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Part 1 - cosmic consciousness

For the past few months now, Noel and Paul have been exchanging ideas and
insights through emails on a subject of which they are both students Cosmic
Anthropology. Below is a glimpse of their exchanges in the past two or more weeks.

NOEL (Nov 20): Hi Paul, Here's a definition of "cosmic consciousness" from Sri
Aurobindo - a noted Indian mystic.
Man is shut up at present in his surface individual consciousness and knows the
world only through his outward mind and senses and by interpreting their contacts
with the world. By Yoga there can open in him a consciousness which becomes one
with that of the world; he becomes directly aware of a universal Being, universal
states, universal Force and Power, universal Mind, Life, Matter and lives in conscious
relations with these things. He is then said to have cosmic consciousness. - Sri
Aurobindo

PAUL (Nov 21): Hi Noel, Thank you for this insight. From the natural sciences, I will
proceed slowly and gradually to the realms of the social sciences, metaphysics,
religion, and esotericism, etc. The insight of Sri Aurobindo will certainly be touched -
when I arrived there. Thank you.

NOEL (Nov 21): Hi Paul, Here's another (see figure below) on the same subject; this
time from Jewish mysticism. We need to connect to the "cosmic" - the "upper world"
to know the "operating systems" of our world (the "lower"). Our worldly life is "run"
"upstairs." In other words, by studying Kabbalah, we are enabled to function better
here. This is a very practical application of "cosmic consciousness." By doing so, we
"evolve" during our lifetime.
I am doing research on Kabbalah and one of its many teachings is to view reality
from the human world perspective. With our limited senses, what do we seem to
see, taste, etc.? What goes on in our human mind? In our human body? With the
knowledge made available to us, what is the reach of our mind? It all starts from
"here." The "Upper World" is at best a "speculation" until one, through methods of
meditation and study, reaches a "level of attainment" which approximates our
divine nature.
Given the above, "cosmic anthropology" may not be "looking at human
level" from a "cosmic point-of-view" - but the other way round. Even
Chardin had to examine bones (paleontology) to gain insight into human
creation, and its divine beginnings. As knowledge unrolls, and myths and previous
knowledge gets revisited, and insights changed, Kabbalah says we "go through a
process of evolution" whose beginnings is the brute of a man and whose end is
divine. All will go through this process, but those who "study-meditate-serve" will
most likely evolve quicker. Kabbalah says that we can achieve evolution (from man
to the divine) in one's lifetime - given the knowledge and practice. Eastern
philosophy (Aryan), which Theosophy adopts, suggest many lifetimes. Fraternally in
ACA.

PAUL (Nov 27, 8.40 pm): Hi Noel, I suggest that you share the results of your
research on Kabbalah as a lecture in my class next year. I will arrange with the
students the final date. It is definitely Saturday and in January. If you can write
something about it, we can give it to the students after your lecture. I hope this is
just fine with you, rather than prepare something else other than what you are
doing NOW. Nice work that you are doing. It will certainly help not only your school
mates in ASI, but the general public as well. Good luck.

NOEL (Nov 27): That's OK, Paul. I will present my initial findings on Kabbalah. It is
"work-in-progress." I am a 2-month old student. It's interesting though - the
concepts. Regards.

PAUL (Nov 27, 9.03 pm): Thank you. Personally, I like this research of yours on
Kabbalah, more than your experiences and insights on cooperatives (which we may
still pursue at a later date), primarily because of its broader impact, and, of course,
its relevance to today's widening growth in the level of humanity's consciousness. I
hope you have already read your article which I posted in our website several days
ago. Simply click the highlighted address below.
http://www.cosmicanthropology.com/astudentviewofaca.htm. Thanks.

NOEL (Nov 27): Hi Paul, Thanks for the copy of my paper on ACA. I reread it and find
many things are still relevant. Your idea of me presenting my initial findings on
Kabbalah should complement this paper. I have downloaded it and will do some
editing. See you.

NOEL (Nov 28, 10.22 p.m.): Hi Paul, Attached is the revised paper - I have removed
some and added a summary of Kabbalah. I also corrected some parts. Overall, it's
the same paper.

PAUL (Nov 30): Hi Noel, I am getting interested, also curious, of your Kabbalah
research. Perhaps, you can include in your work exploration if there is a connection
between Kabbalah and the Essene community which Jesus was reported to frequent
during his time. This is also a mystic community (occult). If my memory serves me
right, this community was an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine
from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D. Is it still existing now? It
would be interesting to know this so we, Christians and Catholics especially, can
seriously reflect on how we ought to relate more meaningfully to Kabbalah - its
beliefs and practices - if these are still operating today. Thank you.

NOEL: (Nov 30): Hi Paul, OK. Will do some research to find if there is a link between
ancient Kabbalah and Essene (2nd cent BC). Since Kabbalah appears older than
Jesus & Essenes (K is 4,000 years old - the time of ABraham), baka nga meron. But
remember that K in the 1st 3,000 years was an oral tradition! It got written down
only barely a millennia ago (about 800 years ago). So, kung meron man, baka
undocumented and if oral, baka superimposed on the teachings, i.e., similar
teachings must have the same origin. For example: Jesus' "golden rule" is a direct
statement of the Confucian Golden Rule - iba lang ang words, but the thought is
exactly the same. And yet, Jesus lived at least 10,000 kms from China, and a
millennia from the time of Confucius - but the idea is the same (even the wordings
are almost the same!). Should we infer, since Confucius lived much earlier than
Jesus, that Jesus, somehow got the golden rule from Confucius/China? As we know,
the Universe (i.e., the Cosmos) is a unity (Theos: "the unity of Life"), and everything
and everybody is interconnected (this is also a basic Kabbalah teaching). Even Carl
Jung alluded to this (the interconnectedness of minds). And there is one ACA
reference, whom I forgot already, whose text book established this
interconnectedness. Regards.

PAUL (Nov 30): I also learned that Jesus (or His teachings?) traveled to India. It was
also rumored that He was in Japan and in fact died there. I do not know if there are
scientific basis of this report. I think this is where we, as Anthropologists, can dig
deeper and further. I am sending you an attachment of what I discovered at the
beginning of this 21st century. Just for your info and perhaps entertainment. One of
my Japanese students, maybe he was your classmate too, is checking the veracity
of this report. Thank you.

NOEL (Nov 30): Hi Paul, I did some looking into the Essene's and Kabbalah. Some
Jewish scholars have looked into this: no connection daw - at least from what they
read in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Although these scholars said that the Essene's
believed/practiced Talmudic teachings/rules, etc. which are Kabbalistic - the Talmud
being the basis of the Christian Old Testament, and is also basically Kabbalistic, i.e.,
Kabbalah provides insights into the meaning of the Old Testament books, esp.
Genesis or the Divine Creation, esp. of Man. Kabbalah, remember, antedates the Old
Testament by at least 3,000 years of oral tradition. Kabbalah is the oldest Jewish
literature, dating back to Abraham.
The Christians had no bible until 300 years after Year "0" ("CE" or "AD"). It was the
Patriarch Eusebius, an Eastern Christian Orthodox "metropolitan" (a senior bishop,
like a pope) who was instructed by Emperor Constantine to review all literature
(some were books, others pamphlets, some mere scraps of papers, etc.) being used
by Christian groups within the Roman Empire. "Canonize" what is acceptable, and
burn the rest! (ca.324 AD) Eusebius and his assitants read everything, put the
acceptable ones to the right of a table, and the unacceptable to the left. The rest is
history. When I think of this, I really doubt the "divine inspiration" that gave birth to
the Bible. Unless Patriarch Eusebius is divinely-inspired. Kawawa naman those
Christian communities whose references were burned!
Incidentally, scholars have estsablished that the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Essene's, the
early and modern Jewish, the early Christians and modern Kabbalah - all share the
same concept of "altruistic communal life" - i.e., each share each other's material
resources. In this one aspect, the concept of "interconnectedness, which is "cosmic"
sees life in these societies. As to Jesus perigrinating to India, etc., I read a book
while in Brahma Kumaris, of Jesus going to India with Mother Mary - after the
crucifixion. It seems that it was not Jesus who died on the cross! Somebody else
took his place! Parang si Simon of Arimathea (so, how can he request Pilate for the
body of Jesus?). Then Jesus travelled to India and died there. He even has a tomb,
with the name "Issa" - which is Joshua in Arabic. And Mother Mary also has a tomb,
with "Miriam" which is the Arabic for Mary. The tombs can be visited in Northern
India. Check w/BK for the exact location - may pic pa yong tomb!
As to Jesus going to China or Japan, I am not aware of this yet. In any case, while
this is of interest to anthropology, this is of no interest for mysticism. In Theosophy,
we give less importance to the historical Jesus, but give more weight to Jesus as an
"indwelling Christ" in man and in the Cosmos. Jesus, in Theos, adopting Eastern
(mainly HIndu) philosophy, puts Jesus as an "arhat", a "mahatma", or a "master". He
is part of a pantheon of mahatma's helping out the "Manu" or the "Solar Logos"
("Ein Sof" in Kabbalah) maintain order in this and other earths so evolution can
proceed with the least delay. Jesus is assigned a task: "love." He is to work that
everyone develops a fervor for love to each other. Theos yan. The historical Jesus
was used by the Cosmos for this purpose. You might say he has done his job - albeit
being partly successful in his and our lifetimes - because the Christians and the
Muslims, for instance, both sprung of Abraham, have little love for each other!
Among the Rosicrucians (which I joined for a year), Jesus is believed to be NOW or in
recent years in Lebanon. A Rosicrucian painter even made a portrait of Jesus based
from his clairvoyant intuition. I have a copy. I will scan it and send it to you (if you
like). The portrait looks vastly different from what the Christian churches parlay to
us. Jesus is my favorite mystical person - siguro because of my over-exposure to
what he teaches in the New Testament (1st four books lang, and not all of it). Read
the "Jefferson Bible" - 13 chapters, shorn of the additions by the ecclesiastics.
Jefferson completely ignores the other books - Paul & the Apostles - because what
they say are not from Jesus mouth. Available online.

PAUL (Nov 30): Thank you ... that was fast. I would like very much to have a copy of
the portrait. I did not know your knowledge of Jesus' lives, et al., in India is that
detailed. The details of his life in Japan is very similar to what I learned through this
website: http://www.thiaoouba.com/tomb.htm. Ever since I've started reading the
apocryphal writings, e.g., gospel according to Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Mary,
James, Nicodemus, the Gnostic Gospels, and the Book of Enoch (all of which I have a
soft copy on file in my computer), my faith has transcended Christianity and more
so Catholicism. Enriched by other religious teachings, my beliefs have become, shall
I say, cosmic. But I cannot still get away from my belief that Jesus is divine, that He
was God, the Son, coequal with the Holy Spirit and the Father. My only consolation is
that I also personally believe that we human beings are on our way to becoming as
Divine as Jesus - to merge ultimately with God's Divinity from whom we all come
from in the first place.
I am with you on how the books of the bible were randomly organized by Emperor
Constantine, who was already losing power because of the emerging Christian
power then. That's why the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls is also helpful. More
importantly, however, is knowledge about Kabbalah, which you are now researching
on. That's why I am interested in this, since so far, with your inputs, it seems that
the several doctrines and teachings which we know, hold, and practice can be
traced to it.
You're right about taking everything from the interest of mysticism, which in my
case is "interest in the context of how it can contribute to my (and humanity's)
spiritual growth and advancement," or perhaps still, interest of broadening and
deepening one's consciousness on our role in this Cosmos and our ultimate future. I
would still prefer the way of the physical sciences and the social sciences (like
anthropology), primarily because I believe these sciences can also lead to the
discovery of what arts and humanities (religion, etc.) have already discovered
thousands of years ago. I always say to my students and participants in my
seminars that mathematics, calculus, statistics are also God's creation that can be
used to prove and reveal His nature and essence.
Besides, I have no quarrel with the major religious beliefs since it's not quite difficult
to discern the essence of what they are preaching - as you said "love" in the case of
Jesus. And this can be easily accepted, without being restricted at all by their
dogmatism.
This is also why I am interested in developing the Cosmic Anthropological paradigm
and principles, a paradigm which you are similarly working on right now - from the
perspective of mysticism (if I am right). I can only foresee great complementarity of
what we are doing. Sometime in the future, we can gather our materials together
and find ways how these two can converge and communicated to the public. All for
now.

NOEL (Dec. 1): Just a quick reply to let you know that the portrait of Jesus by a
Rosicrucian is in our house in the province! Not to worry. We go there every
weekend to escape the heat and noise of urban life. I will get it over to you next
week - after the coming weekend. As an aside, I noted your message:
I would still prefer the way of the physical sciences and the social sciences (like
anthropology), primarily because I believe these sciences can also lead to the
discovery of what arts and humanities (religion, etc.) have already discovered
thousands of years ago. I always say to my students and participants in my
seminars that mathematics, calculus, statistics are also God's creation that can be
used to prove and reveal His nature and essence.

And, yes:
This is also why I am interested in developing the Cosmic Anthropological paradigm
and principles, a paradigm which you are similarly working on right now - from the
perspective of mysticism (if I am right). I can only foresee a great complementarity
of what we are doing. Sometime in the future, we can gather together our materials
and find ways how these two can converge and communicated to the public.

You must be a "philosopher" if we take the following observation:


The mystic is opposed to the philosopher by the fact that he begins from within,
whereas the philosopher begins from without. The mystic starts from his inner,
positive, individual experience, in which he finds himself as the eternal and the only
being, and so on.
Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol. II, Ch. XLVIII. This is
from Wikipedia on Mysticism.

Yes, I will approach our target from the mystical perspective (the "inner"), while you
approach it from the physical and social sciences (the "outer") - using math, calc,
stats and the methods of science. I will dwell on the unseen, you dwell on the
"objective reality." Science uses the 5 senses; I will use the 6th sense! Let us see
where and when we converge. You have the advantage of knowledge. I can only use
meditation. Good luck!

PAUL (Dec 1): Hi Noel, Greetings! A sharp distinction, you have made ...
Understanding our role and future from the perspective of knowledge (sciences) and
experience (mysticism) ... or, from the viewpoint of the outer, objective world and
the inner, subjective world. The two approaches may be able to come up with two
pictures of the same reality, two pictures that are two distinct pieces of the jigsaw
puzzle portraying and describing the same phenomenon. Who knows, these two
approaches of studying humanity may ultimately find their convergence in the
emerging field of study we call, Cosmic Anthropology.
On a more personal level, it could also happen that the student approaching the
study of humanity from the scientific point of view may be also able to transcend
and go beyond his discipline, to cross to another discipline. I tend to believe that
this is what happened to theoretical physicist Fritjof Capra when he crossed over
and entered into the domain of Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. as well as to quantum
physicist John Hagelin who went into the world of Maharishi. Or, it could also be the
other way around, like Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., who came up with his Noosphere
by crossing into the field of the physical or hard sciences.
Anyway, this is still something we may want to happen in the future -- the
convergence of science and religion in the context of a broader discipline or
paradigm that brings into unity the world of the subjective and the objective.

Part 2 - noel-paul exchanges


NOEL (Dec 4): Here's the picture of Jesus, as painted by a Rosicrucian from
clairvoyant visioning. As I said, Jesus has been reincarnated, in recent ages, in
Lebanon, to do some teaching there. You will note that the facial regime of Jesus is
Middle Eastern (brown, sun-drenched) and not white-Cuacasian as portrayed by the
Catholic Church and other Christian churches.
You said somewhere in our exchanges that you believe that Jesus is God, as the
Father & the Holy Ghost are God. In Kabbalah and in Theosophy, it is not so. The
ultimate cosmic Creator in Kabbalah is "Ein Sof" which translates to "limitless,
without boundaries" and is, therefore, "impersonal. Jesus comes like a "personal
God" (especially to Protestant Churches). In Theosophy, the "Absolute" is the "Solar
Logos" from which creation emanated - and is also quite "impersonal.
In any case, I do not question your beliefs - I respect them. Scanning the
"knowledge" given us from the East and from the West, we see a whole spectrum of
beliefs: some contradictory, some complementary. The way into the truth is from
the inner, i.e., mysticism, because the outer is an array of manifestation that could
be confusing, especially when we consider that we perceive the outer from our
limited means of observation: the five senses. While the 6 th sense (the mind or
"manas" in Theosophy) is there to help us filter what comes in, still, there is the
element of conditioning that colors our lenses. Mysticism leaves the mind behind
and enters intuitive vision - where reason is left behind. Since science must use
reason (and logic), science is self-limiting. Such a posture, however, is very
productive at the material plane. Witness the plethora of material inventions!
Incidentally, the Internet has reported that the world will not end Dec. 21, 2012 -
the Mayan calendar ends the "long count" and goes into a new phase. That's all. It's
a calendar shift.

