Truth as an idea has an inherent problem: a Two-in-One Problem .
As a rational being man who claims he bases his actions on truth must concede that others also by same faculties shall have their own say in the matter. It can be explained from the history of the Bolshevik movement, which seized power in Russia in 1917. Vladimir Lenin gave a voice to aspirations of the masses but how the Soviet Russia interpreted it was in the way Joseph Stalin thought it fit. If there could be a Worker’s Paradise is it strange if another proposes a theocentric city? Only the question arises who shall formulate laws governing the city- God or man? John Calvin as a Reformer is associated with the Geneva Bible of 1560, where annotations were Calvinist and Puritan in character.
The other problem is to use reason as a transactional tool while Truth is an abstraction that can only be made clear by the way we put in practice.
Each of us in order to be efficient and relevant has to look to time and place. Yet we hold no control over how our actions shape up. Coming back to the early history of the Church, Simon Peter looked to the Hebraic traditions which shaped his entire outlook while Paul, as orthodox as Simon, realized the power that Rome imposed on their world. Being a Roman citizen by birth Paul saw the advantages his birth gave him and took the church to the gentiles and to the far corners of the empire. Peter did the opposite. Even so did the Church strictly follow in the directions shown by them? Time and space do guide our hands.
Experience is like the group-wave where Truth leaves its imprint however imperceptibly to give it a new direction. Calvin’s relevance at the time and place owe to the special circumstances that France faced.
The political history of France in the sixteenth century shows religion and secular power locked into a power struggle. The reformist ideas of John Calvin were ammunition for both for a fresh round of struggle. Caught between is the story of Jean Calais and one who was seen by the Church as Devil’s envoy. Dynamics of Truth exact victims to which we can point out great many. Recently some nuns were butchered in Yemen. Were they guilty for doing charity work for the poor and discarded?
Here we see the Two-in-One problem.
In what manner do we approach our Two-in-One problem? Is it not somewhat similar to how the five blind men from Benares investigated the form of an elephant? One felt his trunk and another his ears and so on. Did it add up? We tend to see Truth from our finite nature which gives it a fractured view.
Truth of experience gives us cues and in following examples shown by other we give truth more mileage. The woman who suffered from bleeding could not get to come before Jesus because of the press. In faith she bent and touched the hem of his dress. Instantly he realized virtue left him to heal her suffering. Another is the precept of ‘turning the other cheek’This are examples of truth of experience breaking new grounds.
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Form and the function: man has a form and his function is to reveal his human nature which has truth and it must fit with the nature where each species perform specific tasks. Naturally such truth creates inevitability to which food chain is but one example. Truth is the basis by which everyone would perform tasks he is most fitted out for.
Each violin player is unique though each play on the same violin. The fact is that quality of the instrument gives its own evidence. Material nature is like the instrument, allowing each player to make his or her own individuality count. Jasha Heifetz, Fritz Kreizler or Menuhin may play the same piece and yet a keen listening ear can distinguish the subtle differences. For their fingering technique, bow pressure and speed of bow over strings are all unique which adds to the difference in quality of their instrument. Truth of our action may deal with an article as Truth but we are not revealing God but ourselves. When I speak of God I use as a Christian and on the belief that God is Truth.
Another analogy will be useful here. In a musical composition in E-flat for example the tone E- flat is the one towards all other tones seem to be attracted.
In relation to God every life form holds a position. Terrestrial beings that we are and struggling each day for a place in the sun our actions keep referring to it. All our values have time and place but they refer nevertheless to Truth, an Absolute Value. What we occupy is a relative position.
