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Thinking and Kama-Manas with Special Relevance to Politics and Religion

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Intellect and Intuition

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Suppose we say, “True intuition has nothing to do with the intellect.”  Is this true?  False?  Something in between?

The thought is both true and not true, depending on what we mean.  It is true in the sense that intuition is “above” the mind.  Certainly, intuition transcends the mind.  At the same time, there is a relationship.  Intuition must be expressed and embodied in the mind and heart on a personal level.  That which we are on intuitive levels must become incarnate. 

And here is the catch:  unless the mind is well trained, controlled, developed, focused, integrated with the rest of the personality, then the intuition will not be able to express itself or will do so in an inadequate or distorted form.  So, paradoxically, the mind and the harmonious integration of the personality as a whole are crucial to the unfoldment of intuition. 

Without paradox appreciation, a thinker tends to latch on to one end of any given idea or statement which degenerates into misleading dogma.  Every metaphysical axiom, as mentally apprehended and expressed, demonstrates paradox.  The essence of every formulation is in between yes and no, where the truth is the golden mean between two poles.  The faculty of seeing past divisions and contradictions to the underlying unity is a leap in perception, yet the failure to appreciate realistic divisions that are before our eyes is also ignorance—another paradox.