Exploring the Living Universe and Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans
Unfolding Consciousness : Exploring the Living Universe and Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans (Whole Set)
A tour de force on science and the philosophia perennis in three Volumes plus volume IV that contains references, resources & further reading. The complete set of 4 volumes is presented in a slip case.
Volume I – A Panoramic Survey – Science Contrasted with the Perennial Philosophy on Consciousness and Man
The overriding purpose of Volume I is to explain the scientific position on consciousness and the nature of the human mind; and then reveal the added insights to be gained from the Perennial Philosophy.
Volume II – Peering Down the Microscope – Man’s Internal Landscapes
Volume II progresses well beyond general remarks about body, soul, and spirit, or mind and consciousness, in favour of an in-depth exposition of the subtle (i.e., non-physical) bodies of the human being on all levels from the spiritual to the physical.
Volume III – Gazing Through the Telescope – Man is the Measure of All Things
This is an all-encompassing exposition of the role of the human being in the scheme of the universe and nature. The core of this narrative is a detailed and stepwise account of the derivation of the human senses: how physical sensation can result in subjective experience.
Volume IV – References & Resources, Further Reading: A tour de force on science and the philosophia perennis in three Volumes
Volume IV forms the Index, Timeline, Editorial Notes, Definitions, Glossary, Profiles, and Further Reading to this three-volume work. It provides a comprehensive ‘roadmap’ allowing readers to navigate their way seamlessly through well over 2000 references, copious tables, diagrams (many in colour), plus individual chapter summaries and sidenotes.
"The consciousness of the world is itself at a crossroads and in need of transformation. Edi Bilimoria with his 4 Volume tome, Unfolding Consciousness: Exploring the Living Universe and the Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans, has stepped forward and answered the challenge of forming a new paradigm that synthesizes the ageless wisdom with modern science. Over the years I have observed Edi’s intense quest for knowledge at various conferences, lectures, and workshops. He is a very personable individual of the finest character, and is one of the few individuals I have come across who has the determination, fortitude, breath of vision, and skills to pull off such a daunting task.
After some 20 years of intense research, reflection and writing, the result of his efforts is worthy of great admiration. His work is comprehensive, clearly written, thought provoking, touching vast ranges of the sciences and perennial wisdom, and presents an understandable and balanced synthesis of what amounts to a new and profound way of looking at the world. One in which consciousness and its trans- formation is central. I highly recommend Edi Bilimoria’s 4 Volume masterpiece to anyone seeking an understanding of where the Ageless Wisdom and Science are mutually supportive of humanity and the world’s need for deep insight and transformative experience."
"Many thanks for sending me your magnum opus which has arrived safely. It’s beautifully presented, well printed and bound, and it looks very distinguished in its box. I’ve read several passages and again congratulate you on your clarity and carefulness as well as your ability to synthesize such an astonishing range of literature.
This book presents a comprehensive, lucid and well-written overview, with careful attention to detail and yet full of far-ranging and potentially transformative ideas"
"Your book is an exemplar of captivating, clear erudite writing. I see it as being of the same class as a Beethoven symphony."
"Science has been triumphant in understanding the material universe and applying the laws of nature in the development of new technologies for humanity’s benefit. But it has achieved this at the price of neglecting other equally important areas, such as mental and spiritual experience. There is a now a dawning realisation—as evidenced by the emergence of the post-materialist science movement—that science must expand beyond the material domain. One needs a new paradigm and a key feature of this must be the realization that consciousness is a fundamental, rather than incidental, feature of the Universe.
The unique achievement of this work is to put this endeavour in a proper conceptual and historical context. For while the search for an expanded paradigm might be viewed as a recent development, it has also been the basis of esoteric traditions—in particular, the perennial philosophy—and occult sciences which go back a thousand years and stem from a variety of both Eastern and Western cultures. Many books have focussed on extending science towards perennial philosophy but without making a link with the occult sciences. Other books have focused on occult sciences without making a link with modern science. They are therefore like two outstretched hands which do not quite connect. This work completes the connection, rather like the two hands in the famous picture by Michelangelo.
This is a magnum opus in every sense of the word. For its thousand pages, spread over three volumes, are not just about the link between traditional and esoteric science. They are also about the many connections between the worlds of matter, mind and spirit. While everyone has a foot in all three worlds, most of us are mainly drawn to just one because success in life—be it on the scientific, artistic or mystical fronts—usually requires narrowly-focussed dedication. However, a full understanding of the universe must embrace all three worlds and Edi Bilimoria is one of the few people with the breadth of vision and width of knowledge required to expound on this. The result is a work which will surely play a vital role in bridging the chasms between matter, mind and spirit."
"I know of no other work of such scope and depth relating to the ultimate questions raised by human existence both in terms of our origins and destiny."
"Let’s be blunt—this is probably the most important and penetrating work on consciousness which has been written in many decades—and possibly ever. Apart from that it represents a hammer blow to scientific hubris.
A number of previous attempts have been made to explore the gaping gulfs and flimsy bridges between hard, contemporary science and the occult understanding contained in the Ageless Wisdom or perennial philosophy currently enshrined by such movements as theosophy. No one has yet offered such a comprehensive assessment as Dr Bilimoria. This is a masterwork by a modern-day polymath, the result of two decades of research and seven years in the writing. (This reviewer uses the word ‘polymath’ advisedly.)"
