Morality is the discipline of the relationship with absolute being, the discipline of the relationship between one’s own soul and one’s own absolute being. Sin may be exactly defined as the fruit of a dis-relationship between one’s soul and one’s being. Sin is therefore immorality. The expression of the self, the projection of an image of one’s soul, one’s absolute being, into the relativity of existence, involves immorality. The soul turns away from its own being towards existence, away from the absolute towards the relative, away from a morality based on absolute principles towards an ethics based on relative values. This can quite easily be defined as a fall, emulating that of Adam who fell from an immediate comprehension of absolute good into a reflective apprehension of good and evil, or positive and negative. Here the Cartesian ‘cogito ergo sum’ becomes ‘cogito ergo non sum’ since reflective thought carries us from contemplation on the unity of being into reflection on the duality of existence, or non-being.
Is an authentic human life possible without peace? Since such a life must express the reality of our absolute being within the relative actualities of existence peace would seem to be an absolute necessity, as would be all other absolute attributes, freedom, justice, joy, love. Of course, these can also be relative attributes within the actualities of our existence but in the reality of our being they must be absolute. In the actuality of existence they are possible but in the reality of our being they are necessary. The actualities in which we exist are now discovered to be unacceptable to our true being. Each human being must therefore make an existential movement of consciousness out of the actuality of his or her existence into the necessarily transcendent reality of absolute being, a step of faith.
When someone speaks of entering the real world it usually denotes a movement of consciousness from a personally constructed imaginarium into the actuality common to a society of human beings. There is a common actuality that stretches around the globe (‘though not all human beings participate) and there are other actualities that are confined to specific localities on the globe, but all of these actualities partake of reality only coincidentally and accidentally. Reality is absolute and transcendent to all these relative actualities and it requires faith to enter.
The problem of being in existence lies in the fact that our being is absolute while existence is relative. The difficulty of living an authentic life of being in existence, fulfilling the expression of the absolute within the relative by a conscious transcendence of the physical, emotional and intellectual limitations of existence, demands an existential faith in the absolute disciplines of love and moral being.
It is impossible to reduce matter to the temperature of absolute zero (-273.15 degrees centigrade) within the physical universe. Such a reduction would constitute a breach by the absolute into the sphere of intellectual existence and would culminate in the swallowing up of 13.8 billion years of progressive hydrogen accumulation. The possibility that intelligent humans could transfer to a parallel universe is one thing that the physical theorists might consider but more likely is that we shall become what we are, that is, spiritual beings .
“To the consciousness of a redeemed human being the universe is a relative actuality confined within the spiritual reality of absolute being and is a projection into lower dimensions of a reality which is infinite and eternal. An eternal consciousness of this reality must be the goal and the purpose of human life. Enduring life is essential for the continuing expansion of consciousness, but human life is extremely fragmented by the apparent dying of conscious individuals. If the evolutionary growth of consciousness is to flourish and become more complex the conscious being has to be set free from death. Eternal life becomes essential precisely at the level of the spiritually conscious being. In view of this the person seeking the correct path of evolution and an eternal life must choose to live with faith in the absolute categories of being, believing in a reality that is infinite and trusting in a life that is eternal.”
A common syndrome to people of all faiths is to hide behind physical and devotional attributes of spiritual beings, objectively active instead of subjectively passive, doing rather than just being. “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him” is the advice given by the sages to the unwary, showing that an inwards devotion to the unmanifest as opposed to an outwards devotion toward the manifest is the true path to enlightenment. Don’t hide behind the Buddha!
I am hoping to utilize this platform to communicate my profound view of the world and of life as it is expressed in my book, “The Reality of Being.” Few people in my experience are aware of the depth of the problems confronting all forms of life on earth which have their roots in human error. Until a significant number of human beings take that responsibility which involves an existential acknowledgement of guilt can there be any movement towards a remedy of the human situation, fraught with injustice.