PAUL (Dec 5, 7:72 a.m.): Yes, you are absolutely right in saying that science
depends largely on our five physical senses to perceive and experience reality. But it
is today also acknowledged by science that we do not only receive information from
our five physical senses. What is even shocking (at least to many of us) is the
discovery in quantum science that the objective world we see outside of us is purely
an illusion, because what we perceive from our five senses are simply our own
subjective representations of the outside world.
Quantum physics now advance the view that on a much deeper level, we humans
are endowed with the faculty of consciousness or awareness. Consciousness, to
quantum physicists and medical sciences, is not affected by the atomic, molecular,
and chemical processes of the physical senses and the brain for, as their
experiments demonstrate, it can exist independently of the body; it can function
perfectly even without the body. Their studies (in the case of a near-death
experience or NDE) reveal that we humans through our consciousness can hear
and see what is going on around us in great detail.
What is most startling is the assertion (but a product of mathematical proofs) of
quantum physicists that our consciousness is matter in its purest form (E=mc2), and
the E (for energy) is responsible for the birth of the physical, the material world. In
its purest form, E transcends our dimension of time and space; it is in the realm of
the metaphysical, supra-natural. It is invisible and undetectable to our ordinary
physical senses, the reason that some quantum physicists like John Hagelin would
call this E, the Spirit. The other way around can also happen, i.e., the m in the
equation can also be reduced to its purest form to produce the E. So far, science has
successfully done this through the process of fusion and fission that produce the
atomic and nuclear bombs.
In my view, what still remains to be explored further by science is the ability of
human Consciousness (or can we now say Spirit?) to dissolve m into E, in such a
way the m in us (atoms, molecules, human body as a whole) can be transformed
into E, albeit temporarily only, and disappear into thin air and appear somewhere
else, and back to its original form and place. Interestingly though, quantum
physicists are now seriously discussing (using mathematics and laboratory
experiments, of course) about the science of invisibility, bi-location, telepathy, mind
reading, and the influence of sounds and intentions (which is the E in the equation)
on matter (like water and objects like plants, trees, and animals).
This is sort of saying that the beginning and the end of everything is Consciousness
or Spirit. We can stretch this further and say that the only Reality is Consciousness.
I have discussed many of these concerns in Part 11 of my 10minute youtube
series, which can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97UOaPig-aE.
In regards to Jesus, yes, I said, I cannot still get away from my belief that Jesus is
divine, that He is God, the Son, coequal with the Holy Spirit and the Father.
Understandably, this is what is injected into my DNA by the largely Catholic
educational background and upbringing that I have. And this is something which I
am personally processing over the past few years now. It should not be hard
resolving this issue soon, using Albert Einsteins equation. And thanks for that
portrait of Jesus. He indeed looks like us Asians (like you and me) than Caucasians.
And lastly, I was delighted to get that assurance that the world will not end Dec 21.
Yeah! I can still celebrate my birthday on Dec. 22 I was born 2:00 a.m. and
astrologers say Im more Sagittarius than Capricorn.

NOEL (Dec 5, 9:28 a.m.): The concept of Maya or illusion, is, as you know, a very old
Aryan (Hindu) knowledge. If we link it to the Veda's, that should put Maya 8,000
years back. In the process, the concept has not been disproven, but many insights
have been put into it. Theosophy has endorsed the concept - based on, like
Buddhism, on the "long view" that the external, worldly "reality" is not the "total
reality" because it "passes" - i.e., it changes from moment to moment. What is
temporary cannot be true.
In Kabbalah, the matter of "limited" perception given to humans by the five senses
is emphasized. In sight, for instance, the retina reflects a tree upside down! And, of
course, what we see, hear, taste, feel and smell, is vastly limited. To humans, what
is reality is not what exists outside but what they perceive inside as existing
outside!
Some animals see, hear, taste, smell, and feel much more than humans. And,
therefore, their sense of "reality" is more expansive than ours. Reflect on a situation
where you can see more, hear more, smell more, taste more, and feel more. Iba, di
ba (Different, isnt it)?
So the Kabbalistic question is how to "expand" our consciousness of reality?
Kabbalah says it is possible if we can "tune in" to the "Upper World. Kabbalah calls
this "adhesion" to the Creator, i.e., we not only unite with the Creator, we "become"
Its qualities. We have the potential to become true children of God. Like Father like
son.
In effect by "attaining" the attributes of the Creator, we can "see" more than what
we would normally "see. It is, of course, our consciousness of reality that expands.
By this "expansion, while we live on earth, we live more intelligently. That is the
wisdom of Kabbalah. We see more opportunities open to us, and forces from the
"Upper World" are tapped and we are "enabled. This sounds very much like
Quantum Physics (QP) or the Laws of Attraction, and of Affirmation.
Earlier, I shared with you a material on "biocentrism" - which is also QP in a way. A
scientist in the U.S. posits that life moves all phenomena. This is a basic QP
concept: atoms/sub-atomic particles/waves behave differently when observed. It
follows that consciousness is energy. That's already an insight into your .
Theosophy holds that the spirit in akasha (space) is "fohat" or energy. And science
has proved the existence of electricity - within the human body and without.
Theosophy, or more properly, Aryan knowledge, has "seen" fohat thousands of
years ago. The space (akasha) is not a vacuum. And we know, now from science,
that space is filled with energy in the form of light (waves and particles), radio
waves, electro-magnetic waves, x-rays, etc. - aside from what we see.
Theosophy posits, also the concept of creation as "becoming" from the Logos
(thought) to energy and to matter, i.e., Spirit already exists and transmutes into
matter. There is no creation from nothing to something. (This is the main
disagreement of Theosophy with the Christian teaching in Genesis.) Spirit, which is
unseen, merely transits into Matter, which is seen. Spirit changes form! John
intones: "In the beginning was the word . . ." But even before the "word" is spoken,
the "thought" "becomes" spirit - and becomes the engine of what is called
"creation" of the material world. But, of course, science doesn't "see" the "spirit.
This is the realm of mysticism and of esoteric knowledge. Together, the two are
called "intuitive science" by the Tantric Yogis.
This concept of spirit is built into the anthropogenesis in Theosophy. At the human
level (and other planes as well), Theosophy teaches the concept of the "seven root
races. Man begun as a spirit, i.e., pure consciousness, and in the 3 rd root race,
assumes the present physical form, continuing its evolution into the present 5 th root
race, and, will evolve further into the 6 th root race and, finally, into the 7th when it
will become pure spirit again. So, it is from consciousness and back to
consciousness.
Tantra Yoga affirms this evolution, i.e., from spirit to mineral, to plant, to animate
and, then, to human, and back to spirit. Kabbalah has the similar teaching. In fact,
Theosophy, Kabbalah, and Aryan philosophy teach that minerals become plant,
plant become animate, and animals become man - and man will evolve into pure
spirit! And this is the "interconnectedness" of beings and the unity of life. This
should teach us to love the natural environment, as well, because not only did we
come from it, we are continuously evolving "within" it.
That is why "cosmic consciousness" is expansive and unitive. And in ACA, we
should build this attitude. Kabbalah (and early Christianity) propagates "communal
altruism" which is similar to modern cooperatives: where all own everything and
each shares with one another. The selfish truth, Kabbalah observes, which we must
overcome is this: "What is mine is mine and what is your is yours."
This concept, today, rules free enterprise, laissez faire, and capitalism. All our
social, political, economic, and physical institutions is based on this "truth. It is
individualistic, selfish and self-serving. Thats why theres so much poverty around
us: no sharing. Before the West "discovered" us, the lines between individuals and
the community were not as sharp as today. But we imbibe, together with the Fast
Food Chains, the western culture of separateness.
This has to be corrected. ACA will have to find ways to correct this "truth. Cosmic
consciousness is what Jesus, Confucius, Sakyamuni the Buddha, and other mystics
taught. It is an expansion beyond what we perceive in this world as reality - which is
not.

PAUL (Dec 12): Using several approaches to understand reality and our future can
be all the more confusing and chaotic. As they say in the physical sciences: "The
future is very uncertain. Everything are only probabilities." Anything can happen,
especially those who are in continuing search for the truth. Even ones views evolve
as new knowledge come by.
Having said this, I would like to continue this (cosmic) journey. Until now, I am still
enjoying the atmosphere of "academic freedom" here in ASI. The Left and Right
Hemispheres of the Brain, including those in-between, ought to be given enough
space, time, and opportunity to express themselves. I expect interventions from the
top, more as advises and openness (as they did in the past to me) in the name of
"academic freedom," multi-disciplinary exchanges, holism, and other such high
falutin principles.
I would like to believe that this cosmic journey is not my effort alone; youre very
much in it too. And, as you noticed, we are taking two different starting points - one
from the inner, experiential world and the other from the outer, experimental and
empirical world. In my case, I carry the hope that later on, in our respective
researches and studies, a sort of convergence can come about. At this stage, I still
don't know if that will come. But it is this mystery of the unknown that started my
quest.

NOEL (Dec 13): I'm with you all the way! My heart goes to your efforts to clarify
ACA. I also think ACA needs more clarity. The way others in the outside world are
managing it (Editors note: The term cosmic anthropology is also used in other
parts of the world. Search it over the Internet with Google) is taking it to other
directions which might miss the cosmic points. Anyway, soldier on.
The Universe is ever active, and has a plan. Kabbalah teaches that the "operating
system" of this world is in the "Upper world" and we can access it, at any time, if we
study and persevere. It also teaches that by continuing the studies and absorbing
the lessons, one gets transformed. The external world remains, but the change is in
one's perception of the outer world. As we study Kabbalah, we shall perceive this
world differently from the others. We shall "see" more. That - Paul - should be
reward enough!

PAUL (Dec 13): I remember you telling me that you were, in the past, also into
Theosophy, for a year or so if I am right. Maybe sometime in the future (after your
Kabbalah talk), you can write your reflections on what you have learned and
experienced in the world of Theosophy (and some other beliefs, if there are still
other beliefs which you have encountered). This could be an enriching experience
also for others in their cosmic journey.
As an addendum, you talk of "inner" and "outer" world. In the world of science,
quantum physicists talk of the "subjective" and the "objective" world, or the
"observer" (and more specifically "conscious observer") and the "observed." In their
views, the "observer" influences "the observed" or the "objective phenomenon." It is
the "conscious observer" that creates the "outside reality." In fact, according to their
views, there is really no "objective phenomenon" or "outside reality" without the
observer, consciously observing it. The outside reality only exists because of the
observer. In the end, quantum science says that there is really no separation
between the "observer" and the "observed." There is no distinction between the
subjective and the objective.
I just find these insights of quantum science mystical, deeply spiritual, and even
going into the world of the divine. I wonder if this is one reason why the number of
quantum scientists that have gone into mysticism, including the pioneer/founder of
quantum physics David Bohm, keeps on increasing.

NOEL (Dec 15): We shall definitely link Kabbalah to our cosmic concerns in ACA.
Very simply, we go cosmic when we "ascend" beyond this world - and ascend we
must if we wish to evolve, which is our natural spiritual development path. For
instance, Kabbalah, which speaks of "attaining" the "upper world" believes that we
should transcend our limited reality here - and evolve. If we don't we are spiritually
and materially poorer. Poverty, material and spiritual, is explained by Kabbalah as a
"lack" of evolution. Kabbalah teaches that by constant practice and study, we can
attain "cosmic consciousness. Failing that, we remain "unevolved, and, therefore,
forever unfulfilled.
Theosophy endorses the Buddhist "samadhi" leading to nirvana - which is the
Buddhist "cosmic. It is also heavy on Aryan philosophy which teaches that there is
no creation: at the cosmic level, spirit and matter are already there. It "becomes"
when the passive phase of the Cosmos resumes its active phase. In Theosophy, it is
the spirit that "moves" ("manifests") matter into many forms. John's gospel is
"theosophic" in the sense that "In the beginning was the word . . . and it became
flesh." Theosophy and Kabbalah teach that the thought precedes words, and words
precede action. It is thought that starts everything, thus, spirit precedes matter.
Cosmically, matter forms out of spirit. That is why the approach of mysticism to the
Cosmos is through the spirit, the inner world. Science, tied to measurable
phenomenon, approaches the Cosmos through matter (e.g., the Big Bang Theory).
And the Quantum Physicists now "see" otherwise!
You ask why quantum physicists become mystics (e.g., Bohm, etc.). Because
beyond the sub-atomic world of waves and particles, the "objective" behaves to the
forces of the subjective, where no physical force is apparent, only spiritual force, or
if you would, "mental force, i.e., the power of the mind instead of the muscle. I
understand one of your speakers in January will talk of "spoon-bending. That is
cosmic! Thought is unseen energy (and so are words very powerful). So, the
quantum physicists realize that a non-physical energy is in operation, and it moves
matter. The grosser the matter, the less we perceive the motion. This is the reason
why the observations are done at sub-atomic levels. Einstein had to go cosmic to
construct his Theory of Relativity: light bends beyond in space, beyond the Earth's
pull.
Also observe human behavior - it changes based on thoughts and words - both are
unseen energy forms! Observe how Christian dogma moves people to drop money
into collection plates, etc. See how dogma keeps the church institutions viable?
The laws of physics do not apply to spiritual forces, although they apply, e.g.
electricity, to unseen energy forms. Still, electricity, radio waves, x-ray, etc. - though
unseen - are still of the material world. Light is physical, but astral light, only seen
by clairvoyants, is not.
So, one way to "go cosmic" is to go beyond physical laws. Those forces and natural
laws that do not obey physical laws are "cosmic. One bothersome aspect of this
statement is gravity - which can be measured physically. It operates on this Earth
and extra-terrestrially. Gravity, expressed in both centrifugal and centripetal forces,
keeps things on Earth in perfect balance, and so with the sun, stars and the planets.
The cosmic equivalent of gravity is "karma. Karma operates as a natural law, and is
unseen. Contrary to its popular meaning, karma is not retribution. It is "equilibrium.
Disturb the balance and it will be restored by the Universe, and woe to the one who
disturbed it.

