Last evening I started to read – or rather re-read – The Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God), and marvelled, as ever, at the profundity of the insights. Some of the passages reminded me of the Psalms from the Bible, and in particular the verse: “Be still and know that I am God”.
But how could two disparate and different cultures have similar insights, and around the same epoch? These thoughts they had are not obvious in any way; according to philosophy, they’re not even possible.
Western philosophy maintains that we get knowledge only one of two ways (or by a mix of the two): via our senses (empiricism) or by thought and its extensions of mathematics, logic and the like (rationalism).
Nothing written in the Bhagavad, or any holy book, comes to the writers through their senses or because of rational thought. What they write about is not seen or heard, and it is not the end-point of logical thinking.
Some believe that it is proof of the existence of the lost civilization of Atlantis, and that the last Atlanteans spread the word of their advanced knowledge around the globe. Our good friend and eminent biologist Rupert Sheldrake might instead suggest the phenomenon is explainable by his morphic field, a build-up of knowledge that all of us can share, while my wife, Lynne McTaggart, could describe it as a field effect that is the bond between us.
I agree that it is a field effect of sorts, but, according to my Three Selves model in Time-Light, it is the Potential Self, the impersonal self outside of space and time, that is responsible for these special insights and intuitive leaps.
The more the clamour from the Past self is quietened, the Potential can shine through, and we can hear the still quiet voice of God.