Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 19, 2003

Continuing the topic of science of aaDH`yaa`tmaa posted on August 11, 2003 on this knowledge-based web site PVAF......aaDH`yaa`tmaa states that when there is a disconnect between the real "I" = YOUR aat`maa (soul)  and the mis-perceived "I" which is YOUR BODY with a given name and form.....diseases show up in form of dysfunctions or malfunctions of YOUR body....The knowledge of current science does not even consider aat`maa = SOUL as an integral major component of the existence of "I"...but then from whatever belief system YOU have faith in YOUR CREATOR, there is always the belief in the ultimate power which creates everything called iss`vr = GOD = bhgvaan = ONE = bRH`m....veD states that the YOUR CREATOR is YOUR INSTRUCTOR in life when it comes to making decisions about things YOU do not know or understand or have never learned about....This instruction is called INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan..

Please click on the next line to continue reading the veDik interpretation of this aaDH`yaa`tmik meaning of INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan. through the veDik library of SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai misTRii....

INTUITION is defined in the Webster's Third International Dictionary as follows (copied verbatim with comments added in bold italics with yellow hilite):

  • the act or process of coming to direct knowledge or certainty without reasoning or inferring;
  • immediate cognizance or conviction without rational thought;
  • revelation by insight or innate knowledge;
  • immediate apprehension or cognition;
  • knowledge, perception, or conviction gained by intuition  as in trusting "to what are called intuitions rather than reasoned conclusions"- A.C.Benson;
  • the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought and inference;
  • in Bergsonism (See below) : a form of knowing that is akin to instinct or a divining empathy and that gives direct insight into reality as it is in itself and absolutely
  • quick and ready insight as in "with one of her quick leaps of intuition she had entered into the other's soul" by Edith Wharton;
  • obsolete meaning (which is interestingly what meaning in veD is): a) the act of looking upon, regarding, examining, or inspecting;  b) the act of contemplating or considering : CONTEMPLATION, CONSIDERATION;  c) a view, regard, or consideration of something as an ulterior goal or acquisition 

Bergsonism: the theories of the Henri Bergson (October 18, 1859 –January 4, 1941) about perception of LIFE, INTUITION, INTELLECT AND MEMORY IN humankind..(From websites: 1UP.INFO.COM: ENCYCLOPEDIA: BERGSON; ENCARTA.MSN.COM: BERGSON);;

 Henri Bergson, [äNr´ brgsôN´] Pronunciation Key,  became a professor at the Collège de France in 1900, devoted some time to politics, and, after World War I, took an interest in international affairs. He is well known for his brilliant and imaginative philosophical works, which won him the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1914 all of Bergson's writings, but most especially Creative Evolution, were placed upon the list of books devout Catholics were forbidden to read. Among his works that have been translated into English are :

  •  Time and Free Will (1889; trans. 1910), was published and aroused great interest among philosophers. It presents his theories on the freedom of the mind and on duration, which he regarded as the succession of conscious states, intermingling and unmeasured.

    Bergson aimed to show how pseudo-problems about the will and its freedom have arisen from a false phenomenology of mental states - essentially, a tendency to conceive and describe them in spatial terms. Human experience does not perceive real life as a succession of demarcated conscious states, progressing along some imaginary line, but rather a continuous flow.

    Bergson made the distinction between the concept and experience of time. While the physicist observes objects and events in succession, time is presented to consciousness as duration - an endlessly flowing process. Bergson argued that the 'real time' is experienced as duration and apprehended by intuition, not through separate operations of instinct and the intellect.

  •  Matter and Memory (1896; trans. 1911), emphasizing the selectivity of the human brain. Bergson saw that the intuition, the direct apprehension of process, as the discoverer of truth - intuition, not analysis, reveals the real world.

    Bergson's treatment of intuition was not coherent - sometimes it referred to getting bright ideas, which presupposes intellectual hard work. Sometimes intuition is the method of philosophy like intellect is of mathematics
  • Laughter (1900; trans. 1901), an essay on the mechanistic basis of comedy that is probably his most quoted work.   Bergson defined the comic as the result of the sense of relief we feel when we feel ourselves from the mechanistic and materialistic.