PAUL (Dec 16): Based on the inputs in your latest exchange, the mystics (K, most
especially) talk about the cosmic perspective as a view from the above, from
up there, from the upper world. It is from this vantage point of view that
humanity is able to arrive at an understanding of its role and future. It is from this
(mystic) perspective that we can truly and meaningfully respond to the problems
confronting world societies today.
The world-up-there is said to be the world that transcends time, space, and form.
It transcends the laws of physics; and is tantamount to saying that this spirit realm
does not obey the physical laws, as you said.
The mystic view, if I interpret it correctly, is the realm of the spirit, from which
matter originates. It is the spirit that creates matter. And by spirit, both
Theosophy and Kabbalah, you said, manifests itself within us through our mental
world, specifically to the faculty of the mind or thought. And in our mental
domain, it is this mind and thought that starts everything outside, the one we
call reality, and, thus, to the mystics, mind or thought precedes matter.
And continuing the mystic view humanity, through its innate mental faculties, is
able to access or attain the spirit world by going beyond or transcending this
physical world through inner reflection, i.e., going within the inner self through the
use of such means as meditation, yoga, prayer, rituals, and the like coupled with
continuous study and practice.
I hope that was an accurate, or close-to-accurate, interpretation of the mystics view
of what cosmic perspective means, based on the inputs I gather from you. You
may expand it later but so far I am only following your email scripts. And I dont
have any quarrel with mysticism at all. In fact, I find their views to be not totally
strange, considering that they run parallel and similar to the other disciplines
including the sciences.
But let me now express the view of science, more specifically, the teachings of
the quantum physicists, the classical-physicists-turned quantum-physicists, the
astrophysicists, cosmologists, neuroscientists, mathematicians, and the
contemporary medical scientists, who are all diehard followers and sympathizers of
Albert Einsteins E=mc2, himself a physicist and also deeply mystic (as we learned
from his private letters and communications with friends in the academe).
This early, however, let me point out that their views, which I am going to expound
very briefly because of time and space constraints thus, minus quotations also of
the sources of what I will be saying are not shared by other scientists, like the
contemporary biologists, astro-biologists, the geneticists, and some recent
mathematicians, for they espouse other paradigms, e.g. panspermia, intelligent
design, biocentrism, anthropological cosmology, etc.
Anyway, how do the physicists, et al. view the cosmic perspective?
One area that is now hotly discussed in the world of physics is the issue of
consciousness. As I advanced earlier in one of our communications, classical
physicists argue that consciousness, (just like the origin of the mind, thought, and
feelings) is a product of the evolutionary process and as such is also governed by
the laws or forces of physics (electromagnetism, weak nuclear forces, strong
nuclear force, and gravity). Quantum physicists, however, go farther by arguing that
Consciousness emerges suddenly at a particular period of the cosmic evolutionary
process. As an emergent phenomenon they are not bound by the laws of physics.
And where does Consciousness come from?
If one goes deeper and deeper into matter, one enters the realm of energy. It is
from this energy that all forms and matter come. Energy transcends time, space,
and forms. Matter manifests itself as congealed or frozen energy. It is energy that
creates matter. And, in Einsteins E=mc2, the converse can also happen, i.e., matter
can also reverse itself into energy.
Some quantum physicists teach that, at its deepest and purest level, energy is
Consciousness. It is in this purest level that oneness, relatedness, and
interconnectivity of the entire Cosmos begins and ends. But this cosmic oneness is
manifested in diverse forms in our physical world of time, space, and matter, which,
in the cosmic evolutionary process, will ultimately return to its purest form of energy
- Consciousness. There is, in fact, in the view of science, a continuing process of
creation, destruction, and annihilation.
The cosmic perspective of viewing humanity from the lens of science, then, is
through the exercise of this faculty of consciousness which is inherent in the whole
of the Cosmos, and most especially in us human beings. It is consciousness and
awareness that we are all connected and related to each other, that we come from
the same source and origin.
Mainstream physicists, however, are not still on the stage of arguing whether or not
this ultimate source, force, energy, or consciousness is an entity called by mystics
as God, the Spirit, or the Creator of All Things. If there is such a thing as God,
science argues that he is not a necessary factor in the mathematical equation. The
Cosmos perfectly operates and functions without him or her. In other words,
humanity does not need a god or gods, especially an interventionist god.
There you are two different views of the same reality sketched briefly due to
limited space. And we have not yet explored (at least in our exchanges) the views of
other sciences and disciplines (e.g., biologists, geneticists, philosophy,
psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, etc.), which also study humanity from
differing perspectives. Their respective paradigms are equally instructive and
enlightening, and, if one is open, they all the more broaden our limited
understanding of the Cosmos and humanity.
The more I think of these other perspectives, the more I am awed and inspired to
continually search for answers to questions about our role and future in this
Cosmos. The more I am also convinced that I cannot really be dogmatic about my
views. I only stand in marvel, but respectful at the same time, of those (individuals
and institutions) who claim that they have the whole truth to themselves and that
they have the right path.
On a personal note, I have learned in our class that its more constructive,
instructive, and enlightening if I open to all the views, not really for the purpose of
just opening myself, but for the purpose of establishing real connectivity, unity, and
more meaningful relationships with all of our fellow cosmic species both humans
and non-humans. For how can I connect and relate to them if I dont understand
them?
In all this, then, its not a matter of believing (to me personally); its not a matter of
knowing what or who is right. Knowledge is what matters most. Knowledge-in-itself
is transformative. For, as I said, the moment I know and become consciously aware
that I am related and connected to the insects and the trees, my relationship to
them will be gradually, if not immediately, transformed. Knowledge then becomes
experiential. All for now.

NOEL (Dec 17): You raised a lot of points that will take many exchanges to answer.
Here are a few that will not cover all your concerns. We need a "face-to-face"
discussion on these points, because, as you correctly observed: space is limited.
But before I do reply, let me suggest a "punto de vista. All the while, we have been
discussing, e.g., mysticism, science, Cosmos, etc. on a broad platform - mostly on
concepts. I would like to take our discussion, if only for a while, on the "micro" or
human level. We take this down by the realization that all about Cosmos, etc. is
reached through the individual human mind and body. While there are 6.5 billion
people now on earth, and 100 million of them are here in our country, still, it is an
individual search for "cosmic consciousness" that matters, Unless the individual is
primed up for the spiritual journey, he/she, the individual, will remain unevolved
here on earth. There is no "ascent.
In Theosophy, we are taught that a "triangle" is the best model for this journey: the
three points are titled: "study, "meditate, and "serve. This model is true for the
Aryan philosophy (the Vedas, Hinduism, etc.), Buddhism, Kabbalah, and the many
spiritual groups I have joined here for the last 15 years (e.g., Brahma Kumaris,
Ananda Marga, Wisdom Foundation/Buddhism, etc.). You and I have been
exchanging notes on the first point: "study" - and it has been very refreshing,
exhilarating, and very useful, indeed. I do the 2 nd point and, as much as I can, I do
the 3rd point (volunteer services, giving to the poor, etc.).
Theosophy and Kabbalah teach that meditation is very important (prayers, also, as
you correctly pointed out - but to the right God). In this connection, each individual
must do the 2nd point (all must have been doing the 3rd point, I assume). Or else,
there can be no "cosmic consciousness. When I go to your class on Jan 14, I will
open my talk with a short meditation, and hopefully, encourage the students to do
this daily. And while there are thousands of methods to meditate, I will recommend
the simplest and easiest to use: "vipassana" or "mindful awareness. It is what
Sakyamuni the Buddha used, and taught.
So, creation, spirit, matter, E=mc2, etc. are all part of our study, but we fall short of
evolution without meditation. And meditation, while it can be taught in groups, and
done in groups, is always internalized individually. The Christian adage that no one
can save you but yourself is always true. It is platonic, neo-platonic, gnostic, and
Greek. Of the four gospel writers, John, in the 4 th gospel is such: "In the beginning
was the Word . . ."

Now, some replies to the points you raised:


My own readings in science is that, except for Quantum Physics, it is largely
"physics" and deals with the physical, matter or materia, and it does its
measurements by the five senses. OK, psychology and its derivatives, is now
considered science. But it is at the borderline because science, per se, refers to the
"observable, measurable, and repeatable. Psychology and its derivatives, such as
sociology which ASI espouses, may be "science" because it does surveys and
analyzes, using statistics, to come up with observations. But while it can "explain"
its power of "prediction" (much like Pag-Asa), it can be on the "soft" side. "Hard
science, such as physics, can predict (e.g., the laws of motion is the bedrock of
transportation). OK, so we include the "soft sciences" as science. That's your
province.
Quantum Physics is the latest entrant into non-physical science, and forms the
border between mysticism and science. However, it operates, as a science at sub-
atomic level. At larger platforms, it is "very soft. Its laws of affirmation and
attraction, and of healing (dating back to the religions), may work, but, unlike
science (as I defined it - observable, measurable, repeatable), it fails on the
prediction aspect of science and also on the measurement of phenomena. A faith
healer, using the laws of affirmation and attraction, may heal some but not all (or
more of the latter). So, he attributes the action to the deity - an unseen entity, very
safe, to assume. Actually, what heals is the person himself. Deep within, we have
glands, such as the pineal, thyroid, and adrenal glands, which when properly
stimulated, secretes powerful chemicals to the lymphatic system to strengthen the
immune system: "God is within you - you are the temple of God." Yoga, "opens" the
seven chakras, to admit more supply of "prana" the "vital life force" into the glands.
PAUL (Dec. 19, 5:16 p.m.): Your mystical triadic model for achieving cosmic
consciousness is indeed interesting and could be very stimulating and spiritually
enriching for humanitys spiritual journey. As you described it briefly, it entails the
simultaneous entry and utilization of the three equidistant points in the (isosceles)
triangle: the 1st point being study; the 2nd point being meditation,and the 3rd
point service to others). But individuals, as you hinted, differ in the levels of their
application. Some, like science, gives emphasis on study. Others perhaps focus
more on meditation and service. But the ideal approach, if I get it right, is to
give all the three points more or less equal emphasis and consideration if one is to
realize that cosmic consciousness that humanity is searching for. And the
experience derived at from immersing oneself simultaneously into these three
cosmic dots can be exhilarating, refreshing and useful as you mentioned.
If I may hasten to add my observation many individuals on this Planet Earth (6
billion?) have not yet reached this ideal stage of daily living. The result is that each
and every terrestrial inhabitant has its own level or degree of evolution. We can say
perhaps that in the mystic view some individuals are more evolved than others.
This, however, is only my own interpretation of the mystic view.
Anyway, you may just have to keep on hammering on this alternative mystic
paradigm in your discussion. And the individual (which is me or anybody) will just
take it at its face-value, i.e., as a viewpoint of mysticism in the same manner that
mystics often say that the physical sciences have their own paradigms too. For the
sciences whether hard or soft have their distinct approaches, which need to be
studied and appreciated for whatever benefits these may bring on their proponents
and followers. They have their own interpretations too of the purpose, future, and
destiny of humanity. Many, I understand, will subscribe to the mystic view.
But I must admit this is something which I cannot still adopt in our current
exchanges. I want to be true to the spirit of the physical sciences, which is to
know and understand. I want to know how they view humanitys role, purpose,
and destiny what their stories, beliefs, languages, symbolisms, and rituals are in
order to connect and interact with them. I view this neither as an intellectual
curiosity, nor as an academic approach, but as a token of great respect and regard
for the importance of knowledge.
It is in this respect that I see a great value in our exchanges. We are using two
different approaches. You may perhaps know already the future our (humanitys)
future considering that mysticism has already been there for several millennia. On
the other hand, science is just new, barely 200 years old. Why it emerged at all and,
in such a short span of cosmic time, give way to great advances to todays
communications and technology that radically altered the quality of human
civilization is in itself intriguing and perplexing. Reconciling these two paradigmatic
views, if they are at all reconcilable, is a great challenge. This is why the science
and art of Cosmic Anthropology which is in search of a Theory of Everything is
very exciting.
NOEL (Dec. 19, 8:50 p.m.): So that I can input into your "Theory of Everything,
you'll have to tell me more about it. Are you trying to reconcile mystical and
scientific approaches/methods in explaining "humanity's roles, purpose, and
destiny? I suggest this reconciliation should be revisited. To my mind, mysticism
and science are partners, as I will soon explain.
The way I see it, mysticism, as you correctly observed, started quite early
(millennia earlier) and has gone ahead to explain the origin of the universe, of
material creation, of creatures here on Earth, and possibly in other planets, etc. -
and has predicted the future, at least of this Earth and its creatures. To the mystics,
it is clear where, how, and why we came here on this Planet Earth; it is clear in its
knowledge of what we are, where we are now, and where we are going. (The
seminal works of H.P.Blavatsky in Theosophy provides more detailed materials on
this.) Theosophy, for instance, has explained repeated cycles and their content is
the same - not in form, but in substance. So does Kabbalah, and other spiritual
groups. All explanations parallel each other, with some variants, and with
differences in terms and meanings due to cultural, environmental, socio-political,
and organizational variances. All posit that the cosmos came from an "infinity that is
basically thought, whose nature is beyond human description and comprehension.
And matter, the potter wheel of science, came from spirit. Of course, science
doesn't "see" spirit. That's the big "divide.
Science, on the other hand, as you observed, is "young" - about 200 years old.
Mysticism is about 8,000 years old as dated by the Vedas, and Egyptian spiritual
tradition. Kabbalah is 4,000 years old. Science creeps behind Mysticism. The
mystics already "saw" what science would "discover" later. Democritus, a Greek
mystic, "saw" the atoms millennia before scientists developed the atomic theory.
The new contribution of science to Democritus' insight is the "discovery" of sub-
atomic particles and waves, and of course, Einstein, based on the atomic theory,
developed the nuclear fission of E=mc2. He also developed the Theory of Relativity.
Science builds on previous knowledge. The modern Internet built upon the
telephony, telegraphy, TV, and other inventions using radio waves. Since science
must work on matter, it cannot "leapfrog. It is incremental - research build upon
previous findings. Mysticism is not weighed down by matter, and develops insight
that today might be remarkable and amazing. The aura has been "seen" by
clairvoyants, long before a German camera captured it, and proved that mystics
really "saw" an aura surrounding the human body. The existence and operation of
the seven main chakras (there are 35 of them, including the minor ones) which are
the gateway for the VLF (vital life force) or prana is well-known among mytics but is
unknown to science. Thats a future task for science. So is the ascent of the
kundalini, a high-energy flow from the base of the spine (muladara) to the top of
the head (sahasrara). Sometime in the future, science should be able to develop
instruments to see these 2 mystical activities within the human body once an
individual reaches the apex of meditation, and wills it. The Indians have long
marked the center of their foreheads (tika) with a red paste to indicate the point in
the human body where they feel a pressure when in meditation.
What I think is happening is that mysticism "sees ahead" while science follows. In
this perspective, I see them "integrated. The Aryans and the Egyptians already
"saw" the seven planets of our solar system before Galileo, using a telescope,
established this insight. He was sentenced to a house arrest by the Church whose
dogmas were fixed ("the earth is flat, "the earth is the center of the universe,
etc.). Mysticism and science are dynamic disciplines. But mysticism tends to have a
longer view. For instance, the Secret Doctrine of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky of
Theosophy has bold passages for science which has never been disproven since its
publication in 1895.
It would seem to me (still a hyphothesis) that mysticism and science work as
partners, the former seeing noumena (spiritual) and science discovering (from
mystical sights) phenomena (matter). Science then makes the phenomena useful
for the general public who cannot achieve mystical insights (through meditation and
divine experiences). As a result of the two disciplines, approaches and methods,
human life on earth, in general, evolves to a better plane: science, because of
material improvements it is able to introduce on a very practical and concrete level;
mysticism, because of improved human relationship, e.g., morality, character
building, tolerance, ahmsa or non-violence (Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King,
etc.), avoidance of armed conflict, respect for the natural environment, and in the
overall, peace and harmony. If mystics should ascend the highest posts of
government, there shall be no more wars. The biblical hope that swords shall be
turned into plowshares shall be achieved.
Mysticism continues to "blaze" the trail of knowledge for humanity. Of course,
science cannot believe them until they are proven, measured, repeated and
predicted by "scientific experiments. In the material world, science blazes the
trail with its material discoveries (actually evolved knowledge) and the
translation of these scientifically-proven working principles into useful equipment
(e.g., airplanes ,TV, radio, internet, etc.) and manufactured materials for the use of
everybody (except those atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945
as a consequence of Einsteins E=mc2). There is a modern challenge for the
Church-religion to update their belief system on the written literature (e.g., the Bible
of the Jews and the Christians). Having tradition "fixed interpretation" (dogma) - to
preserve Church institutions, might relegate church-religion, a very powerful
spiritual energy to some stages behind mysticism and science. Kabbalah has been
proving, for the last 4,000 years, that the Old Testament is historically and
spiritually correct. Modern Kabbalah continues to interpret the Torah and the Talmud
in ways that is spiritually and materially rewarding for the modern society. It is
continually updating!
Mysticism has established spiritual principles that science still has to enter:
"karma, "reincarnation, "law of cycles, "meditation" (science has been measuring
the brain waves of meditators and finding that meditation "slows" the brain waves
from Alpha/Beta to Delta/Theta), "astral travel, "spiritual healing" (psychoanalysis
of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung has established its efficacy), "magic, "hypnotism"
(this has been accepted by science, but during Dr. Mesmer's time in France, he was
denigraded and died a poor man), "law of affirmation and law of attraction" (now
being studied by Quantum Physics), But if we examine the trend of the past 200
years, science affirmed what mysticism established - called "philosophical
speculation.
With that, it is not surprising that eminent physical scientists, Einstein and Newton
among them, and Quantum Physicist David Bohm, became mystics! Theosophy
intones: "There is no other path to tread." ###

