Someone asked, “What are some examples of ‘truth from a certain point of view?’ explanations?”

I will offer a practical answer. A good way to develop answers to this is by defining it in terms of evolution or growth on the path of life. The path toward truth is universal but also individual.

On the personal or individual side, for example, a person may need a particular thing, for instance, to become more wisely tolerant. For that person, that is their bit of their truth for the current time as it is the next step of growth for them. For another person, the needed goal might be to avoid being taken advantage of by others—perhaps they have allowed themselves to become a doormat and have not learned to stand their ground and say “no” when it is wise to do so. If that person tried to become more tolerant, it could be a big mistake that would aggravate their problems so for them this would not be a step toward truth and would not further their evolution. So “truth” in this sense is personal being relative to what is needed, in other words, relative to a particular individuals place and circumstance on the path in life.

Now beyond this relative meaning of “truth” is a universal one. For instance, every person without exception needs more expression of wise love and every person without exception needs an increasingly intelligent understanding of themselves and others and every individual needs increased skill in the task of avoiding harm to others. These are universal.

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On Quora someone asked, “How can someone spiritually evolve under Hindu philosophy if they have created bad karma in past lives, and as a result, creating more bad karma through bad choices made as a child lasting into adulthood and affecting others for a long time to come?”  

Everyone has created a measure of difficult karma, it is only a matter of degree, but our inner power to triumph over it is real and must be affirmed. And the challenges of our difficult path provides us with the resistance that catalyzes our inner growth and also awakens in us a wisdom in action that is useful to others.

The levers of love and service are powerful and by them we can transform our world. It is time to emerge from the preoccupation with ideas of a weighty personal karma and realize that it is the karma of the whole of humanity which is our main concern and it is that to which we must attend. And in the realization of this wider destiny we gain the strength of spirit.

“A cosmogonic Hindu tale relates “There lived long ago a terrible monster who devoured people. Once the monster was pursuing an intended victim and the man, seeking to save himself, plunged into a lake. The monster sprang after him, but the swimmer threw himself on the back of the monster and took firm hold of its projecting crest. The monster could not turn over on its back because its belly was unprotected. It rushed about in a furious course, waiting for the man to become exhausted. But the thought came to the man that, in maintaining his desperate plight, he was saving humanity, and with this pan-human thought his strength became unlimited and inexhaustible. The monster, meanwhile, increased its speed until sparks formed a fiery wake. Amid flames the monster began to rise above the earth. The universal thought of the man had uplifted even the enemy.” Agni Yoga Series – Master Index – ENEMY

Looking out upon the world, or back upon our life, it may sometimes seem that a beautiful change is not possible. The weight of the world and its chaos seems overwhelming. And it is the same when, at certain stage, we confront the burden of our own chaos. The pain and chaos of the group and the personal worlds mirror each other.

But there is a moment of realization, the moment when we wake to inner power and divinity. In this revelatory light, all things look different, and all things look possible. There is then no barrier too high and no way too difficult. We come to know then, with certainty, that the ultimate triumph of the good is inevitable. No matter the history or the long chain of dark days. It becomes clear that no circumstance and no limits can ultimately withstand the transformative energy of spirit. No cycle of chaos will remain unbroken. The power of divinity spirals up irresistibly and may not be denied. No human construction can long withstand it. There will be a new world in the future, and it will be good beyond dreaming.

“Love, from its awful throne of patient power
In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs,
And folds over the world its healing wings.”

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Portions adapted from my work: Morphing with Light

Someone asks, “In what way does subjective metaphysics differ from objective metaphysics?”

We could say that all perception is subjective, or relatively so. At the same time, what is experienced subjectively is regarded as objective if the experience is one that is held in common, agreed on and repeatable, by a community of people. So science is established by a community effort, most of whose members are able and equipped to arrive at the same conclusion.

There is the objective experience of the five senses (on which science is largely dependent) and there are also experiences that transcend the five senses, and I think the latter can be subjective or objective. In part, metaphysics derives from the transcendent senses but there is also a metaphysics that is theoretical and intellectual being generated by abstract thought. It is in the realms of transcendent sensing and also theoretical speculation that we enter what might be termed “subjective” in the critical sense of being highly questionable, sometimes unreal. So this might define your “subjective metaphysics.”

