This work is a veritable tour de force and the sine qua non of any academic or scholarly library. It represents a watershed in the worldwide perennial wisdom literature tradition. In a clear and systematic way, it explores, in the manner of the Universal Wisdom Tradition, the unfolding of Consciousness from its Unmanifest and Implicate realms, through Cosmos, and Man. Readers will find here a goldmine of wisdom, information and resources. The principal theme is to show how the Universal Wisdom Tradition—the Perennial Philosophy—and the corroboration of some of its tenets by enlightened science of the quantum era, broadens and contextualises mainstream science beyond its existing metaphysical limitations. In this way the author believes many of the intractable problems and conundrums of science, concerning the deeper issues of consciousness and life, can be squarely faced and resolved.
The four Volumes (the fourth being the reference material) have been some two decades in the making and represent the fruits of over half a century of exploration and research in science and the Perennial Philosophy. Drawing on a galaxy of world-class authorities, the result is a closely woven garment that lights up the night sky in the fields of science and philosophy, religion and art. Conveniently presented in three distinct, yet interlinked, Volumes it traces the path of esoteric philosophy and occult science (the kernel of the Wisdom Tradition) in modern idiom explaining how they complement Western science. Evidence from a wide range of sources—scientific, medical, philosophical, religious, and cultural—is put forward to argue the case that humans are spiritual beings, primarily, and not merely complicated biological machines or evolved monkeys. Especially, that consciousness is not the product of matter but the primary ‘element’ from which all else emanates. This process and its underlying mechanisms are described in stepwise detail with much clarity.
Further information on Volumes I, II and III is detailed on separate Advance Information sheets but, in outline, the subject matter is organized as to:
- Volume I: A Panoramic Survey – Science Contrasted with the Perennial Philosophy on Consciousness and Man
- Volume II: Peering Down the Microscope – Man’s Internal Landscapes
- Volume III: Gazing Through the Telescope – Man is the Measure of All Things
- Volume IV: Definitions, Glossary, Profiles, Bibliography, Index
In these Volumes, readers will discover their own essential nature since it takes Socrates’ aphorism ‘Man, Know Thyself’ as its keynote. It is true to say that once the ground set out in this trilogy is surveyed, readers are better able to clarify their own beliefs and understanding and to know what is uniquely important to them. For this reason, as the various endorsements point out, it is not a ‘passive’ read but a distinctly participative and engaging one.
These Volumes, spanning the time periods from antiquity to the modern age, possess a breadth and profundity one rarely sees in modern esoteric literature. They expound the esoteric philosophy and occult sciences from arcane sources to the latest expositions from worldwide sources and diverse cultures. Moreover, the author explains their indispensable complement (not alternative) to science, whilst at the same time supporting their affirmations with evidence and references.
Whilst on Earth, we may well ‘see through a glass darkly’, but in this work Edi Bilimoria uses his scientific-philosophic background not only to ‘pierce through’, but to throw into relief the difference between true science and pseudo-science, true mysticism and mock mysticism. Whereas mainstream science can hardly disagree with what the best of science has discovered through its own methods of theoretical analysis and laborious experimentation, yet the deeper philosophical and metaphysical implications have barely penetrated the still predominant materialistic paradigm of science. The author examines this paradigm against the background of the perennial wisdom and finds it sadly lacking, but he provides much optimism finding harbingers of hope in the dawning of a new epoch of spirituality in the wake of the turbulence of recent world events. The 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is one obvious harbinger—sounding an alarm bell to mankind to reorient its sense of values away from unbridled technology and heartless commercialism back to the timeless realities with which these Volumes are concerned.
The author questions what it truly means to be a human being at all levels from spirit, through soul to body. Questions concerning destiny, purpose, and continuity of consciousness after death are explained with considerable evidence and no preconceptions, only an objective appeal to enlightened science and the seamless precepts of the Universal Wisdom Tradition of all ages. It is aimed at serious enquirers and researchers who genuinely appreciate the major contributions of science and the worth of religions and philosophies in terms of increasing our knowledge of the world and advancement of human welfare.
- The scientific and esoteric worldviews compared and contrasted
- The ultimate promise of science
- The ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ problems of consciousness: How external input to the physical senses results in an internal, subjective experience
- Quantum physics: its contribution to a new scientific paradigm
- The Mystery Teachings of All Ages: their worldwide unity and central message
- ‘Wet computers’ and computers: Is the brain no different, in principle, from a computer?
- Death and after: the transition and continuity of consciousness in other realms
- Paranormal phenomena and apparitions
- Subtle bodies
- Evolution and destiny
- Powers latent in human beings
- Divinity and the united message of all world religions
- The question of immortality
- The primacy of consciousness and the manner of its unfoldment from the unmanifest realms to the physical world
This work has over 2000 references and is supported by copious tables and diagrams, many in colour, plus individual chapter summaries and sidenotes to assist readers to navigate the multidimensional terrain traversed. Given the original writing and novel manner of presentation, readers will not only find this work challenging and enjoyable, but eminently useful in their own research into consciousness and its limitless unfolding.