Part 3 - a theoretical cosmic anthropological construct


PAUL (Dec 18): Your mystical triadic model for achieving cosmic consciousness is
indeed interesting and could be very stimulating and spiritually enriching for
humanitys spiritual journey. As you described it briefly, it entails the simultaneous
entry and utilization of the three equidistant points in the (isosceles) triangle: the
1st point being study; the 2nd point meditation, and the 3rd point service to
others. But individuals, as you hinted, differ also in the levels of their application.
Some, like science, gives emphasis on study. Others perhaps focus more on
meditation and service. But the ideal approach, if I get it right, is to give all the
three points more or less equal emphasis and consideration if one is to realize that
cosmic consciousness that humanity is searching for. And the experience derived
at from immersing oneself simultaneously into these three cosmic dots can be
exhilarating, refreshing and useful as you mentioned.
If I may hasten to add my observation many individuals on this Planet Earth (6
billion?) have not yet reach this ideal stage of daily living. The result is that we have
our own level or degree of evolution. We can say perhaps that in the mystic view
some individuals are more evolved than others. This, however, is only my own
interpretation of the mystic view.
Anyway, you may just have to keep on hammering on this alternative mystic
paradigm in your discussion. And the individual (which is me or anybody) will just
take it at its face-value, i.e., as a viewpoint of mysticism in the same manner that
mystics often say that the physical sciences have their own paradigms too. For the
sciences whether hard or soft have their distinct approaches too, which need to
be studied and appreciated for whatever benefits these may bring on their
proponents and followers. They have their own interpretations also of the purpose,
future, and destiny of humanity. Many, I understand, will subscribe to the mystic
view.
But I must admit this is something which I cannot still adopt in our current
exchanges. I want to be true to the spirit of the physical sciences, which is to
know and understand. I want to know how they view humanitys role, purpose,
and destiny what their stories, beliefs, languages, symbolisms, and rituals are in
order to connect and interact with them. I view this neither as an intellectual
curiosity, nor as an academic approach, but as a token of great respect and regard
for the importance of knowledge.
It is in this respect that I see a great value in our exchanges. We are using two
different approaches. Mystics may perhaps know already the future our
(humanitys) future considering that mysticism has already been there for several
millennia. On the other hand, science is just new, barely 200 years old. Why it
emerged at all and, in such a short span of cosmic time, give way to great advances
to todays communications and technology that radically altered the quality of
human civilization is in itself intriguing and perplexing. Reconciling these two
paradigmatic views, if they are at all reconcilable, is a great challenge. This is why
the science and art of Cosmic Anthropology which is in search of a Theory of
Everything is very exciting.
NOEL (Dec 19): So that I can input into your "Theory of Everything, you'll have to
tell me more about it. Are you trying to reconcile mystical and scientific
approaches/methods in explaining "humanity's roles, purpose and destiny?"
The way I see it, mysticism, as you correctly observed, has gone ahead and has
explained the origin of the universe, of material creation, of creatures here on earth,
and possibly in other planets, etc. - and has predicted the future, at least of this
earth and its creatures. To the mystics, it is clear where, how and why we came from
what, where we are now, and where we are going. Theosophy, for instance, has
explained repeated cycles, and their content is the same - not in form, but in
substance. So does Kabbalah, and other spiritual groups. All explanations parallel
each other, with some variants, and with differences in terms and meanings due to
culture, environment and social/political organization. All posit that the cosmos
came from an "infinity that is basically thought, whose nature is beyond human
description and comprehension. And matter, the potter wheel of science, came
from spirit. Of course, science doesn't "see" spirit. That's the big "divide.
Science, on the other hand, as you observed, is "young" - about 200 years old.
Mysticism is about 8,000 years old as dated by the Vedas, and Egyptian spiritual
tradition. Kabbalah is 4,000 years old. Science creeps behind Mysticism. The
mystics already "saw" what science would "discover" later. Democritus, a Greek
mystic, "saw" the atoms millennia before scientists developed the atomic theory.
The new contribution of science to Democritus' insight is the "discovery" of sub-
atomic particles and waves, and of course, Einstein, based on the atomic theory,
developed the nuclear fission of E=mc2. He also developed the Theory of Relativity.
Science builds on previous knowledge. The modern internet built upon the
telephony, telegraphy, TV, and other inventions using radio waves. Since science
must work on matter, it cannot "leapfrog. It is incremental - research built upon
previous findings. Mysticism is not weighed down by matter, and develops insight
that today might be remarkable and amazing. The aura has been "seen" by
clairvoyants, long before a German camera captured it, and proved that mystics
really "saw" an aura surrounding the human body.
What I think is happening is that mysticism "sees ahead," while science follows. In
this perspective, I see them "integrated. The Aryans and the Egyptians already
"saw" the seven planets of our solar system before Galileo, using a telescope,
established this insight. He was sentenced to a house arrest by the Church whose
dogmas were fixed ("the earth is flat, "the earth is the center of the universe,
etc.). Mysticism and science are dynamic disciplines. But mysticism tends to have a
longer view. For instance, the Secret Doctrine of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky of
Theosophy has bold passages for science which has never been disproven since its
publication in 1895. Mysticism continues to "blaze" the trail of knowledge for
humanity. Of course, science cannot believe them until they are proven, measured,
repeated and predicted by "scientific experiments. And since church-religion
anchors their belief system on the written literature (e.g., the Bible of the Jews and
the Christians) that must have "fixed interpretation" - to preserve church
institutions, then religion could be left behind. Kabbalah has been proving, for the
last 4,000 years, that the Old Testament is historically and spiritually correct.
Modern Kabbalah continues to interpret the Torah and the Talmud in ways that is
spiritually and materially rewarding.
Mysticism has established spiritual principles that science still has to enter:
"karma, "reincarnation, "law of cycles, "meditation" (science has been measuring
the brain waves of meditators and finding that meditation "slows" the brain waves
from alpha/beta to delta/theta), "astral travel, "spiritual healing" (psychoanalysis of
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung has established its efficacy), "magic, "hypnotism"
(this has been accepted by science, but during Dr. Mesmer's time in France, he was
denigrated and died a poor man), "law of affirmation and law of attraction"" (now
being studied in quantum physics), But if we examine the trend of the past 200
years, science affirmed what mysticism established - called "philosophical
speculation.
With that, it is not surprising that eminent physical scientists, Einstein and Newton
among them, and quantum physicist Bohm, became mystics! Theosophy intones:
"There is no other path to tread."
PAUL (Dec 21): Ok, Noel. Almost every discipline today is in search of a complete
unified theory that could explain everything in the Cosmos: its origin, how
everything in it evolved from its primal beginning the singularity what explains
the diversities and complexities we see around us, how life begun, how to know and
predict our future, what really is our role here in this vast Cosmos, where are we
heading towards, and many more conceivable cosmic concerns.
Maybe the mystics have done this already, but science has nothing to do with it yet,
in spite of the fact that many bigwigs in physics are mystics on a personal level. But
their mysticism is certainly very much different to the view of pure mysticism like
Kabbalah and Theosophy, which believe in a Creator or a God.
This search for the theory of everything is given more importance and very serious
study, laboratory research and experimentations in the physical sciences heavily
utilizing the language of mathematics (allegedly considered the second language,
next to English in the 21st century). Einstein spent most of his later years
unsuccessfully searching for a unified theory. But at the moment, we have only a
number of partial theories. We have general relativity, the partial theory of gravity,
and the partial theories that govern the weak, the strong, and the electromagnetic
forces, the uncertainty principle, the so-called super-gravity theory suggested in
1976, which led to what is called string theory.
Physicists hypothesize that there is indeed this complete theory, which can be
discovered someday, believing that the Cosmos is intelligible using the language of
mathematics. And when this is finally discovered, the idea and existence of God can
be ignored. However, they are also open to other possibilities. Hawking formulates
these two other possibilities: (1) There is no ultimate theory of the universe, just an
infinite sequence of theories that describe the universe more and more accurately.
(2) There is no theory of the universe. Events cannot be predicted beyond a certain
extent but occur in a random and arbitrary manner.
But it seems that in the 21st century this theory of everything is already known with
the discovery of the M theory. I have discussed the development of this Theory of
Everything in Part 3 of my youtube series. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-
5GvEw1JOx8.
My main critique of the physicists theory of everything is that it only unifies the
physical world, in particular, the domain of physics. Hawking in fact argued earlier
that the quest for a theory of everything is known as the unification of physics.
But other scientists say that the unified theory of physics cannot explain, for
example, those that are happening in the world of biology, a discipline in the
physical sciences which is also in search of its own theory of everything.
There you are there is still a need to come up with an archetype that could
explain not just the world of atoms and sub-atomic particles, but also the chemical
and molecular world (if we stretch this out further) the mental and supra-natural
worlds that take into consideration most, if not all, of the disciplinary views and
approaches. This need not be called the Theory of Everything. Preferably, this can
perhaps be labeled as the Theory of Convergence, for we might only be able to
discover parallelisms and similarities. But this is baptizing a child which is still
unborn. And I must say also that the way things are happening in the world of
physics, the M theory might also be able to achieve this. Thats why I will continue
monitoring the development of physics in the same manner as I will continue
following developments in biology, chemistry, and the soft sciences of course, its
equally important to monitor the progress of mysticism and the so-called New Age
movements.
I hope I was able to give you something, a glimpse of what I mean by Theory of
Everything. This can be a starting point and I know you can enlarge and expand
more about this continuing search of a unified theory, from the perspective of
mysticism.
You have already inputted a lot in your Dec 19 mail. But there are still questions
raised in the above that need to be addressed. This is all for now.
PAUL (Dec 26): Noel, let me give more inputs still on the theoretical construct that
we are trying to discover. In our search of an integrative theory, lets keep our focus
on our primary discipline, which is Anthropology (the study of humanity), and we all
know that over the millennia now the study of humanity has been viewed from the
mystic point of view (myths, legends, stories that are handed down from generation
to generation and which find themselves in print like the Bible, etc.). Only recently
that the other perspectives begin to surface, e.g, physical anthropology, biological
anthropology, economic anthropology, political anthropology, psychological
anthropology, etc. On the part of mysticism, the recently discussed perspective
(perhaps revivals of ancient views) is the New Age anthropology. It could also be the
same for Kabbalah, since as you hinted, it has stopped operation as a movement
thousands of years ago although its ideas and thoughts must have travelled across
space and time. Theosophy could be also a recent (2000 years?) resurrection of
ancient thoughts that has now grown, unlike Kabbalah, as a movement.
These mystical views have their distinct features and may exhibit similarities and
parallelisms. At the same time, they also compete and even conflict with each other
in many respects. In our search of an integrative theory, we assume that existing
perspectives have also some limitations and insufficiencies in responding to the
fundamental questions we are seeking for. You have already noted a lot of these
limitations in our exchanges in the case of Physical Anthropology. We can continue
noting down all of these limitations so we can consider them when finally building
our integrative theoretical construct and model.
What I have been discussing with you in our past exchanges is a glimpse of the
viewpoints of the physicists, the perspective of Physical Anthropology, which is
dominated by the classical and quantum physicists. Its high time that I go into
another specialty of the physical sciences, and this is the perspective of the so-
called Anthropic Cosmology which appeared already in the 1940s, but developed
only later in 1947. Its emergence came just about the time that quantum physics
was already developing.
Understandably, Anthropic Cosmology (AC) is dominated by quantum physicists, but
this time, together with astrophysicists, cosmologists, biologists, among others. The
list of big names includes nuclear physicist Robert Henry Dicke, astrophysicist and
cosmologist Brandon Carter, quantum physicist Paul A. M. Dirac, physicist and
cosmologist Rabounski D. Zelmanov, professor of mathematics and astronomy
Bernard J. Carr (who is also into psychic research), professor of cosmology and
astrophysics Martin Rees at the University of Cambridge, astrophysicist John Gribbin
at the University of Cambridge, and theoretical physicist and mathematician
Freeman John Dyson, to name a few.
It was Carter who introduced in 1947 an earth-shattering concept known as
Anthropic Cosmology in a paper titled "Large Number of Coincidences and the
Anthropic Principle in Cosmology." It was also he who gave the nomenclature
anthropic principle. And, whats this paradigm all about?
Unlike physical anthropology, AC focuses its study and investigation on the
appearance of life to explain the origin of the Cosmos and the corresponding role of
humanity. Briefly, it argues that the Cosmos exhibits too many alleged coincidences.
e.g., numerical relations among physical magnitudes that, if allowed to change
(keeping everything else in the theoretical structure constant), life would be
impossible.
The anthropic principle believe that the Cosmos does indeed exhibit remarkable
coincidences and these do warrant some explanation and the main explanations are
found in the biological factors and in the values of the six fundamental physical
constants they have identified as innate properties of our Cosmos:
1. the gravitational constant (G)
2. the speed of light (c)
3. Planck's constant (h)
4. the electric charge of the electron and the proton (e)
5. the rest mass of the proton (mp), and
6. the rest mass of the electron (me)
The six fundamental physical constants, also referred as anthropic cosmological
parameters or ACP, are the necessary conditions (A) for life to exist and man to
appear (B). If the calibrations for these physical forces were even slightly different,
life and the human species could not have emerged. The values and strength of
these constants are found to be so well proportioned and fine tuned, that any
tinkering with their values or ratios would make life impossible. See, AC advances
that it was not out chance that life and humanity appeared in the Cosmos.
Then, if this is the view, what then is our role? Are we involved in a mission, which
has great significance to the Cosmos? What special role should the human species
play in the Cosmos, without which the Cosmos would have trouble itself? These are
the fundamental concerns of AC.
I find these concerns of AC quite interesting. At least, we humans are not just a work
of art an artifact like Mona Lisa, the lady with a mystic smile, but deceptively,
only a cold and lonely, lovely work of art.
Anyway, whats ACs response?
The only explanation, according to its view, is that somehow the universe requires
for its own survival and growth the existence of a life form, a creative intelligence.
Freeman Dyson has made many references to a time when humanity would be able
to exhibit almost god-like powers (akin to Buddhic beings of mysticism?) to
manipulate nature and the universe. In the future, he imagines this special role and
mission of ours as follows:
"Supposing that we discover the universe to be naturally closed and doomed to
collapse, is it conceivable that by intelligent intervention, converting matter into
radiation to flow purposefully on a cosmic scale, we could break open a closed
universe and change the topology of space-time so that only a part of it would
collapse and another part would expand forever?Freemen Dyson, in a seminal
1979 paper in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics.
Following ACs view, then, we can say that humanity is here to challenge the cosmic
entropy that the physicists and physical cosmologists are talking about and also to
challenge the cosmic Armageddon or Apocalypse that the Hebrew Bible is predicting
to happen in the near future (2012 when the Mayan calendar ends?). If this is so,
then, humanity has the role of sustaining and spreading all forms of life throughout
the entire Cosmos.
Like I always did before, I must also hasten to add that the questions of where did
these six fundamental physical and conditions come from and why did they exist is
not a question addressed by scientific models. The explanation is not a task of
physics, but of religion or theology. A noted scientist summarizes this argument as
follows:
There are mysteries at the outer boundaries of our science, matters that we
cannot hope to explain in terms of what we already know. When we explain
everything we observe, it is in terms of scientific principles that are themselves
explained in terms of deeper principles. Following this chain of explanations, we are
led at last to laws of nature that cannot be explained within the boundaries of
contemporary science.- Steven Weinberg 1994:45.
So, insofar as AC is concerned, there is no room for a designer. Of course, history
tells us that this did not prevent other disciplines from adopting its view and use it
as a stepping stone to develop other theories like Intelligent Design.
There it goes, my friend, NOEL. There are indeed gaps that need to be filled up. I am
happy that we are involved in our present journey since it is giving us a glimmer of
hope that Cosmic Anthropology may after all be still able to fill up gaps. But I would
rather postpone this part in the summary of findings and observations derived from
our cosmic journey. Its still a long way before we can really formulate an integrated
CA paradigm loaded with its innate principles, strategies, and programs that can be
brought down to the level of application on our societal and governmental affairs.
NOEL (Dec 27): The speculations of AC are rendered meaningless, for the ACP (the
six fundamental physical magnitudes) is part of the cosmic design. Kabbalah
teaches that the Creator made this earth specifically for His creatures (still or
mineral, plant, animate or animals, and man the thinking being) so that they will
have pleasure. That is the reason for the Garden of Eden, mistakenly taken as
myth and legend, but is symbolic of the care (the ACP) that the Creator took to
ensure that man His center of creation will survive well.
The entropy that physical science refer to, that is, the inevitable collapse of the
universe (i.e., the galaxies) is really part of the periodic active and passive
(Theosophy, and Aryan Philosophy) stages of the Universe, where manvantara the
active phase gives way topralaya, the passive phase these, at millions of years
duration (I will give you the exact figures, later). The active and passive phase of
the cosmos only obeys a natural law of cycles, i.e., like the day and night, waking
and sleep, the cycle of the zodiac, etc. - these are part of the cosmic cycle.
The physical cosmos is destined to disappear once the active phase ends, and the
rest period begins. The rest is important for the Universe to gather its strength
and recreate itself from Spirit into Matter once again, in cyclic repetitions. The
Hindus (Brahma Kumaris, and other groups of this persuasion) divides the active
phase into Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Iron ages or yugas. Each is millions of
years in duration (Brahma Kumaris standardized it to 5,000 years each). As the
name implies, there is an age of excellence (gold), of somehow tarnished condition
(silver), of further tarnished condition (bronze), and of dark age (completely
tarnished). In the Golden Age, man is at the apex of his powers he can travel by
thought, evil is not known no killing, etc. We are now in Kali Yuga or the Iron Age
which explains the many social and natural disasters we are experiencing. Plus the
fact that there are stories of the end of the world! The saving grace, Paul, is that
nobody knows when!
I tried to restate your position first, before replying, because I want to be sure I get
the trend of your thinking, based on your scientific approach. I am glad that
even with this approach, you realize the limitations of the scientific inquiry when it
comes to the cosmos. Also, even with respect to humanity society and man, its
members plus the animals, plants, and minerals which are part of the equation.
Neo-humanism decrees that we expand our consciousness to include all
components of the environment man, being only one of them.
That is the main reason for vegetarianism which I practice since Dec 1987. When
God told Adam and Eve to have dominion over all the creatures He did not say
eat them but take care of them. This should be an ACA syllabus to teach our
students a vital ethical lesson: not to eat our brothers and sisters, because from
killing animals, killing people is just a step away as witnessed in our present
violent society. The ethical regard for life has continuously degenerated with the
passing years.
Noel: After going over the materials you suggested (e.g., Cosmology, Gnostic
Anthropology) and reviewing our interchanges, I would like to suggeste a framework
for our discussion of CA. I suggest two planes: cosmological plane and
anthropological plane.
From Theosophy and Kabbalah, and other knowledge sources of Mysticism, it has
been established that the Cosmological Plane (CP) comes long, long before the
Anthropological Plane (AP). The CP is Spirit, and is unseen. Thus, Science does not
discuss it; Mysticism does it in detail. The AP is Matter and is seen. Thus, Science
focuses on it. Mysticism also includes it. Because Mysticism is both Spirit and
Matter. At the Human Level, Mysticism is both Mind and Body. It also includes a
discussion of the Soul/Spirit which reincarnates. Science cannot see soul/spirit,
and thus, ignores it. (Or until the time it can discover instrumentation to discern it.
As demonstrated in the Kirlian Photography which can see the aura and print
what it sees.) At the level of the Universe, Science covers the physical universe of
suns, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, black holes, etc. all manifestations of Spirit
that became Matter. At this level, Mysticism is concerned with pre-manifestation,
i.e., the spiritual process that gives life to Matter. Matter is not created nor
destroyed is a Science adage. But Science does not discuss the pre-manifestation
stage, its pre-creation. The nearest it comes to the creation of the Physical Universe
is the Big Bang Theory which is acknowledged by Mysticism to have occurred at
the latter end of a long process of Creation or Emanation. Theosophy and Kabbalah
are complete in their description of these processes. Science picks up the process at
the end when Matter is manifested.
PAUL (Dec. 27, 2011, 6:00 a.m.): I really like your theoretical distinction between
cosmological and anthropological planes. There should be no problem using this as
a starting-point for our exchanges. And in order to get a glimpse of the direction
towards which we would like our Cosmic Anthropology to be, I am pursuing this
distinction of yours and added some diagrammatic representations of our
theoretical construct.
This first diagrammatic representation below seeks to portray the prevailing existing
condition each to his/her own without any regard for the other. It also seeks to
identify the various disciplines (though not exhaustive and may still be inaccurate)
belonging to each paradigm.

