@ Victor’s Way in Roundwood, Ireland
The patron of this ashram is the mathematician Alan Turing
Ganesh, as icon for the human’s natural problem-solving capacity
Since the earliest recorded times two fundamentally opposed points of view regarding the origin of nature have been reported.
The first point of view, held by the vast majority, well-groomed by self-serving priests, fantasized that nature (i.e. the cosmos) originated and is maintained by a (i.e. 1 to n) supernatural agent(s). The second point of view, held by a minority, claimed that nature’s origin and maintenance was natural.
In order to eliminate the Naturalists (i.e. Charvakas) the self-styled ‘spiritual’ and moral Supernaturalists (i.e. Theists) superimposed the notions of ‘atheist’, ‘materialist’ and ‘immoral’ upon the former. Then they weaponized those notions to denigrate the former, thereafter to murder them. (Recall the Vatican’s murder of Giordano Bruno and a host of others). In short, the highly emotive fight (as cultural struggle for survival) was superficially between theists (i.e. between henotheist and polytheists) and atheists (or non-theists) but in actual fact between supernaturalists (i.e. fantasists) and naturalists (i.e. scientists).
In ancient India those who believed that nature’s origin and maintenance was natural (i.e. self-emerging) rather than supernatural (i.e. ‘other’-emerging) called themselves Charvakas (or Lokayatas = worldly). They believed that observation alone (i.e. specifically perception, albeit grossly defined) held the key to understanding nature. And that such understanding allowed an individual to better adapt to - and so survive - the ruthless, brutal and indiscriminate laws of nature. Hence the ancient Charvaka quip: “Nature’s all we’ve got. So let’s make the best of it.”
For the always fanatic (i.e. highly energising and colourful) supernaturalists (specifically the priests/Brahmins with their outrageous carnival costumes and fanciful rituals and greed for money and power) who spoofed and conned their followers with highly entertaining (like Disneyland style) supernatural fantasies about the weird and wonderful exploits of the Gods or their selected ONE GOD, and such abstract notions as karma, samsara, life after death, heaven and hell, the immortal soul, moksha, enlightenment and so on, the Charvakas had only contempt.
History shows that in ancient, primitive (or naïve) times (as a personal or social development phase) the supernaturalists won (and still win) the day.
The Carvakas emerged under different names in ancient China, Pre-Socratic Greece, in Rome and more recently and decisively in the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, for instance with Auguste Comte.
The (Indian) Charvaka of today would be called a scientist, that is to say, someone who explains the emergence of nature, as a whole and in particular, by means of observation (and, latterly, calculation).
A Charvaka Ashram, like Victor’s Way, serves as temporary refuge for those who have gotten tired of the nauseating hoaxes (plus threats) of priests proffering their fantasy of the Supernatural as be all and end all.
© 2021 by Bodhangkur