Might help if you included a diagram with the post.

On Jan 20, 2006, at 9:10 PM, qntmpkt wrote:

> Phase transition maps are used in engineering to help planners decide
> the best course of action, given various parameters.  For example (I'm
> making this one up but you get the idea.): Say a sandy stratum
> underground is saturated with oil. Would it be cost effective to
> extract the oil? We construct a phase transition map symbolically
> represented by  a square with 4 corners (temperature, pressure, amount
> of oil per square meter, and permeability of the sand).  Plug in the
> data which locates an "x" somewhere on the square.  Also on the square
> is a line representing the cost effectiveness of drilling, "yes" or
> "no".  If the x is located on the yes side, the decision is made to
> drill.  If on the other side, don't drill...(you get the idea).
>   Now to construct a phase transition map for Gurus, we have a square
> with 4 corners, and our parameters are 1. upper left: Personal.  2.
> Upper right, Impersonal.  3. Lower left, Progressive, 4. lower right,
> Direct or Non-Progressive.
>  We then select a Guru or religion, placing an x somewhere on the
> square, after selecting a certain percentage from 0 to 1.
>   For example, take the Hare Krishnas.  This is way toward the
> Personal end, since this is a Personalist religion. It's all quite
> progressive.
>  How about TM:  This is philosophically impersonalist, being part of
> the Saivite Tradition of Shankara, ; and although MMY as a Personality
> is involved, I suspect that a minority of TM'ers are "devoted" to MMY
> in a Bhakti kind of way.  The path offered through the TMO is highly
> progressive, so we can locate our x on the map somewhere.
> Non-progressive (for the most part) paths would be Dzogchen, and the
> Neo-Advaitins (especially HWL Poonja and his successors); most of whom
> trace their lineage to Ramana Maharshi.
>   Now the line we draw on the map relates to the particular goal of a
> Guru, path, or religion. ; and the x oriented to the line denotes the
> effectiveness of the path in relationship to the goal.
>  But remember always these words of Buckaroo Banzai: "whereever you
> go, there you are!".
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