Archive for March 2014
Katerina Kolozova: “Toward a non-Marxist radicalization of ‘nature’: Reading Marx in dialogue with François Laruelle and Anthony Paul Smith”
Posted March 30, 2014on:
The Bhagavad Gita is literally translated as “The Lord’s Song”. It is written in verse and has two predominant metres. The predominant metre runs throughout the entire 18 chapters, except for a short, but intense section of the 11th Chapter when it abruptly and dramatically changes. This chapter relates the experience of Arjuna when he undergoes the vision of the world-spirit, and the change coincides with his relating of what he is seeing and experiencing. This vision represents an emotional and spiritual high point in Arjuna’s seeking, and one can tell from the power and beauty of the poetry in the Sanskrit original that something very extraordinary is being related. The insertion of this inspired passage clearly is intended to have the seeker recognize that this teaching is not about intellectual exercise or philosophical pursuits; rather, it is intended to radically change the standpoint and the basis for action of…
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Posted March 25, 2014on:
I’ve just finished Matthew Stewart’s popular book The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World (2006). I was hoping to fill out my own understanding of the historical context surrounding these two thinkers. I was not disappointed on this front. Stewart combed the archives and stitched together an entertaining story about the important influence (even if negative) that Spinoza had on Leibniz. After Leibniz had caught wind of Spinoza’s heretical writings through a mutual friend, he initiated a short correspondence before eventually meeting with Spinoza at the latter’s apartment in The Hague in November of 1676.
Stewart’s presentation of the ideas, as well as the personal character, of these two world-historical thinkers is tilted rather sharply in Spinoza’s favor. Stewart is certainly entitled to his perspective, but I was put off by his hatchet job on Leibniz. Spinoza, clearly his hero, is…
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The path of integral management moves from within outwards. This approach requires a deeper understanding of the well known concept of modern psychology: Introvert and Extrovert. A somewhat similar terminology can be found in Indian yogic psychology but it has a much deeper connotation.
The Two Facets of Temperament
In modern psychology “extrovert” is someone active, dynamic, oriental towards the objective external world of life and action, adventure and exploration. On the other hand “introvert” is someone indrawn and lives more or less predominantly in his subjective world of thought and feelings. The modern western culture in general puts a high value and respect on the extrovert and tends to look down upon the introvert as a negative type of personality.
There is a similar terminology in Indian Yogic psychology: Antharmukha and Bahirmukha. But literally or superficially there is a similarity between the ancient Indian and the modern western concept…
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Beyond or behind the gross physical reality are more “subtle” or “spiritual” dimensions of emotional, mental and spiritual consciousness and existence. These are collectively called the “subtle” worlds or body or consciousness, in contrast to the “gross” consciousness and body of external physical reality. They are not themselves the Absolute reality, but rather a sort of intermediate reality.
Yet apart from the above definition, which more or less all
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