Glossary for the Course on Universe

Reference: Course on the Universe


(Vedas) Energy on a universal scale that forms the environment

A discontinuity, disharmony or inconsistency

(Vedas) The integrated awareness of the universe

A unit of matter

The integrated awareness of the universe that continues to evolve [see ATMAN]

a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere (a part of mental matrix) seen as manifested around a person, place, or thing

A configuration of atoms and monads

The contact and interchange of attention at the most basic level

The disintegration of the identity into atoms and monads

Absence of fixation of attention

The discrete aspect of a person identified as the body and mind

Not seeing things as they are, and this creates anomalies

(Vedas) The anomalies in the process of resolving themselves

The play of karma

The monads which carry the mental impression of the environment

The configuration of monads associated with an identity

The subject that addresses the energy of the internal mental matrix, and all its forms.

A general reference to the configuration of monads

A unit of influence associated with an atom

The sensing of the external environment through vision, sound, touch, taste, and smell.

The subject that addresses the energy of the external environment, and all its forms.

New configuration of atoms and monads

(Christianity) The identity of the person apart from the body

The true self is the attention field, but it is generally mistaken for an identity

(Scientology) the identity of the person apart from the body

A reality that includes everything—physical and metaphysical.

The universal viewpoint is the same as the whole attention field.

The amount of attention field available to identity.


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  • Chris Thompson  On February 25, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Perception: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.

    • vinaire  On February 25, 2021 at 10:12 PM

      I have added PERCEPTION to the glossary above.

  • Chris Thompson  On February 26, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    I have doodled on your graphic. They are not criticisms, corrections, nor completions. They are things I considered when I looked at your work. Maybe there is something there to talk about? . . . but I do not remember how to, or if I can upload the doodled photo.

  • Chris Thompson  On February 26, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    I will email it to you and you can decide if it is worth uploading. 🙂

  • Chris Thompson  On February 26, 2021 at 1:49 PM

    I feel blocked by a lack of understanding of, “What is space?”

  • vinaire  On February 26, 2021 at 5:23 PM

    Chris, I am curious what you have doodled. You may upload it here, or in the mindfulness forum, or email it to me. Either option is fine.

    About space, I have tried to cover it in the POSTULATE # 11. Let me know what you think of it.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    I’ve emailed the doodle a week ago. Did you receive it? I would “upload” it here but do not know how. I do not see an upload link, nor does copying the .jpg file and pasting it here work. I do not have editing privilege here as I would on my own wordpress site.

    • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 12:05 PM

      No, that email did not appear in my inbox. It may have gone into “junk” and got deleted. Can you send it through Messenger?

      By the way, I am engaging Geir on a Free Will discussion.

      • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2021 at 3:40 PM

        Our human metaphysics abstractions do not particularly seem to divide from our observations of the objective. Maybe there’s just one balloon, not two.
        My doodling is sent over on FB messenger.

      • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 4:38 PM


        • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 4:40 PM

          My doodle was at the spur of the moment. To me, a person’s VIEWPOINT is his “personal attention field,” and it is attached to the body-mind system. The body-mind-viewpoint systems are discrete and they reside in the continuum of the ATTENTION FIELD. The ATTENTION FIELD represents the universal viewpoint.

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 4:46 PM

          To me, the “external” is physics balloon, and the “internal” is the metaphysics balloon. The two are connected through the interface of the body. If there is no body, then the metaphysics balloon is also not there

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 4:47 PM

          The rest of your additions and corrections to the doodling are fine.

  • vinaire  On March 5, 2021 at 7:10 AM

    I like to view reality not as agreement but as the “integrated awareness of all life”. And the basis of this integration is consistency, harmony and continuity.

    The problem with the idea of FREE WILL is that it is associated with the idea of SELF. If self is an illusion than free will is an illusion too.

    A SELF is essentially an ever expanding VIEWPOINT. The narrowest viewpoint is individuality, which expands as family, group, society, culture, race, mankind, life and ultimately the universe. At the level of the universe, self encompasses everything, and the free will simply becomes the nexus of natural laws.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    “. . . and the free will simply becomes the nexus of natural laws.”

    I can see how that could be.

    • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2021 at 5:58 PM

      . . . by which, I mean there is nothing “free” about it. Regardless of the associations of free will, the will as such is firmly dovetailed into the universe. There is no meal that is not preceded by a hunger and as such there is no effect without the preceding cause. There seems not to be a “will” without a reason, and that reason can be said to be a “cause.”

      I am challenge the entire cause-effect idea especially when attempts to abstract it into the “beginning of this” and the “ending of that.”

      I believe that the major assumptions of the syllogism of free will are flawed and make the entire concept fallacious.

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