|Source: World Network of Religious Futurists|
An Esoteric Vision for the Future
By Michel Bauwens, Jan 19, 2005
Have we found a Grand Unified 'Esoteric' Theory of Everything?
When looking at a purportedly esoteric site, one should always expect the worst, but in this case, it is the combined effort of a small group of authors who have done their homework, by not only studying various esoteric systems such anthroposophy, theosophy, and more (Teilhard de Chardin, Aurobindo), but by rigourously holding them up to current scientific knowledge, of which the authors show a keen understanding. So theirs is an attempt to build a unified understanding of the world could be of interest.
A first objection would be: who can do it better than Ken Wilber (even if his system is deeply flawed, no one can deny its comprehensiveness). The answer is: their focus is altogether different. They define esoteric science as "about understanding the "intermediate realities" between the objective physical and the transcendent" and it is true that Wilber only marginally deals with these issues.
If Wilber stands with one leg in the 'tradition', they stand with both legs in it, don't except the kind of abuse generalistions that are so plentiful in Wilber's synthesis. Furthermore, they also are very well versed in the scientific synthesizers, such as Edward Haskell, Arthur Young, and others.
My second objection, however, is methodological. In their essays on new paradigms, it seems they start from a series of methaphysical assumptions, one of them being that non-dual consciousness is the most encompassing and basis of it all (rule 1 of their metaphysics is "All that exists is Infinite Non-dual Consciousness, The Absolute Reality)".
Though they say they differ from Wilber's Hindu-Buddhist interpretation of this (they favour a Shivaite rather than Advaita Vedanta version of nondualism).
Why not start with 'no assumptions' at all, leaving inquiry as a totally open process, with participants coming from different directions, as Heron proposes in his cooperative inquiry technique? It seems a contradiction that a theory which wants to unify, would start with a contentious interpretation as a starting point.
Nevertheless, if you know little about these topics, their work is stimulating and you could spend countless hours discovering this tradition in a rather qualitative way, learning a lot about human evolution in the process.
Kheper contributors know their authors and traditions well, represent them in a honest and straightforward manner, and are continuously able to compare the various interpretations with current scientific standards about the evolution of matter, life, and consciousness. A good example of 'erudition sauvage' by genuine searchers.
A selection of their articles:
- their take on Wilber, at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Wilber/my_take_on_Wilber.html
© 1998-2008 by World Network of Religious Futurists.
- on the 'unified science' proposal of Edward Haskell, at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Unified_Science/index.html
- Wilber's misrepresentations of Aurobindo, at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Wilber/Wilber_on_Aurobindo.html
- Building a 'unified esoteric theory', at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Esoteric_Science.html
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