The second slide below seeks to identify (not exhaustively though) their respective
fields of study.
The third slide below portrays the inevitability of the meeting because of the
advances of sciences and technology, etc. In their meeting, a metaphorical space is
created which can be filled up (by us) with parallelisms and similarities in various
aspects of study, e.g., theories, strategies, programs, fields of application to the
individual and society in general (e.g. sustainable development, sustainable politics,
sustainable economy, etc.).

The fourth and last slide is highlighting the role of Cosmic Anthropology which is
offering that space or theoretical construct (the Theory of Convergence?) where
existing paradigms meet. Cosmic Anthropology then becomes a new or an emerging
community of various sciences and disciplines, various beliefs, various culture,
various races, etc.

NOEL (Dec 27): Our theoretical construct should include the main mystical
teaching of Kabbalah (serve your fellow creatures), Christianity (Jesus: love your
fellowmen), and Theosophy (study, meditate and serve). I dare Science and its
entrepreneurs who continue to manufacture products that are harmful to all
creatures, to instea do away with weapons of war and work on improving health and
education among others. As you can see, my own bias in ACA is to raise the
students consciousness to cosmic levels of brotherhood and peace, and integrate
religious streams into an applied anthropological (read humanity) framework that
is cosmic (beyond the ordinary mundane practices). Ken Wilbur, the modern
philosopher of holistic science and integrative consciousness, forms part of, if not
occupy center stage, in this theoretical construct of yours.
I will have more materials on this theoretical construct like, dividing the construct
into the Upper World and the Lower World (Kabbalah) and also the seven planes
of man (Theosophy) to better understand body-mind-spirit at micro/macro levels. All
the best.
I will contribute from the side of mysticism (Theosophy and Kabbalah). You provide
the "science" counterpoint. I will also gradually open up on the convergence of the
two.
NOEL (Dec. 28, 2011, 11.04 a.m.): To respond to your slides where you merge
science and mysticism, and try to find a convergence between the two. I do not see
any problem in the way of convergence, if you take my position that mysticism
starts a long way off (at the spiritual level, which is "unseen" by science), and
science takes off at the level of matter or "manifestation of spirit" - which is at the
end of a long process of "pre-manifestation" (Theos). The "convergence," I think, will
have to be on the "outcome" of both, at the anthropological level - or the humanity
level. That is, at the earthly, social/community/individual human level. But please
consider a holistic "humanity" (neo-humanism) which includes all creatures. This
would mean an "environmental" approach in convergence, since the environment,
natural and man-made, includes "the still" or mineral, the plant, the "animate" or
animal, and the "sentient" or man. Your convergence will metamorphose!
Incidentally, both science and mysticism in your model will be dynamic, and more
so with the convergence circle. Each change in both science and mysticism will
bring about change also in the convergence circle - the outcome of both science
and mysticism. Nice model, I must say so, Paul!
PAUL (Dec. 28): I have no objection with labeling the convergence part of the model
as "environmental outcome." In the process of our exchanges, though, we owe it to
ourselves and our readers to define more clearly what we mean by this term in the
concrete. I have given already some very general, even abstracts inputs in the
diagram that I proposed. Maybe, you can, or should, in fact, add some more. We
need to populate that empty metaphorical circle with something as we proceed.
NOEL (Dec. 28): You seem to like insights in the "convergence" part of the model. I
can contribute to this "3rd circle" which I tentatively called "the environmental
outcome." The proof of the pudding is in the eating. As you asked earlier, what is
the impact of science and mysticism on humanity (on society and governance)? The
impact of science, being on the material plane, is plain to see (pardon the pun). The
impact of mysticism is not as plain. Nobody can read the minds of men. Not yet,
anyway. It will come in the next evolution of the 6 th/7th root race
(Theos). Its antecedents are shrouded in mystery and "beyond science" because
mysticism is spirit, not matter. And only the accomplished meditator has dared to
peek into its unknown precincts. Some, like Helena P. Blavatsky, wrote on her
experiences, assisted by the Masters. Some, like the New Age thinkers, have rode
on the TS concepts (writings of Blavatsky - Secret Doctrine, Key to Theosophy, Isis
Unveiled, etc) and modified it (Alice Bailey, Rudolf Gurdieff) to suit their biases.
Anyway, what are these outcomes? For science, it would be the material
appurtenances used by man as he transforms the natural environment into a
"utilitarian" landscape - full of man-made clutter: houses, settlements,
transportation routes and equipment, agriculture, industries, etc. - the works,
including arms for mass destruction, and also matters for health and education -
which science also devote time, energy and talent to produce. This includes a well
the gadgets that populate the stores and homes - many of them thought by man
(made-to-believe) to be useful, or merely gee-gaws that mass consumerism
generates in advert come-ons. The outcome of science, when it remains on the
physical plane, is material. The outcome of the "soft"sciences borders on the
mystical. But because of the scientific axiom that scientific phenomena be
"observable, measurable, repeatable, and predictable", then the "soft sciences" do
not quite help us enter mysticism. The mystical methods know no boundaries; when
one reaches the apex of meditation, "samadhi" in Buddhism, one begins to have
clairvoyant powers, and enters the world of the adepts and the masters, who guide
him into the "akashic" records - where every phenomena maybe observed,
past/present/future, in writing and graphically (Theos). Thus, in the language of
sociology in ASI, the mystical method is anecdotal and not statistical. Not
"scientific" enough for you, Paul.
The outcome of mysticism is on human behavior. The mystical teachings, delivered
through church-religions, in the main, and through schools and other fields of
studies, and spiritual groups, exisiting independent of church-religions (e.g.,
Theosophy, Kabbalah, Ananda Marga, Rosicrucian, Hare Krishna, Brahma Kumaris,
etc.), except for Theosophy & Kabbalah, are fragments of the mystical truths. But
their impact on the society and individual human (here we exclude the "still", plant
and animate - for it is our position that they have limited consciousness that
perhaps may not have the capacity to be expanded to cosmic consciousness level)
is tremendous: it defines their worldview, their outlook in life, their behavior, and
their actions. In effect, the outcome of mysticism is motivational - why and how the
individual, and thus, the society, will act. Science provides the tools, mysticism
provides the impulse - whether an individual/society is on a constructive or
destructive mode is based on what he believes in (mysticism). He then uses the
tools developed by science on the material plane, to be either constructive or
destructive. To the latter belong the weapons of mass destruction (nuclear
stockpile) that the more materially advanced societies have built up (the Nuclear
Club: U.S. Russia, U.K., France, China - to mention a few). They have stockpiled
more than 10,000 nuclear warheads, and inter-continental ballistic missiles, or
ICBMs, to deliver them to each other. When delivered, whether on target or not, that
will be the end of the physical world - the winter will come in summer when the
nuclear clouds will cover the sun. No plants will grow; water will be polluted with
nuclear radiation (your E=mc2); the sunlight that is vital for photosynthesis is not
there; very few settlements will survive, and those that will survive will be
so genetically-modified as to render them sterile or give birth to
mutants/monsters.
Your ACPs (remember AP?) will be disturbed by the combined blasts of the nuclear
weapons. For the decision to deliver the warheads, fortunately, depends, partly on
mystical truths imbibed by those who will push the buttons - if they were given the
right teachings, and they listened to it. But the decision will also depend on material
gains, which is material economics, which is science! Hopefully, the war for oil
should end soon when the reserves are exhausted and alternative energy sources
would have been found. When that happens, science becomes more benign.
Be that as it may, your "convergence" will be the "outcome" of both science and
mysticism on the human psyche. And if you are a neo-humanist (as I am), kindly
include the non-human creatures - the still, plant and animate - who are our
brothers, too! Incidentally, they don't read books nor surf the Internet - so they are
"passive" receptors (that's what we call them in environmental science). In effect,
your "convergence" circle may be called the "environmental outcome" because the
effects of both science and mysticism will impact on the environment - which
includes humans and other creatures. There you are. CA should not only teach both
science and mysticism, but also teach their convergence. All the best.
PAUL (Dec. 29): Your inputs on "Environmental Outcomes" are very instructive to
many who are neophytes on the subject. They tried to present a comparative view
of what the impacts that science and mysticism, given their respective viewpoints,
may bring to humanity and ecology. An excellent presentation ... It is leading to a
suggestion that indeed science and religion can be reconcilable after all. I'm sure it's
not also the last and final word on the topic, so others can still come in. In this spirit,
your work on this subject can be a very stimulating first word.
NOEL: It can be seen from my earlier inputs that Mysticism and Science are
reconcilable. Mysticism has foretold what Science has discovered but Science
does not acknowledge that Mysticism has foretold the scientific discovery. Mysticism
forecasts that slowly, Science will confirm what Mysticism has foretold. In our earlier
interchanges, I have cited some examples (e.g., the atom by Democritus; the
seven planets by Theosophy and by Egyptian seers and confirmed by Copernicus
and Galileo, and by later scientists; hypnotism by Dr. Mesmer to name a few).
There are still many fields of Mysticism for Science to discover. Some of these are:
Karma, Reincarnation, Spiritual Helpers, Spiritual Healing, Astral Travel, and
Evolution. Science has stuck to the evolution of physical bodies, but has not
ventured into spiritual evolution. For instance, the evolution of human behavior,
from child to adult is very much apparent the physical attributes remain constant
(Science), but the awareness and consciousness grows (Mysticism).
The benefits of science to humanity are material. Science has discovered and
developed machines and gadgets that facilitate the movement and the work of
Man. It has soared into the depths of the seas and the dizzying reaches of space,
literally, beyond the moon and the sky. It has put construction at stupendous
heights. In many areas of its endeavor, however, such as mining and construction of
settlements, the natural environment has been sacrificed. Mysticism, by putting
gods in the mountains and rivers, protects the natural environment. War, in its
material aspects, is also destructive and murderous. That is Science at work! On the
other hand, Mysticism, through its links with humaneness, has taught the spiritual
aspects of humanity, in such fields as morality, justice, integrity, character-building,
harmony in human relationship, and the building of trust, self-confidence,
acceptance, brotherhood, and tolerance. Mysticism emphasizes peace. Science
couldnt care less if there is conflict: it profits from it! (The military-industrial
system). Mysticism through myths, legends, fairy-tales, stories, catechism, church-
religion, is value-laden. Science, by its material bias, is value neutral. Thus, the
atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima in and Nagasaki in 1945 without regard to
the hundreds of thousands that were to be burned to death by its tremendous
radiation a product of E=mc2!
Mysticism has a significant aperture to humanity: the church-religions.
Unfortunately, as Theosophy observes, only fragments of the mystical truth is
taught by them. For the most part, church-religions use mystical teachings to grow
its own agenda: the strengthening of church institutions and its hierarchy of
preachers. When what it should strengthen is the mans will to live by the divine
attributes. That is to avoid chicanery and dishonesty. By its mystical teachings, the
church hierarchy consolidates its power over society. In the process, it has become a
formidable political force, deviating from the original spiritual truths of brotherhood,
tolerance, non-violence, mercy, and justice. Wars are often fought by members of
church-religions, sometimes by both Christian groups, each invoking its gods help
in defeating the other in murderous conflicts. World War II (1939-1945) is the classic
example. Earlier wars in Europe were the same. In these wars, the teachings of
Mysticism were ignored. Science was used extensively. IN fact, new technology
developed out of the conflict.
The aperture of Science to Humanity is through the manufacture of its scientific
inventions. The leading manufacturer of scientific inventions is the military-
industrial complex which initiates regional conflicts to test its products (e.g.,
unmanned drones). It bolsters the economy by building and storing nuclear bombs.
Lately, Science has gone into agriculture to bio-engineer plants and animals for
greater profit with byproducts in cancer proliferation. A notable achievement of
Science is in telecommunications. Inventions and advances in the Internet, TV,
telephony, and space communications has benefited closer interaction among and
between societies. Its downside, however, is the unbridled access to smut,
pornography, and immorality through the cyberspace. The manufacture of
dangerous and prohibited drugs is an outcome of science. To get high, Mysticism
recommends intensive meditation; to get high Science, through its daughter,
chemistry, developed the manufacture of shabu.
Against this backdrop of scientific achievements and consequent mayhem,
Mysticism teaches moderation, such as ahimsa (non-violence, vegetarianism,
karma, and reincarnation. They seek to modulate and check the excesses of society
which has used science to progress materially but lose its soul Theosophy
teaches, for instance, vegetarianism to bring home the point that minerals, plants,
animals and man are brothers. Such a philosophy, alien to Science, results in the
sustainability of the natural environment which is the habitat of man. Science has
discovered the burning of fossil fuels in combustion engines which has resulted in
global warming and climate change bringing in its wake destructive weather
disturbances. And while Science is active in trying to develop alternative and
renewable energy sources, the rate of fossil fuel usage has increased to dangerous
levels that could compromise the stability of earthlife for its residents micro-
organisms, plants, animals, and human. As a response, science has been sending
space probes to identify earth-like planets that can harbor human life. In the
meantime, human survival hangs in the balance with the scientific stockpile of
nuclear weapons.
The path to sane human existence and the facilitation of evolution of earth life is
clear. The teachings of Mysticism must be heard and listened to, and the excesses
of Science must be reduced and terminated. Science must develop its talents to
socially beneficial applications and, for instance, terminate its destructive weapons
of mass destruction and switch to applications in health and well-being. But since
science is not value-laden, then Mysticism must be made to enter the scientific
arena to provide it with moral ascendancy. The scientific insistence on materialism
must end. The Mystical emphasis on spiritual development must gain ascendancy.
More schools should offer Theosophy and Kabbalah, among the many mystical
streams of thought. ACA needs them in the curriculum to offset the march of
Science.
PAUL (Dec 29): Thanks for the additional input. It is giving more substance into our
theoretical construct. Now, we have not only the broad spectrum, but also some
detailed elements of our conceptual model. Your inputs on "Environmental
Outcomes" are very instructive to many who are neophytes on the subject. They
tried to present a comparative view of what the impacts that science and
mysticism, given their respective viewpoints, may bring to humanity and ecology ...
truly an excellent presentation. It is reinforcing a hidden assumption that indeed
science and religion can be reconcilable after all. I'm sure it's not also the last and
final word on the topic, so others can still come in. In this spirit, your work on this
subject can be a very stimulating first word.
NOEL (Dec 29, 2011, 12.18): I am really interested to develop the theoretical
construct further. You have formulated the initial slides. We should now put some
details on both sides and on the middle circle. Here are my suggestions:
On the side of Mysticism, which I will work on, two major inputs are needed:
1. Box "A" for Theosophy, consisting of the following two sub-circles:
A - Cosmogenesis (the creation of the cosmos) drawn from Theosophy.
H.P.Blavatsky (HPB) devoted her Vol. 1 of the Secret Doctrine (SD) on this subject. I
will go through it once more (and also related commentaries) and see what would
be the major subdivisions.
B - Anthropogenesis (the creation of man) drawn from Theosophy. HPB
devoted Vol. 2 of the SD on this subject. I will also go through this book and its
commentaries and see what further component inputs it will have on the model.
2. Box B - for Kabbalah - consisting (tentatively) of two sub-circles:
A - The Sephiroth -The Tree of LIfe (which outlines the creation) and
B - The Zohar - The Book of Splendor (which rolls out the ethical teachings).
I will go through my materials again and suggest further subdivisions. In effect this
model is also the teaching guide. I might put in an introduction to
Mysticism (what it is and what are its subject links to modern academic disciplines
- wow!). The "Introduction" will be eclectic, but will be drawn mainly from
Theosophy and Kabbalah, but there are also other sources. As an academic
roadmap, this model suggests the reading list for ACA students. Equally important is
that it will suggest the "application" of concepts to our society.
On the side of Science - please do the same. You may revise my suggestions, and if
the scheme (above) is sufficiently intelligible, make a 4th slide in that 3-slide thing
that you sent earlier on the "Theoretical Construct" and let us see how the model
now looks like.
PAUL (Dec 30): Your addition of the External Outcomes and the detailed
description of what its all about is insightful and giving an air of authority. I just
recalled that you are a Licensed Environmental Planner and a wealth of international
experiences as consultant and project team leader of several international
organizations. You have further enriched our model indeed, and this also inspired
me to include in our model the combined outcomes or impacts of both Science and
Mysticism on society and on the individual. Below is the overall revision of our
additions.
This is all for now.
NOEL (Dec 29): You did very well. It's good you added "societal impact." I made
some revisions of "environmental outcomes." I will focus on that. I also added
"social dynamics" in slide #4 - why there is convergence - to your globalization,
technology and mass media. I think the convergence is "natural" rather than
impelled by modernizing impulses (e.g., the rise of mass consumerism, etc.).
In any case, this is an initial look. Let's sleep over it until after New Year.
I am now thinking of the instruction part of it. While you and I will take the lead on
the two main circles (Science and Mysticism), let the students, with some hints from
us, take the 3rd circle: convergence; they could do their own researches and input to
the 3rd circle and actively flesh it out - this applies to oral and written activities. This
way, we could see if the model works. The model, by the way, also suggests the
structure of the ACA thesis. Namaste. ###

