In the present period of soul-searching, conflict and reconciliation, many people are turning to the ancient Indian classics of spiritual development and psychology for illumination and guidance. Prominent among these classics is the collection of aphorisms called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which offer a systematic exposition of principles and practices successfully followed over the course of 1000 years before the Christian era.
This comprehensive and up-to-date study, with its preliminary mystical explanations of themes in the Rig Veda, Upanishads and early Buddhism, will hopefully make the substance of this ancient guide to spirituality more immediately accessible and illuminating for our modern times.
Contents: eleven chapters on the mystical and historical background - an idiomatic translation - an interlinear translation and detailed commentary - and three supplements to assist teachers who are unfamiliar with Sanskrit.
Previous books by the author (who also writes under the name of Michael Whiteman) - The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), and The Meaning of Life vol.1, An Introduction to Scientific Mysticism (1986) - have all been highly praised.More info →
In the third and final volume of The Meaning of Life, Professor Whiteman, a mathematician and mystic (who will be celebrating his 100th birthday in November 2006) has completed the mammoth task he set himself, namely to incorporate his own mystical experiences into a world view. As he writes in the Preface, ‘What we are to consider here is the experience of the divine Reason (Logos) in everything of life, always working for the advancement of the good. The experience which gives or leads to this is today described as mystical. So here we study what has been said or depicted regarding the mystical, also the way to proceed for its attainment and development, and what the most notable teachers in the past have seen fit to declare.
‘This third volume on the “meaning of life” deals accordingly with the fruits of spiritual development in three chief ways. Firstly, every conclusion reached is based on and in accord with the mystical and psychical experience granted to me over the course of about eighty years (some even earlier). . . . Secondly, there is need an intensive study of ancient scriptures, which I have felt obliged to study in the original languages: Vedic, Sanskrit, Pali, Hebrew and Greek [as] translations of these scriptures have almost invariably been made by scholars lacking mystical experience. . . . Knowledge of quite another kind is also needed, philosophical and indeed mathematical in character, if the consistent rational development of objective phenomena in other-world states of life (and even in the physical world) is to be understood. . . . In the Historical Survey, Part III, I have restricted the enquiry to writings reasonably taken to refer to first-hand mystical experience in history up to about 120 C.E. . . . there is good reason to believe that, after that date, the earlier and genuine accounts of mystical experience have been built on by theologians and others who had not been granted that experience.’
Professor J.H.M.Whiteman (who also wrote as Michael Whiteman) published more than fifty contributions relating to spiritual development, psychological, mystical, or otherwise scientific matters. He taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town for twenty-nine years (principally Relativity, Quantum Theory, and related subjects). He has conducted classes in Sanskrit at various times, served as Editor of The South African Music Teacher for over fifty-five years, and has appeared as an expert witness in court or as a consultant on psychological or other scientific matters. His previous books – The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), The Meaning of Life, Vol.1 (1986) and Vol.2 (2000), and Aphorisms on Spiritual Method (1993) – have all been highly praised.
List of Diagrams and Charts
Prologue: The ‘World Illusion’ (Māyā), Universal Reason, Consciousness, and Individual Life
- The Scientific Validation and Reality Rating of Reports of Non-Physical Experience
- The Fallacies of Modern Materialism and the Correction
- Survival of Death: A Clarification of Ideas, on the Basis of Evidence
- The Angelic Choirs
an outlining of universal theology, with first-hand evidence
- Part I: Divinity, Creation, and the Purpose of Suffering
- Part II: Individual, Society, and the System of the Worlds
a selected historical survey
- Mystical Religion in the Late Bronze Age
- Mystical Teachings in the Rig Veda: Four Hymns in New Translation
- Two Classical Upanishads in New Translation, with Commentary
- The Psychical and Mystical Experience of Gotama Buddha
- The Mystical Experience and Teachings of the First Isaiah
- Four ‘Messianic’ Psalms, in New Translation, with Commentary
- Mystical Teachings of St Paul
- Mystical Evidence in the Johannine Gospel and Letters
life in the other worlds
- ‘Naturalistic’ Experiences ‘Out of the Physical Body’
- Meetings after Death
- The Intermediate world
- The Clothing of the Spiritual Body
- The Higher Worlds
- The Lower Worlds, and their Inhabitants
- The Mystical Derivation of Quantum Theory and Physical Laws in General
- Six Parables
- The Transliteration System used her for Biblical Hebrew
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Old & New Evidence on the Meaning of Life, vol. 2
This volume follows up Volume 1 of The Meaning of Life - ‘An Introduction to Scientific Mysticism’ - with a comprehensive study of individual character-development at all levels from the most mentally disordered to the most spiritually illuminated and fulfilling, always on a basis of first-hand experience. The evidence is by no means limited to this-world observations and behaviour, but extends to states of consciousness in which personality-structure and non-physical beings in non-physical ‘worlds’ are known with high rating in a Scale of Reality.
