The Fellowship welcomes contributions from its members, which are published on this page. These contributions may take a number of forms: here you will find essays that range from the role that Wolff and his work have had in in a member’s life to in-depth discussions of an abstract aspect of Wolff’s philosophy; you will also find poems, sketches and videos submitted by our members. If you would like to contribute, please contact us.
On the Philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff and the "New Physics"
From the Introduction:
At the onset of this essay, I am obliged to say something about what I am trying to say, what I am “essaying” to describe. The message I wish most to convey is that, at this point in our history, there are some exciting “dialogues” which have begun between certain heretofore heterogeneous and disparate elements in our society and our world. These “dialogues” are now beginning between the physicists and the mystics, the scientists and the theologians and, in short, between the “Western” and the “Eastern” schools of thought.
Specifically, I intend to focus on certain discoveries in the “New Physics” and compare them to the: discoveries, or-”Realizations” of one particular mystic and philosopher, Dr. Franklin Merrell-Wo1ff.
Michael V. Schmitt
A Mathematical Supplement to the Lectures of Franklin Merrell-Wolff
A very important characteristic of the pioneering nature of Merrell-Wolff’s work is his discovery of the profound relevance of certain ideas from pure mathematics as symbols of the relation between ordinary consciousness and transcendental consciousness. There have been other mystics who have attempted to rediscover the original dimension of mathematics as a language of the Mysteries, but few if any of these have combined this desire with a thorough training in modern mathematics, especially the mathematics of the last 150 years. It would appear that Merrell-Wolff is virtually alone among modern mystics in this, and to one who can appreciate the technical aspects of these mathematical references (the last one hundred years turn out to be especially important here), the connections are extremely beautiful and significant. It is hoped that this supplement will at least put some readers on the road to sharing this experience, and thereby reclaim some of the essence of their wonderful Western heritage, regardless of the culture of origin—this heritage of Pythagoras is, in a vital sense, open to all, not just to specialists.
The Vertical Thought Movement
Swami Satyananda Giri is a sannyasin belonging to Sri Gnanananda Tapovanam, an ashram located on the northern bank of the river South Pennar, three kilometers from Tirukoilur, South India. He has written extensively on Indian history and philosophy, and is the author of numerous books, including Shyambala (1999), In the Twirling of a Lotus (2004), Akbar (2009), Kant (2010) and Naropa (2011). His latest work, Men of Straw, details a troubled period in India's history—the crucial two years of India’s independence and partition. In the essay here, Giri discusses Wolff's political philosophy, and in particular, the program that Wolff outlined in the monograph, "The Vertical Thought Movement."
In this essay, MT discusses an important impetus behind Wolff's political agenda.
The Gnostic Of Mount Whitney: A Personal And Philosophical Memoir Of Franklin Merrell-Wolff
In the introduction to this personal analysis of the time he spent with Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Joseph explains his purpose: (1) I hope that others can benefit from what has been one of the most important learning voyages of my life—perhaps more from its pitfalls than its peaks. (2) Instead of following the scholarly custom in philosophy of avoiding as many traces of the personal as possible, I hope that the reader, by knowing something about my views, will therefore be all the more able to filter my subjective accounts of Franklin Merrell-Wolff, so as to arrive at a more comprehensive idea of the significance of the man and his philosophy. (3) Finally, my aim in writing about a process whose inception took place many years ago is to emphasize the spiritual, philosophical, and psychological aspects of it that are relevant to the exceptional and critical times we live in now.
A Biker in Devanchan: Adventures for the Corporation
Tim and Coral explain how Franklin Merrell-Wolff's work has guided their interpretation of an important dream, which "was more like a vision predicting the direction of the next eighteen years of our lives."
Tim & Coral Zook
A poem inspired by Franklin Merrell-Wolff, whom the author would like to acknowledge has been a great influence in his life.
Sketches of Yogi: 1979 - 1982
John served as a caretaker for Franklin Wolff during the years of 1979-1982 and again in 1982-1983. A gifted artist, John shares some "Sketches of Yogi" from his first care-taking term.
Travels with Yogi (1979)
In this thirty-six minute video adventure, John takes us on his 1979 "Travels with Yogi."
The Mysterious Divine Trio
Franklin Wolff highly valued the work of Sri Aurobindo and in fact, he spent almost a decade (during the 1950s) studying the writings of Aurobindo. Indeed, you will find that a good number of Wolff’s audio recordings (all posted on the Fellowship’s website) speak of Aurobindo’s work and philosophy. This essay was inspired by the work of Aurobindo and by Wolff’s comments on this work: Timothy Zook recounts how he was led to what Aurobindo calls the “psychic being,” and he hopes that this discovery will help others to find their own “Helper.”