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Objective View of God

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in this class on Mindfulness Course is the OBJECTIVE VIEW OF GOD.

  1. The objective view is a universal view that is consistent within the whole universe. On the other hand, a subjective view is a narrow view that is consistent only within its local context. The objective view is unique, since it is consistent within the whole universe. On the other hand, there are numerous subjective views for the same phenomenon depending on their narrow contexts.

  2. In modern terminology and understanding we can say that this universe is essentially the precipitation of order out of chaos. We may call the underlying reason as the “principle of settling down” or the “Law of Equilibrium”.  The ancients called this creation the “function of God” using the vocabulary they had. Let us call it the God principle. This is an objective view.

  3. This gives us a better understanding of what “monotheism” is all about. It is the recognition of a single principle responsible for the creation of this universe. This is the God principle (the precipitation of order out of chaos). Being universal, this principle is broad and general in its statement.

  4. However, the suffix “theism” in monotheism refers to the conception of God as a deity, or as a powerful, human-like, supernatural being. This conception amounts to looking at an abstract God principle through a human-centric filter.  It is assigning a human role to an abstract principle. Thus, this idea of “theism” is subjective.

  5. Polytheism assigns a deity to each fundamental aspect of the universe. These aspects are the categorization of the universal order evolved from chaos. Thus, we may assign a deity to the phenomenon of thunder, and another deity to the phenomenon of wealth. Although it is made to look that polytheism contradicts monotheism, it is not really so. The two views dovetail. Out of a fundamental principle, come out many other principles or manifestations.

  6. Pantheism considers God principle (the precipitation of order out of chaos) as the property of the whole universe. It is closer to the original abstraction because in this conception the idea of deity is diffused. Pantheism sees the God principle  as an integral part of the universe. In fact, the universe is made up of the order that has precipitated out of chaos.

  7. Atheism simply rejects the idea of deities, but not necessarily the God principle. It acknowledges the fact of abstraction.

  8. The concept of God is described by most theologians as having the attributes of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), divine simplicity, and as having an eternal and necessary existence. These are just the concrete human perspectives applied to the abstract God principle.

  9. God is conceived of as the principal object of faith. In this case, faith is confidence or trust in the God principle of “order out of chaos” applied to life. No matter how chaotic life has become, it can always be put in order. This is a very fundamental faith that gives hope to Man.

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Objective View of Spirituality

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in this class on Mindfulness Course is the OBJECTIVE VIEW OF SPIRITUALITY.

  1. The objective view is a universal view that is consistent within the whole universe. On the other hand, a subjective view is a narrow view that is consistent only within its local context. The objective view is unique, since it is consistent within the whole universe. On the other hand, there are numerous subjective views for the same phenomenon depending on its narrow context.

  2. The classical view of creation has been “creation out of chaos”. This implies creation from pre-existing materials. This view is consistent with universal experience and, therefore, it is an objective view. The theological view (developed in second-century) of creation is “creation out of nothing”. This view denies pre-existing materials. This view is not consistent with universal experience. It seems to be based on personal logic and, therefore, it is a subjective view.

  3. Thus, the objective view of creation is the order precipitatng in chaos. We call this activity “spirituality” and the resulting order “universe”. We may only speculate on how the chaos and spirituality came about. But we can see that “creation out of chaos” happened at the beginning of the universe, it has been happening all along in the existence of the universe, and it is happening right now in our lives.

  4. We may look at this spirituality as the work of some agency, and we may call that agency God; but that is symbolization. The actual understanding comes from tracing the sequence in which order has come about from the beginning until now. We call this sequence of order “evolution”. We can trace that evolution in the present from light to humans. See reference: The “Six Days” of Creation.

  5. Objectively we see the elements of spirituality, chaos and universe existing together. It is a system in which these three elements are well-integrated. This system may be described using mathematical notation as. “Spirituality + chaos = universe”. It may be described as, “Precipitation of the universe from chaos”.

  6. Spirituality may be looked upon as a property of chaos, or chaos may be looked upon as an aspect of spirituality. Either way it tells us that the separation of spirituality from the physical universe is a matter of categorization. The idea that there is a God, which is separate and independent of the physical universe, is a subjective notion.

  7. Other subjective notions that are also simplistic are as follows:

    • The spiritual element is superior to the physical element. Objectively, both spiritual and physical elements are equal aspects of reality.

    • The spiritual element is orderly, whereas the physical elements are chaotic. Objectively, both spiritual and physical elements can be orderly or chaotic.

    • The spiritual element is in conflict with physical elements. Objectively, the spiritual and physical elements are reflection of each other. They rise and fall together.

    • The spiritual element brings order to the physical elements. Objectively, both spiritual and physical elements evolve from chaos towards order per some principle of precipitation (Law of Equilibrium).

