The non-Traditionalist Muslim Haji Muhammad Legenhausen has written a very nice essay called Why I am not a Traditionalist which is online on a few places on the internet. Legenhausen gives a lengthy and critical comment on the Traditionalist School and some leading Traditionalists. On a few occasions, Legenhausen surely has a point, but his overall critique is fairly easy to shoot holes through. That is not the purpose of my article though. “Traditionalism [and] its rejection of modernity” Legenhausen writes: “The basic point is that nothing should be accepted or rejected merely because it is modern and likewise, nothing should be accepted or rejected merely because it is traditional. There is much that is good in modernity, and much that is good in traditional societies. There is much that is bad in modernity, and much that is bad in traditional societies.” Personally I didn’t get the idea that Traditionalism… Read More »Against the modern world?
This article was written quite a while back. After publishing my article “The Matrix and the Eastern doctrine of Maya” in the Dutch magazine “Religie & Mystiek” the readers asked for a similar article based on a film. I knew that Lola Rennt (“Lola runs”) is a good film to explain Karma, so I wrote the article below. It was supposed to be published in the last issue, but due to miscommunication, it will be in the upcoming issue. Here you have the English version: The film is not as well-known as with The Matrix. Lola Rennt is a German film from 1998 made by Tom Tykwer and with Franka Potente as Lola. Potente made it to Hollywood for a few films and Tykwer also made some new movies. Together they recently made the film Der Kaiser Und Der Kaiserin. After this film Lola Rennt got new attention and most… Read More »Lola Rennt
Many lengthy articles have been written about this subject. If you believe in Karma, can you believe in free will? Isn’t Karma just another word for Fate? Isn’t everything predestined? Most people will say “no”. We don’t like the idea of having no free will and many articles about this paradox are mostly to defend the idea of the free will within the ‘law of karma’. Personally I think I don’t need such a lengthy article to explain my view on the subject. As you probably know Karma is the law of cause and consequence. Often it is explained as “if you do something bad, something bad will happen to you”. This is mostly caused by the bad understanding of Karma by us people from the west. Slowly the idea/explanation of “what you sow, you will reap” gets acclimatized, so also being good will have its benefit in the future.… Read More »Karma and free will
I think many of you will have seen the movie The Matrix. It took a long time before I came to watch it myself, because I am no fond of action movies nor easily impressed by new technology. When I did see it in the end (quite a while ago now) I not only enjoyed the movie quite a bit, but I found it a very good way of explaining the ancient Eastern doctrine of Maya (illusion) to a young western audience. For your remembrance and for those who haven’t seen the movie yet, the basic idea behind the film as introduction to the article. The movie suggests that mankind developed artificial intelligence so far that the machines took over control. In a strike of despair, mankind “scorched the earth” because the machines lived of solar energy. This didn’t stop the machines, since they found out that mankind is not… Read More »The Matrix
Yes, more science, but this time more ‘real’ science than in “science vs spirituality”. In this article I will hopefully learn you a bit about the interesting subject of quantum physics in which scientists did and do discoveries that seem quite disturbing and which forced them to philosophise to find a descent answer. There are different opinions and theories and (as usual) this divides the scientific community in two camps: materialists and those who believe that there is more than meets the eye. Quantum physics actually sprung from scientific experiments to discover what light actually is. For a long time there had been different theories about light. Some scientists said that light consists of waves, others said particles and others said both particles and waves. In 1801 Thomas Young (1773-1829) thought of a test to find this out. This test became known as the “two-hole experiment” and the idea was… Read More »Quantum Physics
The spinning earth gives us a certain regularity. So do the changing seasons (the earth going around the sun). Over time mankind has scaled this regularity and ‘invented’ what we call time. A full round of seasons became a year. Each season was divided into three months. A month consists of 28 to 31 days. Of course this is known to you. What you may also know is that it was Julius Ceasar who came up with the calendar as we still use it today. Inside this calendar there are days and a nights which together became 24 hours. Hours were split up into minutes and they in seconds and so forth. Society as it is now, is totally dependant on our perception of time. You come out of bed at a certain time for the sole reason to be at work in time. Appointments, break, holidays, etc. are all… Read More »Time
Recently I have been reading various Rosicrucian works. In the book that I am working on now there is a most remarkable chapter. It is about the Rosicrucian view on the changing atmosphere and the concequences of that. I had never read anything like this and the chapter contains a couple of highly considerate ‘prophecies’. The book called “De Grote Omwenteling” (“the Great Revolution” (or just “turn” maybe)) is written by the outstanding Dutch Rosicrucians Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri who wrote various works together and separate in the first half of the twentiest century. It is said that their works are available in fifteen different languages. The atmosphere of the earth is of a complex composition. Besides the known gasses oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon there are also certain “noble gasses” (I don’t know the english word for this) and compositions with those. Interplanetary, cosmic and spiritual… Read More »Atmospheric revolution
The second subject is kind of difficult, or at least, it’s quite complicated in my view. I shall tell you first what a human is, that’s necessary to tell you what happens after we leave our physical body (my view of course). Further down you’ll read about heaven, hell and purgatory and all interesting things that will come over us when we die.
First I must warn/tell you that my view