This book takes you on an exploration of the most refined and profound wisdom of the ages, the mystic knowledge to which the Western world has in recent times been reawakening.
What exactly is this knowledge? Mystic knowledge falls under the aegis of Aristotle’s metaphysics and seeks to reveal the fundamental nature of all reality; it describes what anything must be in order to be at all. It presents a description so integral, so essentially simple, so all-inclusive that it applies to everything, whether visible or invisible, human or divine, or anything else. Religion has never really done this, even though it vociferously claims to do so.
Mystic knowledge embraces three traditionally contrasted, if not completely separable, areas of ability: 1) The experience of unity or oneness with the Ultimate, commonly interpreted as God, Infinite Being, All-That-Is, etc.; 2) The extension of knowing (extrasensory perception, telepathy, precognition); and 3) The extension of doing (psychokinesis, telekinesis). These abilities utilize the primacy and power of consciousness acting beyond the field of human activity as usually recognized in the Western world.
“What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain true knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally, while in mysticism you go vertically.” —Friedrich Nietzsche
Over the centuries the pursuit of true knowledge, and the claim to possess it, has inevitably generated controversy and conflict. In modern times, advanced technologies have radically enlarged our comprehension of the universe as compelling discoveries emerged one after another from breakthroughs in physics.
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of the existence of consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. The mind is the matrix of all matter.” —Max Planck, Nobel Laureate, originator of Quantum Mechanics
“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” —Niels Bohr, Nobel Laureate
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” —Albert Einstein, Nobel Laureate
“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms, for consciousness is absolutely fundamental. Quantum physics reveals a basic oneness of the universe. Multiplicity is only apparent; in truth, there is only one mind.” —Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel Laureate
These profound concepts are not new; they have been expressed in a strikingly similar manner by Eastern masters and sages throughout the millennia. What is new is the meeting of mysticism and science, with science making a late entrance. As a physicist at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider told us: “It’s as if we’ve been climbing a mountain for years, only to find, on reaching the summit, a group of mystics who for centuries have been waiting patiently for us to arrive.”
Transcribed from the journals detailing explorer M.G. Hawking’s experiences in remote regions of Nepal and Tibet, the material presented in this book discloses his encounters and discussions with the legendary sages and masters of the Himalayas. Richly enlightening and inspirational, these accounts will stay with you long after the last words have been read. An important book for anyone seeking greatly expanded knowledge and awareness.
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