Some time ago, I read a peculiar book by Michael Murphy called Golf in the Kingdom, which was Murphy’s story about meeting a mystic in Scotland, (pseudonymously named “Shivas Irons”), who also happened to be a golf professional, and who expressed his vision through golf. “Mystic Golf”, we might call it. Murphy ended up spending some time with Shivas Irons and his small circle of friends, one of whom insisted that “golf is the yoga of the Supermind”.
Evidently, Irons’ friend had some acquaintance with Aurobindo Ghose and his “Integral Yoga”. But this was the first time I had ever come across the term “Supermind”, and only much later did I realise the connection between Golf in the Kingdom and Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga.
I’ve been working my way through Georg Feuerstein’s Structures of Consciousness: The Genius of Jean Gebser (which can be yours for the measly sum of CDN$113.00 on Amazon for a used copy, $518.00 for a new one — ridiculous). I got my copy directly from Feuerstein’s widow, Brenda, who is a near neighbour, relatively speaking. Lucky me, (and I have to thank Brenda Feuerstein for her generosity in rounding me up a copy of Georg’s book).
(Even worse, Feuerstein’s Jean Gebser: What Colour is Your Consciousness is listed on Amazon for a mere $1,666.42! )
I burned the midnight oil to get through Peter Pogany’s posthumously published Havoc, Thy Name is Twenty-First Century: Thermodynamic Isolation and the New World Order. I went against my better judgement, downloaded Amazon’s Kindle app, and purchased the ebook edition.
My interest in the book (and I must say that while brief, it’s not for casual reading) was spurred by Pogany’s late-in-life interest in the consciousness studies of Jean Gebser, and how he utilised Gebser’s Kulturphilosophie, the history of consciousness, to illuminate his own field of economic history, as well as emphasise his own expectation of global catastrophe or “choatic transition” (“havoc”) on the way to what he calls GS3 (Global System 3) as the successor to the present socioeconomic paradigm. Most of the book is the application of thermodynamics to a reinterpretation of modern history (especially economic history), and why the present world system is going to start colliding with the reality of the limits to growth between now and 2030.