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INTRODUCTION And APPROACH

THE DIFFICULTIES :

' The trouble with you is that you understand things in only one way. What you

want to know makes no sense. Birds fly like birds and a man who has taken the

devil's weed flies as such. You agree that birds fly because you have seen them

flying. Flying is a common thing with birds. But you will not agree on other

things birds do because you have never seen birds doing them'

Don Juan to Carlos in The Teachings of Don Juan

The difficulty of relating the concepts to those of organised Religion as well as Science lies in

the alien-ness of the concepts in a technological age where the usage of words like shaman,

spirit,  intent, power,  second  attention etc provokes a negative response from most people

to the point that they assume that anyone using these concepts must belong to another

time far back in History when human beings lived like animals.

The difficulties therefore arise due to presumptuous attitudes and invalid application of the

concepts and their related contexts in which they are valid.  Most concepts, and even the

most common concept of knowledge, have unusual meanings and require a fluid context

in which these are to be treated,  or else everything will appear meaningless or even

contradicting.

And  this must be clearly understood : these concepts cannot be treated in a straight

jacket, rigorous, logical, scientific way, since most of these are not well defined concepts,

that have a meaning or usage that is consensual.

Furthermore,  these  are  contrary to  and  totally  at  contrast   to  the  physical concepts of

atoms, molecules, photons, particles, mass etc . But certain derived physical concepts

like waves, vibrations, energy, quantum etc are concepts that can possibly bridge the

difference with the caution that the user is fully aware of the context of the usage

as well as the motivation and purpose behind the exercise. If for example, one is

looking only for all possible logical inconsistencies and conflicts with scientifically

established facts, then these are abundant in the books, but will turn out to be

at the most only a pointless game.

For these concepts to be of some use, an imaginative, artistic and creative method

is  called for,   rather  than  a  strictly  scientific one.   At many points in the books, as

well as here, there may appear to be overlapping of concepts and inconsistencies

in their usage, but it must be kept in mind that concepts like Spirit, Intent etc, are not

concepts that reason can handle very well, and thus these can only be handled

in a wide open ended context where insight into and understanding the essence

of what is being said, calls for a certain artistic bend of mind on the part of the

reader. Rigid consistency is a password for peanut brains who only have an axe

to grind, with a hidden interest only to derive pleasure from finding ingenuous

ways to ridicule others.

The Problems :

"You go from one extreme to the other "

The trillion dollar question that is being addressed here is : what is the validity of

this work in a modern technological world ? Especially so when it is incompatible

with either Religion or Science.

The following poniters are significant  :

1.  Organised religion has arisen out of certain immoral social conditions, mainly

those of man's exploitation of man and nature.  Organised religion although in its

initiation does try to resolve moral issues, but very soon only serves to perpetuate

the vested interests of a certain class of people, usually the priests and their well

wishers. Organised religion only develops institutions that eventually become

corrupt, decadent and unable to respond to change, only stuck in the worship

of a certain doctrine or in the performing of meaningless rituals.

2. Science is only a set of facts about the material universe, and has little to do

directly with personal experience and values. If anything, science has only led to

greater and more reckless exploitation of nature. The one fact that both Science

and Religion fails to acknowledge is that science and technology emerge when

a dominant culture loses link with the Spirit, and goes on a conquering spree,

only to eventually destroy the ecosystem. At the end of it all, even an imminent

destruction staring at the face fails to move the scientists or priests, who deny

that  any such thing can happen, or if they do realise it, just as quickly jump

the other way to mysticism, thereby proclaiming destruction as an inevitable

consequence of an endless cycle. In either case the rest of life and the

ecosystem is no one's baby.

Validity of the Work:

The gist of it all is that neither science, nor religion are by themselves viable

institutions that can manage and sustain a stable and progressive ecosystem,

and social structures are inherently unstable when societies lose their link with

the Spirit or Intent. In a sustainable ecosystem of life, intelligent species  are

dependent on a living link to the life sustaining force - the Spirit of the World

or as sometimes   native americans  called it - the Great Spirit.

And it  is here  that  these  books  assume  significance for they do have a host

of comprehensive knowledge that can be the basis of the transformation into

sustainable societies that can regain their link to the Spirit.

This work is an attempt to interpret this knowledge and its validity in a

technological world.

Article 2 : Overview of the Shaman

The last of the Shamans - BASE PAGE

KEY CONCEPTS