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Scholasticism
    #3472859 - 12/09/04 10:04 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

The intellect is one of the thorniest problems for a spiritual aspirant. One cannot do without it ? indeed, it is essential ? and yet one cannot allow it to remain totally dominant. The intellect must be fully developed before it is brought to a point of neutrality. Unless this is done, it will act as a block, and there will not be any ultimate spiritual success.

Scholarship is thus an important first step. Education is a means of gaining access to the conventional world, of satisfying our curiosity, and of avoiding superstitious tendencies. There can be no talk of delving into philosophical mysteries if one has not even satisfied one?s curiosity about nature, civilization, mathematics, and language. But once mental cultivation is achieved, one must focus increasingly on a part of the mind that is far beyond the scholarly.

The intellect uses discrimination, categorization, and dualistic distinctions in highly sophisticated ways. By contrast, spiritual contemplation involves no discrimination, no categorization, and no dualism, so it has very little need for scholasticism. It is pure action that requires the totality of our inner beings. It needs pure involvement, not mere study. The proper use of the intellect is to give it free play, develop it to an extraordinary degree, and yet to leave it behind when spiritual action is required. A sage knows how to balance and combine both.



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Re: Scholasticism [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3473075 - 12/09/04 10:40 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

MY arch history teacher defined scholasticism as "trying to bridge the divine with the earth" , or heaven with earthly knowledge. He said it is very contradictory... besides his comments, i dont really know much about it.


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Re: Scholasticism [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3473128 - 12/09/04 10:50 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

Years after writing his compendious, Aristotelian influenced Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas declared: "It is all straw."


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Re: Scholasticism [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #3474508 - 12/10/04 03:23 AM (12 years, 2 days ago)

I think i understood that particular message when I watched Yellow Submarine on a 16 hour AMT trip. The part with the nowhere man. hehe.

Thanks scorpo, for another thoughtful post.


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Re: Scholasticism [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3476275 - 12/10/04 03:16 PM (12 years, 1 day ago)

"There can be no talk of delving into philosophical mysteries if one has not even satisfied one?s curiosity about nature, civilization, mathematics, and language."

this is the only part of your post that im not sure i agree with.

but then, i dont see them as mutually exclusive.


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Re: Scholasticism [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3477507 - 12/10/04 06:40 PM (12 years, 1 day ago)

Yeah, I really like this post.

I feel like I know too much, like I've come to some understanding that forestalls moving forward with life. At the same time I feel like I dont know enough, like I don't have the prerequisite experiences I need to build a future.

It's like a picture of an impossible shape. A multidimensional spiral going in and out at the same time, having a shape to my eye, but an inexeccutable shape. I can see it and know it's real, but it's all wrong and doesn't make any sense.


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