This is God.

This is God.

You are unmanifest, yet you are most manifest; You can be perceived by Nous; You can be seen by the eyes. You are bodiless, yet you are many bodies, or rather every body. Nothing is which you are not. For you are all that exists and you have therefore all names, because all names come from the one, and that is why the one has no name, for you are the creator of all. How can you be praised to others or to yourself? And where shall I look to praise you: above, below, inside or outside? For you there is not direction, no place, nor any other being. All is within you, all comes from you. You give everything and take nothing. For you have everything, there is nothing you do not have.

When shall I sing your praises: For it is not possible to find your hour or your season. For what shall I praise you? For what you have created or for what you have not created? For what you have revealed for for what you have hidden? And why shall I praise you? Because you are of my own nature? Because you have what is your own? because you are other? But you are whatsoever I am; you are whatever I do; you are whatever I speak. You are all things and there is nothing else. Even what is not you are. You are all that has come into being; you are what has not come into being. You are Nous, and what is apprehended by Nous; you are creator as you create, God as you are in every action, the supreme good as you are the cause of all.

The finest part of matter is air, of air, soul, of soul, Nous, of Nous, God.

-The Corpus Hermeticum c. 200 BC

Science: No Belief Necessary… And if you believe that…

Recently Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made the comment, “The good thing about science is it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

Science does seem to offer a very sound and rational auguring point from which to view our place in the Universe. However, this statement begs a very important question: Of which “science” was Dr. Tyson speaking? In the broad field of Astrophysics, for example, there are many competing theories which describe what is observed with our imaging technology. All of these theories have their merits and their downfalls, and all of them contradict one another to some degree. Moreover, they are all based upon a standardized set of theoretical underpinnings which themselves are found to be quite questionable upon close examination. One simple example of this fact are the very Laws of Thermodynamics themselves. Each law is prefaced with the condition, “Within a closed system…” However, science does seem generally to agree that no truly closed system has ever existed. Such logic suggests that the Laws of Thermodynamics are, in fact, not laws at all. Simply useful guidelines within artificially arbitrated constraints.

So which of these theoretical models, which of these contradictory “sciences” is he speaking about believing or disbelieving? While it is true that the Universe is the Universe, whether or not we believe in it, science is at its nature a human description of that Universe. And that Universe and its description are both in a constant state of change.

The most rational, true scientist is the one who is willing to look at any given thing in it’s ever changing reality. He is willing to flow with the fact that there is far more to know than we will ever know.

Perhaps a more apt statement would have been, “Science doesn’t become science until we stop believing in it.” A statement which is both circular, and open ended. Like our Universe itself.

The “truth” of our Universe is far, far deeper and wider than we have penetrated into the vast infinite. In fact, we will never get there. The true scientist has an open mind, and knows that he does not know what he does not know. Only the question is valid, for there is no true answer. At the very least, certainly not in the realm of dualistic language. Unless, of course, we could somehow eventually construct and remember a name and relationship for every unique individual element of the Universe. Of which there are an infinitude. An idea which seems upon reflection to be, perhaps, a bit redundant.

I believe Dr. Tyson would agree with me when I say that while a true scientist may claim to be looking for “answers” he knows he will never find THE answer. A true scientist is a scientist because he is filled with interesting questions. And, a true scientist is a scientist because he is always searching for ever more interesting questions.

Stretched between two contradictions.

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over those many first abysses,
now build the unimagined bridge’s sternly calculated arc.
Miracle’s not only in the unexplained outlasting of the threat;
only in the clear, consummate achievement is the miracle defined.

There is no presumption in joining in on the indescribable relation;
the meshwork grows more and more ardent,
mere being born is not enough.

Take your practiced strengths and stretch them until they reach between two contradictions… From far inside you the God wishes to consult.

-Rilke

Perdition

To Nous, nothing is incomprehensible. To speech, nothing ineffable. When you keep silent, you understand. When you talk, you just talk. Since Nous conceives speech in silence, only that speech (which comes) from silence and Nous is salvation. But that speech which comes from speech is only perdition; for by his body man is mortal, but by speech he is immortal.

Who does not understand speech has no Nous. Who talks without Nous says nothing, since he understands nothing, he has no Nous and he talks, for his talk is a crowd and a crowd has neither Nous nor (reasonable) speech. Speech endowed with Nous is a gift of God, speech without Nous is a finding of man. Only man has Nous and speech.

The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius c. 200BC

Nous: ancient greek; the divine connection between man and the wholeness of the universe. Inspiration, awareness of the whole, and moreover, the design of the whole. Infinite awareness through internal peace and connection. Resonant vibration with the one.

Love: n. : ( )

“Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical love?”, don’t ask yourself this question. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn’t need any name, category or definition. Love is a world itself. Either you are in, at the center…or you are out, yearning.

~ Shams Tabrizi

Wholeness

A man who believes in God can never find God. If you are open to reality, there can be no belief in reality. If you are open to the unknown, there can be no belief in it. After all, belief is a form of self-protection, and only a petty mind can believe in God. Look at the belief of the aviators during the war who said God was their companion? as they were dropping bombs! So you believe in God when you kill, when you are exploiting people. You worship God and go on ruthlessly extorting money, supporting the army-yet you say you believe in mercy, compassion, kindliness.

As long as belief exists, there can never be the unknown; you cannot think about the unknown, thought cannot measure it. The mind is the product of the past, it is the result of yesterday, and can such a mind be open to the unknown? It can only project an image, but that projection is not real; so your god is not God – it is an image of your own making, an image of your own gratification. There can be reality only when the mind understands the total process of itself and comes to an end. When the mind is completely empty – only then is it capable of receiving the unknown. The mind is not purged? until it understands the content of relationship-its relationship with property, with people-until it has established the right relationship with everything. Until it understands the whole process of conflict in relationship, the mind cannot be free.

Only when the mind is wholly silent, completely inactive, not projecting, when it is not seeking and is utterly still, only then that, which is eternal and timeless, comes into being.
~Krishnamurti

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing.