Metaphysics is to Yoga what Theory is to Practice.

Coming from the Greek, Metaphysics can be translated as "that which comes after
physics, matter, or nature." Thus Metaphysics is looking for the permanent Reality,
the unchanged Beingness, the stationary Existence as the Base for everything that shows
constant change.

The "theorizing" mind gives this Being the name God. The
"practical" seeker experiences this Being as pure Awareness.

The theoretical side of Metaphysics seems to belong now to the academics. And, to be
quite fair, they have done an outstanding job and there are now many metaphysical systems
and positions.

However, theorizing about pleasure (an orgasm for example) or pain does not give us the
actual experience. That is where Yoga comes in: Yoga is the tool with which we can go all
the way if this is our true desire. All it needs is the genuine interest and a certain
amount of courage, even so the fear we encounter on the way is nothing but being afraid to
look at our Self.

Going back to the origins of the word Metaphysics, it is said that it was first used to
name untitled manuscripts of Aristotle. It is curious, that most philosophical text books
cover an area starting with the Greeks Plato, Aristotle, etc., but leave out earlier
philosophies from India. However, there is enough evidence that the philosophy of the
Greek and Iranians was heavily influenced from these earlier philosophies of India. At any
rate, at least some of the Greek philosophers had a very clear understanding of
Reality-as-such. They agreed with earlier Indian philosophies as well as with Scientists
of our time that the world as we perceive it is of an illusionary nature. As Parmenides
and Zeno pointed out, only what is Permanent and Unchanging is real. The rest is an
illusion either experienced or created by our mind. Paramenides: "Being is, Non-Being
is not."

We now know that all matter is energy. But we also know the we are aware of matter. All
we have to do is to find out what Awareness is in its clear state of Being and, believe it
or not, all our questions are answered and all our fears are dissolved. To get to this
state of Being is the ultimate goal of all genuine spiritual exercise including Yoga. So,
intellectual understanding of Beingness, as a result from studying Metaphysics, can lead
to intellectual enlightening, while the practice of Yoga can lead to direct knowledge.

A more modern interpretation of Metaphysics includes psychic phenomena in all its
variations including parapsychology the scientific investigation of these phenomena.

On the Nature of God:
Dictionaries usually describe God as the Supreme Being.
Since we cannot put God on a table for a thorough investigation, God and his nature is
still seen by some as belonging to a belief system. Scholars, who believe in the theory of
evolution, naturally think that this system of belief must also have undergone its own
evolution. They say that animism (a belief in souls) slowly developed into polytheism (the
belief in many Gods) and from there developed into a belief of one God. However, it is
clear from ancient scriptures of India, which go back 4 – 6 thousand years (longer if we
add oral tradition), that their polytheism is indeed a very precise belief in only one
God. The many Gods, we heard about, are according to their own explanation no more than
qualities and externalizations of the single Supreme Being. Thus the oldest book on this
globe – the Rig-Veda – tells us:
"The wise speak of the same One as Indra, Mitra, Varuna, and Agni….
There is one Truth but the wise call it by different names (164.46)."
This sentence alone should be sufficient to clear up another result of
ignorance.
Polytheism can rather be compared with Trinity, the threefold God of the
Christians. Generally, Christians, Jews, and Moslems agree: there is only one God. But
there are still many Christians and Non-Christians who believe that Trinity means three
Gods. That is definitely not true since Jesus himself explains that there is only one God
and we are all part of the One.
Trinity itself is not as most Christians think uniquely Christian.
Trinity, like religion itself, originated from India where it was called Trimurty. Hindus
call the Absolute Being "Brahman". The Son, as the creative
force of cosmic vibration, is called "Vishnu." The returning,
ingoing, attracting, dissolving, involutionary force is called "Shiva".
That is the exact equivalent of God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit. To picture all three as persons is somewhat
childish because then we are thinking in terms of human families. An omnipresent Being
should not be pictured in terms of Fathers, Mothers, Uncles, Sons, Daughters, etc. In
fact, it should be clear that God is not a person and that when we talk about an Absolute
Being or Supreme Being it refers rather to a condition of perfect Beingness. Knowledge of
this fact is found in all genuine religions and systems of belief which also includes that
of the American Natives.
Beingness, as the nature of God, is expressed when we hear American Natives refer to God
as the "Great Spirit". "Jahwe" (JHVH
Jehovah), the Jewish name for God, translates as "I am who I am" which is the
perfect description of Beingness.
         Beingness, then, is the
nature of God, in fact, Beingness is God.

Since God is self-reliant and the world is a manifestation of God’s energy, we could call
God: Self-energetic Beingness. From the accounts of the many Saints, Sages, and
Self-realized persons, who have encountered this condition of Being, we may add that this
condition is a blissful state of Being.

Jnana Yoga
is practical Philosophy/Metaphysics. It is both theory and practice.