    His examples were the man-automaton, the puppet on strings, Jack-in-the Box, etc. "A situation is always comic", he wrote, "if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings."

    He saw laughter as the corrective punishment inflicted by society upon the unsocial individual. "It seems that laughter needs an echo. Our laughter is always the laughter of a group."
  • Creative Evolution (1907; trans. 1911), probing the entire problem of human existence and defining the mind as pure energy, the élan vital, or vital force, responsible for all organic evolution. His concept of élan vital, "creative impulse" or "living energy", was developed in Creative Evolution, his most famous book.

His Creative Evolution (1907) and Matter and Memory (1896) attempted to:

  • integrate the findings of biological science with a theory of consciousness;
  • challenged the mechanistic view of nature; and.
  • is claimed to have anticipated features of relativity theory and modern scientific theories of the mind.

Bergson placed intuition as the highest human faculty.

In Creative Evolution Bergson argued that the creative urge, not the Darwinian concept of natural selection, is at the heart of evolution.

Man's intellect has developed in the course of evolution as an instrument of survival. Intellect comes to think inevitably in geometrical or 'spatializing' terms that are inadequate to lay hold of the ultimate living process.

But intuition goes to the heart of reality, and enables us to find philosophic truth.

Élan vital (= pRaaAN) is immaterial force, whose existence cannot be scientifically verified, but it provides the vital impulse that continuously shapes all life.

Bergson's philosophy is dualistic : the world contains two opposing tendencies :

  • the life force (élan vital) and
  • the resistance of the material world against that force.

Human beings know matter through their intellect, with which they measure the world. They formulate the doctrines of science and see things as entities set out as separate units within space. In contrast with intellect is intuition, which derives from the instinct of lower animals. Intuition gives us an intimation of the life force (élan vital = pRaaAN in veD ) which pervades all becoming. Intuition perceives the reality of time : that it is duration directed in terms of life and not divisible or measurable. Duration is demonstrated by the phenomena of memory.

Bergson emphasized the importance of intuition over intellect, as he promoted the idea of two opposing currents: inert matter in conflict with organic life as the vital urge (= pRaaAN) strives toward free creative action.

In other words the above is interpreted as follows (From Webster's Third International Dictionary):

  • The world is a process of creative evolution in which the novelty of successive phenomena rather than the constancy of natural law is the significant fact;
  • reality being regarded as time or duration that is the same as free motion and that is the expression of a vital impetus or creative force;
  • while the space world of science and common sense is taken to be an interpretation put upon sense images in the interest of practical activity and as a falsification of free-moving reality so that a true apprehension of reality is to be gained not by the analytic procedures of mathematics and science but by that intuition that can grasp wholes as such.

Bergson had following to say on life interpreted as a life force working through intuition and not as a mechanical thing perceived by current science:

  • "In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour." (from Le Rire, 1900)
  • "There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language".
  • "Art has no other object than to set aside the symbols of practical utility, the generalities that are conventionally and socially accepted, everything in fact which masks reality from us, in order to set us face to face with reality itself."

Philosophers have pointed out that Bergson did not satisfactorily show how intuition could work apart from intellect. Albert Einstein found serious mistakes from Bergson's DURÉE ET SIMULTANÉITÉ À PROPOS DE LA THÉORIE D'EINSTEIN (1921), dealing with Einstein's theory of relativity. Bergson had opposed in 1911 Einstein's ideas, but then his view had changed. He is generally regarded as having lost his public debate with Einstein, but some of the leading physicists have devoted articles to his work.

The above on the understanding of INTUITION = antAR-GNaan is presented as a comparative study of knowledge in veD and the current sciences.....

The sNskrut equivalent of INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan or shj-GNaan or shjjaav-boDH......

(The sharing of the meanings of sNskrut equivalent of INTUITION will be continued in the next posting in the light of the science of aaDH`yaa`tmaa....

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