The weirdness of quantum physics is still puzzling our rational, intellectual mind. Causality is one of the paradigms most difficult to challenge. A cause always preceding an effect seems so obvious that reversing the arrow of time would be more science-fiction than science. But quantum physics has encountered this phenomenon with the notion of quantum superposition which states that an object can be in two different states at the same time. Many experiments have been and are still currently being run to witness this phenomenon. One of the recent ones (Aug. 2019) has extended the range of the scenario up to a massive body in a spatial superposition state (thought experiment), which demonstrate again that : ” a classical notion of a causal structure is untenable in any framework compatible with the basic principles of quantum mechanics and classical general relativity.“
The Secret Doctrine – Volume 1 (3rd edition, p. 68) : “Time” is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through the Eternal Duration, and it does not exist where no consciousness exists in which the illusion can be produced, but “lies asleep”.“
A bridge between two of the neighboring galaxies (the Large and the Small Magellan Clouds) has been observed for the first time. It is made of neutral gas and it has a magnetic field component. Cosmic magnetic fields appear to be everywhere observations are made, and the scientists are (now) humble/honest about the root-causes of the generation and the action of these fields.
The Secret Doctrine – Volume 1 (3rd edition, p. 169) gives some hint at this phenomenon : “The Seven Son-Brothers, however, represent and personify the seven forms of cosmic magnetism, called in Practical Occultism the “Seven Radicals,” whose cooperative and active progeny are, among other energies, Electricity, Magnetism, Sound, Light, Heat, Cohesion, etc.”
Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga Philosophy was published, starting August 1914, in an Indian review, the Arya. It offered a synthesis of some of the main yoga philosophies from India, the Bhakti (adoration), Karma (action), and Jnana (knowledge) yoga. This synthesis is presented as a path to perceive, understand and to live the One Life.
Modern integrative medicine has brought trans-personal themes inside the mainstream of contemporary healthcare. This article provides with an overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga in clinical practices. It encompasses topics as reincarnation, the chakra’s system, parapsychology and mind-body healing.
Scientists are exploring interactions/relationships between mind and brain. Mind’s effect on matter is scientifically studied and a new model/mechanism is proposed, using and extension of the Bohmian Quantum Mechanics, combined with Avicenna’s philosophical ideas. This study try to demonstrate the causal effect of the mind on the brain, as an incorporeal essence.
Mme Blavatsky often wrote comments on the functions of the brain. Here are two excerpts of her articles :
“The fact is that the human brain is simply the canal between two planes – the psycho-spiritual and the material – through which every abstract and metaphysical idea filters from the Manasic down to the lower human consciousness. Therefore, the ideas about the infinite and the absolute are not, nor can they be, within our brain capacities.” (Lucifer, Vol. V, N° 26, October, 1889)
“The special organ of consciousness is of course the brain, and is located in the aura of the pineal gland in the living man. During the process of mind or thought manifesting to consciousness, constant vibrations of light take place… What consciousness is can never be defined psychologically. We can analyze and classify its works and effects – we cannot define it, unless we postulate an Ego distinct from the body.” (The Theosophist, Vol. XLVI, N° 11, August 1925 )
The core of monotheistic religions, like Sufism, the mystics of Christianity, and the kabbalists of Judaism have a lot of common values as their foundations. This mystic hybridity has been studied and a paper was published in Dec. 2019, describing “shared space and common ground” between them. One of the key conclusion is that “love is the moral seed from which the spiritual traditions emanate“, and that “the concept of love finds its roots in the theosophies of Gregory of Nyssa and of the medieval theologian known as Pseudo-Dionysos“.
Million of people are giving a try to a vegan diet during the month of January 2020. Researchers at the University of Oxford are running a pilot experiment to assess the value of veganism for the environmental impacts aspect. Veganism is considered better for the planet than other diets. A 2018 Science study has quantified the today’s food supply chain impact at the global scale – feeding 7.6 billion people : meat and dairy contribute about 60 percent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emission, and provide only 18 percent of our calories. The alternative of veganism starts to gain some momentum, and some coaching is available on the Net.