"Unfolding Consciousness is a remarkable tour de force through spiritual meanders of esoteric traditions, from East and West, and their dialogue with modern science. It is as fascinatingly provocative, as it is informative—and it will equally challenge the scientist, the philosopher, and the artist. In contemporary, unpretentious language, it takes the reader from the spiritual mission of humanity to the principles of the universe (and back), with careful consideration of both scientific evidence and metaphysical subtleties; and underneath it all, it seeks the traces of consciousness, in all its forms. Just like its main theme—ourselves, and our rapport to the universe—this is not an easy work; nor should it be. It is an important work, which is worth taking time to engage with."
"Your books arrived today. Many thanks. The boxed set is going to take pride of place on my shelves! It looks great—you must be so pleased to see the fruit of your labours looking so good. A mighty achievement … and a great contribution to the cause of liberating the study of consciousness from the claws of the Philistines!!!
It is refreshing to read a masterly study of consciousness written by an author who roots his arguments in a profound grasp of esoteric wisdom. It is not simply that such wisdom conveys profound insights for understanding the essence of consciousness. Of far greater importance is the skill that Edi Bilimoria brings in clarifying our place in the vast panorama of which we are a part. There is nothing more pressing in our day than this challenge for us to act in synergy with the planet (and, in more esoteric terms, the macrocosm). Bilimoria shows that the ancient axiom that “man is the measure of all things” can be revitalised in the context of contemporary science. And he brings an encyclopaedic grasp of modern physics, neuroscience, and psychology to support his supremely optimistic view that consciousness is fundamental to reality. This is an insight whose time has come, and Bilimoria shows himself to be a diligent and creative guide to what a post-materialist understanding of consciousness will mean for us all."
"I have read no single work, other than the Mahᾱbhᾱrata, that compares in scope and depth with Edi Bilimoria’s Unfolding Consciousness. These volumes range outwardly over the full extent of time and space and inwardly over the meaning of consciousness and mind. They raise, and seek to answer, fundamental questions concerning human nature, the macrocosm, and the microcosm.
It is refreshing to find a scientist who doesn’t shirk from speaking of the soul. Indeed, Edi goes to some length to explain what the soul is and to open up a unifying vista of human nature and divine nature. Realms that are frequently considered to be separate or even mutually antagonistic are shown to be concordant with each other.
The work is well-researched and well-illustrated. It is a joy to read and a delight to meet for the first time so many ‘new’ facts and perspectives, all presented with intelligence and charm. It merits the attribute magnum opus that some have bestowed upon it and the wording tour de force that is emblazoned on each of its four volumes."
"When you consider the scope, width and erudition of this work, it is not surprising that it took its author over 20 years to complete. Most philosophical books take a single view of the problem of consciousness, either scientific or philosophical, but Edi Bilimoria takes a much wider, more inclusive view. Who am I? is the underlying question of Volume I: A Panoramic Survey – Science Contrasted with the Perennial Philosophy on Consciousness and Man, which provides an overview of the field, highlighting both the value of science and its limitations as a tool for examining the deeper problems of life and consciousness, and makes the case for the perennial philosophy as a bridge to reach a greater under- standing of these areas. In Volume II: Peering Down the Microscope – Man’s Internal Landscapes, Bilimoria manages the seemingly impossible task of finding common ground in the mass of beliefs and practices, old and new, from diverse, cultures, religions and philosophies, to demonstrate an overlap and unifying doctrine even on such issues as post-mortem existence and re-birth and the complexities of the human mind. Volume III: Gazing Through the Telescope – Man is the Measure of All Things is even more ambitious in its aim to show how the human being fits into the grand scheme of the Universe, to examine the question of emergence from the spiritual to the material, from the implicate order to its explicate expression. It draws on the insights of symbolism and mysticism, and the deepest teachings of occultism to explain the nature of consciousness. In this twenty-first century, an era in which science is our dominant paradigm and is playing an ever increasing part in our technology and our lives, this work helps to adjust the balance and resolve the conflicts between science and religion on issues like evolution and purpose, the nature of consciousness, and what it truly means to be a human being as opposed to an animated robot or a biological mechanism.
This is a complex work, but each chapter opens with a synopsis and closes with a summary of the principal themes which are extremely helpful and means that despite their complexity, the three volumes are always easy to understand and follow. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants a broad overview of the various traditions which have led to the current Western understanding of man’s place in the Universe."
"Undoubtedly, we live in historic times. The multitude of surrounding crises, both in everyday life and in the analyses of the experts, testify to this. In such crucial times it is important that men of goodwill raise their voice and thus raise the collective consciousness of humanity. This is the only way we can overcome. Via his trilogy, the author raises exactly such a voice. By a brilliant tour de force, he provides us with a masterpiece that elucidates the origins of science and technology, historically and ontologically, and relates them to the ultimate philosophical quest of perennial philosophy. It also shows why we got it wrong and where. As the author informs us, meticulously, science, in multiple instances, was lured away from truth towards scientism and utilitarianism blinded by its own great power. The trilogy at hand offers a way out by detailing exactly how we can correct this route of mindless exploitation and bring science back on track, back to its quest for the truth. The author is brilliantly clear on that: we treat nature as we treat ourselves, therefore to emerge alive from the crises we have put ourselves into we have to rediscover the sacredness of nature, in nature and in us. It is for this reason that Edi Bilimoria’s work will prove a much needed historic work in historic times."
"A brief note to offer my deep and sincere congratulations not only on the publication but also the overwhelmingly positive reception to your Magnum Opus ‘Unfolding Consciousness’. I’m a member on a parapsychology researchers bulletin board and your work has received uniformly positive comments there. Once again, please accept deep congratulations on producing an important and profound piece of work."
"Edi Bilimoria draws upon perennial philosophy the intuitions on which the sages of all ages partake and restores them to current science with a renewed force and creativity which he has stamped with superb consciousness."