Someone asked, “What is new age philosophy?”

The New Age philosophy is a modern phrase that is close in meaning to what is called the Ageless Wisdom and also not far from the meaning of Perennial philosophy. “The Ageless Wisdom is called the “Golden Thread” that connects the inner, hidden teachings at the heart of the world’s religions, East and West. It’s often referred to as the “Perennial Philosophy” because it’s been present on earth in some form since the beginning of recorded history.” Ageless Wisdom

There is a Wikipedia article on New Age – Wikipedia that contains the following good summary:

“Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified. Theologically, the New Age typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of channeling. Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on a “New Age science” which seeks to unite science and spirituality.”

In a more essential sense the new age philosophy has evolved as a result of the Ageless Wisdom, a term associated in modern times with three main schools (plus many minor off-shoots) that have come into the world during the last 130 years. They are, in order of appearance:

Theosophy (Blavatsky); under the impression of Masters Morya, Kuthumi, & Djwhal Khul. Given out between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Theosophical Society in America

Alice Bailey under the impress of Djwhal Khul. Given out from 1920 to 1950. Lucis Trust

Lucile Cedercrans under the impress of Master Rakoczi. Given out from 1948 & 1970. Wisdom Imnpressions

There are also many earlier precursors of these schools of which the most notable modern one is Transcendentalism. The modern or “New Age” expressions of the Ageless Wisdom are also associated to related schools of ancient times of which Platonism is a notable example.

Someone asked:  “What is a universal religion?”

It is a simple religion based on love and brotherhood—a religion that transcends all the little forms and human inventions and dispenses with the fake theology of hell and the fake vengeful God. It would be a religion that does not belong to any race, country or region and does not insist on the superiority of this or that prophet or idea. It is a religion of common sense and freedom of thought, a religion of compassion and benevolent action that recognizes the value of all life and all humanity.

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Someone asked, “Do some scientists believe that there is life after death? If so, is it closer to reincarnation, heaven or hell?  

Of course some, actually many, scientists believe there is life after death—see Science Religion Philosophy and Scientism. But questions about reincarnation, heaven, or hell, are outside the realm of conventional science. They fall, to some degree, within the province of the science of parapsychology. For that in connection with the reincarnation part, see: Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles. For the heaven hell aspects of your question, see Scientific Evidence Supporting Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife.

The consensus about heaven and hell is that the reality has little correspondence with religious teachings. Hell is not something imposed by God on wayward souls and heaven is not something granted only to the faithful of some religion. Rather, heaven is a natural phenomena and a state of consciousness that is the ultimate destination for all. Also it is much better than religious imaginations have depicted. Hell is just a very temporary and rather illusory self-created problem. More specifically, hell is a self-created state of temporary consciousness characterized by failure to express harmlessness in thoughts, words, and actions, and is operative in Earth life as well as in the afterlife. Heaven, in its many grades demonstrates as the dimensions of life based on love, and is also operative in Earth life as well as in the afterlife.

Though no words can capture “heaven,” here is a very good try:

Someone asked: “How do I stop acting defensively over small issues?”

The thing is, people have their own issues and their reactions to you are not just, and sometimes hardly at all, much about anything that you personally said or did. So, it’s often not really so much about you as about them. So it’s helpful is to realize, as Laura Huxley put it, that You Are Not the Targetso read the book, it’s free.

In addition, with that understanding, you can more easily have compassion toward the personal problems that they are struggling with when they happened to bump up against you—what horrors they may have gone through to get where they are, you do not know. So people are just being what they are and, “To become indignant at their conduct is as foolish as to be angry with a stone because it rolls into your path.” (Schopenhauer). Finally, remember that we are all weak at times and that, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

Some asked:  “Is the concept of intelligent design an acceptable bridge between science and religion?”

There is a free PDF here that explores this question in depth: Blavatsky Helena – Evolution and intelligent design in the secret doctrine

For conservatives and more materialistically oriented scientist, intelligent design and science do not go together and you can find all manner of arguments dismissing the idea of relating them.

