My Review of Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman - RAS-brainwaves as the correlate of the Divine Light - a 2015 book by Sutapas Bhattacharya.
Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman is a landmark guide for the synthesis of philosophy of science and spirituality evolved from the philosophical consensus of the most cogent, modern physicists/mystics integrated with the perennial wisdom of Eastern non dual tradition, particularly Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. The unprecedented scale and scope of the author's scholarly research along with an exceptional gift for comprehension and analysis breaks the Western impasse of politicizing knowledge by objectivising nature to materialistic-physicalist phenomena. The author subjects a monumental gallery of scientific and metaphysical theories, ontologies and philosophies from major traditions and from published works of virtually every iconic guru both East and West. An ontology is proposed, based on new Meta-Science and Universal Consciousness with light as the omniscient and omnipresent ground of all being that manifests as a correlate in the RAS-brainwaves that create our individual awareness and the holonomic interpenetration of all phenomenal manifestations in the universe. A most profound and enlightened metaparadigm arises - new ground for the evolution in our understanding the mysteries of ultimate reality.
Scientific philosophers and theories and spiritual traditions most admired include: physicists Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Ernest Mach, astrophysicists Piet Hut, Authur Eddington, philosopher Milo Wolff, Dalai Lama, William James, Jesuit Bernard Lonergan, Jiddu Krishnamurti, traditions Perennial Philosophy, Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Gnostism, Islamic Sufism, Moksha, Satori, Yogic Realization, satchitanada, Wave Structure of Matter, Quantum Theory, Indian Tantra, Synchronicity, Upanishads, Rigveda
Mixed reviews: (some for philosophical shortcomings, others disparaged for posing insight appropriated from original Vedic sources without attribution): Albert Einstien, David Bohm, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Edmund Husserl, Shankara, Alfred North Whitehead, Carl Jung, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, theosophist Jakob Böhme, post modern paradigms:
Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, Quantum Mind, Nirvana
Mainly excoriated: Sigmund Freud, Ken Wilber, Steven Hawking, Immanuel Kant, Steven Katz, Ervin László, neuroscientist Michael Persinger, Benjamin W. Libet, Anthony Freeman, Keith Sutherl, Jim Al-Khalili, Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, Anthropomorphic Theism, Intentionality, Emergence, Relativism, Kantians, Existentialists, Constructivism, Big Bang hypothesis, speed of light invaribility, heuristic, wormholes, Vitalism, Creato ex Nihlo, Democritan atoms, kabbalah
Links to contents, reviews, bios, themes, etc in BBAB
and about Sutapas Bhattacharya:
sutapas.com Homepage for information on the metaphysical writings of Sutapas Bhattacharya - the man who identified the physical correlate of the Divine Light (Pure Consciousness/Godhead) with the brainwaves of the Reticular Activating System, undermining both the Physicalist metaphysics of Science (which imagines Consciousness to be a late product of material evolution), and the Theistic mythology of Religions (which imagine a man-like God set apart from Nature).
Some of both corresponding and alternative positions in my Anthropic Trilogy web-book
Mystery Of Existence PDF Chapter One of Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman.
Page 2 List of historical firsts achieved by Sutapas Bhattacharya in his metaphysical writings (O/OM & BBAB)
Page 3 Quotes referring to Sutapas Bhattacharya's 1999 book "The Oneness/Otherness Mystery": The Synthesis of Science and Mysticism
Page 4 The Full Evidence Confirming that the Brainwaves generated by the continuous, rhythmic firing of the brainstem Reticular Formation known as the Reticular Activating System are the Direct* Physical Correlate of the Divine Light (a.k.a. Pure Consciousness, Godhead, Atman, Buddha Nature, Holy Spirit etc.)
* By Direct Physical Correlate I mean the physical process corresponding exactly (or directly) with the phenomenon of the Divine Light or Inner Light of Pure Consciousness which is experienced as being like an electrical energy field which is constantly pulsating or flowing in the form of waves. Any physical process whose activity varies predictably in relation to a subjective phenomenon can be called a physical correlate. Thus the neuronal impulses and neurotransmitters of the Reticular Activating System (which underlie the higher-level brainwave phenomenon) would thus be Indirect Physical Correlates of the Inner Light of Pure Consciousness.
Page 5 About the Author: Sutapas Bhattacharya was born, of Bengali parents, in Guwahati, Assam in North-Eastern India in 1964. His family moved to London, England in 1967 when he was two. His formal education led to a First Class Honours Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of London in 1986 including prizes for being the top student in the School of Biological Sciences in his college in both the 2nd and Final Years.
Page 6 Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman list of contents BBAB
Page 7 Famous Names or Establishments whose Falsehoods, False Arguments, Tacit Biases and False Reputations are Exposed in Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman.
(m-g commentary: A sometimes contradictive guru rating since in some content the author finds merit but still lists the following for philosophical missteps.)