In Japan traditional houses are oriented and windows are placed in such manner to frame pleasant features of the landscape. The Japanese call it ‘borrowing scenery’ from Nature. Similarly our actions however true we might aver is most advantageous to us. A theocratic society under the authority of one, as in the case of John Calvin who had Michael Servitus burnt at the stake for heresy is led astray. In order to prolong the agony of the hapless man Calvin ordered green wood to be used in his case. In the case of Giordano Bruno the Church had his tongue taken out first before burning him at the stake. As often the case is methods used by so-called servants of God are what advantageous to them.The city of God has gone in the way the Church of Rome bedeviled by so many evils besides heresy that they fought. When a church arbitrarily gives shape to truth it is a signal there is something far more pernicious hidden.
God is least served when man chooses to define truth arbitrarily. Consequently truth of our action has a form but it a caricature of Truth.
Once more to recall the analogy of music, a legendary conductor playing a famous piece. Fürtwangler’s approach was different and that of Toscanini was yet another. Truth that we can hope to reveal must be in fulfilling the spirit nothing else. Great prophets have laid out the mind of Supreme Being, God or Allah or whoever. How did Wahhabism fare with billions of Petrodollars spent by the Saudi regime in the 80s and 90? This only created fundamentalism of the most odious kind we see around us. The emergence of daesh and Syrian crisis owe to their meddling. If we are vilely treated by another we are not to pray God to send fire and brimstone. The disciples once asked Jesus to punish thus and he rebuked them. Such highest examples of conduct as shown by great teachers are our guide posts.
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Each one swears by truth. It is man’s article of faith. Strange that some even go to prove it by blowing themselves up. It is as though truth can be proved by demolishing one’s own life.
A form exists and is designated to prove the existence of truth.
A note for example middle C on a piano is regular vibrations at the rate of 262 per second. If the wings of a humming bird could produce so many vibrations at the same rate it is middle C. No one by any stretch of imagination will on that account conclude the bird and the piano are one and the same. The bird has truth of nature, too distinct to be confused for anything else. This truth is drawn from Truth.
Only that a bird by casting itself to death despite wings given to it, need something else to show its death proves Truth. No one alive shall see its connection. I might say it is the will of the Supreme Being that I fast unto death. How shall I convince myself that thereby I have fulfilled the conditions that delineate Truth? It would be an atrocious error to assume the mind of God or Allah in denying his grace and compassion by any action that is open to doubt.
The bottom line is that we can only uphold truth in context of other beings created by God, and exercising our faculties to prove at all times. His grace is poured out from our actions and his compassion to us is balanced by showing compassion to other no matter whether is deserving or not. Anything else is born out of pride and from Satan.
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In my previous posts where I examined the Big Picture I had formulated several principles to underpin my theories. Conjugation principle,Inversion Principle,Uncertainty Principle,Cluster Principle and so on. There is one principle of which I had till now held back. What is Clean Slate principle? In order to explain it let me point out from the night sky.
There are several billions of stars, light of which when added up must make the sky bright. Yet it does not. Supernovae of star sends materials helter-skelter across space creating new stars in its wake. Background radiation of the Big Bang still reaches us. With such persistence cosmic events leave their signature around. This being the case why we see the night still dark as though the light sent forth from stars is blotted out by an unseen hand? The sky, in a manner of speaking has become a clean slate.
Science explains this as due to the nature of universe expanding at a rate that starlight shall not make the night seen as day. The nature of Day is as distinct as Night is the exclusion of light is. Day and Night are distinctly apart. Nature of Truth as distinct from Falsehood is. In short we have to see in the Objective Lessons of Nature, what makes them valid. Nature as a mirror to Truth. Man makes truth of Nature, truth of Experience, and Truth of Action to justify himself. Absolute Value of Truth is not what he can demonstrate. Even so it is in context of Truth.
The Clean Slate Principle refers to Absolute certainties against which every finite value has to come up against. Thus we use our free will to explain the nature of evil. Do we not use sophistry to explain that God as Omniscient Being must have known evil beforehand? If He knows evil He cannot be Good? We weave our own ropes of reason to hang ourselves with.