But for some in science the subject is viewed differently, see: Articles About the Science of Intelligent Design and these eminent scientists and scholars also see merit in intelligent design theory: Scientists who support intelligent design | Evolution News and this list is easily expanded an example being: Peer-Reviewed Articles Supporting Intelligent Design. And see Intelligent design theories gaining steam in scientific circles

Significant history in connection with the emergence and evolution of the intelligent design idea is to be found in connection with H. P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical society.

“Helena Blavatsky, in 1888, was the first person to use the phrase ”Intelligent design” to convey her understanding of evolution. She used the phrase to convey the idea that the evolution of the species was guided by an underlying purposeful intelligence in nature. This intelligence is different from the “God” of theistic religions. Orthodox science opposes the whole notion of any intelligence design and insists on chance without any guiding direction. This makes her view a distinct alternative to both religion and science.” Darwinism – blavatsky.net

“It is seldom remembered that, in the years following publication of “The Origin of Species”, HPB was the first person to aggressively argue the case for a transphysical element in evolution against the rising Darwinian consensus. Yet, buried in the sprawling bulk of her two major works (Isis Unveiled, 1877, and The Secret Doctrine, 1888) there lies, in rudimentary form, the first philosophy of psychic and spiritual evolution to appear in the modern West. Her effort, unlike that of the Christian fundamentalists, was not to reject Darwin’s work, but to insist that it had, by its focus on the purely physical, wholly omitted the mental, creative, and visionary life of the human race, in short, it omitted consciousness, whose development followed a very different evolutionary path. Darwin simply did not go far enough; his was not a big enough theory to contain human nature in the round.” Praise For Blavatsky – blavatsky.net

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Someone asked:  “What insights have you experienced during meditation which you did not know before?”

That there is another world behind, through, yet integral with the ordinary world as perceived by the senses. This is a transcendental world, a realm of divine archetypes, the essences of everything. It is a world of power, of beauty, intelligence, harmony, clarity, and order. Or rather it is the essence of all these things raised to an infinite power. It is a world of pure meaning. It is transcendent in the sense that it completely transcends the power of all external words, concepts, and emotions, to describe it. It is the powerhouse of life, the soul of everything, and full startling surprises and wondrous beyond description. Each focus in this world is like a hyper-space doorway to infinity, revealing regions of transcendent and overwhelming beauty.

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Some one asked:  “Between Hinduism and Buddhism, which one do you prefer, which one makes more sense to you and why?”  

The religions of the world have a more external or surface appearance and also a deeper more spiritual core. Each religion in its more external and commonly known formulations expresses a part of the truth but often with much distortion, half-truths, and important things left out. But the core of all major religions contain the more essential teachings and are compatible with each other. This hidden (occult) side of religions is sometimes called “esoteric.” It is the core, the esoteric depth of religions that I prefer. And for that, one need not so much choose between them but rather study the unity that underlies them. One treatment of this is: The Essential Unity Of All Religions : Bhagavan das.

The above Bhagavan das book is a publication of the Theosophical Society (based initially on the Writings of H.P. Blavatsky) which is one of three major esoteric schools that are extant in modern times. (The other two esoteric schools being based on works appearing under the name of Alice Bailey and Lucile Cedercrans. (This latter author, incidentally, was also at one phase of her life a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.) These three schools all are more or less compatible with and complementary to each other. They do not represent a particular religion but are a synthesis of their underlying principles. They also make some use of both Western Christian terms as well as the terms and concepts of Eastern religions. See, for example Is Theosophy Hinduism, Buddhism, or Something Else?

And again we see the parallel in that, “Through Alice Bailey’s writings many Hindu and Buddhist concepts became familiar in the West.” Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Denise Cush… P. 558

So I admire some things in Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as in Christianity, but I prefer to approach these through the schools of esoteric studies such as those above. The reason for my choice is that this path:

  • Is synthetic rather than exclusive
  • Does not limit you to a particular religion
  • Appeals to both the heart and head
  • If very practical
  • If knowledge based rather than faith based
  • Is comprehensive and far ranging
  • Address questions in depth that are left out of orthodox religions
  • Calls for the use of both the intellect and intuition
  • Allows for free thinking and complete individuality of approach
  • Is more compatible with science than external religions
  • Is conscious of modern culture and the needs of modern man
  • Accords with my own personal and spiritual experiences