Saturday, October 09, 2004

As the well-known story goes , as told here by Idries Shah:

‘Someone saw Nasrudin searching for something on the ground.
“What have you lost, Mulla?” he asked. “My key”, said the Mulla. So they both went down on their knees and looked for it.
After a time the other man asked: “Where exactly did you drop it?”
“In my own house.”
“Then why are you looking here?”
“There is more light here than inside my own house.”

We often search where there is more light - the old way of thinking, the old paradigm places matter as the primary element...this is where society places the 'light' - and for so long, especially in the West, in the lands of scientific advancement, we have placed the development and progress of the inner life within the dark. And this has been the major cause of our slow progression out of the old paradigm of materialism - a way of thinking that fails to see our systemic connectedness.

We need to start looking in the 'dark' for that which we think is lost - yet in reality it has only remained dormant: a way of understanding that will shift how we perceive of life, reality, and our participation in the cosmic design..for our participation is greatly needed...

In the words of Fritjof Capra, whom I have quoted before: 'To paraphrase an old Chinese saying, mystics understand the root of the Tao but not its branches; scientists understand its branches but not its roots. Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both. Mystical experience is necessary to understand the deepest nature of things, and science is essential for modern life. What we need, therefore, is not a Synthesis but a dynamic interplay between mystical intuition and scientific analysis.'

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