The Logic of Spirituality

Walking on water at sunset

Reference:  The Logic of God

This is a universe of continuous change. This change seems to be part of a harmonic disturbance that is going back and forth like the swinging of a pendulum. The pendulum keeps on oscillating under the constant influence of gravity. Similarly, the universe seems to be changing continuously under some fundamental influence. Ancient Vedas have referred to that influence as Brahma.

The concept of Brahma is supposedly arrived at by contemplating on ‘neti, neti’—not this, not that. In other words, one cannot know anything about Brahma through projections of knowledge gained in this universe. However, one may arrive at an intuitive understanding of Brahma as one sets out to resolve all inconsistencies in one’s understanding of this universe.

According to the ancient Vedas, the continuous change of this universe seems to run in cycles much like a circle with no beginning or end. This describes a harmonic motion.

This universe is a harmonic disturbance on a cosmic scale with no beginning or end. The underlying driver is some unknown constant influence.

A harmonic motion has extremes of static and kinetic states. Between these states there is a whole range of motion. Therefore, this cosmic disturbance must go through from no disturbance to extremely complex disturbance. All the levels of disturbance may lie between these extremes.

We may plot the cosmic disturbance on a scale from static to kinetic in increasing levels of complexity.

Each level of cosmic disturbance contributes to the form of the universe. The attributes of these forms range from concrete to abstract. The five physical senses perceive the concrete attribute of the form. The mental sense perceives the underlying abstract patterns that can go quite deep.

The disturbance levels manifest into forms with attributes ranging from concrete to abstract.

We associate “physical” with the concrete attributes of the universe, and “spiritual” often with the attributes that go deep into abstraction. Thus, we associate spirituality with the attributes of the universe that are abstract.

Spirituality is a consideration applied to the abstract aspects of the universe.

At the static end of the disturbance scale there is little disturbance. The physical attribute of the universe at this level appears as space, and the corresponding spiritual attribute appears as primitive and broad awareness.  Probably there is not much of an abstraction scale between space and broad awareness. Space is a very light disturbance corresponding to which the awareness is very primitive.

Primitive broad awareness corresponds to space.

As the disturbance levels increase, the change becomes more strident, and so does its reaction. Action and reaction appear as a frequency that increases with disturbance levels. There is a whole spectrum of it. The physical form of this spectrum appears as electromagnetic radiation. The spiritual form appears as perceptive awareness.

Perceptive awareness corresponds to electromagnetic spectrum.

At the upper end of frequency spectrum the disturbance starts to converge and condense. On the physical side, the condensation appears as atoms of a variety described by the periodic table. On the spiritual side, the condensation appears as concepts of a variety described by the words of a language.

Concepts and ideas correspond to atomic configurations.

Beyond the level of condensation of disturbance, we have elemental forms, combining into more complex forms. A whole “spectrum” of increasing complexity of forms now ensues. On the physical side we have evolving inanimate and animate solid forms. On the spiritual side, we have evolving automatic and self-determined systems.

Complex awareness corresponds to the complex structure of the body.

There is no soul separable from the body. The body and soul are simply the physical and spiritual attributes of a very complex disturbance.


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