The Science of the Divine Being: Part One

I urge you to proceed only if you're interested in going much deeper than you've likely delved previous to this. The science of the Divine Being is a serious exploration of both the witness of the universe and nature, as well as the collective wisdom of the sages of all world religions. As such, it is only for the most serious spiritual student, and not for the dabbler or casual minded. 
One of the central issues in most spiritual traditions of the world is that of the existence of a Divine Being. Much of the Vedic wisdom is taken up with answering certain philosophical questions regarding the Divine Being, as is the Bible, Koran and a host of other Sacred Writings. How can we know if a Divine Being exists? How can we know that an Eternally Transcendent Cause exists? The primary way available to all of us is by carefully examining the material world we live in. The spiritual journey begins with carefully examining the natural world we inhabit for the lessons it can provide. This is the deductive process of reason, working backward from what is known to that which must logically be true since things exist as they do. The principle we begin with is known as the Cosmological Principle, which can be traced back to the 11th century to the Persian philosopher Al-Ghazali.

Anything that begins to exist has a cause.

The universe began to exist.

Therefore, the universe has a cause.

Each point of this principle can be established logically. Just as a song one might sing is a reflection of the unseen nature of the singer, everything in the cosmos is a material reflection of some quality of the Transcendent Cause's unseen, divine nature. The song exists as an energy of the singer. Likewise, the cosmos exists as an energy of its Source. Just as we can see glimpses of the character of an artist through his works, so we can get glimpses of the nature of the Divine Being by observing the things "created". Let us begin by pointing out the common elements which are found universally throughout the natural world. I'm going to be taking you into science here, so please bear with me. It is important that we see this from both the philosophical and scientific perspectives, since in doing so we demonstrate that the perceived divide between spirituality and science is a false one, an illusion that keeps us from achieving our fullest potential. 


Duality

Every entity possesses dual characteristics of masculinity (Chinese-Yang, Japanese-In) and femininity (Chinese-Yin, Japanese-Yo) and comes into existence only when these characteristics have formed reciprocal relationships, both within the entity and between it and other entities. For example, subatomic particles, the basic building blocks of all matter, possess either a positive charge, a negative charge or a neutral charge formed by the neutralization of positive and negative constituents. When particles join with each other through the reciprocal relationships of their dual characteristics, they form an atom. Atoms, in turn, display either a positive or a negative valence. When the dual characteristics within one atom enter into reciprocal relationships with those in another atom, they form a molecule. Molecules formed in this manner engage in further reciprocal relationships between their dual characteristics to eventually become nourishment fit for consumption by plants and animals. Plants propagate by means of stamen and pistil. Animals multiply and maintain their species through the relationship between males and females. This principle is echoed in the Sacred Writings of the world's authentic spiritual traditions, For example, the Tanakh states that after God created Adam (the masculine), it was clear that it was not good for the man to live alone. Only after Eve (the feminine) was created as Adam’s female counterpart was the material world declared “very good.” Likewise, the ancient Shinto text known as the Kojiki informs us of an original couple, Izanami and Izanagi, while Zoroastrians call the first couple Mashya and Mashyana. This principle is a perennial one, occurring repeatedly in the religions of the world and points to a general consensus on the importance of masculine and negative energies.

Even though atoms become positive or negative ions after ionization, each still consists of a positive nucleus and negative electrons in stable unity. Similarly, each animal, whether male or female, maintains its life through the reciprocal relationships of masculine and feminine elements within its species and within the individual animal. The same holds true for every plant. In humans, a feminine nature is found latent in men and a masculine nature is found latent in women. This lends itself to the principle known as Dualistic non-Dualism; the truth that we are simultaneously one, but at the same time different, which we will explore more another time. 

Moreover, everything exists with correlative aspects: inside and outside, internal and external, front and rear, right and left, up and down, high and low, strong and weak, rising and falling, long and short, wide and narrow, east and west, north and south, etc. The reason for this is that everything is created to exist through the reciprocal relationships of these dual characteristics. Thus, we can understand that everything requires for its existence a reciprocal relationship between the dual characteristics of yin and yang, in and yo, positive and negative, masculine and feminine.

However, there is another pair of dual characteristics in reciprocal relationship which are even more fundamental to existence than these. Every entity possesses both an outer form and an inner self. The visible outer form is the vehicle of the unseen inner self (Soul). The inner self, though unseen, possesses a certain karma which determines the outer form. The inner self (the Soul) we can call Internal Nature, and the outer form or shape we will call External Form. Since Internal Nature and External Form refer to corresponding inner and outer aspects of the same entity, the External Form may also be understood as a manifestation of the Internal Nature, in that one's karma follows the Soul from body to body. Therefore, the Internal Nature and External Form together constitute dual characteristics. Let's take human beings as an example. A human is composed of an outer form, (the body) and an inner Self, or Soul. The body is a visible vehicle of the invisible soul. Because the soul has acquired some degree of karma, the body which it manifests also takes on a particular appearance, in a particular place and time. Human life is considered the highest form of material life, as it permits self reflection and interaction with other consciousnesses on a higher level than dogs, cats, and spiders are capable of, just as examples. It allows for the total experience of consciousness in the material world. Body and Soul are two correlative aspects of all living entities. Together, they constitute the Dual characteristics of any living entity. Similarly, all beings exist through the reciprocal relationships between their dual characteristics of Internal Nature and External Form.

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