Attention is given especially to ‘ultimate’ and ‘near-ultimate’ contests and habitual practices, leading eventually to the mystical transformation. The explanatory system presented involves, in particular, the fourfold ‘creative’ or ‘learning’ cycle (extended to sixteen on occasion) and the mystical view of personality structure (individual in charge, and contributory minds). These and other principles throw a flood of light on problems of psychological and mystical development, including those of sexuality at all levels up to that of the unitive life at supra-physical levels.
Professor J.H.M.Whiteman (who also writes under the name of Michael Whiteman) has published more than fifty contributions relating to spiritual development, psychological, mystical, or otherwise scientific matters. He taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town for twenty-nine years (principally Relativity, Quantum Theory, and related subjects). He has conducted classes in Sanskrit at various times, has served as Editor of The South African Music Teacher for fifty-five years, and has appeared a few times as an expert witness in court or as consultant on psychological or other scientific matters. His previous books - The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), The Meaning of Life, Vol.1 (1986), and Aphorisms on Spiritual Method (1993) - have all been highly praised.
Contents: eight chapters on inner contests, personality structure, mystical release, psychopathology, and psychical powers – an autobiographical account of the author’s seven-month mystical initiatory experience – gripping psychological analyses of two bizarre causes célèbres – five chapters on bisexuality and female sexuality in all aspects up to the mystical unitive life.
List of Diagrams and Plates
THE INNER CONTEST: ‘ILLFARE’, ITS PURPOSE AND TRANSCENDENCE
1 An Initial Clarification of Ideas and Terms
2 Individual and World ‘Illfare’
3 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology. (I) Introductory Evidence and Principles
4 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology. (II) General Survey and Applications
5 Short-Term Precognition, Time-Skills and the World-Plan for Physical Events
6 A First-hand Experiential View of ‘Multiple-Personality’ and Possession
7 Dream and Dreamlike States: Their Structuring and Implications for Spiritual
8 The Mystical Way and Habitualisation of Mystical States Summary of Chapters 2-8
GROUNDWORK OF THE UNITIVE LIFE: ULTIMATE AND NEAR-ULTIMATE CONTESTS
9 An Introduction to the Study of Female Sexuality and the Control Centres
10 Towards Ultimate Sexual Identity and Bisexual Functioning
11 Kinds of Authentic Sex-Coloured Loving
12 Problems of Bisexual Development in the Personality
13 Sexuality in the Unitive Life
14 The Ultimate Contest and its Antecedents: An Autobiographical Account
15 The ‘Scissors Murder’. (I) Adolescent Breakdown, Valium Influence,
16 The ‘Scissors Murder’. (II) Psychiatrists and the Law: Misguided Opinions and
Handling of the
17 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (I) Introductory Studies
18 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (II) Analysis; Derealisation and Possession States
19 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (III) Background Beliefs and Arguments in the
Court Hearings and
20 Free Will, Responsibility and Punishment: Problems of Justice in the World
21 ‘Sin’, Repentance, Spiritual Regeneration and the ‘Holy’ Summary of Chapters 9-13
Supplement A. St John of the Cross as a ‘Marial’ Mystic
Supplement B. St Thérèse of Lisieux: Brief Description of a Contest of ‘Ultimate’ Type
Supplement C. Swedenborg: Concerning ‘Spheres’ in the Other Life
Supplement D. The Etiology and Practice of Modern Satanism: Researches of Gavin Ivey
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Contents: The Groundwork of Mystical and Psychical Awareness - Varieties of 'Other World' Experience: Beyond Personality - Attainment and Teachings of the Mystical Life - The Mystical Structuring of Psychology and Theoretical Physics.
Many people today seem to be troubled by the apparent ‘meaninglessness’ of life. Even among those who do not succumb to depressive states, drug-addiction, or some other form of escapism, there may be a general feeling of painful insecurity through the lack of any sure groundwork for faith. It is in the domain of mysticism that, as Raynor Johnson has said, ‘we may hope to find the answers to those problems about which we are most hungry to have real knowledge and certainty’.
This book goes beyond the author’s previous work, The Mystical Life, in its systematic presentation of the ‘releasing skills’ and paranormal knowledges which lead up to the ‘mystical transformation’. In particular, the many kinds of non-physical states of consciousness which open us to ‘other worlds’ or deeper insights into this one are studied in the light of well-authenticated evidence from a variety of sources. The mystical analyses also permit us to arrive at the field equations of mathematical physics by a new method.
'Michael Whiteman’s magnificent book ... should be on the shelf of every parapsychologist, every psychologist, every scientist and indeed everyone who wishes to achieve a better understanding of life with the aim of living it better and with greater meaning.’ Professor A.J.Ellison, Journal of the S.P.R.
'Whiteman is unique in our field: a physicist and an accomplished philosopher who has developed theory and methods of self-transformation that seem to have led him to extraordi-narily rich spiritual and paranormal experiences.... a unique blend of wealthy inner life and a well-trained intellect.’
Karlis Osis, Journal of the A.S.P.R.
‘no serious student of mysticism and psychical research can afford to pass [this book] by.’ Scientific and Medical Network