Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reality beyond banality

I spoke with a sceptic and described the experience of chanting the Maha Mantra, and she said roughly this:

You can't prove that any of that is metaphysically true. The shift in consciousness you describe could be a psychological effect of believing in the mantra and in God. In that case you are just seeking a pleasant experience, and the motivation to that is hedonism.

To which I replied:

Yes, you have a point, but your view is based on nihilism; the assumption that nothing is sacred, that sanctity is a human invention, that life is nothing beyond matter. My view is based on the hope that sanctity is real and exists by itself. The hope that there is a reality beyond banality. The search for sanctity needs no motivation, it is its own motivation. It is life seeking its own reality.


  1. "Meditation proceeds from the fact that there is someone in here. Science proceeds from the assumption that there is anything out there."

    -Swami Tripurari