part 4 - biological anthropology


NOEL (Jan 3, 2012): Paul, since the year 2011 has just ended and 2012 has just also
begun, I have done some research on the subject Mystical and Scientific Measures
of Time.
This is the last year of the Mayan Calendar Long Count. It has been over 5,200 years
when the Mayans (mainly of Mexico) started the current long count. It ends this
year. This is the 13th time they did a long count, i.e., 13x5,200 = 67,600 years! The
end of the current Mayan Long Count on 21 Dec 2012 is both a mystical and a
scientific occasion. The ancient calendars were reckoned based on the observation
of the stars thats very scientific without the scientists being present; only
mystics. Formal science started only in the late 15 th century when the sea
navigators developed the compass. No telescopes. No observatories. So, the
Mayans went the mystic way and meditated on the wonders of the stars. Their
shamans saw clairvoyantly the space (akasha in Sanskrit), the stars and their
constant cycles.
And ante-dating the Greeks (the zodiac), the Mayans gave divine meanings and
names to the passing of the constellations that mark their calendar. Spiritual
meanings were attached to these observations, and feasts to gods were celebrated
throughout the years as in modern calendars (Christmas, All Saints .day, Feast of
this saint and that saint, etc.) The modern calendar, with the arrival of modern
science became measured and scientific. The Portuguese mapped out the known
world, and beyond, and started scientific explorations. Thats about the 1400s
(America was discovered in 1492; and the Phils, 1521, etc.). Today, our laptops
are automatically adjusted to an atomic calendar kept by NASA in the U.S. And of
course, science is measuring time across the surface of the earth with the midpoint
at Greenwich. One is either ahead or behind based on the longitude of ones
location a measurement that scientists developed to guide navigation.
In the Philippines, before the Spaniards arrived in 1521 and established its
hegemony starting 1624 (the founding of Manila), Filipinos measured time
mystically without precision. We wake up at dawn (madaling araw); see the
sunrise (bukang-liwayway), greet the morning (umaga); eat lunch at noontime
(tanghali); the sun wanes in the afternoon (hapon); at sunset (takipsilim);
enters the night (gabi); and go deeper into midnight (hating gabi). No exact
measurements there. Appointments are made on these general time reckoning:
no clocks nor watches which explains Filipino time, at least an hour late. One
can imagine how a chief (datu) would call for an assembly to gear for battle! Lots
of waiting there! We have days (araw) and weeks (linggo), months (buwan,
bulan in the Visayas), and years (taon). So, our calendar must have been lunar,
like the Chinese, Japanese, and the Indians. Our present calendar is inexact.
Scientists are now talking about revising the current Gregorian calendar, which
makes for leap years (the February 28s and 29s), and the adjustments every 4
years.
As 2012 opens, NASA has announced that there is no doomsday on 21 December
2012. This was echoed by archeologists examining the Mayan glyphs in Mexico; the
world doesnt end in December; the long count calendar does! Theosophy also
holds no doomsday this year. Its cyclic active (manvantara) and passive
(pralaya) cosmic periods of millions of years is not due yet (actually, nobody knows
when!) And so does Kabbalah; there is no doomsday in Kabbalah. The Armageddon
in Revelations by John is New Testament stuff; Kabbalah is Old Testament. In both
these mystical streams, the Absolute, Supreme Being, the Limitless, Boundless
Spirit, has a plan and that doesnt include destroying the earth. Nay; these two
mystical knowledge sources, goes so far as to affirm the existence of earth-like
planets in other galaxies, with solar systems, that supports life. To date, however,
Science has not yet penetrated the space that the mystics in their clairvoyance,
have seen. Whether the life forms are like ours on earth, the mystics hold their
peace. At this stance, Science looks down on the mystics, saying that such an
attitude is post-diction that is, the mystics will only attribute truth to a divine
entity once science has established the fact. Mysticism, Science says, likes to
prognosticate and pre-dict but does not measure!
We end this piece by reflecting on how Science and Mysticism view reality.
Science holds the existence of an objective or external reality. It is concerned
about form. That is: something concrete and observable, measurable. It exists
out there outside our consciousness, and our senses detect this. This is the
major scientific assumption of Science: that the existence of external reality is
independent of the observer (Quantum Physics has reservations: the observer
affects the observed.). The assumption of an objective, external reality is
important for Science; otherwise, how can they measure what is not there?
Mysticism does not agree because mysticism is about the Spirit, not the form. What
is important to Mysticism, and which Science cannot explain is life what
animates creatures. Mysticism holds that what is out there is maya or illusion.
Kabbalah says that our capacity to perceive the external is only a small percentage
of what our senses can perceive. The greater part is unperceived. So, how can man
know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? (Theres an old
Japanese film: Rosamon where different people who witnessed the same crime
had different stories.) And the outcome of Kabbalah study and meditation is to
expand our consciousness so we can perceive more and enjoy this world more,
achieve more, and in general, be happier. Theosophy holds the same principle of
expansion of consciousness but towards the Inner World as a step towards our
spiritual evolution.
In Kabbalah, modern kabbalah, the expansion of consciousness is also towards the
outer world, so that we can function better and attain fulfillment in our lifetime. It
is, like Theosophy, also part of the process of evolving higher towards the Creator.
The side benefit is not only spiritual, but also material prosperity. Incidentally, due
to its emphasis on education, Jews have the highest number, per capita, of
scientists spread all over; not only within Israel. Also, more bankers and finance
managers, per capita. Also spread all over the banking and finance world, chiefly in
the U.S., and Europe. Yes; the Jews appear to know better than others how to
measure and to count just like good scientists! And since Kabbalah is the mystical
side of Judaism, we observe, that in the Jews, science and mysticism converge. The
Jews prove that science and mysticism may not be incompatible after all. In fact, in
Kabbalah, science operates at the Lower World, and mysticism, at the Upper World,
Kabbalah teaches convergence: the creatures (the human) in the Lower World,
needs to ascend or know, understand and use the operating systems
(that runs the Lower World) which are located at the Upper World so he can
receive better what is bestowed by the Creator who is in the Upper World.
Namaste.

PAUL (Jan 3): Noel, in your Jan 3 email, you discussed the following issues from the
perspective of Mysticism which catch my attention and which I would like to respond
in a series of communications later:
1. Time - this is one of the most loved topic I discuss in class. While you were
discussing it from the view of Mysticism, I will respond to you on this subject much
latter because of limited space and also not to overload our readers with too many
issues in one exchange.
2. Reality your presentation on this subject seems to me already redundant.
You and I have been discussing this on various occasions in Parts 1 and 2 already. I
am, however, still keeping a copy for our future reference.
3. Life from the perspective of Mysticism. This I consider quite important to deal
with, since this is an issue which, as you observed rightly, science has not dealt with
convincingly, and which mysticism only explains in passing and terse manner,
lacking the much needed detail to whet the appetite of a curious mind and soul. My
presentation below on the subject of LIFE is from the viewpoint of modern science,
in particular, modern molecular biology and chemistry, which deal primarily on life
its origins, mechanisms, and the machinery that brought it about in the Cosmos.
Since our main reference is still Anthropology (or the study of humanity), let me call
this scientific model Bio-chemical Anthropology (BCA), or the study of humanity
from the perspective of life and living matter, and from there deduce the role and
destiny of humanity from the perspective of biology.
BCA is a very recent addition to the branch of Anthropology. Its main interest is in
understanding the Cosmos and humanity through the study of life. As a science, it is
an outgrowth and a development of Anthropic Cosmology (AC). Biochemists are an
emerging community of science today that is facing the fundamental mystery of
lifes origin.
The question of how non-life produced life, or how life originated from non-living
matter remains unresolved, notwithstanding the explanations offered by atomic and
quantum physicists as well as by Darwins theory of natural selection. Antrophic
Cosmology proposes that the answer can only be resolved by going out of the
realms of physics and biology and going into the realm of chemistry. And how does
this new approach explain the Cosmos and our role?
This new view maintains that the Cosmos as a whole was fine-tuned and designed
for life. Every atomic, molecular, and chemical element that sprouted after the Big
Bang has their purpose of bringing forth and spreading life throughout the Universe.
In their several laboratory experiments, the proponents of this theory discovered
again and again that many biochemical systems were designed not by the laws of
nature, not by chance and necessity; rather, they were planned. They inferred that
life on earth at its most fundamental level is a product of intelligent activity. In
addition, many archeological findings strongly indicate that the remains of single-
celled organisms in the very oldest rocks testify that, however life emerged, it did so
relatively quickly suggesting, that chemical evolution had little time to work at all
before life emerged on the early earth. With all these findings and evidences, they
concluded that the integrated complexity of the biological (DNA) system points to
an Intelligent Design, which has ever since become a scientific theory.
The main proponent of this theory is Biochemist Michael J. Behe of the Lehigh
University and author of the 1996 book The Black Box of Charles E. Darwin. His
theory is reinforced by Molecular Biologist Jed Macosko also of UCB, and Molecular
Biologist Scott Minnich of the University of Idaho. They get further support from
other disciplines like philosophy, law, and others. The more known are
Mathematician William Dembski of Baylor University and author of The Design
Inference, Philosopher of Biology Paul Nelson, Philosopher of Science Stephen C.
Meyer of the Discovery Institute, Philosopher Nick Bostrom, Professor of Law Philip
Johnson of the University of California Berkey (UCB), and Jonathan Wells, author of
the Icons of Evolution.
Behe maintains that the Intelligent Design theory is certainly a scientific one,
contending that it might have religious implications but it does not depend on
religious premises. Thats why they dont want to connect this to the God of religion
and are too careful not to talk about a designer.
Understandably, the physicists strongly dismiss the biochemists view as absurd,
hiding its true nature as a Creationist theory. Many instead favor the also famous
Emergent Theory of Life as the biologists still prefer the Darwinians Natural
Selection Theory of Life. Die-hard biologist like Nobel Laureate Francis Crick
indirectly lambasted the Intelligent Theory warning that biologists must constantly
keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but evolved.
To get more details of this exchange, you may access Part 8 of my youtube series,
which talks about the Origin of Life at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=xmKGxTz8Fx0.
This brings me also to the Theory of Biocentrism, advanced by American Medical
Doctor and Scientist Robert Lanza (also part of the team that cloned the world's first
early stage human embryos for the purpose of generating embryonic stem cells)
and Astronomer Bob Berman, a theory which you referred to me earlier on June 29
of 2011. As they say, as the 20th century was dominated by physics, the 21st century
will be dominated by biology. No longer is the unseen and invisible atom or string
the ultimate foundation of everything, but life. The theory does not arrive at a claim
of an Intelligent Design or Plan. It advances that it is Life and Consciousness that
makes the Cosmos what it is today, not the other way around, i.e., Cosmos creates
Life. It is the Conscious Biological Creature that is missing in the Theory of
Everything. Short of this factor, any Theory of Everything necessarily lacks an
element of completeness, wholeness, and totality.
According to this view, the Cosmos is not a lifeless collection of particles bouncing
against each other, and obeying predetermined rules that were mysterious in their
origin. The universe is not a watch, as portrayed by Newtonian physics, that
somehow wound itself and that, allowing for a degree of quantum randomness (a
view added by quantum mechanics), will unwind in a semi-predictable way.
Life in itself, this theory advances, contains Consciousness, but which physicists
cannot explain how it emerged or how it was created by a group of interacting
molecules in the brain.
The theory makes use of the observer effect of quantum science which states that
the conscious observer influences, creates, and transforms reality. For the observer,
in the view of quantum sciences, influences the outcome of the observed. An
electron has a dual nature a particle and a wave and its precise location is
dependent upon the very act of the observer observing it (technically, the double-
slit experiment which I touched in my youtube series. What we see and observe
outside is a range of possibilities, or waves of probability as Max Born demonstrated
in 1926; nothing is certain (the Uncertainty Principle of Heisenberg). The future can
be statistically predicted, but it will not be the likely outcome.
Biocentrism contends that once it is known that the external universe outside is
entirely dependent on the conscious biological observer, then, everything falls into
their proper places. The reality outside there is inside my mind and brain, which are
formed through the external stimuli perceived by our five physical senses. As Nobel
physicist John Wheeler aptly once said, No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until
it is an observed phenomenon. It was also Wheeler who advanced the idea of
participatory universe.
It is Life Conscious Life indeed that creates the Cosmos and everything in it. This
in a nutshell is the Theory of Biocentrism, which biologists, molecular biologists, and
their sympathetic followers claim also as the Theory of Everything. And by the way,
the theory also makes use of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle or Theory. All
these theories (observer effect, anthropic principle, uncertainty principle,
participatory universe) are, according to Biocentrism, built into the fabric reality. But
all this makes sense only from the biocentric perspective.
By way of ending this exchange of mine, as a response to your Jan 3 emal Noel, I
should hasten to add that Biocentrism also speaks of other concerns like time,
space, reality, etc.
Lastly, it is understandable why these theories (Biocentrism, Intelligent Design
Theory, and the Anthropic Cosmological Principles) have strong appeals to and even
attracted strong following from among and within the circle of Mysticism, in
particular, Theosophy, Creationism of the Hebrew Bible, New Age Movements, etc.).
All for now. I will still have to formulate my response on your discussion of time and
space from the perspective of Mysticism sometime later.

