- Dec 24, 2008
Would it mean that humans are actually an artificial intelligence?
No...it would only mean our intelligence, real as it is, is perhaps wee bit limited.
The outer world is called maya, meaning illusion, and is thought of as God's dream or God's dance. That is, God creates it, but it has no reality of its own. Our individual egos they call jivatman, which means individual souls. But they, too, are something of an illusion. We are all actually extensions of the one and only Atman, or God, who allows bits of himself to forget his identity, to become apparently separate and independent, to become us. But we never truly are separate. When we die, we wake up and realize who we were from the beginning: God.
^^^^That is very interesting. It would seem that many mystic traditions speak of movement past illusion to "what is." Perhaps this could be seen as a type of intuitive human intelligence, one that does not necessarily employ scientific methods, but is an organic, experiencial journey based on faith and love.
True...although some science has been done on the prolonged effects of contemplative prayer on transitions in human awareness. This may be past the realm of science for now....what we do have is thousands of years of experience, much of it documented. What impresses me about the mystics is how down-to-earth and practical they are. It is a form of intelligence that is highly interal, at home with paradox, generous, and, in it's truest forms, almost devoid of ego. It might actually be one of the best kind of intelligences around....and, considering the journey, not for the faint of heart.How will one find out?