  1. The current phase of evolution is from subjectivity toward objectivity. Subjective views come from personal assumptions, which are not consistent with universal observations. Objectivity brings about better understanding of reality from a universal perspective.

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The “Six Days” of Creation

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in the seventh class on Mindfulness Course is THE “SIX DAYS” OF CREATION.

  1. In the first (Genesis 1:1–2:3) Elohim, the Hebrew generic word for God, creates the heavens and the earth in six days, starting with light on the first day and ending with mankind on the sixth, then rests on, blesses and sanctifies the seventh.

  2. God’s first act was the creation of undifferentiated light. This is like creating the whole spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic energy is the manifestation of space and time as “vibrating space”. This is the first step even scientifically.

  3. God created the firmament next. Here we have the emergence of firm matter. This completes the idea of the energy spectrum with space at one end and matter at the other end. It is at the upper end of this spectrum that high frequency radiation collapses into matter in the nucleus of an atom.

    NOTE: Genesis represents space as “waters”, energy as “light”, and matter as “firmament”. Time is part of the frequency which defines the spectrum.

  4. Third in this sequence is the emergence of land and seas; and the plant life on the land. All these things are formed out of matter. First there are inanimate objects, and then there is animated life.

  5. Fourth in this sequence is the recognition of order in the system as the recurrence of day and night, and the seasons. Thus, an accounting of time as days and years was introduced. The seasons influenced the vegetation and the crops in a cyclical manner.

    NOTE: These earth days are different from “God’s days”. The “God’s days” essentially establish the sequence of creation.

  6. Fifth in this sequence is the emergence of animal life. This is the mobile form of life that is not rooted in earth. This life form has more options. It is, therefore, more analytical than the plant life.

  7. Sixth in this sequence is the emergence of mankind. This is a higher form of life in which intelligence is introduced. Intelligence is a tool that helps mankind rule over other life for its orderly sustenance.

    NOTE: Here God is the principle that has brought forth order out of chaos. This capability has now been transferred to Man in the form of intelligence. Man is to use intelligence to bring forth order out of chaos.

  8. These “six days of creation” is actually a description of the evolution of order out of chaos. The stages of evolution may be laid out scientifically as follows:

  • From continuity of energy to discreteness of matter
  • From chaos to universal order among matter (universal laws)
  • From matter to individual material objects (heavenly bodies)
  • From material objects to rooted organisms (plant life)
  • From rooted organisms to animated life (animal life)
  • From animated to thinking life organisms (intelligent life)
  1. The “seventh day” is considered the day of rest. This is equivalent to a transition from trial-and-error stage to an intelligent stage of evolution.

  2. The idea of creationism denies this evolution because it believes an instantaneous “creation out of nothing”. This was a second century theological development that deviated from traditional belief of “creation out of chaos”. See reference: The Creation Myth.

  3. The traditional Biblical belief supports evolution as compared to the later development of “creationism”. We associate the original Cause and its intentions with God. In the present we may associate those fundamentals with the Law of Equilibrium.

  4. We may define GOD as follows:

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    SUBJECTIVE DEFINITION: God is that “single Cause” that brings forth the world out of nothing. 

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    OBJECTIVE DEFINITION: God is the universal Law of Equilibrium that is continually bringing order out of chaos.

  5. So, we can say that in the beginning there was chaos, and the Law of Equilibrium brought order to it. But that law has been the fact all along. At this moment the Law of Equilibrium is bringing order out of chaos by injecting objectivity into subjectivity.

  6. This is Mindfulness.

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The Creation Myth

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in the sixth class on Mindfulness Course is THE CREATION MYTH.

  1. Creation myths address questions deeply meaningful to the society that shares them, revealing their centralworldview and the framework for the self-identity of the culture and individual in a universal context.

  2. In these creation myths, deities represent natural forces and phenomena; symbolic narratives describe them; and ritualistic appeasements try to control them.

  3. Today, we have scientifically precise language available to accurately describe the natural forces and phenomena. We know that workable methods to control these phenomena come from consistency among observations and the precise abstraction provided by the language.

  4. So, we are going to look at the traditional stories in their symbolic form and see what their modern abstract version is going to be like when everything is made consistent with observations.

  5. A well-known example of creation myth is the one found in the Bible. This and many other creation myths fall in the category of creatio ex nihilo. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_nihilo

  6. The classical tradition had been “creation out of chaos”. This tradition first came under question in Hellenistic philosophy on a priori grounds. Ex nihilo, meaning “creation out of nothing” seems to be a second-century theological development.

  7. Direct observations seem to support the classical tradition of “creation out of chaos”. There is no “absolute nothing”. There is only “relative nothing”. God is the concept of divine order, balance and harmony.