NOEL (Jan 2, 2012): As an introduction, I just thought I would clarify what I mean by
"Mysticism. Mysticism is an esoteric and occult field, and not many know or will
know it, save avid students and teachers, like you, me, ACA students Theosophists,
Kabbalists, and other followers of mystics. Science is well-known already, being
engaged in "practical" and concrete forms of applications being used by billions. Its
researches into the depths of the sea, the surface of the earth, and the sky and
space beyond are well-known.
Mysticism does not publicize and is used by far fewer people. But its impact on
society is tremendous: it impacts on human behavior, social norms, and spiritual
hopes. Mysticism's main users are the religions. The delivery channels are the
church religions which number in the thousands, if not millions. The sects of
Christianity are said to number over 35,000 - both Catholic and non-Catholics. What
is unfortunate, however, is that the religions become "church-religions" where the
full truth of Mysticism is not passed on to the worshippers. Only fragments are
"retailed" in churches. "Religion" comes from the Latin "religare" or "origin. But
most messages are designed to strengthen the church institutions. Teachings are
selected that become church catechism. Dogmas are insisted upon by the church
religions, which are against the "unity of life" which is Mysticism's primary teaching.
Church religions tend towards divisiveness, insisting on their respective differences,
rather than seeking a common denominator for unifying the faiths.
So, when we speak of Mysticism in the ACA Model, we speak of "pure Mysticism,
beyond church-religions. Theosophy, Kabbalah, and other knowledge streams are
such mystical sources. They are situated "above" the church religions and provide
more comprehensive teachings that cut across church-religions. Pure mysticism is
esoteric and occult (hidden). Meditation to reach supra-natural states uses no
words.
The foremost mystics did not establish religions; not church-religions. Jesus did not
establish the Catholic Church; Buddha taught monks but did not establish the
Sangha; neither did Krishna establish Hindu temples, etc. Their followers did. For
instance, the Catholic Church is Paulinian, more than Jesuitic; Kabbalah is for Jews
and non-Jews. Theosophy is for everybody - no church. Churches tend to be
institutions of material orientation, and of worldly power. Its proponentspriests
pastors, preachers, deacons, etc.work for the preservation of the churches.
Mysticism is purely spiritual; Science deals with form and matter. The outcome of
Mysticism is spiritual evolution, the raising of ethical behavior, the brotherhood of
man, peace, and harmonious relationship. Mysticism cannot be seen; neither can
the soul nor the Divine be seen. But its works make up for human order.
Finally, mystics warned its students and followers: "do not believe what I say; test it
for yourself. Do not be dependent upon me; seek your own strength. Think for
yourself. Experience the spiritual teachings. Do not accept blindly. Gurus provide a
road map for you to consider; but a map is not the road! You must take to the road
yourself. Spiritual evolution starts with a capital "E" for "effort. Namaste.

PAUL (Jan 3): Hi Noel. Before I respond to your Jan 2 email let me first express this
introductory. This Part 4 of the series could be another decisive and significant event
in our exchanges. The first memorable event was that we have already more or less
constructed a theoretical construct (subject to more revisions as we go along). Now,
we can start formulating the standards and indicators that ought to go into our
Cosmic Anthropological (CA) model, and to discard others that do not conform to
these filters and criteria. What these filters and screens are, we will have the
gargantuan task of creating or formulating them (e.g., principles and their
applications) in the process of our exchanges.
You may have your filters of reality and truth already, which may be derived from
your studies and experiences with Mysticism. I have mine too, but so have others. In
a spirit of arriving at a CA convergence, we will have to engage in more open
dialogues and exchanges with other disciplines so that we will be able to come up
with some commonalities, common patterns of behavior, common language,
common symbols, common rituals, etc. that can be embodied in our CA model or
paradigm.
This is not easy. It requires openness, understanding the others beliefs with the
view of interacting and relating with them as true brothers and sisters. It can be
painful and hurting to us individuals, especially when we so passionately cling on to
our own comfort zone, our own beliefs, our own truths, our own thinking and
feelings. It may require each one of us to be not too closed and dogmatic in our
beliefs to others, etc. For, to be dogmatic can be interpreted by the other as
imposing, authoritarian, and even dictatorial. If this is the case, then,
interconnectivity is cut off, for the others may shy away from us and equally closed
themselves to us, much more so if they are hurt and insulted by our dealings with
them. In my impatience to spread the good news, I was often, and still am, a
victim of this closed-minded, dogmatist, others even say holier-than-thou attitude.
I still have to learn and do more of applying and experiencing what I know to be
noble.
The difficulty to be open and sympathetic to the views and feelings of others is
especially most pronounced in the following saying:
It is hard to get a man to incorporate into his own belief system something outside
his field of discipline when his salary depends upon his not incorporating it.
But as Mark Twain has it: What gets us into trouble is not what we dont know. Its
what we know for sure that just aint so.
In many discussions and exchanges I have with my students in class, and from my
interactions with other ACA professors, I often heard principles that the doctoral
community proudly proclaims. These principles, initially appearing as high-fallutin
to me, include such concepts as holism, inter-disciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity,
inter-relatedness, creation spirituality, inter-connectedness, oneness, and unity of all
creation, species, and creatures, respect, dignity, love, equality, justice, peace,
brotherhood/ sisterhood, not only among humans but also, and perhaps more
importantly, between humans and non-humans for we depend our survival and
future on the latter (bacteria, insects, trees, lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, etc.).
Their interpretations are expressed in a deep realization that: We are all brothers
and sisters, children of the same cosmic parentage; We are connected with each
other in blood, in breath, thought, feelings, aspirations, etc.; We both human
and sub-human species belong to one cosmic family.
These principles and concepts are observably points of convergence which can be
adopted by us in the CA model since all disciplines talk about them.
What remains, of course, is the application of these principles on our relationship to
humanity, society, and ecology. I think this is where the CA model can come in. How
to introduce these principles as guides in the formulation of House bills, policies,
laws and social legislations, systems and procedures for leadership and governance,
programs, and curricula can be a gargantuan challenge.
A more immediate challenge but something which we can do given our resources is
improving our (human) relationship with subhuman species. There is need to know
what they are doing for us humanity and for the Cosmos. There is equally a need to
know what they believe, how they think and behave, how they feel, etc. In so doing,
we can better relate with them in a more meaningful and productive way; this is
interconnectivity, inter-relatedness, oneness, etc. in the concrete application. I
think we can do this part of the challenge through education (formal and informal),
through the mass media, and other means of communications like social
networking.
NOW, LET ME GIVE MY COMMENTS to your Jan 2 email
Youve given a clear, succinct, and basic descriptive summary of what Mysticism is
all about. Let me re-echo it verbatim, in an 8-point powerful statement as follows:
1. Mysticism is an esoteric and occult field, and not many know or will know it, save
avid students and teachers.
2. Mysticism does not publicize and is used by far fewer people. But its impact on
society is tremendous: it impacts on human behavior, social norms, and spiritual
hopes. Mysticism's main users are the religions.
3. The "unity of life" is Mysticism's primary teaching.
4. When we speak of Mysticism in the ACA Model, we speak of "pure Mysticism,"
beyond the church-religions. Theosophy and Kabbalah, and other knowledge
streams, are such mystical sources. They are situated "above" the church religions
and provide more comprehensive teachings that cut across church-religions. Pure
mysticism is esoteric and occult (hidden). Meditation to reach supra-natural states
uses no words.
5. The foremost mystics did not establish religions; not church-religions. Jesus did
not establish the Catholic Church; Buddha taught monks but did not establish the
Sangha; neither did Krishna establish Hindu temples, etc.; only their followers did.
6. Kabbalah is for Jews and non-Jews. Theosophy is for everybody - no church.
7. Mysticism is purely spiritual. The outcome of Mysticism is spiritual evolution, the
raising of ethical behavior, the brotherhood of man, peace, and harmonious
relationship. Mysticism cannot be seen; neither can the soul nor the Divine be seen.
But its works make up for human order.
8. Finally, mystics warned its students and followers: "Do not believe what I say; test
it for yourself. Do not be dependent upon me; seek your own strength. Think for
yourself. Experience the spiritual teachings. Do not accept blindly." Gurus provide a
road map for you to consider; but a map is not the road! You must take to the road
yourself. Spiritual evolution starts with a capital "E" for "effort".
The above description is really instructive to neophytes who are unaware of what
mysticism is all about. More importantly, it corrects misconceptions that mysticism
is witchcraft, sporting of amulets, dark practices to bring harm and evil to others,
dealing with evil spirits and demons. Pure and simple, while it is projected today by
others as the domain of myths and legends, it is about truth, it is about the Cosmos
and humanity; it is about humanitys dealings with each other and with the
environment. It is invisible, but it is very much real and practical.
The above descriptive summary can be very inviting and appealing to others,
without being dogmatic and authoritarian. It allows curiosity on the part of the
reader to know more about it. It becomes as tantalizing to them as it is mystical and
mysterious. Mysticism is clearly eclectic in its views and beliefs.
Im sure you can add some more inputs as you progress in your study and
experience a noble service to humanity. All for now.

Part 5 - human life


Noel (Jan 5, 2012): The mystics view of life is partly contained in the works of the
Russian mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky who wrote the Secret Doctrine that
consists of two volumes: Vol. I on Cosmogenesis and Vol. II on Anthropogenesis).
Blavatsky is said to have migrated to the U.S., travelled widely in India and Europe,
and together with Col. Olcott established the Theosophical Society. Today, the
international headquarters of the Theosophical Society is located in Adyar, Southern
India. It has autonomous affiliates in many countries, chief among them in several
locations in the U.S., Europe, Australia, in other countries, and in the Philippines.

The writings contained in the Secret Doctrine are a process of mystical insights.
Blavatsky is helped by the Masters or Adepts whom she referred to as spirit
guides and identified them to include Master Khutumi, Master Morya, and others,
in researching for her works in the Akashic Records. The Akashic record is a term
used in Theosophy to describe a collection of mystical knowledge that contains all
information about the history of the Cosmos and the appearance of life and
humanity. They are metaphorically described as a library or cosmic supercomputer
that are constantly updated automatically and can be accessed through astral
projection and read through clairvoyance by the mystic.

When at deep meditation, the clairvoyant ascends (astral travel) to the Upper
World, he is taken by spirit guides and is shown the Akashic Record where all
cosmic knowledge is stored. The clairvoyant or mystic reads this record and
reports to the outside world (as is the case with the Secret Doctrine). In periods of
clairvoyance and astral travel, Blavatsky gets in touch with her spirit guides to
produce amazing materials that are logically woven. At times, the Masters
materialize data for her to use. What is truly remarkable in Blavatskys works are
the suggestions about the origin and evolution of cosmic and human life.

Mysticism holds that cosmic and human life comes from Spirit which is a non-
physical form of "life" because our earthly form of life must first be molded before
actual physical form comes. In other words, there is a planned existence before
existence is willed. And the Absolute (or Primal in scientific parlance) Spirit wills it.

Human life came from the moon, now dead. It once lived, like the earth. Spirits
came from Venus to the moon and to our earth. They came to settle in five
simultaneous places. Insofar as human evolution is concerned, Theosophy posits
seven root races as the evolutionary stages for man.
1. The 1st root race (that came from Venus and the moon) was pure spirit, no
physical body. The reproduction was by ooze like an amoeba.
2. The 2nd root race gradually exhibited some physicality, but not yet fully formed.
Its reproduction was by an egg.
3. The 3rd root race was fully formed human and started reproduction sexually. This
was reckoned as the time when Adam realized that Eve was a woman, and had sex
with her, and they were driven out of the Garden of Eden.
4. The 4th root race was fully human in physical body considered as our primitive or
ancient ancestors who were giants by todays standards of human height. They
populated Atlantis (now Atlantic Ocean) and Lemuria (now Pacific Ocean). Both
were submerged because of intransigence of these giants against the Divine dictat.
For instance, the humans had sex with animals and produced the apes. (Science
theorized the reverse: that apes came before humans.) This must be the period also
when Greek mythology produced a half-human, half-horse creature.
5. We are now in the 5th root race fully formed, with intelligence, having a soul,
and access to the divine.
6. The 6th root race will evolve into a more-spiritually-conscious human, when
mystical powers will be normal for everybody (e.g., clairvoyance, astral travel,
spiritual healing, materialization, etc.). Thoughts will be so powerful as to impel
energy.
7. The 7th root race will be pure spirits, back to the original form of the 1 st root race.
And the full evolutionary cycle would have been accomplished: from spirit to
spirit. By this time, interplanetary travel will possible without the use of what
Science is trying to invent: spaceships. Just like the spirits from Venus at the 1 st root
race, we shall travel into space and to other planets which contain life.

