Having a reference frame or conceptual context for your life is hugely helpful. It may be a philosophy or religion or intellectual understanding of life and your place in this universe. These contexts, of which there are many, usually come with a moral code, rules of conduct, and a model of the mechanics of creation.
The modern scientific context, which is quite popular, has codes and rules based upon what can be derived from the current intellectual understanding of the world, which is rooted in physics and logic. Needless to say, religions generally provide an alternate perspective on how the universe came into being and where we should look for moral codes and rules of conduct. Isn’t it fascinating that we live in a world where there are so many wildly diverse and contradictory perspectives on just what the context, the bottom line, of life actually is?
Now at age 65, if I were to look back and summarize my life, I would say it was lived in the pursuit of a valid and all encompassing context. Science certainly provides a steady rudder in its demand for validity, in its demand for factual, verifiable proof. Certainly that is a good thing and a demand that I have always adhered to. In other words, I always insisted that the underlying context of life’s understanding is that it make sense! For that reason, I always had a bit of an issue with the notion of ‘faith.’
I did not just want to have faith, to just believe. I wanted to know.
This led me to an exploration of the notion of Truth. How do you know that something is actually true? If you think about it, truth is something that applies and is valid when all aspects of life are taken into account — not just in a controlled laboratory experiment. When there are no constraints, no limitation to thought and experience, no denial of other known truths…in other words, we arrive at truth when science is not denied, but fully incorporated and integrated with all aspects of life.
At the same time, we are forced to embrace the simple truth that our current scientific knowledge is quite limited. Along the lines of what Sir Isaac Newton said, our knowledge of science is like one grain of sand on the beach of knowledge. That is certainly still true today. When it comes to moral codes and rules of conduct, pure ‘scientific thought’ can, and does, justify almost anything.
This led me early on to realize that though science is a great piece of the puzzle of life, and a useful tool in unraveling the nature of life, it does not provide the complete context for how one should live. A healthy context for life is one that does not contradict the truths of science, but includes them within a larger framework.
In my rigorous pursuit of truth, I came to some conclusions. I found some principles that I knew had to be true. The first and foremost was that there had to be a unified field, meaning one thing out of which all things emerged. That is the only way, I reasoned, that everything could be so seamlessly integrated. An underlying unity to the universe was the only logical way that principles in business and biology could parallel so perfectly. That math could apply to music as well as economics.
After deriving a set of principles I felt certain were valid, an amazing thing happened. To this day I still marvel over it as I think about it. I discovered that in ancient times, there was a group of people who revealed a context for life and existence that was completely consistent with what I had come to know must be true. This was remarkable to me. How could it be? How did they do it? What was even more incredible was the fact that they had developed the understanding of this context to a magnificent degree. No stone was left unturned. All aspects of life were included, from architecture to music, psychology to physics.
Irrational though it may be, I have found that in today’s world unclear thinking, superstition, and limited understanding has in many instances undermined people’s current relationship with that knowledge. However, the core and the essence is still there, meticulously preserved in great detail.
That knowledge is referred to as Vedic knowledge. However, Veda is not a belief system, but rather the underlying substrate of nature. Think of a seed as the underlying substrate of a tree. Veda is nature, and Vedic knowledge is knowledge of that seed. All aspects of the tree of life are contained in the seed. The seed is the one thing out of which all things emerged. To hear about this knowledge is of value. To learn all about it is of more value. To find the validity of it within yourself is of the greatest value. In so doing, the wheat of knowledge is separated from the chaff of limitation, irrationality, distortion, superstition, and blind faith.
I do not want you to take anything on faith. I want you to know, and know clearly, from within yourself, not just to feel or believe. Becoming familiar with Vedic knowledge is the best way to give your life a meaningful, logical framework in which things will not only make sense on a rational or conceptual level, but on a deeply felt level. The level on which no stone is left unturned. No blinders are on. No scientific truths are overlooked or contradicted. No question is taboo. In this way, you will find within your own self — rather than being indoctrinated by an outside source — that there is a valid context to life. And that, for you, will change everything.
Dr. Michael Mamas is the founder of The Center of Rational Spirituality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the integration of ancient spiritual wisdom with modern rational thought. From personal issues to global trends, Dr. Michael Mamas helps individuals and organizations develop a deeper understanding and more comprehensive outlook by providing a ‘bridge’ between the abstract and concrete, the Eastern and Western, and the ancient and modern. Dr. Michael Mamas has been teaching for 35 years (including the U.S., India, Europe, and Canada), offers free online Surya Ram Meditation instruction, and writes on a variety of subjects on his blog, MichaelMamas.net.