I have pondered upon it and on this thread in total.
I also take the scientific, analytical approach. I am a Jnani anyway and if I can be 'accused' of anything, it's just being that.
....and I have an endless love for Nataraja and yes, it shows too much. Meh, I let it. lol
I also think too much, I know. This little exercise and subsequent meditation on what I was meant to learn here, took me back to another one of my teachers, Socrates.
Yeah, you can see where this is all going....Adi Shankaracharya, and now Socrates...the pattern emerges...
Well, his final words and epitaph reads like this:
"All that I know, is that I know nothing".
That's when Bhakti takes over...that's the 'Leap of Faith'. We can never really 'know' anything. We can pretend we do and that's all we really do, don't we?
Yes, I have had 'spiritual experiences' (many of them). Yes, others have had 'spiritual experiences' (many of them). I can talk about them as a form of amusement and I can let them become a 'self-fulfilling prophecy' which is also a very fun thing to do, but that gets boring after a while - I actually got bored with it quite quickly). lulz
In the end, I know what I know. Is it the ultimate knowledge? How the hell would I know how to tell you even if it was?
I also feel what I feel. Is it genuine? am I just not 'in love with love' or just my 'romanticised notion of God' well, you bet I am but that's just the beginning of it. Where it ends? Well, it just doesn't.
Do I also realise I am totally stuck here? yes.
Do I want to be stuck here? yes. Here is nice.