Many of us on the spiritual path lead double lives. Carefully avoiding the image of a Bible-bashing religious nerd, we often end up hiding our spirituality and even compromising our principles just to fit into the crowd.
We may walk away from the material world, philosophically recognizing the futility of the temporary pleasures that are on offer there. However, the spiritual world and all its fulfillment seem far away. Thus, aspiring spiritualists can find themselves stuck in a no man's land.
Not in any direct way. That is, it doesn’t provide an argument for the existence of God. But it does so indirectly, by providing an argument against the philosophy called materialism (or “physicalism”), which is the main intellectual opponent of belief in God in today’s world.
The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.
We spiritual practitioners tend to immediately condemn the glitz and glamour that materialists strive for. Perceiving them as deluded, it’s easy to denounce their lifestyle, without noticing our own superiority complex swelling within.
All work and no play may just be a result of “mindless accumulation.” So say scholars behind research, published in the journal Psychological Science.
Why are people caught up in consumerism? Devamrita Swami, an internationally travelling monk, teacher and author explains what yoga psychology has to say on this hot topic. Special thanks to Julian Coutada for making the intro animation. Filmed and produced by Bhakti Lounge, Wellington, New Zealand. www.bhaktilounge.org.nz
The deepest thinkers throughout history have pondered the challenge of meaning, especially when confronted with the mortality and fragility of human existence.
A recent article in the Op-Ed of the Dec 8 New York Times entitled "Know Thy Self - Really" by Quassim Cassam, philosophy professor at the University of Warwick, UK., asks “How do you know you believe you are wearing socks?”
Scientific materialism is essentially a philosophy of death. Its philosophical delusions literally block the mind of a scientist from being able to recognize that this human being is worth more than the collection of its parts.