Filosofen, wetenschappers, theologen, mystici, kunstenaars en opvoeders hebben vaak gesproken over ‘de nieuwe mens’. Maar in de laatste eeuwen worden hun uitspraken over onze tijd steeds indringender. Het is gemakkelijk hierover via internet uitspraken te vinden van Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, Helena P. Blavatsky, Henri Bergson, Nader Angha, Sri Aurobindo, Jean Gebser, Pierre Theilhard de Chardin, Arthur M. Young, Edward Haskell, E.F. Schumacher, Erich Jantsch, Alfred North Whitehead, Terrence McKenna, Osho, Jeff Foster, Byron Katie, Kalindi, Jon Kabat-Zinn, ,Thich Nhat Than, Eckhart Tolle, Andrew Cohen of Ken Wilber. 

Op deze bladzijden enkele citaten die in de webradio uitzendingen van De Nieuwe Mens besproken werden. Ze zijn alfabetisch op auteursnaam geordend.

Eckhart Tolle
Alleen de transformatie naar een nieuwe staat van bewustzijn zal een nieuwe aarde van vrede teweegbrengen.

Eckhart Tolle
De wereld is op een belangrijk kruispunt aangekomen. Het ego-gerichte bewustzijn heeft aarde en mensheid aan de rand van de totale catastrofe gebracht. Het is dan ook hoog tijd voor een collectieve bewustzijnstransformatie, waardoor we onze zwaarte en dichtheid verliezen en de kostbare edelstenen worden die we in wezen zijn, zodat we transparant worden voor het licht van het bewustzijn.
Sinds mensenheugenis was de mogelijkheid van zo’n transformatie de boodschap van lichtbrengers als Boeddha, Jezus en anderen. Staat de mensheid er nu meer voor open dan toen? En: wat kunnen we doen om deze verschuiving in onszelf te versnellen? En hoe kunnen we het nieuwe, ontwakende bewustzijn herkennen?

Ken Wilber
Are the mystics and sages insane? Because they all tell variations on the same story, don’t they? The story of awakening one morning and discovering you are one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and infinite fashion. Yes, maybe they are crazy, those divine fools. Maybe they are mumbling idiots in the face of the Abyss. Maybe they need a nice, understanding therapist. Yes, I’m sure that would help. But the, I wonder. Maybe the evolutionary sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe, just maybe, an individual’s consciousness does indeed touch infinity – a total embrace of the entire Cosmos – a Cosmic consciousness that is Spirit awakened to its own true nature. It’s at least plausible. And tell me: is that story, sung by mystics and sages the world over, any crazier than the scientific materialism story, which is that the entire sequence is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing? Listen very carefully: just which of those two stories actually sounds totally insane?

My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be Gautama the Buddha: the new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous and spiritual, physical, utterly physical, in the body, enjoying the body and all that the body makes possible, and still a great consciousness, a great witnessing will be there. He will be Christ and Epicurus together. The old man’s ideal was renunciation; the new man’s ideal will be rejoicing.

The new man will not be either/or; he will be both/and. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and otherworldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live without any inner division, he will not be split. His God will not be opposed the devil, his morality will not be opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition. He will transcend duality, he will not be schizophrenic.

With the new man there will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitative different way and he will live a totally different life which has not been lived yet. He will be a mystic, a poet, a scientist, all together. He will not choose: he will be choicelessly  himself.

This new man is coming every day, he is arriving every day. People have not yet come aware of him. In fact he has already dawned. The old is dying, the old is on its deathbed. I don’t mourn for it and I say please don’t mourn for it. It is good that it dies, because out of its death the new will assert. The death of the old will be the beginning of the new. The new can come only when the old has died utterly.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
For its reflective and inventive forward spring it is in some sort necessary that Life, duplicating its evolutionary motive center, should henceforth be sustained by two centers of action, seprate and conjoined, one of consciousness and the other of complexity… In hominised evolution the Physical and the Psychic, the Without and the Within, Matter and Consciousness, are all found to be functionally linked in one tangible process.

Sri Aurobindo
Man is a transitional being. He is not final. The step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in earth’s evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner spirit and the logic of Nature’s process.

Thich Nhat Than
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for survival of the earth.



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