Enjoy this series of 11 classes presented by Nayaswami Jaya based on the book by Swami Kriyananda: “Out of the Labyrinth: For Those Who Want to Believe But Can’t”
The last hundred years of scientific and philosophical thought have caused dramatic upheavals inhow we view our universe, our spiritual beliefs, and ourselves. Increasingly, people are wondering if enduring spiritual and moral truths even exist.
Through Out of the Labyrinth, Swami Kriyananda brings fresh insight and understanding to this difficult problem. He demonstrates the genuine compatibility of scientific and religious values, and how science and ourmost cherished moral values actually enrich and reinforce one another.
Each class offers insights into some of the main principles and thought-processes carefully conveyed by Nayaswami Jaya on this topic.
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“It took me many years to complete this book…It was clear to me that my Guru’s explanation of the yoga and vedanta teachings provided the strongest reason for seeing meaning everywhere. Armed with this vision, and realizing the depth of general misunderstanding on the subject, I decided that I had a spiritual duty to show the way out of these woods, through which so many people wandered in bewilderment.
Read Swami Kriyananda’s Story behind writing this book:
“It took me many years to complete this book. What first inspired me to write it was an article I had read in June 1962 in ‘Span,’ the magazine of the United States Information Service in India. The article had been written by the head of the philosophy department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This professor gave the reader an over-view of fundamental trends in present-day thought which, he claimed, were based on the discoveries of modern, materialistic science. The writer claimed that thoughtful people everywhere had drawn from demonstrated facts the conclusion that life is meaningless, and that the universe as science has shown it to be is wholly irrational and without purpose. People nowadays, the author reported as if delivering the morning news, accept that the universe is an entirely material phenomenon. Consciousness itself, therefore, is nothing but an illusion produced by the movement of electrons through a circuit of nerves in the brain. Evolution, consequently, is purely accidental: Mankind, in producing a brain, has accomplished nothing more meaningful than the elephant’s ‘feat’ in evolving a trunk. Evolution, in other words, cannot be correctly defined as progressive: It is merely a process of endless change.
This was, one might say, fairly depressing stuff! The only reason I could see for anyone endorsing this new ‘gospel’ was that it fed the pride of those who could stomach it with ‘scientific objectivity.’ Otherwise, what point would there be in living? Indeed, I’ve often suspected that the sharp rise in teen-age suicides of recent decades is due to the hopelessness and cynicism ‘inspired’ in young minds by modern education.
For myself, I saw nothing depressing in the facts modern science has discovered. It was only the way some people had interpreted those facts that led them to the conclusion that everything is meaningless.
It was clear to me that my Guru’s explanation of the yoga and vedanta teachings provided the strongest reason for seeing meaning everywhere. Armed with this vision, and realizing the depth of general misunderstanding on the subject, I decided that I had a spiritual duty to show the way out of these woods, through which so many people wandered in bewilderment…”