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The advantages and disadvantages of academic
philosophy

The disadvantages:
1. One of the disadvantages of academic philosophy is its
almost total lack of practical value. In other words, there is no end in sight. No one is
lead to really know God or simply the Self. Any "remarkable" sentence like
"I think therefore I am" might be turned into an endless discussion. An argument
is made to be followed by a counter argument which in turn is countered and so on.
Philosophers, who obviously did not know that God exists, are discussed with no end in
sight, while those who do know more about God (examples may be found elsewhere in these
pages) are not necessarily discussed. The fact is that some of the philosophers of the
past might find it more difficult to be recognized in today’s world of title, statue,
prestige, and power. Materialism has not forgotten to drop by at the philosophical
departments. Degrees are handed out based on anything else than "direct"
knowledge. That has led to the rather strange occurrence that we now even have Professors
of Philosophy who claim to be able to provide convincing proof that God does not exist. If
that in fact were true, then, there would be no more need for philosophy as such. We could
simply conclude that God does not exist and forget about any further discussion. However,
this type of philosophy is a perversion of philosophies real goals and, one should add,
that in comparisons the argumentation of the atheists has always lost in any fair point
system (see "Does God Exist?", or, for a
different approach "Awareness: The Center of
Being" ).
2. Another critic refers to the fact that academic philosopher cannot resist the
compulsive urge to turn one sentence into sixty and to comb their manuscripts for all
simple words and replace them with their choices out of the thickest thesaurus. However,
since philosophy is meant to advance understanding and to explain, it would be of
advantage to bring everything down on its most simple level. That way more people can
benefit and one can see at the same time how deep the understanding of the explainer
reaches.

The advantages:
Having said this, the advantages are quite obvious: We have
a systematic collection of all the great thoughts and thinkers with arguments for and
against any particular view.


Self-Knowledge
Ramana Maharshi

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Philosopher Arthur M. Young
Webpage of Author (The Reflective Universe, The Geometry of
Meaning),
Inventor (Bell Helicopter) etc.

Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Introduction to Parapsychology
(very informative)

Parapsychology and
Psychical Research

Elements
of a typical psychokinesis experiment

Spiritual
Emergence Network (SEN)
(for anyone in need of professional help)

Institute for
Consciousness Research

SpiritWeb

The Kabbalah Institute of the
Galilee: Mysticism Collection

The goal of the Mystic is to establish devekut, union with,
or, as Jewish mystics prefer to define it, cleaving to God.

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YOGA
Yoga: The systematic path to Self-awareness and knowledge of God.
Jnana Yoga,
Kriya Yoga, Kriya Yoga Tree, Radja Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti
Yoga,
Mantra YogaYoga and Science ( Scientific Studies of the benefits of
Yoga and Meditation.)

Ramana MaharshiSamadhi ( Savikalpa, Nirvikalpa, and Sahaja Samadhi)
What’s New
(News concerning Yoga and Metaphysics)
Yoga Centers in Canada (States will follow shortly)
Meditation
Guidelines and Explanation for Spiritual Growth and
Self-awareness  –   Concentration and Meditation – Alternate Nostril Breathing –
Herbs of Interest for Yogis
Gurus and Disciples
From a genuine Guru-Disciple relationship to the
display of cult-like behavior
Shifting our state of
Awareness:
Triggering spiritual insight, revelation,
experience, and change through contemplation of key statements.

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Spirituality
Spiritual Growth
What is Spiritual Growth?  –
 Spirituality:  where to begin?  –  Best Attitude for Spiritual
Growth  – 
Testing for Spirituality – Is there any spiritual comfort for the aged, the
terminally ill, or anyone facing or fearing death?

The fastest Path to God
Religious Concepts revisited
(This page deals with concepts such as the
nature of God, Heaven, devil, hell, reincarnation, purgatory, eternal life, etc.)
Reincarnation
The Soul:
Definitions – Beliefs – Proofs
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Saints and Sages
Masters of Yoga:   Saints, Sages, and
Self-realized Persons

(Daya Mata, Shree Maa, Roy Davis, Ma Yoga Shakti,
Ammachi …)

Related pages: Ramana Maharshi – Anandamayi Ma – Satya Sai Baba –
Shankara – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
– Paramahansa Yogananda
Saints of the World

(An extensive listing of the Great Saints of the World: Christian,
Hindu, Sufi, Buddhism…)
Sainthood (Page II): What are
Saints?  –  Brief Descriptions of
Saints.
Saints (Page III)

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Philosophical
Metaphysics:
Metaphysics and Yoga: Metaphysics is
to Yoga what Theory is to Practice.
On the Nature of God

Proof for the
Existence of God
(This is
a growing text page. For newer proof go to Awareness)

Self-Knowledge (A short outline, based on Shankara’s treatise, for advanced
seekers.)

Shankara – Vedanta
Self-Realization

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Books and Programs
Books and Programs

Awareness
– The Center of Being

Awareness is a complete guide to
Self-awareness with a unique new proof for the existence of God.
Wellness – The
Program on CD-ROM
This is an extensive Data-bank covering herbal,
homeopathic, nutritional, and other remedies.
Books by Roy
Eugene Davis
Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda

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