Theosophy thus holds that there are many earth-like planets in other solar systems
that are able to support life, as we know it. We are not alone. And when the passive
phase begins, we, and all the planets, moons, stars, suns all galaxies, will
disappear. A period of rest will then begin which will last for millions of years until
the next manvantara. It is in this context that reincarnation becomes key to the
Theosophical (drawn from the Aryan) mysticism. Souls are recycled beings.
As to the ultimate origin of life, Theosophy goes back to the beginnings of creation
itself. The story of creation, according to Theosophy, is contained in Vol. 1 of the
Secret Doctrine (SD) by Helena P. Blavatsky, 1831-1891). The same subject is
covered in the commentaries of old and new Kabbalists on Sephirot or the Tree of
Life. While the SD was published in the late 19 th century (1888), its knowledge base
is traced as far back as the Egyptian and Aryan traditions thats around 8,000
years back. The Sephirot was finally put down in writing in the 12 th century, but its
oral traditions date back to 4,000 years (the time of the Old Testament: Abraham).
Since the publications of the SD and the Sephirot, the amount of commentaries
outnumber many times the original works. A good number of branches have
sprouted from these seminal works (e.g., for the SD the New Age, Rodulf Steiner,
Gurdieff, Edgar Casey, etc.). For the Kabbalah works (.i.e., including The Zohar or
the Book of Splendor), there have appeared several modern Kabbalah schools
(e.g., Bnei Baruch, Kabbalahu, Laitman, Gershom Scholem, Daniel C. Matt, Joseph
Dan, etc.).
As its basic premise, Mysticism takes the position that there is a Divine Principle or
Cosmic Energy, which guides creation and operation of the physical world.
Theosophy posits creation as starting from the Spirit. Even the Christian Bible starts
with the Spirit moving above the waters (Genesis), until John, in the 4 th Gospel of
the New Testament Christian bible, transmutes it one more step to: In the
beginning was the Wordand the Word was made Flesh. Spirit, and then Thought,
became matter. Theosophy posits a long period of pre-manifestation from 1 st, 2nd
to 3rd Logos (Greek for word) before a cosmic ideation resulted in the creation of
the physical universe and of our world. Kabbalah similarly starts with Ein Sof or
the limitless, boundless, infinity creating or emanating the Sephiroth or the 10-
step Tree of Life which starts with Keter (unmanifested up to the 9 th) and
culminates in Malkut (the 10th) our world.
The stages of creation proceed from Spirit to Matter (theos) as follows: (1) The
Absolute; the Parabrahm of the Vedantins or the one Reality, Sat, which is, as Hegel
says, both Absolute Being and Non-Being. "(2) The first manifestation, the
impersonal, and, in philosophy, unmanifested Logos, the precursor of the
`manifested.' This is the `First Cause,' the `Unconscious' of European Pantheists.
"(3) Spirit-matter, Life; the `Spirit of the Universe,' the Purusha and Prakriti, or
the second Logos. "(4) Cosmic Ideation, Mahat or Intelligence, the Universal World-
Soul; the Cosmic Noumenon of Matter, the basis of the intelligent operations in and
of Nature, also called Maha-Buddhi." (SD I, 16) Here then we have, in the
manifested universe, three basic things: consciousness, matter, and energy or
Fohat. Namaste. ###
PAUL (Jan 27): I am responding to your January 5, 2012 discussion where you
expressed the view of Theosophy about the origin and appearance of human life on
Planet Earth, as follows:
Human life came from the moon, now dead. It once lived, like the earth. Spirits
came from Venus to the moon and to our earth. They came to settle in five
simultaneous places unlike Science which puts Africa as where the first humans
started. This was established by anthropologists who unearthed Lucy, an
anthropoid found in the Rift Valley in Ethiopia.

And insofar as its evolution is concerned, you cited the seven hypotheses of
Theosophy described in its teachings on root races, which discusses human
transition from pure spirit to what we are today and what we will be in the future
described beautifully in your transmittal to me on seven evolutionary stages of
humanity.

Now for my comments from the viewpoint of Science:


The panspermia theory of science is very much parallel with Theosophys view on
the origin of life and humanity. This theory states life has a cosmic origin; it
originated from space, from the stars, moons, and planets and was seeded to our
Planet Earth. This theory is primarily advanced by F. Hoyle and N.C. Wickramasinghe
in the works 2000. Astronomical Origins of Life: Steps Towards Panspermia (Kluwer
Academic Press, 2000) and Evolution of Life: A Cosmic Perspective (2001). They
believed that even asteroids, meteorites, and comets contain essential elements
that form the building blocks of life, and there is general agreement that life on
Earth arose from a combination of such materials---those already on the planet and
those raining from space.

In 1821, Sales-Gyon de Montlivault already proposed that life was triggered on Earth
by seeds from the Moon. William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), who developed the Kelvin
scale of temperature, proposed in the late 1900s that meteorites had brought life on
Earth. Shortly after, a German physician named H.E. Richter suggested that
meteorites or comets grazing the atmospheres of planets might scoop up floating
micro-organisms and convey them to other planets. At the turn of the 20 th century,
the Swedish chemist Svante Arthenius who won the Nobel Prize in 1903 developed
this theory in more detail. He suggested that individual bacterial spores could waft
around the galaxy, propelled by the tiny but cumulative process of starlight.
Arthenius called his theory panspermia, meaning seeds everywhere.

Francis Crick, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, along with
James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, for their discovery of the DNA double helix,
joined with the prebiotic chemistry pioneer Leslie Orgel to go even further, backing
the idea that life was sowed on Earth by an advanced alien civilization. They
called this hypothesis directed panspermia. As Crick said, life started here when
these organisms were dropped into the primitive ocean and began to multiply
(1982).

Then, before the close of the 20th century, Nobel laureate Christian de Duve pursued
this view explaining categorically in his 1995 book Vital Dust that: Brought down by
rainfall, by comets and meteorites, the products of these chemical reshufflings
progressively formed an organic blanket around the lifeless surface of our newly
condensed planet. In 1996, NASA announced that one of a group of rocks---
meteoric fragments formed on Mars about 4.5 billion years ago---that had been
found in the Antartica in 1984 contained carbonates, fine-grained iron sulfides and
other minerals, resembling bacterial products, similar to those formed on Earth by
bacteria hinting that there was LIFE ON MARS.

Earlier, Fred Hoyle arrived at the conclusion, in his book The Intelligent Universe
that the crucial genetic bombardment is ultimately under the guidance of a super-
intellect operating within the physical universe and manipulating our physical, as
well as biological, cosmic environment (1983). Chemist Rana, Fazale & Astronomer
Hugh Ross (2004) pursued this idea saying that in the beginning, nearly four billion
years ago, an alien intelligence purposefully plated the seeds of life on planet Earth.
But who that intelligence was, how he delivered those seeds, and why remain open
questions.

But its not all there is to it Even before the close of the 20 th century, science is
not only speaking of human life. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake already made an
assertion that all nature is alive, i.e., all forms of life are thought to have come from
a common ancestral form, perhaps even from a single primal cell. We are therefore
related to all living things, and ultimately to everything in the universe (1995).

Theres still so much to say about the theory of panspermia, but, there it is Noel.
The basics are laid down science leading and reinforcing in great detail what
Theosophy preaches about life coming from the Moon or Venus. And the theory of
panspermia is getting stronger and stronger today because of the technological
improvements achieved by science in terms of finding fossil remains from rocks and
carbon dating. But it is only one theory in science; theres a lot more that science
has to say about life and humanity.

But, the belief that life, according to science, started only in Africa is no longer
accurate. Lucy was discovered in 1974, more than 37 years ago already, in Ethiopa.
Since then, a lot of archaeological finds have already been unearthed enriching our
knowledge of the Cosmos and humanity. There are already several archeological
findings showing that humans appeared simultaneously in several regions and
continents of the world. These discoveries led to the birth of the so-called Theory
of Multiregional Metamorphosis.

Whats this multiregional theory of metamorphoses all about? Advanced by Rhawn


Joseph (2001), archeological discoveries show over a dozen different species of
hominids who dwelled throughout parts of Africa and the Far East, from 4.4 to 2
million years ago. Moreover, between 3 million and 1.7 million years ago, at least
seven different species of hominid coexisted throughout East Africa (and probably
the Far East). Likewise, physically distinct species of H. erectus emerged in Asia and
Africa, distinct species of African vs EuroEastern Asian Neantherthals also appear to
have emerged multiregionally, and separate trunk lines appear to have given rise to
Neanderthals vs early Modern archaics, and Cro-Magnon peoples, with distinct
species of Cro-Magnon sharing the planet simultaneously with Neanderthals and H.
erectus, and with all evidence indicating that Cro-Magnon did not evolve from
Neanderthals and that they appeared separately. ALL FOR NOW.
subhuman life from the viewpoint of mysticism
NOEL (Jan 23): Hi Paul. It's a good afterthought to add "sub-human life" to our
exchanges on human life. Human life, in Theosophy, Kabbalah, and Tantric Yoga,
arises from sub-human life. Tantric Yoga (Ananda Marga) teaches that creation
starts from the spirit "pulling away" from the "cosmic mind" ("God, the Creator") in
its eternal motion of centrifugal motion. The spirit goes out of the Tantric Circle
whose center is a dot (very similar to the teachings of Theosophy and Kabbalah)
and moves to earth where its first manifestation is as a "mineral." It posits,
therefore, that a ""rock" has life - which is true if one goes down to its atomic
particles and sub-atomic components (electrons swirling around a nucleus
consisting of protons and neurons).

At the end of the last century H. P. Blavatsky makes a statement about subhuman
life when she said:" Wherever there is an atom or a particle of matter there is life in
it." Both Theosophy and Kabbalah hold that there is life in the still or the mineral
and in the animate or plants and animals aside from man. The mineral is
somehow charged with the Divine Will and "evolves" into a plant, and the plant to
an animal, and the animal becomes man. This progression is also taught in
Kabbalah and Theosophy. For instance, in the latter, the domesticated animals are
the nearest to evolving into a human, e.g., the dog or the horse. It would seem,
according to Theosophy, that the intimate interaction of man and the domesticated
animals is so close as to "teach" these lower forms humanlike attributes.

Theosophy offers materials to this subject of subhuman life. But I am using here
also the writings of Felix and Eunice Layton in discussing about life and evolution of
subhuman species (Some Basic Concepts of Theosophy. Theosophical Society,
Adyar, India. 1960).

Mysticism (in this case Theosophy) posits a duality in man: he has life and he has
form. This could be said to be true for subhuman species, although on a lesser
degree. And I dare advance that what could be said about the life and evolution of
humans is also the same about subhuman species.

Life and form are two sides of the same coin. Cosmos swirls in dizzying motion but a
life force throbs in the universe in the same manner. Within the form of both human
and subhuman species, life pulsates. The cosmic integration, of life and of form, is
in human beings as it is in the subhuman species including all the atoms and their
subatomic particles. Life and form is everywhere and it is in everything of the
Cosmos. In Theosophy, this is termed: as above, so below.
Like its discussion on human life and evolution, Mysticism, expressed through the
great religions of our times, approaches these basic questions of subhuman life and
its origins from the aspect of spirit rather than of matter, i.e., from an assumption of
unity rather than of diversity, and from a formless world rather than an objective,
material world.

The evolution from mineral to plants to animals to man is the basis of the "unity of
life" that Theosophy, Kabbalah, and other mystical streams teach. This is also the
philosophical basis for the vegetarian diet! And this relationship of man to his
environment justifies environmental conservation. By not eating animals, and
respecting the natural environment, we are, in effect, coexisting with our brothers
and sisters - even the insects and the micro-organisms. That is why organic farming
teaches avoiding the use of chemicals which kills micro-organisms in soil. The right
farming is organic where the sub-human life is preserved. The respect for life,
human and sub-human, is a cardinal mystical precept.

Again, in discussing subhuman life, Mysticism posits two fundamental underlying


principles:

First, that there is one Supreme Cause (e.g., the Absolute, the Divinity, etc.) that is
incomprehensible to us humans. It is eternal and causeless. In Kabbalah, it is
infinity, limitless (Ein Sof). In both Theosophy and Kabbalah, this supreme energy is
unseen, but is felt as an authority in the life and evolution of subhuman species.

Second, all creatureshuman and subhuman species--contain a fragment of this


divine self. All men are children of God, This even includes the mystics like Jesus
Christ. Mysticism holds that both human and subhuman species are created in the
image of God. Even subhuman species originate from the divinity of the Absolute.
The impact of this mystical principle is to command great strength in the exercise of
his will. Though Science proves that humans are physically frail and subject to
diseases, illnesses, and premature end, humans, taking this mystical principle of
intentional will, continually establish their immortality. On a lesser degree, this is the
same with subhuman species and, like human beings, the spiritual evolution of
subhuman species is the unending journey towards the Divine.

Mysticism teaches that these concepts and principles can be known not through
words, although silent prayers or communion with the Inner Self is encouraged. But
they are to be realized through deep intuitive and emotional experiences. Church
religions and traditional spiritual beliefs, in addition, cloak these two concepts with
rites and rituals, dogmas, superstition, and fragmentary knowledge. Thus, it is with
great difficulty that ordinary devotees attain a true perception of reality, a higher
degree of cosmic consciousness. Nevertheless, all scriptures speak of these
mystical concepts if read carefully and intensely meditated upon.

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tze says: "The universe is a man on a large scale." The
converse of this is, according to H. P. Blavatsky (op. cit.): "Man is the universe on a
small scale." Blavatsky expresses this succinctly when she writes that man is that
point in evolution where the highest Spirit is united to the densest matter. And as
Kabbalah teaches: As we study the mystical experience of the past, we become a
more responsive vessel (kli) to the Divine life we gradually attune ourselves to
the finer vibrations of cosmic consciousness. We can safely assume that this
attunement with the cosmic forces is also inherent and innate in the nature and
destiny of subhuman species.

If only for the purpose of better appreciating the teachings of Mysticism on


subhuman life and evolution, let me bring out some fundamental views of the
scientific community. Science has probed the depths of human anatomy and
psychology. We know that a larger share of our activities in daily life are the semi-
automatic responses of our lower personality to external stimuli, e.g., the necessity
of providing, food, clothing and shelter for the physical body, and maintaining
harmonious relationships with other humans. In this physical world, we are largely
unconscious of our Divine Self. The purpose of the Mystical practice is to bring us
into what Kabbalah posits as identifying with the Creator. And yet, in spite of our
preoccupations with the physical world and the care of our body, sometimes, in
inspiring moments, we transcend this perception and fathom the bliss and joy of the
Divine through intense emotional and intuitive experience (e.g., viewing the vast
panorama of nature) and when reaching the deeper state (samadhi) of meditation.
By their natural instincts, the orientation of subhuman species could be very well
set towards this Divine attunement.

Mysticism teaches that all creatures are all spiritual in true nature, occupying a
physical form at various degrees of material density. If we add the teachings of
Science to that of Mysticism, we find great concepts that clear up the cobwebs of
life. First, Mysticism and Science agree that the growth and unfolding of the
potentialities of life and form is deliberate and this is seen in the physical
evolution of species. Both Theosophy and Kabbalah teach that there is a Divine
Plan. Both Science and Mysticism agree that there are no accidents. Of course, in
Science, it takes millions of years for changes to unfold. In Mysticism, spiritual
change, through meditation can be achieved within a lifetime (Kabbalahs view).

A scientific principle holds that we live in a world of law. Natural laws govern the
earth. Disobedience to these laws can create havoc in all forms of life as
witnessed during moments of environmental and man-made disasters. Mysticism
affirms this scientific truth in the law of karma. Karma balances the effects of
human action to its cause. Many actions by humans, seemingly without much
thought to its effects, on himself and on others, have been struck down, resulting in
untold suffering of the perpetrators. Thus, learning Natures Laws (Science), and the
Law of Karma (Mysticism) is complementary; knowledge of both laws is necessary
to live a fruitful, fulfilling, and pleasurable life, which Kabbalah teaches.

What are we to make of all this? We are on the drive to perfection (mysticism). The
Christ said:: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect "
(Matthew V:48) and to those of Saint Paul: "Till we all come, in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians IV:13). This is the mystical goal for
all forms of life. The nature of humans is half mortal and half divine and the path to
perfection is threefold: (1) the path of will when we exercise strength of purpose to
shape our physical and spiritual make-up; (2) the path of wisdom when through
learning we modulate our actions and seeks the truth; and (3) the path of love when
we reach out to our fellow human beings to those below our species. Theosophy
and Kabbalah urge altruism as the true purpose in life. This orientation could be
said to be the same for subhuman species, though at a lesser degree. ###