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Nirvana and Realization of God

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Nirvana in Buddhism is expressed as accessing that “still center” around which the self is built. We may refer to this still center as “the ultimate static”.

The primary effort in Buddhism is to access the reality of this static condition directly and not just logically. Once this “static” is accessed, a person is forever oriented properly not only to his self, but also to the rest of the universe.

The ancient Vedas tried to approach the reality of this static through the practice of “neti-neti”. The Wikipedia states:

In Hinduism, and in particular Jnana Yoga and Advaita Vedanta, neti neti is a Sanskrit expression which means “not this, not this”, or “neither this, nor that” (neti is sandhi from na iti “not so”). It is found in the Upanishads and the Avadhuta Gita and constitutes an analytical meditation helping a person to understand the nature of Brahman by first understanding what is not Brahman. It corresponds to the western via negativa, a mystical approach that forms a part of the tradition of apophatic theology. One of the key elements of Jnana Yoga practice is often a “neti neti search.” The purpose of the exercise is to negate rationalizations and other distractions from the non-conceptual meditative awareness of reality.

Thus, this “static” may be viewed as the ultimate orientation point from which to sort out the confusion of self and the universe. This has been the characteristic feature of the eastern philosophy.

In the western philosophy, the orientation point is the concept of “God”, which has been defined as “the uncaused Cause” or “the unmoved Mover.” It has been assigned infinite characteristics. The Wikipedia states:

In monotheism, God is conceived of as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith. The concept of God as described by most theologians includes the attributes of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), divine simplicity, and as having an eternal and necessary existence. Many theologians also describe God as being omnibenevolent (perfectly good), and all loving…
In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, while in deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself. In atheism, God is not believed to exist, while God is deemed unknown or unknowable within the context of agnosticism. God has also been conceived as being incorporeal (immaterial), a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the “greatest conceivable existent”. Many notable philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God…

Thus, there are many different concepts of God, but the underlying concepts seem to be a point from which motion is created without limit. It is the concept of a Self that has infinite characteristics. It is the ultimate kinetic.

We seem to have a spread of characteristics from the “zero” of ultimate static to the “infinity” of ultimate kinetic. We may represent this spread by a scale of motion and emotional characteristics. The static end represents Nirvana, whereas, the kinetic end represents God.

Nirvana and God seems to represent the opposite ends of a metaphysical scale of characteristics.

The ultimate static of Nirvana represents an absolute zero not only for physical reality, but also for metaphysical and spiritual reality. It is zero qualities, zero capabilities and zero potential.

Mathematically, “zero” is always viewed as the reference point on any scale. The zero of positive numbers is also the zero of negative numbers. Consistency lies in having the same zero of all numbers, whether positive, negative, rational or irrational.

Similarly, consistency lies in having the ultimate static of Nirvana as the reference point of all reality, whether physical, metaphysical, spiritual, abstract, real or imaginary. It is the point from which all values and characteristics are measured. Infinity of God is simply an extreme value. To understand infinity one requires the reference point of zero.

The understanding of God requires the orientation point of Nirvana.

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The Factors # 25 to 30

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Here is a detailed review of Factors # 25 to 30 from the book Scientology 8-8008.

Factor # 25: Thus comes about death.

If a viewpoint is unable to shift its frame of reference from a form then it also dies when the frame of reference perishes. The eternal frame of reference is the objectivity of the universal viewpoint. That viewpoint is eternal and it continues even when the personal viewpoint perishes with the body.

Factor # 25 (revised): Thus death of viewpoint comes about when the form perishes, but the objective viewpoint having universe as its frame of reference never dies.

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Factor # 26: The manifestations of pleasure and pain, of thought, emotion and effort, of thinking, of sensation, of affinity, reality, communication, of behaviour and being are thus derived and the riddles of our universe are apparently contained and answered herein.

The problem of human condition derives from the fixations of viewpoints on perishable forms as their frame of reference. When such fixations are resolved the viewpoints broaden to become the universal objective viewpoint. The objective viewpoint is as eternal as the universe.

Factor # 26 (revised): The riddle of human condition of beingness resolves as the fixations on perishable forms are resolved, and the viewpoint broadens to become universal.

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Factor # 27: There is beingness, but Man believes there is only becomingness.

The ultimate beingness is the objectivity of the universal viewpoint. But Man hankers after the personal viewpoint provided by the identity centered on the body.

