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by Nikolai
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

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by Nikolai
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi Arising Personally, I agree with Wittgenstein in that once you've solved certain problems of philosophy you'll find that in general it makes bugger all difference to ones life. Yes, it depends on what you feel you've the solution to. Some questions seem quite removed from our daily life and I'm r...
by Nikolai
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:32 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi lance, Somehow I feel that in discussing this topic it might be more fruitful to suspend the distinction between 'the indivudual Subject that cannot be communicated through "knowledge"', and 'that subject that is involved with "yoga" as we speak about it'. Because to not do this will inevitably l...
by Nikolai
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi Arising, Not noticed that he's decrying your 'aphilosophical' approach? How perceptive of you. You know how Buddha described his teachings as like a raft. You use them to cross the river but when you get to the other side you dump the heavy raft and proceed without it. Aphilosophy, as a understan...
by Nikolai
Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi typist Is the thinker experienced as just another thought passing by? Instead of the thinker being the center from which everything arises? Yes, the notion of a thinker is just another thought that passes in and out, although there is a superstitious attachment to its importance. All sorts of tho...
by Nikolai
Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi arising Sounds all a bit over-fanciful to me. Why is not philosophy just a method and process to apply to certain problems that confront one, an aid to clear thinking about certain issues. It is this of course, but if I get over-fanciful its because I've recognised a potential in philosophy that ...
by Nikolai
Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi typist, Why do momma raccoons feed their babies? Because that's what momma raccoons do. Why do blowhards philosophize? Because that's what blowhards do. We aren't on a journey traveling to somewhere else, we are already here. We are blowhards, and we are blowharding. More like that. I totally get...
by Nikolai
Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Those of us who are philosophical do seek answers to their questions and as such turn to Philosophy for answers to our questions. If we find them then we stop asking that question. That the answer may raise more questions is Philosophy, hence the conversations in Philosophy have become fairly abstr...
by Nikolai
Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi Typist, And why would someone do philosophy for a long time? Is it really the answers they seek? Or would it be more accurate to say that they do philosophy because they love the questions? I'm not the philosopher I was, but I don't think I ever did it with this detached sense of loving the quest...
by Nikolai
Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi Typist It would be reasonable for readers to ask how that which can't be known, can be known by the wise person. Is it just that it can't be known by the average person? I ask because the populist in me questions the practical value of things that can only be known or done by a limited number of ...
by Nikolai
Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi typist Ok, the word "absolute" presents fewer problems than the word "divine". But we still have to try to define that further. I consider Divine and Absolute to be synonyms, alongside God, Mind, Buddha nature and all sorts of other terms. The problem with the terms is that they don't refer to an...
by Nikolai
Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

Re: The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi Typist - its good to be back, now living in Finland not the UK! Would it be helpful to back up a bit, and not start with an assumption of where the path of philosophy is leading? Due to individual limitation, not all people who philosophise end up with knowledge of the absolute, but it is the ult...
by Nikolai
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Yoga of the Philosophers
Replies: 246
Views: 58518

The Yoga of the Philosophers

Hi all, When we think of yoga as being a series of bends, stretches and postures we refer only to one branch of yoga – hatha yoga. There are many more yogas than this: karma yoga is the doing of good deeds, bhakti yoga is devotion to a deity, raja yoga is silent meditation and so on. All these diffe...
by Nikolai
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Local Discussion Groups
Topic: London Philosophy Now Group
Replies: 72
Views: 57508

Re: London

Hi mick - what you doing in Augsberg?
by Nikolai
Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: On Time and Archaeology
Replies: 128
Views: 36377

Re: On Time and Archaeology

Hi metazoan What interests me is how you think of the concept you label 'now'. I am unsure if you are suggesting that you can be aware of a 'now' that is exactly 0 seconds in duration. I think the first thing to try and understand is that the Now cannot be understood with reference to either the pas...