When Rupert Sheldrake appeared at Ashok’s ((Shift Forum)) in November 2012 this was a celebration of the release of Rupert’s latest book- Science Set Free: Dispelling Dogmas and Opening New Frontiers-. Ashok’s ((keynote)) opening this ((Forum)) sought to open ((Source Code Space)) to situate Rupert’s book- also called “The Science Delusion” in UK - and Rupert encouraged Ashok to compose the following in-depth review. This original essay by Ashok placed Rupert’s lifework in the context of the long missing and now emerging ((Source Code)) that opens the way to ((First Science)). This essay by Ashok seeks to bring out the ((evolutionary significance)) of Rupert’s pioneering work and open the way to all efforts to get to the ((Unified Field)) and ((Integral Science)). Rupert very much appreciated this ((Reflection)) and placed this essay on his website.
Ashok has produced a range of original essays for books by Ervin Laszlo, or anthologies edited by him on diverse topics. On the occasion of publishing his recent book on Akashic Field Ervin invited Ashok to present his ((reflections)) on ((Akashic Field)) and in this original ((essay)) Ashok focused on the long missing ((Source Code)), the ((Logos Code)), as key to the ((Global Akashic Field)). The ((Source Code)) is the dormant ((Logic)) or ((Grammar)) of the ((Akashic Field)), or the ((Text of Presence)). This original essay did not appear in Ervin’s book- it was too long and did not fit that occasion. Ervin encouraged Ashok to publish this innovative ((essay)) in a Journal that he supports. This essay will appear in a special collection of Ashok’s ((Source Code Reflections)).
Ashok K. Gangadean is Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy at Haverford College (Haverford, PA, USA) where he has taught for the past forty-four years. He is also Director of the Margaret Gest Center for Cross-Cultural Study of Religion at Haverford, and has participated in numerous professional conferences on inter-religious dialogue and East-West comparative philosophy. His primary concern throughout his career has been to clarify the universal logos or common ground at the heart of human reason and rational life. He is Founder-Director of the Global Dialogue Institute which seeks to embody the dialogical powers of global reason in all aspects of cultural life and cofounder of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, which brings eminent global visionaries together to facilitate the great planetary awakening. He is author of several books including Meditative Reason: Toward Universal Grammar, Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason, Meditations of Global First Philosophy: Quest for the Missing Grammar of Logos and The Awakening of the Global Mind.
In these reflections I shall present a blueprint that provides a philosophical and moral and spiritual foundation for any initiative like the Global Marshall Plan, the World Wisdom Council or the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality that seeks to encourage and accelerate global transformation towards a more just and sustainable world that works for the whole human family sharing this planet. All such initiatives, in one way or another, assume or presume a common grounding in profound global spiritual and moral values that shape their mission, vision and practical concerns. However, this important foundation, which expresses and reflects the global collective wisdom of the ages is usually not adequately articulated or brought out into the open. And yet this emergent global wisdom, when made explicit and clearly recognized, releases powerful moral and spiritual energy and motive forces for creative change.
Perhaps the deepest drive in human inquiry through the ages and across cultures and worldviews- whether in philosophy or science- has been the quest to encounter and express the fundamental field of Reality. And when we rise to a truly global perspective and expand our horizon to incorporate the vast spectrum of investigations and articulations - east, west and other - certain striking patterns become evident. One great lesson in this global perspective is that it makes all the difference how we conduct our minds - how we process reality.
It is timely after a decade of my continuous involvement in collaborating with our Board of Governors in developing, convening, coordinating, moderating and chairing our Public Issues Forum to take a moment to reflect with you on the remarkable evolution of this philosophical forum. It is my sense, shared with the leadership of the Board of Governors which funds the Forum, that in this decade of innovation, maturation and experimental explorations our Forum on Critical Thinking in Education has played a vital role in a breakthrough of the highest order for our common rational enterprise and for our philosophical culture and academic life. So it is with a real sense of satisfaction and pleasure that I now share with you our sense of this adventure into higher dimensions of our rational and educational life.