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There are two kinds of people. Those who love to go with the flow. Then there are those who make a stand for their convictions no matter how contrary and rough the current is. Of the latter I shall cite two. Socrates was one who stood for his convictions. Jesus is another. Mind you what the Greek philosopher stood for and the purpose for which Jesus accepted death were for entirely different reasons. Yet their souls had affixed the shape of Truth in different order. Order of the spirit of man (who didn’t take anything for granted or heresay as true) gave Socrates to accept the verdict of the state however unjust is one. The other order led Jesus to Golgotha because he submitted to a spirit of higher Truth.

It was Thomas Paine who observed that he who has never ruffled anyone with a contrary opinion was a hypocrite. Spirit of the times is gentle and highly seductive to those who have chosen to take the line of least resistance. Such a person may get elected to the highest office but he has sold himself to be hatchet man for the majority.
Soul is kind of representation and Socrates represented every seeker of Truth who wielded reason as a scalpel to remove the flab from Truth which only made it appear as something else.

Spirit of the times is the vector of so many traditions culture and norms that peoples all across the globe may impact on each. But soul of man gives him a special insight and the wherewithal to let his spirit work with the guiding spirit of his times.

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Spirit of the times accept Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader; but how he represents to the Tibetans and to the People’s Republic of China holds a difference. Those Tibetans in exile or those who are left behind see him as a reincarnation of the last lama. To the man on the street he someone worthy of respect as a holy man.

To the Tibetans he is the 14th of his line. As a living lama he represents to them the centre that holds their cultural and national identity together. In other words he is a representation of Tibetans.
But soul of Dalai Lama is not borrowed clothes of any lama dead and gone but something that can bear the weight of all those lamas who had gone before him. Even if he chose to live a life differently it validates such a change. Soul is the essence of a living being and no matter how many reincarnations of changes he may undergo in a spiritual creation the soul doesn’t shift. Soul of Dalai Lama is constant.

Soul is this Power of One regardless of changes his body or spirit may experience.

benny

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When we are saved our names are recorded in heaven(Lk 10:20).  Soul is my essence whether clothed with a corruptible body or out of it. It  is a record of events signifying my life on earth and hereafter.
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Descartes said, ‘I think therefore I am’. Is thought all that defines man of his being?
Self of man is rooted in the very consciousness of his or her world. Even in the womb a child is conscious of a world, which is part of another world. Its floating world is kind of a reality. It may not think or know of a far wider world lying beyond. Even so it is in development, a growth process beginning and end of which no one may determine for certainty. A newborn enters the world with little control over its body and having no thinking faculties so to speak. Is not the baby still a being in its own right?
Ability to think alone does not define the essence of a being.
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With great advances in our understanding of physiology we may now put the origin of thoughts, movements as belonging properly in the realm of physiology. Similarly a foetus linked to its mother by an umbilical chord while within the womb is a matter of physiology. But what makes it draw air in its lungs the moment the umbilical chord is cut off  belongs to something else. What gave it a foreknowledge of a world that must be breathed in?
A baby has already certain experience of the outside world and it is picked up through the medium of its mother. By the same token we are conscious of a world, an inner world through the medium of our corporeal bodies.
Thinking only gives a handle to what impressions we may have of other worlds. It cannot however prove its existence or disprove it.
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Conjugation Principle
Consider the optical illusion where we could spot a figure or a vase depending on what we are looking at. In other words we choose to see what we want to see. (see note)
Can there be an island without the sea? We may be talking about the island but sea is ever in the background. Merely because we see the reality of island shall not make the reality of the sea any less.
Duality of Man has body and spirit. Both are conjugated because of the soul. Inner life and Physical life. From our inner or spirit life we translate thoughts into actions by means of energy. In the past posts I have been discussing energy as bills of exchange. Energy as the means to negotiate our hereafter is as permanent as our absolute position is forever fixed in the cosmos.
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Suppose death means stepping out of here and now into the hereafter our energy profile should still carry certain facts about us. Energy cannot be destroyed or created. So energy profile encapsulates our physical life on Time-Space mode.
The scriptures speak of spiritual bodies. I think hereafter is where we are reversed. What would that mean? What was our inner life or spirit becomes our body while our corruptible body or whatever is left of it becomes our inner life. Flaming creatures we shall be.
In short on the pinions of soul we switch our body and spirit around as in the face-vase illustration mentioned above.
Note:‘To make sense of the world it is necessary to organize incoming sensations into information which is meaningful. Gestalt psychologists believe one way this is done is by perceiving individual sensory stimuli as a meaningful whole. Gestalt organization can be used to explain many illusions including the Duck-Rabbit illusion where the image as a whole switches back and forth from being a duck then being a rabbit and why in the figure-ground illusion the figure and ground are reversible.’(wikipedia)
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Carbon dating works on the principle that animals, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air as long as they live. Carbon that has a mass of 14 atoms is radiocarbon while carbon normally holds 12. When the animals for example die their C-14 atoms begin to disintegrate at a steady rate while Carbon (with 12 atoms) does not.
The age of a felled tree can be calculated by its tree rings, one for every year of its life. These rings vary in width depending on weather and climate for that year. Growth patterns for individual species will be same for wide areas. Dendrochronology is a scientific technique by which one can date a tree by comparing with master patterns available for the particular year in question.
From the above I dare suppose that truth as we demonstrate in our lives can be compared with Truth. How such an abstract term as Truth be quantified?
In my opinion energy level of each human being is same (ref. my post of Oct 8), and Energy being constant, relevance of each may be set down in terms of energy wasted or gained. If I use a moral yardstick actions that have helped others or made the world a better place will have high positive value. By the same token bad actions will show a reading, negative and on the debit side. In such an energy profile everything concerning my life is recorded in terms of energy.
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No great monument like the Pyramids of Cheops could have been built on the levels of energy of the ruling class alone. So the powers-that-be hit upon an idea that would electrify the masses. A belief in afterlife and the pharaoh as a celestial symbol made it all possible.
Think of every life form having equal share to energy that is a constant. Isn’t that wealth even though that may not be counted in dollars, pounds or in Euros? Who holds all that wealth?
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Energy is neither created nor destroyed. Recalling Einstein’s famous formula a small mass of matter when converted releases tremendous amount of energy. All that energy mankind has ever possessed or shall, owe to what was released at the time of the Big Bang.
Evolution in a manner of speaking is a transaction of so many species with energy as  bills of exchange.
Like the gold standard to which currency of nations are tied, species competes one another to get the best deal.
Naturalists reckon land animals under the existing conditions, could hold a weight of 100 tons but no animal has come anywhere near that mark. ‘Small is beautiful’ is the message the size of animals seems to indicate. Trimmer they are, less energy they shall need to expend we might say.
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Since every life form utilizes energy one might say mankind is connected or bonded to serve one another. Each of us is a consumer and how much we spent or gained are matters that shall be resolved when Reconciliation of Energy takes place. Here is one proof of our footprint that is set in Time and Space. Like the footprints of dinosaurs who are extinct, still arouse intense interest among the fossil hunters and scientists alike.
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