My first attempt at
philosophy was way back in 1981. My first monograph had an impressive Dutch title :
Schetsen van een Absurde Wereldbeschouwing, or : Sketches of an Absurd World View.
It was pessimistic, dark and annihilationist. In 1982, I began practicing
Yoga (started with Ananda Marga Yoga, then, seven years later,
As the result of my practice of
Hindu Yoga, a strong interest in the actuality of mystical experience
In 1990, in order to be able
to actually continue practicing philosophy, I co-founded Taurus Consulting Agency Ltd, a
Belgian company offering consultancy services to companies. So for nearly
mindful of ‘free study’ (Multatuli), I remained sufficiently free of
instrumental and strategic factors, making independent philosophical
Escaping the dogmas and directives of any organized religion, church, lodge, temple, cult, sect, lineage, spiritual school or sectarian organization, and avoiding economical, political and academic pressure, the aim here was and remains free study.
Since 2006, I became a practicing Buddhist.
The ‘Dharmic approach’ to spirituality facilitated a viable integration of
mystical experience with science and philosophy.
The FIRST TIER are the web studies at
www.sofiatopia.org between 1996 until 2016. This material is
provisional. Nearly all webpages have a timeline bar at the bottom,
mentioning date of initiation (or first publication on the WWW), date of
last update and version n°. With each change of view, a new version
ensues. Everything else is an update, ranging from typos to small changes
not affecting the view. These webpages
have and are being
read, resulting in fertile interactions with readers over the last two
decades. The web publications were intended as ongoing studies. When
considered stable enough, this material, nihil obstat, is reworked
and published on paper or in
electronic format. Then the timeline bar does not change anymore and the
webpage is defined as ‘final’. The webpages serve as a pool from which to
derive the other two tiers of the work.
The THIRD TIER has all the e-publications for tablets and smartphones (in EPUB format, Kindle format etc.).
initiated : 1996 - last update :
16 II 2019
© Wim van den Dungen