Jan 22, 2016

Psychic Readings, Nagarjuna and the Middle-Way: A review of James Hurtak's The End of Suffering

Psychic Readings, Nagarjuna and the Middle-Way: A review of James Hurtak's The End of Suffering

I thought I was reading a Philip K. Dick book when I flipped this open to the chapter about the CIA secret-project that succeeded (!?) in applying psychic non-local viewing powers to Cold War data collection of a Soviet research site.

This is an exerpt from Russell Targ's author biography:

"At the Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s and 1980s, Targ and his colleague Harold E. Puthoff co-founded a 23-year, $25-million program of research into psychic abilities and their operational use for the U.S. intelligence community, including the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and Army Intelligence. These abilities are referred to collectively as "remote viewing". Targ and Puthoff both expressed the belief that Uri Geller, retired police commissioner Pat Price and artist Ingo Swann all had genuine psychic abilities. They published their findings in Nature and the Proceedings of the IEEE. From 1972 to 1995 the program was classified SECRET and compartmentalized with Limited Access. That is to say, the program was not only classified, but every single person who was informed about the program had to personally sign a so-called bigot list, to acknowledge that they had been exposed to the program data."

I question whether it was kept secret because it held valuable and sensitive information, or if it was rather out of sheer embarrassment that such a program was actually funded.

This is the kind of book that makes me vomit. How did it end up in my library pulls?

Then the next chapter offered a very compelling critique of Aristotle and a sober application of the thought of Nagarjuna and Einstein's musings on the interconnection of consciousness and the universe, so maybe I'll keep reading?

While there was nothing offensive here, the authors continuously backed off from the title. The suffering they refer to there is more the emotional or existential suffering we get from thoughts like, "why is everyone against me? Why am I not successful?" and so on.

There was a lot of fluff here. Essentially Aristotle teaches us of the excluded middle. Everything is either black or not black. This leads, the author says, to slavery/racism and strange political claims like when Bush says, "you're either with us or your a terrorist". Nagarjuna, an ancient Buddhist philosopher, claims that there is no absolutely true or absolutely false - everything is middle ground. It follows that there is no Me and Them - everyone is in this together and we are all connected. The authors then make an extraordinary leap into some hocus-pocus about curing all diseases.

Next time perhaps the authors could publish a pamphlet. The psychic readings aspect of the book just turned me off. There wasn't much depth to the Nagarjuna and the Middle-Way analysis.

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