This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3| Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6

Dream state or Taijasa

The second condition is Taijasa [‘Luminous’, deriving from Tejas, the igneous element], whose seat is in the dream state, which has knowledge of inward objects, which has seven members and nineteen mouths and whose domain is the world of subtle manifestation.[1]

In the sleep state the outward faculties, without ceasing to exist, are reabsorbed into the inward sense (manas), which was always their source and support. That is to say, they return in a way to a potential state, residing during that time in the nadis or ‘luminous arteries’, where manas is distributed after the fashion of a diffused heat (the igneous elements is at the same time light and heat). Indeed, there is an intimate connection between heat and life itself, since the two are in a way inseparable. Here we find a perfect correspondence between Aristotle and the Hindu doctrines, since he says in De Anima: “All food must be capable of being digested, and that whose activity causes digestion is heat. For this reason, every animate thing has heat.”[2]

[1] Mandukya Upanishad, 1.4.

[2] De Anima II.4.416b28-29

Share This