Spiritual masters and teachers from different traditions show people the way, via the heart to integral intelligence, via inner science to the ‘Philosophia perennis’, where the search comes to an end, because universal knowledge is revealed. Those who open themselves to the Master in confidence are at the beginning of the unfolding of true human potential.
‘Inner science’, which works self-reflectively, appears next to ‘outer science’, which explores nature. The researcher of the ‘inner science’ is not interested in the truths of the outer world, he is interested in the last and eternal truth, the ‘philosophia perennis’. For this purpose, he is ready to explore himself and the nature of his limitations and to face the last of all questions – “Who am I?“ The true answer to this question is the key to knowledge and opens the door to entering the ‘intelligence of awakening’.
The limitations of science are not in science, but in the scientist.
OM C. Parkin
As long as the scientist is not aware of his own limitations, he uses only a fraction of his possibilities to explore and penetrate the source of all being. The scientist thirsting for knowledge usually does not know that he is not researching for his own sake, but as an instrument of a higher will. As long as he is not aware of this, hidden egoistic motives prevail to acquire knowledge, to want to possess it, and to adorn himself with it – and he does not notice that the denial of his own limitation brings about, as a compensation, his superelevation. A pretention that blocks the inner development of the human being.
It is precisely here that the bridge must be built from outer to inner science. A true scientist inevitably reaches his limits sooner or later. In order to cross the border, to transcend, he must open himself to the inner unknown, which he had previously excluded from his research. This is the essential step to leave the limitations of ‘his’ knowledge behind and enter into universal knowledge. It requires the exploration of one’s own ego: Who am I? Who is the one who researches? The realization of the Self has been described by Indian masters since the earliest times in a trinity: Sat-Chit-Ananda. Being, consciousness, bliss.
Source of the image: Universe (“A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…”), woodcut from Camille Flammarion: L’Atmosphere – Météorologie Populaire. Paris 1888. Coloration: Heikenwaelder Hugo, Vienna 1998.