Understanding intuition spiritually

11 12 2014

I have been thinking and reading about intuition a lot these days, as you might have realized from my recent posts on the topic. 🙂 The other day, I chanced upon an excerpt from Osho’s book on Intuition. Here it is for your perusal.

It’s definitely an interesting take and left me intrigued.

He talks about three things: instinct, intellect, and intuition. He says that instinct and intuition both belong to our unconscious – that is we cannot will them. They are just there. On the other hand, intellect is part of our conscious. It’s deliberate, analytical, and logical.

He explains that instinct, what we can call “animal instinct” –  is related to body and is infallible because it has a long past. But intellect, or rather “human intellect” is relatively new and thus is fallible and slow. He describes intuition as something beyond the intellect. He views intellect as the bridge that connects instinct to intuition.

According to him, intellect is the most superficial (compared to instinct (that of body) and intuition (that of soul)) and does not lead us to anything. It only finds a way – be it to instinct or to intuition. It is the intuition that enables us to find meaning in life. He says that it is a great misfortune that “head” or “intellect” has become the master of our whole being. He claims that It is helpful, but only as a servant.

He also makes a distinction between “intellect” and “intelligence”.  He states that intelligence is intuition; only a person who uses his intellect to go beyond it can be called intelligent. He affirms that meditation helps one to open the doors of intuition.

Webster defines intuition as “immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring”. Osho refers to Intuition as one’s consciousness, one’s being. He expounds that science has stopped at intellect and hence does not know anything about consciousness. If we are to accept that the reach of Science is limited, clearly, its attempt to describe something which is beyond itself should be perceived as largely inadequate at best.

He says that intuition has no methodological procedure, it just sees things. He attributes the extraordinary abilities of the math wizard Shakuntala Devi – to be able to come up with the answers to even complex computational problems almost instantaneously – to her intuition. But science has a different opinion. Arthur R. Jensen, an eminent professor at University of California, Berkeley concludes in his paper that  “her skill with numbers must depend largely on the automatic encoding and retrieval of a wealth of declarative and procedural information in long-term memory rather than on any unusual basic capacities.”

One other interesting thing he mentions is that we use only a minor portion of our full potential and that even the most intelligent person uses about only about 15% of his/her potential. The sci-fi movie Lucy has been made on this exact premise and depicts what may happen when we realize more of it, when we realize all of it. It sounds wonderful and exciting but science treats the premise as a misconception, a common fallacy, a popular myth, and outright wrong.

Is it just the nature of intellect (which science is based on) – it’s need to analyze and find an understandable solution, it’s limited capability and reach or is it the whole truth? Are these phenomena totally belong to a different plane that science can never really get the complete grasp of them? Which is fact? Which is fiction, or rather imagination? Which is illusion?

May we all be blessed with awareness!



One response

12 12 2014

Well, as the Vedic shastras say ‘first become conscious/aware’ then other things follow.

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