  8. The ancient creation hymn of Rig Veda seems to suggest “creation out of chaos”. Reference: https://vinaire.me/2011/04/08/the-creation-hymn-of-rig-veda/

  9. We may define CREATION as follows:

    SUBJECTIVE DEFINITION: Creation is “something out of nothing”. 

    OBJECTIVE DEFINITION: Creation is a CHANGE from chaos to order.

  10. This universe is essentially a UNIVERSE OF CHANGE.

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The Human Existence

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in the fifth class on Mindfulness Course is THE HUMAN EXISTENCE.

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THE HUMAN ORGANISM

  1. A human is a life organism that consists of a body and a mind. The component of spirit is added to it with the evolution of intelligence at this level.

  2. The body is associated with physical attributes. The mind and spirit are associated with metaphysical attributes. It is considered that in some way the human spirit, with a portion of the mind, can be cleanly separated from the human body, but this is only a subjective feeling. In truth, the physical and metaphysical attributes are well-integrated as they are in the rest of the universe.

  3. The basic physical attributes are space and time that evolve into energy and matter. These attributes may be abbreviated as MEST (matter, energy, space and time). The human body is essentially MEST, which is continuous with all other MEST in the universe at the level of electromagnetic energy, space and time.

  4. The basic metaphysical attributes are awareness and desire that evolve into consciousness and identity. These attributes may be abbreviated as ICAD (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire). The human mind and spirit are essentially ICAD, which is continuous with all other ICAD in the universe at the level of consciousness, awareness and desire.

  5. There appears to be an equivalency between “matter and identity”; “energy and consciousness”; “awareness and space”; and “desire and time”. Thus, evolution occurs in tandem between physical and metaphysical attributes. In addition, there are likely to be parallels between physical and metaphysical laws.

  6. The metaphysical attributes are generally represented by “life”. The physical attributes are represented as the “physical universe”. However, the physical universe is the outer form of life; just as life is the inner essence of the physical universe. Life and the physical universe are integrated and cannot be separated.

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THE HUMAN MIND

  1. The human mind is an experiential matrix, where free association and postulation takes place to align all experience. It is made up of ICAD (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire). The mind is anchored to the human body, but it covers the whole universe as its scope.

  2. The mind receives perceptions from the environment and aligns them within the existing experiential matrix. This alignment is then reflected in the efforts of the human organism, which deals with the efforts in the environment. This cycle is continuous and dynamic.

  3. When the perceptions received in the mind can be well aligned and thus assimilated within the experiential matrix then they reflect in the rational behavior of the human organism. When the perceptions cannot be so assimilated, they reflect as reactive or irrational behavior.

  4. The perceptions that do not align with the experiential matrix simply get lodged there as received. Thereafter, such “unassimilated experience” gets activated whenever similar perceptual content appears in the environment. This then leads to reactivity in behavior.

  5. The unassimilated experience in the mind has its own “limited context” inside the wider context of the mind. When activated, this limited context determines the response of the human organism. It often appears as “alternate personality” in contrast to the personality of the mind.

  6. The personality of the mind has a much larger assimilated context of the experiential matrix. So, it appears that the larger and better aligned is the context the more rational ia the response.

  7. One may say that there is a “universal experiential field” in which the inanimate objects are reflected by their properties according to the laws of physics. The additional properties of animation of living organisms are also reflected therein, integrated with inanimate properties. This is the mind of the universe.

  8. This universal experiential field surrounds the experiential matrix of the human mind. When the experiential matrix of the mind is integrated with the surrounding experiential field then the context of the human mind expands to become universal. This universal context then provides the most rational response.

  9. It seems that there is a Law of Rationality as follows:

RATIONALITY OF THE MIND DEPENDS ON THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE CONTEXT IT USES.

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HUMAN LIFE & DEATH

  1. The human organism is part of the universe. We may say that the human body is part of the universal body, the human mind is part of the universal mind, and human soul is part of the universal soul, which we identify as God.

  2. The human body, mind and soul are well-integrated. None of these three components can exist independently of the other two. When the human organism dies, all three components (body, mind and soul) decompose into finer existence.

  3. The physical and metaphysical attributes of the human organism correspond to each other. When the physical attributes disintegrate and regenerate; the corresponding metaphysical attributes also disintegrate and regenerate.

  4. All three components (body, mind and soul) come into existence at birth. Majority of physical and metaphysical attributes come from the parents, but some may be absorbed from the environment.

  5. At birth, it is rare that a body, mind and soul, which existed before, come back into existence. Physical and metaphysical attributes, which existed before, may reappear in different combinations; but the personality, or soul, disintegrates just like the body, and never reincarnates.

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