Universal Consciousness by Alexis Karpouzos

Universal Consciousness

The central teaching of mysticism is that Everything is One, whereas from the side of rationalism the universe is Multiple. The essence of the mystical tradition is not a particular philosophical system, but the simple realization that the soul of any individual/existence is identified with the Absolute. A special feature of the mysticism is the elimination of discriminations, i.e. the One and the Multiple are identical.On the other hand, in rationalism the One and the Multiple differ substantially. Mysticism aims at the Emptiness of Zero, whereas rationalism aims at the identification with the Infinite of Everything. Based on the ontology resulting from modern physics the One is also the Multiple and the Multiplicity is also a Module, also the Void and the Everything are complementary aspects of a single and indivisible reality. This means that mysticism and rationalism are the two sides of a Cosmic Thought, which isexpressed through consciousness. We could say that this consciousness is the rhythm that coordinates any opposite.


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Author: ALEXIS KARPOUZOS
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UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS

The spiritual experience of oneness conduces to the same insight as reasoning through science. Both convey the insight of fundamental interconnection between ourselves, other people, other forms of life, the biosphere and, ultimately, the universe. Science and spirituality, far from being mutually exclusive and conflicting elements, are complementary partners in the search for the path that can enable humanity to recover its oneness with the world. Science demonstrates the urgent and objective need for it; and spirituality testifies to its inherent value and supreme desirability.

The Progress to new physics – quantum mechanics, relativity, the universe of the microparticles, theories for complex and non-linear dynamic systems, invisible worlds, chaos leads to order, give a different dimension to the way of thinking of individuals, scientists, and philosophers. The basic elements of the Eastern world view are also those of the world view emerging from modern physics. The Eastern thought and, more generally, mystical thought provide a consistent and relevant philosophical background to the theories of contemporary science; a conception of the world in which man’s scientific discoveries can be in harmony with his spiritual aims and religious beliefs. The two basic themes of this conception are the unity and interrelation of all phenomena and the intrinsically dynamic nature of the universe. The further we penetrate into the submicroscopic world, the more we shall realize how the modern physicist, like the Eastern mystic, has come to see the world as a system of inseparable, interacting and ever-moving components with man being an integral part of this system.

Quantum theory thus reveals an essential interconnectedness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, we find that it is made of particles, but these are not the ‘basic building blocks’ in the sense of Democritus and Newton. They are merely idealizations which are useful from practical point of view, but have no fundamental significance.In the words of Niels Bohr, ‘Isolated material particles are abstractions, their properties being definable and observable only through their interaction with other systems

The structural similarities of Eastern thought and Western natural science pointed out the great scientists of our time. Bohr’s quantum principle of complementarity supports that everything in the Universe consists of opposed sections. The Chinese Tao is the symbol that characterizes the dialectic unity of opposites. The Tao is the rhythm which connects the opposites. Other physicists who noted this similarity include Heisenberg, Niels Bohr and Julius Oppenheimer, as well as a host of contemporary scientists and biologists .

Heisenberg: ‘’The two foundations of twentieth-century physics-quantum theory and relativity theory-both force us to see the world very much in the way a Hindu, Buddhist or Taoist sees it, and how this similarity strengthens when we look at the recent attempts to combine these two theories in order to describe the phenomena of the submicroscopic world: the properties and interactions of the subatomic particles of which all matter is made. Here the parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism are most striking and we shall often encounter statements where it is almost impossible to say whether they have been made by physicists or by Eastern mystics. Niels Bohr ‘’The great scientific contribution in theoretical physics that has come from Japan since the last war may be an indication of a certain relationship between philosophical ideas in the tradition of the Far East and the philosophical substance of quantum theory. Robert Oppenheimer: ‘’For a parallel to the lesson of atomic ……. [we must turn] to those kinds of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like the Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence’’. Oppenheimer wrote in 1954: ‘The general notions about human understanding…which are illustrated by the discoveries in atomic physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of, or even new. Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place. What we shall find is an exemplification, an encouragement and a refinement of old wisdom.’

Schrödinger, in speaking of a universe in which particles are represented by wave functions, said, “The unity and continuity of Vedanta are reflected in the unity and continuity of wave mechanics. This is entirely consistent with the Vedanta concept of All in One.” “The multiplicity is only apparent. This is the doctrine of the Upanishads. And not of the Upanishads only. The mystical experience of the union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the West.”

(Erwin Schrödinger, What is Life? , p. 129, Cambridge University Press) As Fritjof Capra suggests, ‘…Eastern thought, and more generally, mystical thought provide a consistent and relevant philosophical background to the theories of contemporary science,’ both conveying ‘the unity and interrelation of all phenomena and the intrinsically dynamic nature of the universe.’ Capra quotes the Tantric Buddhist Lama Anagarika Govinda: ‘The Buddhist does not believe in an independent or separately existing external world…The external world and his inner world are for him only two sides of the same fabric, in which the threads of all forces and of all events, of all forms of consciousness and of their objects, are woven into an inseparable net of endless, mutually conditioned relations.’ Likewise, said a Japanese Zen master upon attaining enlightenment: ‘I came to realise clearly that Mind is not other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.’


About Author: ALEXIS KARPOUZOS

Alexis Karpouzos is a Philosopher and Author. He was born in Greece. He has attended philosophy and social sciences lessons at the School of Philosophy and at the Law School of Athens. He participated in self-organized alternative education groups which were experiencing modern pedagogical and didactic theories and methods. He is experienced in the theory and the method of psychoanalysis. His research interests revolve around the Holistic Knowledge – Widsom that combines the knowledge of nature and the knowledge of spirit and creates the experience of the universal consciousness.

He has published eight books in Greek and three in English (‘’The self criticism of science’’, ‘’Cosmology: philosophy and physics’’, ‘’Universal consciousness: The bridges between science and spirituality΄΄). The themes of his books relate to: General Philosophy, Ontology, Metaphyiscs, History of Ideas, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Educational Philosophy, Cosmology and Physics and Social Sciences.

In 1998 he founded a international community of learning, research and culture. Our goal is to create a spiritual experience in consciousness worldwide, where people recognize that we are all part of an interconnected whole. The community’s activities include residential courses and conferences. The Community also runs discussion groups, social activities, art workshops, produces events, publishes books and videos in Greece.

Apart from its educational and research aspects, the community organizes, develops and takes part in a self-organized actions: ·Art Actions (visual actions, musical actions and drama group) ·Cultural Actions (cinema club, dance club) ·Socilal Actions (Social Solidarity Clinic, social school, School for migrants and refugees)

He founded and coordinates:

The Way to the Invisible: philosophical research community for teen;

The international online program, Transformation of thought and the evolution of consciousness,

Soul and Cosmos; interdisciplinary program that is aimed at teachers and psychotherapists.

School of Earth and Heaven; creates atmospheres knowledge and wisdom on islands, rivers, lakes and mountains in all over of Greece.

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