward what is. Science has come out
of the closet, from an esoteric discipline engaged by a few
revolutionaries, to a world-view that commands what is acceptable
as knowledge for all. I do not object to the factual usefulness
of the scientific method as one of the possible tools of Man,
but I thoroughly and vehemently object to the culturally enforced
notion that it is the single, sufficient, and ideal tool of
Man. . . .
is not love. Science is not surrender. To do science is to stand
apart and inspect and analyze. To know without love and submission
is to magnify power and the motive of control. Power and control
are secondary needs of Man. Such knowledge is, therefore, only
a secondary need of Man. Science is only a secondary tool of
Man. What is our primary need and our primary tool? We need
love, union, unity. Our primary tool is participation. And participation
requires submission of self to what is. Therefore, participation
is love, or the act of loving or self-transcending submission.
If we act as love, submission, or in the attitude or by the
tool of self-transcendence, then we also come to know and experience.
But the knowledge and experience that come by such means do
not enhance or magnify the power of self to control what is.
Rather, they enhance and magnify our freedom, our Realization
of Reality, and our ultimate Happiness. . . .
cannot discover whether or not there is God, or soul, or Transcendental
Spiritual Reality by analytical or non-participatory means.
The ego cannot discover the Truth. . . . Our greatest need is
to discover the Truth. And in order to discover the Truth, we
must understand and transcend ourselves. . . . And if the Way
of self-transcendence is magnified as the fullness of participatory
capability, then what is will be discovered to be Divine, unbound,
eternal, Transcendental Happiness.
Adi Da Samraj, “The Cult of Narcissus and the Culture of Participation”
p. 73, The Transmission Of Doubt
often cast themselves (or are so cast by those that make them
into the high priests of our contemporary civilization) as the
seekers of “truth”. But at best, what they find are the facts
and principles of the material dimension of reality. That is,
at best they are finding ways to characterize (and control)
objective reality. Truth is altogether different, altogether
greater. Truth is that which is changeless and unconditional,
that which is always already the case, even in the midst of
the changing and conditional reality. Finding the Truth transforms
our sense of Reality and sets us Free.
little earlier, we mentioned a “sixth sense” of feeling-awareness.
The “use” of this sense is participation and relationship. One
cannot be exercising this
sense and also standing apart objectively. Thus, the use of
the scientific method precludes the use of feeling-awareness.
More specifically, objectification or standing apart is the
result of contracting from fullest feeling-awareness. Elsewhere,
we will come to understand the ego
as exactly this separating-itself-out activity that my Spiritual
Master calls the self-contraction.
Thus, no one comes to exercise this “sixth sense” of feeling-awareness
to any significant degree without a significant degree of self-