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Inner Engineering Of Indian Gurus And How It Is Different From Western Approach | Subjective Neuroscience

So, now the problem when you are doing like such sort of analysis of the cognitive system is that, there’s just so much stuff going on like their sounds, light, like there’s so many people moving around you. It’s very difficult for you to really get a grasp of how to handle a complex system like this, because it’s always changing and there are just so many variables. So the question is like everybody, I assume every human being with an interest in this stuff, has to deal with how do you study and control system with so many variables.

So western answer was always to look harder at what was out there. So they saw like these planets out there and comets out there and they were like, let’s study it in more and more detail and try to block out, whatever is being contributed by this portion of our cognitive apparatus and then we will have this objective viewpoint of what really the object out there is, where so that’s kind of where all the stuff that I deal with that the neurologist comes from. This is like a functional MRI like that guy was commenting on Facebook, this is an EEG. It’s being like brainwave activities, this is neurosurgery which is like the apex of this approach to the nervous system, really just you treat it as a piece of meat and then you would do surgeries upon it and then you I treated just like any other object.

The Indian answer though was to approach this complex system from the inside because they always assume, thought that, it was easier understood from the interior perspective than being experienced as an outsider. So that’s why I think Sadhguru may be named this kind of his program, Inner Engineering because really it is what he is doing. He is internally kind of engineering these complicated neural circuits. So there’s another metaphorical example. So basically, this is the western system, they are basically looking at the brain from a third-person. Indian system, you don’t look with your eyes, you close your eyes, you look with your third eye, essentially look inwards and that really is kind of the gist of what this talk is about, because I am saying that, what the Western approach found in kind of science terms, can in some ways be correlated, what the Indian approach finds from the inner terms. Obviously they are not going to be the same thing, because like you are not going to be exposed to every element of your mechanism, when you see it from the inside, at the same time when you look at it from the outside, you would missing out a lot of things, that are coming from the inside.

Again, similar metaphor like, this is a volcano. So western approach. you look at it from the outside, liberal mountain and all this stuff smoke coming out. Indian approach… you look right, there you look out from the eye of the volcano on them and that’s the view that you get. There is no saying that one is superior to the other. I think they’re both very important approaches. Even in India there have been like third-person objective approaches as well and in the west,  there have been some approaches from the first persons, but it’s just like the broad and outline.