In the analogy of night sky light supplied by various sources is still rendered as though these were null owing to the expanding sky. Similarly in the run off of march of events supplied by good and evil motives, consciousness of evil on God’s part is negated by power and wisdom of God. He is not the conscience keeper of the evil one. Bad motives come from a different source than good motives that a man keeps and acts upon are in keeping with His commandments. So man who suffers like a wrongdoer for the good that he did out of good conscience is in His keeping. Clean Slate principle makes God free from any unfairness or *impartiality(cf.post of 8 May 2010) .
The Clean Slate principle states that we create evil, result of our finite nature. According to Cluster principle evil creates much more: misery is another byproduct. The Clean Slate Principle states that evil resulting from man’s free will remains at finite level. Absolute value of Truth is undimmed by finiteness of truth we demonstrate.
God remains inviolate because of this principle.
God as Truth is not made any whit less because of truth as demonstrated by man.
It is in the nature of God, because God is Love, to exercise this principle. Though our sins be as scarlet the Clean Principle can render as white as snow, to use a Biblical expression. This principle is in conformity with conjugation principle.
PS. Day is distinct from Night. Light of the Sun makes Day and Night though littered with stars and visible to us, is still Night. In this connection let me point out some men due to some accidents in their biology may be effeminate or genetically feminine. Has God gone wrong? In His eyes they are as distinct as man from woman is. God looks at the soul that is according to the Clean Slate Principle makes man and woman, distinct and clean. To God there is no confusion as we may have.
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A man went to New York in search of work. His farm had been devastated which was not something special since his once fertile land had been turned into a dustbowl. Mother Nature had dealt him a severe blow; and his community to which he, like his fathers before him had belonged was of no help. The President of the local bank and the directors had failed him in his moment of distress. Did they not force him to mortgage his lands for updating his farm equipments? Did they not deceive him by drawing a rosy picture of what he stood to gain and suggested easy terms? When things went wrong they had quickly dropped him and forced him out. He had much to gripe about.
Now in New York he was on his own. He joined a gang since he had declared war on society. But when he was asked by the gang leader to kill some one, he demured. “ That will make me a murderer.” The gang leader laughed and said,” But you have declared war. Didn’t you?” He would not let him join them without blood on his hands.
He asked for time.
The same night he made his escape since he knew he would have no other choices left but to go down killing or some other crime. He wanted to choose his own course with which he could live in good conscience.What choices we make create new pathways while closing so many. Consequently for me Either Or is a way of discovering my essential self. Let the world go on its way and I shall go my way.
As the song,’I did it my way,’ truth of action is to leave my signature in the scheme of things. It shall make sense if not today sometime in eternity.
Tailspin: If you intend to be a first rate concert pianist don’t expect to shine inside the ring at the same time.
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Agastya, a householder from Tulu desam, who lived in the middle of two constantly fighting neighbors Ambu and Subbu, had enough of his life. He went to Kailas to meditate. He received in due course enlightenment and his mentor asked him to choose a gift. He chose a deity in gold as large as a man’s palm.
“Chance it is called.” The mentor commented.
“It is a good gift to make my going back to my folks worth remembering.” Before he reached his home he came along a river where one man was about to make a hole in the river. “Don’t,” Agastya ran up to him. “It is chance which brought me to save you.” To his great surprise he was Subbu, his neighbor.
Yogi Agastya gave him his image and said,” Remember Chance has saved you.” Not long after Subbu went on a journey and he carried his image for his protection. While passing through a forest he was waylaid by robbers and was killed for the gold he carried.
As soon as news reached his home Ambu the other neighbor went to the Yogi and fell at his feet and said “Chance which you brought was for my rescue. Was it not?”
Chance has to be explained in terms of total interaction of life-forms. There is a wise old saw’ An open door may tempt a saint.’ Human nature being what it is, god-man or whom we call a saint upon insufficient evidences, is a scoundrel waiting to be found out. The saint sees an open door and think of chance. But if he takes it what is he? Certainty is settled by actions.
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