The negative image of its absolute and eternal being which the soul projects into intellectual existence, the artificial world of the city, is precisely the idea of the individual self. Leaving behind the reality of absolute being the soul enters the delusion of intellectual existence. Abjuring the absolute categories of the infinite and the eternal, leaving behind the absolute values of morality, justice, peace and mercy, the fallen soul becomes self-conscious within the relative actualities of existence, affirming its own existence as an individual self, a negative image of being. Whereas the soul is guided by moral values founded on absolute principles the self, an image of non-being projected into intellectual existence, rejects morality, the values of absolute principles, and constructs systems of ethics founded on relative principles.
We live in a world of relativity, an actuality limited by the boundaries of sensory apprehension, emotional response and rational thought. It is precisely religion that introduces the absolute into this relativity, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Religion instructs us that there is a reality beyond the actuality circumscribed by these boundaries. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and relative. Existence is an objective invention of the human intellect that has fallen from a subjective contemplation of a reality that is spiritual and absolute. The rational intellect fails to distinguish between being and existence and denies the reality of the absolute, of spirit and of being. The absolute does not exist, that is to say that it is not confined within human intellectual existence. Absolute being is, an eternal, spiritual nothingness, infinite and absolute from which we emerged and to which we shall return. To realize that being, our own absolute being, we need religion which provides a dogma of faith in a transcendent reality. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, we are held captive in a world of both good and evil, of both positive and negative, and a world moreover where we are immersed in the negative which increases in power over us and where the good is apparently diminishing. To be redeemed from this world we need a moral discipline founded on the absolute principles which science cannot provide, but only religion.
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.
Pondering the conflict between positive and negative that characterizes the universe of relativity we need to ask “what is positive?” and “what is negative?” Current physical theory informs us that before the universe existed there was nothing, absolute, infinite and eternal zero. The nothing within existence is precisely nothing, it does not exist. The nothingness in which the universe of relativity came into existence is the nothingness of being, it simply is, absolute, infinite and eternal. Is the nothing within existence the same nothing that transcends existence? The universe, the one, the totality of things, appears to negate the zero of nothingness within relativity but cannot negate absolute nothingness in which the universe of relativity exists. Within relativity there exists the one and a zero but which is positive and which is negative?
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 .
Modern philosophy descends into the nothingness feared and hated by the atheist existentialists, whereas to the spiritual consciousness nothingness is nothing to be feared. Absolute zero is in fact precisely the power of the absolute to abrogate and annul relativity, the entire material universe conceived by the fallen murderous intellect of killer man. The material universe emerged out of nothing and into nothing we shall return, into a nothingness that is spiritual, eternal, infinite and absolute, characterized by morality, love and peace.
We live in a world of relativity, a universe of relativity, and yearn for the absolute. Each individual human soul is faced with this dilemma, to be determined immediately by relativity or transcendentally by the absolute. The relative is everything, the absolute is nothing. The choice is between existence and being. The end of all philosophy, consciousness sifting through the stuff of existence in search of meaning, is the discovery of the nothingness of being. It is the nothingness within which the universe came into existence and into which it is expanding, the nothingness of life, of spiritual being. The choice is clear. The absolute has come to us.
►Life did not come into being. It did not become. It simply is, and always has been. It neither came into being, nor can it cease from being. It is eternal and forever. Let life on earth therefore be a preparation for eternal life. Let death be considered a delusion of the fallen intellect, fallen, that is, from subjective contemplation of the absolute and eternal principles into objective reflection on the relativity of existence, the realm ruled by death.
“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!