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    Have you ever thought about the genesis of various thoughts that cross your mind? I started doing so today, and then tried to find out through the Net what others have thought. Here’s a sample of what I found:

    tamilvananr wrote:
    Many people think of philosophy as a highly theoretical subject. It asks questions and reaches conclusions that can seem very far removed from practical experience. But this is only when philosophy is seen from the outside. If a book describes some school of philosophy, as a system of ideas, then that of course is a theoretical description. But when one asks questions for oneself, about one�s own assumptions, then one�s own understanding is at stake. If the questioning is a pretence, put on for the sake of some academic argument, then it is just a theoretical exercise: which helps to construct some system of ideas, or to demonstrate some picture of the world. But if one�s own assumptions are genuinely in question, then that is inherently practical. It has an inherently practical effect: upon one�s understanding and one�s attitudes, and hence upon the way that one interprets things and acts in the world. This reflective questioning is the actual practice of philosophy. It requires a change of direction. Where a philosophical question is genuinely raised, one is no longer going ahead and getting on with things, on the basis of habituated beliefs……………

    What then about modern science? Is it a new �way of truth�, which can now do away with the superstitions and dogmas of traditional belief? Not quite. As some thoughtful scientists point out, each field of science is directed towards particular phenomena. It is not directly concerned with philosophical questions of reality and truth. Its direct concern is to describe observed phenomena: on the basis of theoretical assumptions, or �hypotheses�, which have been made explicit. In this sense, science is included in the �way of belief�. It is built from belief, like any other form of constructed learning. The one advantage of science is that it states its construction in an explicit and systematic way. The explicit statement helps to question what is wrong, when a theory does not fit the observed phenomena that are meant to be described. But here, it must be said that the same applies to traditional sciences. They too were stated explicitly and systematically, and were thus used to open up enquiry, in their own way. Before the development of modern communications, the manner of expression tended to be more condensed: so that a greater degree of explanation and intensive thought was required to open up the questioning. At first, this condensed expression had to be learned on the basis of traditional authority. But such initial learning was only a short term preparation, meant for an eventual questioning that was the more profound for all the time and effort spent on reaching it. In either case, both in the modern world and in traditional societies, major advances of learning take place by throwing accepted beliefs into question.
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    Yogi Ashwini wrote:
    Have you ever thought about thoughts? What they are and where they come from? Thoughts are not the product of our mind for it is incapable of producing anything. Everything already exists, even thoughts � and they do not reside in the mind. Their abode is elsewhere, not in the physical body.

    Every thought is a potential manifestation. The level of consciousness of the person who is thinking is directly proportional to the ability of manifestation of his thoughts. That was the science behind the curses and blessings of the saints.

    What is the source of thoughts? Sit down comfortably with eyes closed. Take yourself to a state of thoughtlessness where your mind is absolutely blank. Now slowly become aware of the first thought. Be fully aware of where this thought is coming from. Is it from within your physical form or from somewhere outside? Follow the path of this thought till you know it has come and touched your physical…

    Now, as per my thoughts on this subject, thoughts are a form of energy (perhaps spiritual), they surround us everywhere, they are immortal, that is, thoughts can neither be created nor destroyed; they can only get transformed

    #276

    vimarsh
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    I would paraphrase your opinions in just one line

    Lack of vision and coordination between the various sections of the University, all sections have a different agenda that is not education!!!

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