Category Archives: Metaphysics

Can The Soul Exist Without The Body?

Can the soul (the subjective experience of a self combined with consciousness) exist without the body? For too long, Western science has in its hypocrisy and hubris assumed that everything can be reduced to what they call matter. But no one has actually witnessed this matter. What we experience is only the content of our consciousness. As Arthur Schopenhauer writes: “the world is my representation”. What is beyond the representation, we do not know. We do not even know if there is anything beyond the representation. We can only guess and speculate, because all we will ever have access to is our own conscious experience of the world.

Maybe there is a universal source from which we all come. I am betting that it is not at all like what the religions describe. Religions are subjective and bound to culture. This is also why they disagree so much with each other. Some have tried to find universal themes within religion, and while there are some, I find this to be a hopeless endeavor. This is not to say that religion is wrong, as I am myself religious, it is merely to point out that religions arises within specific cultures, and so they are bound to be distorted by this subjectivity. What truly lies beyond this world cannot be grasped until we actually go “there”. Philosophers speculations comes closer than the religious scholars, paradoxically, because they operate with ideas. The religious might have heart and all the subjectivity that carries with it, but philosophers can more clearly comprehend it, because of the abstract nature of philosophy.

If there is something beyond this world, it might be consciousness itself. Then we are never separate from it. The consciousness in the individual is the same as the universal consciousness, it being the mind and ego which creates this feeling of being a separate individual. What happens when we die, is that we shed the ego, mind, and body. But consciousness lives on, having never being born and will never die, because it is beyond time and space. How so, you may ask, for it is not obvious that consciousness is not in either time or space. It is not in space, that much should be obvious. Where in space will you place your consciousness? It cannot be done as it is not an object. Neither is it in time. It is only the content, the object of consciousness, which is in time. We can compare consciousness with a mirror. The mirror is greater than its mirror image. Likewise, consciousness is greater than just the content of it.

So if it is beyond time and space, how would it ever die? If it is one with the universal consciousness, then that is where we go when we die. This is the true abode of God. Consciousness itself. The Upanishads describe this as profound bliss. Brahman is Sat, Chit, and Ananda: Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss. It is bliss in so far as it profoundly lacks suffering and conflict. It is the end of all desires, or, rather, the fulfillment of all desires. This is what they mean when they chant “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”, Shanti meaning peace. Peace is our true nature and our destiny. Consciousness lives on without the body, not needing it ever, it being merely a vehicle, so that we can experience the universe.

True peace is the beginning, the way, and the destination.

The Spirit

In my philosophy, I operate with a few abstractions. The most important of these is what I call the Spirit. Why does it have primacy over the other concepts? Simply because it is through the Spirit that everything is given. So I am a mystic first and foremost, and only secondly a philosopher. The Spirit is the living representation of God inside of the universe. This Spirit has the potential to intermix with a human soul, so that the two of them become as though they are one. Yes, that is not a typo. The living reality of God can mix with a human soul. I believe that this is what happened to Jesus.

The Spirit is an emanation of the transcendent God. It is a representation of God. Why does it need to be a representation? This is a very fundamental question, and it is not easy to answer. I see the universe as being object for consciousness. The universe is an object inside of consciousness. But God is not an object of consciousness. God transcends consciousness. This means that God is not a phenomenon. All phenomenons have as their basic substratum consciousness. Where does that leave God? It means that God cannot be known or understood, since our thinking simply cannot comprehend what is not a phenomenon.

Yet, countless of sages and prophets have known God. However, it is my belief that they knew only the representation of God inside the universe. This is what I call the Spirit. They knew only of the Spirit, for the transcendent God, or the Void of God, cannot be known. The Spirit is transcendent as well, but transcendent in another sense of that term. For the Spirit, being transcendent, means that He is beyond time and space. He is not located in time and space, except for His immanent appearance. But the Void of God, which I call Him, is transcendent in the sense that He is not only beyond time and space, but that He totally transcends what we call “being”. This does not mean that He is nothing though.

