Friday, August 22, 2008

Knowledge - What is it really ?

We speak of knowledge in the sense of the words of the Oracle at Delphi : "Know Thyself". This means that we are speaking of Insight or Self - knowledge, not a mere accumulation of information. This is to speak of knowledge in its most profound sense. Through meditation and other practices, we begin to acquire a firm sense of who we really are. We find a place on which we stand in the Creation. This is not a set of beliefs. This is certainty. As with many processes on the path to realisation, the "acquisition" of this knowledge consists not in adding more and more information to our poor overloaded minds but the gentle process of letting go. As we dive deep in meditation, the cares and anxieties of daily life fall away and we settle into the state of calm observation. We learn to observe ideas arise in mind and fall away and begin to recognise that they no longer hold us in their power. This is Moksha, Liberation.

Meditation - The Golden Key

Good morning fellow philosophers ! I am posting this brief article on the effects of meditation to give everyone a flavour of my new e-book on the subject - Wisdom and Meditation. I would welcome any suggestions and comments that you might have.

It being the primary business of the philosopher to search for wisdom, it follows that the mind of the philosopher should be drawn towards Truth. A mind that is full of random ideas, circulating thoughts and word association chains is too busy to discern the realities. It is only through meditation and the constant conscious returning of the mind to rest, that the mind can be stilled enough to allow the student to reflect on the true meaning of the words left to us by the wise. It is for this reason that the practice of meditation is advised twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.

A student who follows this plan will find that his understanding of the words of wisdom becomes not simply an intellectual appreciation of the texts (although this too refines) but he will gain also an emotional connection with the words as well as an ineffable spiritual deepening. This is the gradual process of realization. The truths contained in the scriptures and the writings of the wise become embodied in the being of the student and finally merge into the Truth that we as philosophers are seeking.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Philosophy - The Love of Wisdom

Good Morning and welcome to my Philosophy Blog. My name is Dominic Mulvey and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I have been a student of Philosophy since 1980 and have decided to share the fruits of my studies on this Blog.

Let me start by defining Philosophy as the love of Wisdom. Throughout the ages people have always craved better ways to do things, better ways to live, wiser ways to organise their lives. This is a love of wisdom.

It is one thing to crave wisdom and a whole other thing altogether to actively seek it out. Unlike many philosophers, I do not believe in Philosophy as an intellectual subject. My stand is to take a practical approach to the subject. To that end I impose a test on everything. When presented with a proposition, I will apply this simple rule : Not to accept it nor to reject it but to attempt to put it into practice to see if there is truth in it or not.

What shall we choose for our first proposition ?