LD: Schopenhauer was a brilliant German philosopher (1788-1860), but he is also the ultimate pessimist and misanthrope, more so perhaps than anyone else who has ever lived. Disillusioned by Christianity, he found refuge in Buddhism and Vedanta. He hated Jews, women, noise, and most of the people around him. This stimulating article is Part 1 of Schopenhauer and Judeo-Christian Life-Denial by Thomas Dalton, PhD., recently published on the Occidental Observer. I have added a 9-minute video on Schopenhauer’s worldview at the end of this article. Try not to miss it. [LD]
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER . . . THE ULTIMATE PESSIMIST
“This world is the worst of all possible worlds. . . . Consequently, the world is as bad as it can possibly be, if it is to exist at all. ” — Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, vol.2, p. 584
“In my 17th year I was gripped by the misery of life, as the Buddha had been in his youth when he saw sickness, old age, pain and death. The truth was that this world could not have been the work of an all loving Being, but rather that of a devil, who had brought creatures into existence in order to delight in their sufferings.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
Is there a meaning to life . . . or is it all just a bad joke?
I was at my lowest ebb, at the point of suicide, when I opened a little white book in a second-hand bookstore in India and read these electrifying words that were to change my life and give me new hope:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts, it is based on our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain always follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like his shadow that never leaves him.” Read More
Shankara (c.788—c.820 CE) is among the most highly revered sages of India, ranking second only to Gautama Buddha in his influence. He represents the flowering of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, the last of six schools which developed from extremely ancient foundations. His system of thought is known as advaita, or nondualism. Its central theme is an examination of the relation between Brahman, the divine power of the cosmos, and atman, the individual human self.
Anyone who is interested in quantum physics would do well to study Vedanta, for the two are closely connected, though the motive force behind each discipline is quite different. Quantum physics is primarily concerned with the quest for Ultimate Reality, whereas Vedanta, like Buddhism, is more concerned with the moral perfection of man and the cessation of suffering.
One of Shankara’s greatest hymns, featured here in this 16-minute devotional video, is the Bhaja Govindam. For a complete transcript of the hymn in Sanskrit with an English translation, together with a brief account of the life and teachings of Shankara by Srila Prabhupada, click here. [LD]
OM TAT SAT
“We honestly have no fucking idea what we’re doing”, a leading quantum physicist admits. According to Dr Amit Goswami, quantum physics is one big spoof — and always has been.
Followed by a short discourse by Lasha Darkmoon
on Quantum Physics, God and the After-Life
Theoretical Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami (pictured) admitted today that he, and his peers, have absolutely “no fucking idea” what they’re doing, and claims they were no nearer than prehistoric man to figuring out the Universe.
“We have been just winging it to tell you the truth,” explained the 78-year-old in an exclusive interview with WWN. “Seriously, I haven’t a clue what’s going on. Neither does anyone else in my field. We keep proving stuff that never actually happened”.
“Our cover is blown, what can I say? he added.