Old Sciences in India: An Introduction
The older sciences are based upon that inward investigation, towards a depth of knowing which is both subjective and impersonal. That depth of subjectivity is described by the Sanskrit words ‘atman’ and ‘atmiya’. More
In older sciences, which have been developing for some thousands of years, more use is made of subjective reason, to achieve impersonality. Here, reason works through education. Ideas are tested and applied in a living process of learning from experience, through a reflective asking for common principles that underlie the variations of personality. An inner standardization is thus sought, by investigating back into a subjective depth of experience that we share in common, beneath our changing personalities.
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