Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 26, 27 & 28, 2015
An Introduction and Review by Pravrajika Vidyaprana
of the practical applications of Sankhyan Cosmology and Psychology
Swami Vivekananda desperately wanted to introduce rationality into religion. In order to do so he went back to the Upanishads to find the purest expression of spiritual truths. The rationality of the upanishadic era is based not on the logic of logicians, but on the logic of life. This is what he promoted.
To this end he repeatedly put forth for western audiences Sankhya’s metaphysics of twenty four cosmic principles and its later, non-dualistic, Vedantic overlay. Using only what is readily available to any human being, Swami Vivekananda maintained that anyone should be able to follow this system of inquiry and arrive at the ultimate Truth.
Why did he do this? In his own way, using the science that was available to him at the time, Swamiji was attempting to reintegrate nature into our concept of who we are. In short, it appears that he was attempting to get us where we are now in the twenty-first century. That is, we are now realizing, globally, that the ‘man versus nature’ model has failed, will always fail, and must be replaced by an integrated world view.
In this retreat we briefly review the twenty four cosmic principles, as the ancient yogis did, and concentrate on pivotal ones to explode our notion of who we really are. This study is intended to underpin, enliven, and infuse our inquiry into ultimate Reality.