By Swami Akhilananda

The six quantity Psychology ann faith set of the foreign Library of Psychology explores the interface among psychology and faith, taking a look at features of spiritual trust and mysticism as concerning the learn of human awareness. Hindu Psychology seems on the relevance of Hindu trust platforms and theories of belief for the West.

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No philosopher or psychologist can help questioning the validity of knowledge. Consequently, a few propositions of the Indian schools of thought should be briefly stated. l application in life. We can accept a hypothesis and work out certain schemes which may have practical value. Yet the 13 A. S. Eddington, Philosophy of Physical Science (Cambridge University Press, 1929). ITS MEANING FOR THE WEST 35 hypothesis may not be true, as it will be contradicted by the later discovery and perception. For instance, the astronomical theory of solar rotation was later contradicted by the discovery of earthly rotation; yet, for many practical purposes, the astronomical calculations of the previous generations were useful.

Similarly, the mind acts in ordinary persons through the brain and nervous system (as mentioned in Chapter I), and it can only be understood and interpreted by the way it uses the powers at its disposal. Again, if the mind were only the product of nerve stimuli it could be observed objectively. But the observation of the mind and thought current of an individual is not objectively possible and cannot be done successfully without subjective insight. How do you know what your friends are thinking?

We cannot perceive it directly. We are obliged to rely upon the testimony of others, upon newspapers, and the information ITS MEANING FOR THE WEST 33 gathered by people who are witnessing it in order to know that a conflict is raging. It would be folly to say that there cannot be a war because we cannot experience it directly. When the sources of information can be checked as reliable and trustworthy, whether it is a question of an event of history or the effects of a poison, the conclusions reached may be accepted as true even though they have been proved or experienced by others.

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