Factor # 27 (revised): The ultimate beingness is attained by moving beyond the subjective viewpoint tied to the human body to arrive at the objectivity of the universal viewpoint.

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Factor # 28: The resolution of any problem posed hereby is the establishment of viewpoints and dimension points, the betterment of condition and concourse amongst dimension points, and, thereby, viewpoints, and the remedy of abundance or scarcity in all things, pleasant or ugly, by the rehabilitation of the ability of the viewpoint to assume points of view, and create and uncreate, neglect, start, change and stop dimension points of any kind at the determinism of the viewpoint. Certainty in all three universes must be regained, for certainty, not data, is knowledge.

The resolution of human condition comes from letting the viewpoint unwind through all its fixations and widen its context. This is accomplished by practicing free association under the discipline of mindfulness (seeing things as they are).
Relative certainty comes from the objectivity reached through the resolution of all fixations, doubts and perplexities. Any certainty can always be improved as there is no absolute certainty.

Factor # 28 (revised): The resolution of any condition comes from viewing it in the universal context and resolving all fixations, doubts and perplexities. This is done through free association to align data, and visualization to fill the gaps under the discipline of mindfulness. Objectivity is attained through universal continuity, harmony and consistency.

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Factor # 29: In the opinion of the viewpoint, any beingness, any thing, is better than no thing, any effect is better than no effect, any universe better than no universe, any particle better than no particle, but the particle of admiration is best of all.

There is no absolute nothingness. Universal beingness is always there without beginning or end. Associated with that beingness is the objective viewpoint. It is the fixation of the desire to become something that causes narrowness of the viewpoint and subjectivity. Admiration helps one fully appreciate the reality of what is there and keeps one’s viewpoint objective.

Factor # 29 (revised): Beingness is always there. Admiration helps one attain and maintain any beingness with complete objectivity.

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Factor # 30: And above these things there might be speculation only. And below these things there is the playing of the game. But these things which are written here Man can experience and know. And some may care to teach these things and some may care to use them to assist those in distress and some may desire to employ them to make individuals and organizations more able and so give to Earth a culture of which we can be proud.

I have analyzed the Factors proposed by Hubbard with as much objectivity as I could muster. Hubbard’s pioneering work brought great improvement to prior understanding. This revision is an attempt to bring consistency to Hubbard’s materials with Vedas and Buddha’s work. The goal, of course, is to bring about greater understanding and better workability to the resolution of human condition.

Factor # 30 (revised): This revision of Hubbard’s pioneering work is an attempt to make it consistent with Vedas and Buddha’s work. It is hoped that this effort shall bring about better understanding and more workable techniques to bring resolution to the human condition.

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The Factors # 22 to 24

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Here is a detailed review of Factors # 22 to 24 from the book Scientology 8-8008.

Factor # 22: And there are universes.

There may be myriads of subjective universes per the viewpoints of the various structures; but there is only one objective universe represented by the overall beingness.

The viewpoint of the overall beingness is displayed in science, logic, mathematics, philosophy, etc. It has the viewpoint of seeing things as they are. All other viewpoints are limited by their individual structures and limited contexts. Thus the idea of multiverses is subjective.

Factor # 22 (revised): There may be many subjective universes; but there is only one objective universe.

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Factor # 23: The universes, then, are three in number: the universe created by one viewpoint, the universe created by every other viewpoint, the universe created by the mutual action of viewpoints which is agreed to be upheld—the physical universe.

There are no physical and metaphysical universes that exist independently. The physical and metaphysical are two aspects of the same objective universe. Different “universes” are subjective because of the limited context of the viewpoints.

A common universe created out of agreement among viewpoints is still “subjective” in nature because of limited context. As the context broadens, all viewpoints converge to the same objective viewpoint because they see reality for what it is. No agreement is required.

Factor # 23 (revised): The viewpoints evolve from the universal field of beingness. They all converge toward the same objective viewpoint as their context broadens to become universal.

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Factor # 24: And the viewpoints are never seen. And the viewpoints consider more and more that the dimension points are valuable. And the viewpoints try to become the anchor points and forget that they can create more points and space and forms. Thus comes about scarcity. And the dimension points can perish and so the viewpoints assume that they, too, can perish.

A viewpoint can be seen and understood in terms of the frame of reference it is using. An anchor point refers to a fixed frame of reference.

The viewpoint can change. For example, a person generally uses his body as his frame of reference from which to view. When studying astronomy he may change that frame of reference to the whole earth.