David Bohm (whose followers think his neologisms for the Transcendental are new ideas)
Fritjof Capra (reduced Eastern metaphysics falsely to Emergent Physicalism)
Aurobindo Ghose (Peddler of Myth of Enlightened as progenitors of Supermen)
Franklin Merrell-Wolff (who claimed falsely to have gone beyond the knowledge of Vedanta)
Edmund Husserl (who never transcended egoic consciousness)
(Adi)Sankara or Sankaracharya (famous ‘Nondualist’ whose Maya doctrine is actually Dualist)
Page 8 The institutional racism of Western academia and Western pretensions to universalism. White supremacist colonial pseudoscience persisits in 'History & Philosophy of Science' and the false conflation of 'European' with 'Scientific' permeates Western academia. Even supposidly 'Indophile' historians perpetuate such myths and Western 'Indophile' New Agers pander surreptitiously to these racist misconceptions. BBAB demonstrates that contra the white supremicist myth of the 'Greek Miracle' (still touted by the likes of Richard Dawkins) Postmodern Maths, Cosmology and Phenomenology/Cognitive Science are far more in accord with ancient Indian Metaphysics than the ancient Greek Metaphysics. It is not only ‘White’ people (of European origin) who perpetuate such racist myths. English-educated Indians in India have been indoctrinated in the Macaulayite colonial system of rote learning in schools and Western-style universities in which the same Eurocentric knowledge predominates. Given their lust for jobs in wealthy Western society and their unquestioning, deferential attitude towards the West as fount of all knowledge and hence international recognition, most Indian academics remain eager to act as lackies for their White ‘masters’ (patrons).
Sutapas Bhattacharya linkedin.com profile of the creation of the new book Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman
Sutapas Bhattacharya review of Schroedinger's Universe and the Origin of the Natural Laws April 21, 2008 by Milo Wolff - Erwin Schrodinger (1937) perceived that the whole Universe, what we observe as material bodies and forces, are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. When he and Einstein debated the particle theorists led by Neils Bohr, most scientists thought they had lost it. This book shows they were right; that all matter is one Wave Structure in the space of the Universe. If the stars did not exist, we could not exist.
Review of Schroedinger's Universe and the Origin of the Natural Laws An Amazon review by Mr Sutapas Bhattacharya (London, UK) June 2, 2008 - Eliminate Elementary Particles: Matter & Laws Emerge from Wave Holonomy. Anyone interested in Physics, Metaphysics, New Age Cosmologies such as the Holographic ideas of Bohm and Pribram, Indian Tantric metaphysics and notions of the Akasha, or just in amazing new ideas explaining once mysterious phenomena should read this remarkable book. ( An extensive favorable review continues.) See also: All Amazon reviews by Sutapas Bhattacharya
Except for the RAS brainstem brainwave correlation, the scientific, metaphysical and philosophical territory explored by Sutapas and myself is quite similar, but my more superficial exposition results from a relatively lazy inclusion of links to references that approach every scientific/metaphysical issue from all sides (so readers can make up their own minds). The truth is - I simply have nowhere near the degee of intellectual comprehension to undertake the ontological, epistemological and phenomenological analysis that Sutapas Bhattacharya brings to his infinitely more insightful and definitive work. I suspect that the author, having been born in Northern India, may have inherited a genetic predisposition for the kind of polymath philosophical intellects that, two millenia past, created Kashmir Shaivism which along with Advaita Vedanta are the most enlightened spiritual traditions ever created.
In the past twenty-year-effort to integrate my spontaneous Nirvikalpa Samadhi Journey as recounted in my web-book Anthropic Trilogy from a state of utter naiveté about metaphysical, spiritual or religious concepts, I found synchronicity for virtually all aspects of my transcendent journey from the insight revealed in these bodies of wisdom. Due to the extraordinarily vivid recall of my episode, there were features that are not specifically referenced in either tradition, however assuming the maths evolved from unnumbered accounts of samadhi experiences that were passed down orally over centuries, it would not be surprising that some finer details would become blurred or lost in translation.
Regarding credibility of astrophysical wormholes I have no opinion, however from vivid memories of my transcendent journey I experienced veridical-like evidence of my astral body passing though an astral wormhole in my return from samadhi into my phenomenal unconscious corpus as portrayed in a number of illustrations (including an animated gif. The other most conspicuous feature, not described in tradition, is the blazing light that started at my feet and coursed up my body - annihilating its substance - and as my head was engulfed - in a slow motion explosion, transformed my consciousness from a dual to a non dual (Brahman) state of light, bliss, love. This episode is illustrated in my web page in both an animated gif and a Flash movie
Being skeptical of every meditation modality, I innovated my own practice - Primordial Rhythm Meditation (a hybrid bhakti/drumming/yoga) - and started out applying theta - then beta (slower) brainwaves to correlate my drumming tempo. I eventually adopted heart rhythm as the major correlation (similar tempo to beta) which coincidentally coincides with the math of some jivanmukta like Sri Ramana Maharshi who held that the Self resides in the heart rather than the brain (although I viewed this axiom as metaphoric rather than literal). I also summarily rejected his early Vedic view, virtually dismissive of non dual Advaita and Nirvikalpa Samadhi (trance/ecstasy) along with his ambiguous jnana practice of "Self Inquiry" - mentalizing a state of Sahaja through gradual opening of consciousness to awareness of the absolute Self and the dissolution of vasanas to manifest the realization of a jivanmukta.
Links to a few of the many articles in my Anthropic Trilogy web-book
relating to topics in the BBAB book:
Pages about evaluating the credibility of New Age; prayer; yoga; siddhis; transcendence and Hawking on God
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