This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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).

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The soul as light unto itself

All who dream know how, within the subtle state, the soul (jivatma) produces its own sights and sounds, projecting a world which issues entirely from itself, or more properly speaking from its own desire (kama). The objects produced are all mental conceptions–ideas clothed in subtle forms–and all of them depend for their existence on the subtle form of the dreamer. These can be described as ‘secondary’ or ‘accidental’ modifications of the dreamer himself.

Due to the chaotic and unstable nature of this production, it is called illusory (mayamaya), and is granted only an apparent existence. Although action in the waking state is still relative and therefore ‘illusory’ in its way, it’s stability, which allows waking action to be put to ‘practical’ or ‘profane’ use in that domain, means that it has a greater degree of ‘reality.’ We must keep in mind, of course, that this is only a point of view, and from another point of view the dream state, because its possibilities are more extensive, reaching beyond the corporeal into the subtle, could also be considered ‘superior’. All that is to say that the only absolutely real is the Self, or Atma.

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