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Lecture 6 THE TRILOGY OF BEING

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This lecture provides an analytical breakdown of our self as composed of three distinct but indivisible aspects: our acquired habits, our genetic makeup, and the fundamental creative principle at the heart of everything in the universe, including us.

Meditation, Time Lecture. Six the trilogy of being. Beyond our primary self and our secondary self, which relate to our genetic make up and are acquired habits respectively, there is another level of being that is more profound and universal, our foundational self. Whereas the first two are human and transient, this third self is divine and eternal. Here the concept of divinity refers to a supreme creative force at the heart of everything in the universe. The distinction between these three selves is purely analytical. Our nature, while multifaceted, is a unified entity. Therefore, our primary, secondary and foundational selves are the three...

...distinct but indivisible aspects of our being. On what basis can we predicate a supreme creative force at the heart of everything in the universe? The answer to this question arises from two observations. First, the idea of pure random is totally inconsistent with the universal order, has a dynamic product of universal evolution. Worse yet, it is intrinsically flawed, because movement without an actuating purpose that aims at a particular outcome makes no sense whatever. As it happens, the universal order reveals a system of invariable laws where bodies move by virtue of their natural tendency towards certain preferred behaviors or states. In other words, this order is the ever shifting target of an evolutionary errow that implies some form of determinism.

Second, the oneness of the supreme creative force that inheres in all things and accounts for the evolution and order of the universe can be deduced from the oneness of our human nature. We may each experience a host of conflicting desires and feelings which betray the complexity of our inner life, but we do so as an individual who aspires to resolve these conflicts and achieve harmony. Additionally, we humans comprise every known element or structure of the observable universe, from the simple constituents of atoms to the complex cellular composition of living organisms, and it stands to reason that no chaotic multiplicity of creative forces could beget such a cohesive and inclusive entity as a human being. What about the eternity of the force in question, which inheres in us, as in everything else, and is consequently our foundational self? It is hypothesized on the grounds of the following rationale.

There are two different and complementary perspectives from which we can view reality. On the one hand, there is the infinity of interrelated parts that together form the universal whole and may either be in Nert or alive, and simple elementary particles or complex atoms and multicellular organisms and everything in between, of increasing complexity or size. Our human experience and the science we derive from it, in conditional terms of causes and effects that relate facts and events to their circumstances, are within the bounds of this familiar perspective. On the other hand, there is the single, omnipresent and primordial determinant of the rules of causality in the universe. It never manifests the full range of its supreme creative force at any given point in evolution, so it is always partly, if not completely,...

...virtual. As such, it transcends the limits of experience and compounds the mystery of its origin with the mystery of its nature. This new perspective is less familiar than the previous one because it requires a distillation of reality at a high level of philosophical abstraction. That said, the idea of origin suspiciously mirrors the logic of procreator and offspring that is peculiar to the world of temporal phenomena versus that of their timeless essence. It presumably doesn't apply to this essence and hence creates a bogus problem that can be ignored.

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