Edi Bilimoria (DPhil, FIMechE, FEI, FRSA) was born in India and educated at the universities of London, Sussex and Oxford, he presents an unusual blend of experience in the fields of science, arts and philosophy.
Professionally, Edi is an award-winning engineer and consultant to the petrochemical, oil and gas, transport, and construction industries. He has been Project Manager and Head of Design for major innovative projects such as the Channel Tunnel, London Underground systems, petrochemical plants and offshore installations. He also worked in safety and environmental engineering for several Royal Navy projects, including the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and the fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessels.
A student of the perennial philosophy for over half a century, Edi has given courses and lectured extensively in the UK, and internationally in California, The Netherlands, India and Australia. He has organized and chaired conferences with the object of encouraging discourse on the different, but overlapping, roles of science, religion and practical philosophy. He worked as Education Manager for the Theosophical Society in Australia developing courses and study papers, researching, lecturing and organizing international conferences; as well as supervising the Research Library, National Media Library, National Members Lending Library and the development of the website.
Edi has published extensively in the fields of science, engineering and the esoteric philosophy. His book The Snake and the Rope was awarded a prize by the Scientific and Medical Network on which he now serves as a Board Director.
An enthusiastic glider pilot for many years, Edi is a choral singer and a dedicated pianist of concert standard.
For more information, visit Edi Bilimoria’s website.
The Journal of Scientific and Medical Network, The Paradigm Explorer has awarded author, Edi Bilimoria their Grand Prize for this set of books, Unfolding Consciousness: Exploring the Living Universe and the Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans and calls the set ‘outstanding’. The Paradigm Explorer, Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, No. 140, 2022/3
“There are very few books, if any, that can serve both as path-breaking, inspiring and motivating texts as well as a complete and comprehensive four-volume textbook for the student of the unfolding Science of Consciousness. Edi Bilimoria’s Unfolding Consciousness is such a work and a prime example of an up to date and well-studied treatise on the subject that is both engaging and informative.” Dr Basios, The Paradigm Explorer, Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, No. 140, 2022/3, page 51
“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.”
David Lorimer is Chair of the Galileo Commission and International Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, Editor of Paradigm Explorer.
“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 book; nor should it be. It is an important work, which is worth taking time to engage with.”
Dr Ana-Maria Pascal, MBA, PhD, SFHEA, Director, Liberal Arts Programmes, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Public Ethics, Provost’s Group, Regent’s University London
“It is refreshing to read a masterly study of consciousness written by an author who roots their 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.”
B Les Lancaster, Professor Emeritus of Transpersonal Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University and Director, the Alef Trust
“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.”
Rupert Sheldrake PhD, biologist and author of The Science Delusion
“When you consider the scope, width and erudition of this book, 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 understanding 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 explicit expression. It draws on the insights of symbolism and mysticism, and the deepest teachings of occultism to explain the nature of consciousness. In this 21st Century, an era in which science is our dominant paradigm and is playing an ever increasing part in our technology and our lives, this book 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 principle 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.”
Dr Peter Fenwick is Emeritus Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Neuropsychologist at both the Maudsley and John Radcliffe hospitals. He was a senior lecturer at King’s College, London, where he worked as a consultant at the Institute of Psychiatry. He worked with the Mental Health Group at the University of Southampton, and held a visiting professorship at the Riken Neurosciences Institute in Japan. He is President Emeritus of the Scientific and Medical Network.
“As we enter the age of post-materialist science, in which consciousness is seen as a fundamental rather than incidental feature of the Universe, there is an urgent need to extend science to accommodate the mental and spiritual domains. However, this is not a new endeavour, since it also characterises various esoteric traditions which go back a thousand years and embrace a variety of cultures. The unique and remarkable achievement of this book is to put this endeavour in a proper conceptual and historical context and only someone with the extraordinary breadth of vision of the author could have achieved this.”
Bernard Carr, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, and President of the Scientific and Medical Network
“This is a historic work in historic times. The trilogy at hand will prove a most useful textbook for every student of esoteric wisdom and modern science. It reveals the ontological unity of the Eastern and Western branches of our perennial wisdom and shows how science that seeks truth will inevitably transform itself, once again, towards a great synthesis of both traditions. It will be proven a seminal work since its readers will discover the seeds of future growth for themselves as seekers and for scientific research at large. It heralds the new science of consciousness and offers us the roadmap and the necessary tools and impetus to achieve it.”
Vasileios Basios (BSc,MSc,PhD in Physics of Complex Systems, University of Brussels (ULB))
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.
Arthur Farndell, Author
“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.”
Professor Scott Olsen of the College of Central Florida – Click here to read the full review.
“This is probably the most important and penetrating work on consciousness which has been written in many decades.”
Tim Wyatt, Esoterica magazine, Winter, 2022