Scientific Darshan

A darshan is a “vision of the divine”. It is the fundamental step in the development of what the philosophers call an ontolgy, the foundation of a “world view”. This blog will explore the development of an ontology and world view based on the darshan presented in the following poem, first published on August 10, 2011, on my webpage . The meaning of this poem will be made clearer, I hope, as the blog develops.

                                 SCIENTIFIC DARSHAN
 The old darshan of the Upaniṣads is:
              Eham      Self                                  A
                  Etat         Not-Self                           U
                      Na            Negation                        M
                 =The Self is not the Not-Self            =AUM


 That is the darshan of a static Cosmos
where Being is.
Buddha’s clear eyes saw no relevance
for a Creator in a Cosmos both static and infinite.
His darshan for the Creator of such a Cosmos is
The old darshan for the Self has been used throughout
our brutal history to support the dynamic:


 In the millennia since the time of the Vedic Rishis
science has taken the measure of the
size and the mass of the Cosmos.
It is scientific reality that our Cosmos
had a beginning and we are evolving.
We live in a material Cosmos that is dynamic:
where Being is Becoming
and spacetime is expanding.


 For our Cosmos a new darshan could be:
               Self                                  Self
                    Not-Self                           Not-Self
                              Awareness                            Love
                                     =Creation                      =Co-inherence
where the darshan for the Creator is
                                            = The One


 This scientific darshan cannot be used
to justify dynamics that lead to ignorance, or hatred,
duality, or War.
This scientific darshan calls for dynamics that lead to an
expansion of Awareness and Love
and acknowledgement
of Unity.


 Which darshan would you embrace?
Why cling to a darshan for a Cosmos
in which we do not exist?