We live in a time when science and ancient wisdom come closer and closer and life brings us new proof of that. We become convinced of the truth than a human being is more than what is commonly accepted and we begin to seek and find a deeper meaning of the content of our existence.
However, in search of the new spiritual paradigm of the XXI th century the contemporary thinker will find out that the same has been done 600 years before .
In his” Speech about Human Dignity” the Florentine humanist Pico della Mirandola (1462-1494) dwells on the idea of self-knowledge and self-perfection in man in order to reveal the divine in him.
In the New age the striving for knowledge and spiritual growth is also of paramount importance. It starts as a free spiritual movement in the 70s as a result of the non-acceptance of the Christian religion as the main source of future spiritual guidance.
Pico della Mirandola combines the ideas of various philosophers and spiritual leaders and reconciles them by adding a touch of mystic learning. His goal is to attain “truth“ which is the “rising sun of our soul”. He seeks truth by following the foot-steps of scholars-philosophers, by studying and learning of their school of thought. Mirandola believes that man must have a thorough knowledge of philosophy in order to crystalize one’s own beliefs.
In the “Speech about Human Dignity” freedom of will is viewed as a possibility for infinite creative perfection which merges with God. According to Pico della Mirandola, God has placed Man in the centre of the world: “neither heavenly, nor earthly, mortal or immortal”, in order to shape from himself an image of his own choice; to fill his soul with the “sacred yearning”, and by not seeking the common to “yearn passionately for the sublime”. “Sublime holiness” can be achieved by purging the soul of the “mud” of ignorance and vice with the help of morals and dialectics. Then the soul will be filled with the light of natural science, in order to perfect itself with knowledge of divine matters. After that only theology can show man the road to serenity and true peace.
The New Age followers believe in non-traditional concepts of .the divine nature and namely as a state of higher consciousness that a human being can reach, or the acceptance of God as a complete realization of the individual , of human potential.
In the New Age people change themselves, in such a way the world is no longer a reflection of their inner struggles, instability and dissatisfaction. Added to this a person wants to be aware of the process of learning and inner change. Personal transformation can be achieved by self-perfection, increase of intelligence, imagination, self knowledge and intuitive truth as opposed to understanding by reason and logic; through meditation and other psychological techniques for the development of new potential, for the widening of the mind and a new concept of the universe.
For Pico della Mirandola the desired peace means unbreakable ties between all souls, which live in collaboration, with common reason, and somehow merge in one whole.
Similar is the New age concept of the universe: the creation of a spiritual tie between the people ant the universe, in this way increasing the consciousness of the universe. People believe that when enough individuals reach such abilities then great spiritual, physical psychological and cultural transformation will take place in the entire planet.
The similarities between Mirandola’s views and the people from the “Age of Aquarius” can be looked for in time. The Renaissance is the beginning of a new age of the modern epoch. We accept our epoch also as such a beginning /even the definitions coincide/.The disposal of the opposition between the material and spiritual, characteristic of the Middle Ages and their acceptance as a harmonious whole, is also related to the harmonious whole between body, mind and consciousness.
No matter which way you look at it the ideas are not conventional – just like 600 years ago. Today they are treated by some with condenscendance and irony, and in the XV th century Pico Della Mirandola was threatened by the Inquistion