But we can come to know the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that all true spirituality begins. When we receive the Spirit into our interior or soul, we truly begin the spiritual life. It is not only great sages who receive the Spirit. It can happen to anybody. It just simply descends down from Its throne in the Heavens and makes a home of your soul. Then you become one with this Spirit, at least in some sense, for it does not mean that you thereby become God. In some sense you die, for, when it happens, your soul is turned upside down. It enters in through your will and agency, so that you become as though you were a new person – and you are!

This is where spirituality truly begins. This is the awakening. This is belief.

The Vicious Cycle Of Dependency

The universe might be nothing more than a grand illusion. It might have been the play of a god, who desired multiplicity and confusion instead of stable oneness. In that case, it could be said that our true identity is to be divine. The ego might just be illusory, in the sense that it is not seen how the ego is generated. What is the cause of this tiny ego in this mighty world? The answer might be complex.

Most people are oblivious to the truth. If anything, they are caught in a cycle of illustrious dependency on the modern world, which is a tyranny in disguise. The one common element all tyrannies have in common is the strict denial of truth. So they are caught in a trap they can never escape, for to escape they would have to have the necessary information and knowledge to do so. As they remain ignorant, they can never escape it.

The truth might be stranger than any fiction. What lies beyond the ego? Can the soul exist without the body? Are we truly dependent on this that philosophers call “matter”? Or is it rather like a magic show lasting a few days? There are a few that goes beyond this illusory universe, and, like Prometheus, brings fire down to the people. But they are rarely thanked by the great masses for doing so.

That they are not even open to considering an alternative Weltanschauung shows the extend of their dependency on lies and misinformation. Instead of openly debating what might be truthful if considered, these discussions have been banned by the empire. Civilization might be benevolent only for those who are unwilling to consider what others find easily. Is there something which the modern world miss? Perhaps they are unwilling even to consider this fact, and in most likelihood they are. This is the vicious cycle of dependency that modern society creates in individuals.

Others have contemplated things that are banned by this empire or civilization. We would tell others of these things, if only they cared to listen, but they don’t. There are some who are punished for speaking out. We have seen the immaterial nature of the soul, and have gone beyond this world, but what does it matter, if the rest of civilization ignores our truth? So we are alone in our quest for truth. We have shed the cycle of dependency. And for that we are punished by those who would establish this relationship.

I can show you otherworldly things. You have only to ask me to do so. I can take you to hidden places, far away from this civilization, places where few ever ventures. You need only the courage to break the chains that bind you. And if you do so, you will be changed forever. You can no longer go back to believing the silly lies told by this empire. There is something waiting out there, beyond the borders of the safe. I will take you there.

Finding God Behind The Appearances

The universe might be like a magic show or simply an illusion. What we consider to be most real, might in fact be just like a mirage in the desert. Though it imposes itself on us, we would have to consider wisely what is real and what is mere appearance. We can call the real “God”, but it eludes all scrutiny and definition.

There are those who base their life on finding the real. They consider this universe impermanent and unreal, and filled with suffering. So they hope to go beyond it. They want to find that substance which wise men and women across the ages have termed God. Most will never find it.

God is not another phenomenon. If he was a phenomenon, He would be just as unreal as the universe. God is not an object in consciousness. Everything we tend to see as real might be just an appearance in consciousness, but God must be something else. He must be transcendental.

But if God is not another appearance, then how should we discover Him? For we only have access to the limited and unreal universe. We can never hope to go beyond consciousness, for that is all we are. If we left behind consciousness, we would cease to exist.

However, there is a substance in the universe which closely resembles God. I call it the Spirit of God. It is a representation of God inside the universe. We can discover this substance. It can merge itself with our being.

How so? Let us call it an emanation of the transcendental God inside the universe. It orders this illusory universe. Whatever you have or lack comes from this Spirit.

You cannot bring the mystical experience about. It must come to you. But you can prepare yourself for the experience.