A person should be flexible in terms of his frame of reference. When the frame of reference, such as a body, perishes then the associated viewpoint also perishes.

Factor # 24 (revised): The viewpoints use dimension points as their frame of reference. A viewpoint fixated on its frame of reference perishes when the frame of reference perishes. 

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The Factors # 19 to 21

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Here is a detailed review of Factors # 19 to 21 from the book Scientology 8-8008.

Factor # 19: And the viewpoint can never perish; but the form can perish.

Each form has its own viewpoint expressed as its essence of properties and capabilities. All forms are connected with each other within the system of the universe. Individual form and viewpoint are a small part of a system and they survive and perish together. But the overall system of the universe, its form and its viewpoint endure as long as time itself endures.

Factor # 19 (revised): Individual forms and viewpoints may perish, but the form and viewpoint of the overall universe can never perish.

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Factor # 20: And the many viewpoints, interacting, become dependent upon one another’s forms and do not choose to distinguish completely the ownership of dimension points and so comes about a dependency upon the dimension points and upon the other viewpoints.

The individual forms and their respective viewpoints come about as the field of beingness condenses into structures. The overall beingness is now expressed as an interconnected matrix of individual forms and their viewpoints.

A viewpoint does not own some dimension point. The dimension point describes the outer form of beingness, whereas, the viewpoint describes its inner essence. The interconnection among the forms and viewpoints is natural, but confusion  may come about, which could be difficult to sort out.

Factor # 20 (revised): There are relationships among all the individual forms and their viewpoints in the universe. However, confusion may come about among these relationships.

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Factor # 21: From this comes a consistency of viewpoint of the interaction of dimension points and this, regulated, is TIME.

The overall beingness is eternal without beginning or end. Time accounts for the changes within the beingness. Such changes occur at variable frequencies while the beingness is evolving as a field. This gives time a variable aspect.

As the frequency of change becomes larger, the changes in frequency become less noticeable and beingness starts to condense to form discrete structures. As beingness becomes structured time acquires a fixed characteristic.

Factor # 21 (revised): As beingness becomes structured and acquires individual forms and viewpoints, TIME also acquires a fixed characteristic.

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The Factors # 16 to 18

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Previous: The Factors # 13 to 15
Next: The Factors # 19 to 21

Here is a detailed review of Factors # 16 to 18 from the book Scientology 8-8008.

Factor # 16: The viewpoint can combine dimension points into forms and the forms can be simple or complex and can be at different distances from the viewpoints and so there can be combinations of form. And the forms are capable of motion and the viewpoints are capable of motion and so there can be motion of forms.

The elements combine by the free association of their natural properties to form complex compounds. In other words simple dimension points combine to form more complex dimension points. This happens by free association. No other agent, other than the natural properties, is involved.

The viewpoints are represented by the simple and complex identities of these elements and compounds. These identities are made up of the characteristic properties of elements and compounds.

The molecules of complex organic compounds, such as, the DNA molecule, act as molecular computers because they have enough electrons enveloping their nuclei to produce sequenced motion. This introduces self-animation to the identity of DNA molecules. Here we have the beginning of life as we see it.

Factor # 16 (revised): As dimension point evolves into complex forms, the viewpoint evolves into complex properties that bring about self-animation.

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Factor # 17: And the opinion of the viewpoint regulates the consideration of the forms, their stillness or their motion, and these considerations consist of assignment of beauty or ugliness to the forms and these considerations alone are art.

Thus, evolution takes place from inanimate minerals to active plant life to animated animal life. The physical form and metaphysical essence develops accordingly and it reaches its pinnacle in the human identity. Art lies in the stillness or motion of these forms in infinite ways. It is the continuity and harmony of the motion involved that determines the beauty of forms.

Factor # 17 (revised): And evolution takes place from inanimate minerals to active plant life to animated animal life. Art studies their stillness or motion. Beauty lies in the continuity and harmony of their movement.

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Factor # 18: It is the opinion of the viewpoints that some of these forms should endure. Thus there is survival.

The “opinion of the viewpoints” is actually the alignment of the form, according to their properties within the system of forms. It is the configuration of the forms, despite all complexity, and the continuity and harmony of their properties, which determines their endurance. The whole system of forms survives as one universe.

Factor # 18 (revised): It is the alignment and adjustment of the forms to the continuity and harmony of the whole system that determines their survival.

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