|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Pure science for sane society
Ramachandra G Bhat
Vice Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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Ramachandra G Bhat
Vice Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Bhat RG. Pure science for sane society. Int J Yoga - Philosop Psychol Parapsychol 2017;5:1-2
In “Philosophy, Psychology, and Parapsychology,” these three branches of sociopsychological sciences or insightful journey are the main topics to be attended and addressed by this research journal IJOY-PPP. These three are very practical and directly cemented with human life. As one adopts ones' own philosophy for life, life journey will be decided on that basis. Some people adopt nihilism, agnostic, or uncertainty for their philosophy because it seems to be very convenient for their easy way of life though negative at outlook. Human tendency is to cover ones' lacuna or deficiency by some appearing philosophy, highly structured dogmas which normally called philosophy. The people who do not want to adhere by any kind of discipline in one's life become atheists, agnostics, or escapists. For this weakness, they go for some philosophical studies taking shelter in them, namely, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Bacon, Bertrand Russell, and Karl Marx, from the western origin. In the west, it has been the fight between priests of church and philosophers. Concept of God, superpowers of priests and their dictation on sociological orders, domination, etc., were questioned by philosophers of that time, starting from Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates, who were basically free thinkers, not being religious in the present approach.
In the western theology, Religion, Science, and Philosophy were distinctively separated. In India, this distinction was not traced or visible, even the great teachers Vyasa, Chanakya, and Vidyaranya, used to live in a Hut on the bank of some river and conducting classes for real seekers as it was their duty rather taking shelter under the kingship for comfortable life. Scholars such as Vidyaranya, Samarth Ramadasa, Rama Tirtha, Vyasa Tirtha, and Basaveshwara had proximity with kingship at that time, but they were not under the impression and control of king power, royal mercy. Kings were at the feet of these Acharyas. In Bharat, we do not have the colony of priests. This country has never come across domination of one set of people or a group on the other. This very concept of philosophy in Bharat is fundamentally different. Similarly, psychology was purely based on positively charged human mind; the psychology of the west is based on abnormality, sickness of the mind. Parapsychology started with some miraculous studies; “Many Mansions” by Edgar Casey was an initiation. For this branch, which is beyond psychology was considered to be Parapsychology. Incarnations, rebirth, etc., were focus of such research progress in the field of parapsychology by Stevenson who was an instrumental to bring it to the logical end in Virginia University, USA. That particular branch of science emerged from that center.
For Indian Philosophy, Parapsychology of the west is some basic lesson. Life before death and after was the common lesson. From the 3rd chapter, first Pada is completely dedicated for studying the topic “life after death” in Brahma Sutras. Every layperson knows in Bharat, in this land, that the life continues even after the demise of this physical body. Micro-understanding of these three at physical, psychological, and spiritual meaning is very much necessary. Modern medicine explains how psychosomatic diseases occur at the physical level. When a person becomes mentally imbalanced, one naturally gets succumb to the physical imbalances.
The people who are completely physically oriented are given a position of philosophy, Sarva Darsana Sangraha takes up Charvaka philosophy to present for discussion in the beginning only.
Parapsychology does not deal with the physical plane of existence, the arena beyond current life, not while being here. Case studies concerning experiences of the past life are the focus of parapsychology of the west. However, in Indian philosophical understanding, life of present and life of future both are cogently connected for better understanding of the life, one such example is regarding Prana; it contextually means very unique different things than just breath, a much wider than just the breath as we understand very superficially, has two manifestations external and internal.
Erich Fromm wrote “Art of loving” and “Sane society,” where mind is the main focus when one wants sublimation at mental level, so that it is possible to create a healthy society with healthy individuals, art of loving makes one study to be a healthy. The study of life-transforming techniques is possible to fill the mind with positive thoughts. Human values should be considered while constructing a healthy society. Psychological level has the maximum contribution in this aspect. Universities, these days, have become the witnesses for immoral and demoral activities. Teenage problems and other age-related problems have allowed unnatural tendencies to grow. Indian families are also in endanger. Compact family systems in India have contributed a lot for social health by its very structure. People belonging to three generations used to live together making families psychology based, philosophically refined, and parapsychologically strengthened.
Philosophy, Psychology, and Parapsychology have become bereft of spirituality, focused on atheistic approach, as if talking about God and belief is a curse. Spirituality usually takes us beyond mundane world. These branches should go beyond and out of box. Gradually, these three branches should be re-presented and thought afresh. Upanishad should be taken as main sources for insightful understanding. Experience, Experiment, Examination, and Evaluations, all such things must go hand in hand. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana has been keen to explore such deep area; having the instruments to map the mind encourages novel ideas. The practice of Yoga, Yajna, and Japa may bring in the equilibrium at the psychological level of human being, considering three areas Philosophy, Psychology, and Parapsychology.