Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Revelation, if you will

Today I will question a passage in Revelations 17-18, one a lot of us are familiar with: 
"... so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark,40 which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.41 This calls for wisdom.
42 If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number.43 His number is 666." 
    Cross      Now, I’m not a religious man by conventional measures. I don’t read scriptures like the official believers do. I think they are reading it backwards, as a consequence of how mind works. What I do know is that mind is of matter and thus in direct relation/contact with physical reality. No ideas are made up or “false”, be they spiritual or scientific. Every statement must, in an all physical universe, by necessity be “true” to reality.
    No tree is of “false” shape or form, nor does it sound “wrongly”. Likewise, no human thought is false and no human sounds wrong. Not in an absolute sense that is. From a relative perspective there is nothing but right/wrong, true/false, but I’m not about relative reality. I’m about What Is!
References for ReSo 17-18 must be a true sound coming from man, but how should we understand its truth?  It is said that when humanity is really up shit creek, totally confused, the “beast” will reign supreme. If you’re stupid enough, you will say “There are no beast here, only evil people, so the text is just a fairytale”. Then you forget that all language is symbolic, as is math. Wise up. Of course it is not about a dragon spitting fire or a fantasy beast coming alive to actually exist.
This beast is just as real as your beloved “sense of self”, in fact it IS your sense of self. It is all about your/our imagination, our shared beliefs about reality, how it is and how it should be.

If you question consensus and a priori assumptions, what you have to offer will be rejected or ignored.
The consensus, which is of human intellectual understanding, is that one is many and many are one. This is a trap.

Because if our basic assumption is wrong, every single following statement will be flawed. We will run around in circles repeating ourselves, as in “666”. The three sixes are symbols of perfect imperfection. It is getting it completely right, but totally wrong. It knows everything about Donald Duck except that he is fictional. In biblical symbols, realizing DD is considered “7” as in perfection. At “7” all our previous knowledge stands true and need not be revised, but now it is known for what it is i.e. based on the flawed premise  that everything Donald is actually true.
If you know my take on intelligence, you know it operates by creating an alternative to the absolute, so perceiving One will always add a not-One. Every thing is defined in relation to some other thing. By this, all of us have a subjective reality and our own truths. Being so, there can never be peace and common understanding, but forever a war of ideologies and beliefs. No ones truth is truer than My truth, and so say all of us. Fighting for peace is as confused it gets.

But just as in Buddhist scriptures the Bible sees a way out of this i.e. the change of perspective from subjective/Ego to objective/Shared. But to get there, mind must figure mind out. As long as mind only figures, calculates on everything that is not-mind, it will be stuck in relativism.  Like a broken record it will play the “right” song, but in a broken way. That is how contemporary science, religion and society sings in unison:
One more study, one more result, one more equation, one more resolution, one more election
One more study, one more result, one more equation, one more resolution, one more election
One more study, one more result, one more equation, one more resolution, one more election
One more study, one more result, one more equation, one more resolution, one more election
Any potentially progressive statement will be questioned and understood based on flawed statements. Anything genuinely new will immediately be part of the old. If you, like I do, are baffled by the fact that despite all these “One more...”, we are as far from consensus as ever before.  To be correct, I was baffled until I learned what intelligence is. Now I’m just surprised no one else seems to even consider my very simple “theory”.

Anyways, read as totally true (in the sense described above) the Bible and all scriptures alike are as readable as any research study published. Take a panoramic perspective and study them as various expressions of physical reality and they will fuse seamlessly. There is no contradiction at all between science and religion. The polarity comes from intelligence seeing one and defining it as opposite to not-one. So science view religion as opposite, and religion view science as opposite. Same goes for every position of thought you can imagine:
Material vs. mental
Expansion vs. contraction
Finite vs. eternal
Particle vs. wave
Order vs. disorder
Symmetry vs. asymmetry
Me vs. You
Everything vs. nothing

No concept will be left as similar for long. If two are similar, we will soon ask “Which one is primary”, and so we fuse the two into one. When they are fused/contracted, we define this one “X” as not being not-X. That is, we define how it specifically differs from not-X. If we don’t do this, someone will soon point to X and say “Tell me why X is different from Y, because I believe them to be the same”.  In this way, human intellect by default enforces the creation of defined opposites, even when there is none. Without these definitions, we cannot argue or reason intelligently.

So what the book of Revelations tells us in this specific passage is to let go of trying to “get it” by means of intellect. It is said that this enterprise will look like a closing in on truth, but it will never get there. Intelligence will have the acute sense of new discoveries and progress, but from a distance it is clear that it is just repetition. You need not believe in God or any other symbolic entity to see this. As with me, not believing in anything particular is helpful. Paradoxically, if you are totally indifferent to opinions/theories/beliefs, they all turn out to be equally true/false. This requires a certain perspective when dealing with them.
- They are the physical minds direct response to its physical context.
- They are not made up by individual humans choosing to think this or that.
- They are based on polarity that is not inherent in nature, but a property of minds intelligent responding.
- Nature is dualistic as in being and not being both and neither particle and/or wave i.e. it is potentially both.
- Intelligence is dualistic as in not accepting natures uncertainty, and therefore it will define reality as either this or  that.
- Rejecting reality as it actually is - definitely uncertain - makes theories and prediction possible to a certain point, but not all the way.
- Science will never present anything but relative truth, but is able to show for it.
- Religion will never show for its truth, but present one that is absolute.
Keeping this in mind,  reading  about The Holy Trinity and Three Generations of Matter is a lot of fun. Most of all, it makes absolute sense seen as relatively true. Sticking to the Bible theme, let’s look at another passage:

1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The above is, more or less, what I’m trying to tell you. Note that in 10, the "part" is not polarized to “whole”. It does not say “Parts will be whole”, and this is, to me, a reason to believe the author has wisdom extraordinaire. For it is true that reality, or God’s creation if you will, is not of “parts” or “whole”.  With complete knowledge the illusion of “parts” just disappears. This is same insight as in Hindu/Buddhist saying reality is “Not One, Not Two”, but not elaborating on what it is instead. Wisdom has it that mind cannot intellectually grasp what is this and that, so it stays silent and points to direct experience as a way to complete knowledge. Note also that love is central, as is compassion in Buddhism.

With that I have probably scared away all of you. As you now know, intelligence will always define the one pointing to religion as non-scientific. It is no different from pointing to physics when talking to “spiritual” people, who will instantly define me as a non-spiritual “materialist”. Intelligence has it that truth must be either this or that.
My mission is begging to differ while agreeing totally.
Reality is so.
Mind is so.
So it is.


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