About “objective metaphysics” many might say that there is no such thing, that its a contradiction in terms, and that subjectivity is inherent in the meaning of metaphysical. I think this is, in part, based on a conceptual spirit/matter split, that is the tendency to think that there is the knowable “real” or objective world on the one hand and an unknowable, theoretical, spiritual, and perhaps unreal realm on the other, and that metaphysics belongs to this subjective and unverifiable realm.

I am among those who disagree with this “split” idea and regard the universe in all its many dimensions as composed of a single continuum of spiritmatter. This conception is found in New Age Philosophy. In this conception, we might define objective metaphysics as spiritual science or that body of knowledge arrived at by the community of sages and wise men of many epochs.

Someone asked, “As it states in Dune, is fear really the mind killer?”

Fear is not the mind killer. Fear is an emotion that, when unwarranted and excessive, temporarily hides the the light of the mind.

Incidentally, Frank Herbert’s mantra, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is…” etc, may be good drama but it is not a good formula for dealing the fear. A formula that repeats the word “fear” however well intentioned and philosophically decorated, is self-defeating. It is like trying to shovel out the darkness instead of turning on the light. Each word has evocative power and corresponds to land evokes a particular state of consciousness. Unwarranted fear corresponds to the dark side and that is not escaped by repetition of the a negative word . We transcend fear by ignoring it and affirming our position by words of a positive and uplifting nature, for instance:

“I am a point of light within a greater light. I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine…” (Alice Bailey)

Words must be chose with care because of the fact:

“That words have their effects on our mood and ideas does not require demonstration. Words are symbols that not only indicate or point out objects or psychic facts, but that also possess the power of stimulating and arousing activity associated with them. They “evoke” and make operative the meanings and Idée-forces that they signify. This process follows certain laws of which the principal ones are…”

Read more at: The Technique of Evocative Words, by Roberto Assagioli

Someone on Quora asked, “Why do people scare me? I’m not innocent or the most good person in the world, but I socialize with others and see how bad people are and it makes me want to go to bed, to feel protected.”

Fears in some forms and at some intensity level are something to which all humans are subject. So you have some fear because it goes with being human and being born into this world. You may have too much fear, and unreasonable fears, if you have had many painful life experiences or a difficult childhood.

While there are those in the world that incite fear in you, there are also many good people whose impulse is to protect and support you—be alert to such people and open to them. A certain level and intensity of fear is normal and a protection against harm. But many are far more fearful than is wise and healthy and too much fear will isolate you, which isolation is itself very harmful. So learn to ignore unwarranted fear and affirm yourself in that wisdom that maintains an openness of spirit and relates you to the good in the world.

See also my Quora answer How do I stop living in the fear and live in the moment instead?

See also my related blog post: Your friend SAM: Saturation, Affirmation, Mentation

And one more thing. Radiate, a radiant spirit is a protection against fears.

(The art above is from an original painting by a friend that was gifted to me.)

Someone asked, “What do you say to the assertion that the ultimate cause of human suffering is caring what other people think?”

About “caring” there are two aspects of meaning to consider. On the one hand, caring what others think is normal and healthy because all life is a unity and each individual is an indispensable part of the whole. In this sense, caring overlaps in meaning with love, love being the spiritual foundation of everything. But on the other hand there is another thing entirely called “caring too much about what others think” which is not healthy but a sign of too much ego focus. Advice on distinguishing these is: “For your own sake, do not care at all. But for their sake, care fully and deeply.”

“Caring” in the negative sense, as defined above, is a small example of a larger cause that can be named as “the ultimate cause of human suffering.” That larger cause is materialism that leads to excessive and prolonged identification with material things. Another way of defining it is as lovelessness or selfishness. This is close to the meaning of Buddhas definition: “Suffering is caused by selfish craving and personal desire.” Of course Buddha was not speaking of normal desires such as the desire to create, the desire for food, or the desire to take care of one’s health or that of others. While desires can often be as chains but they can also be sparks and wings and without normal desire humanity would not even exist.

The teaching of Christ about the path of love and brotherhood is the positive expression of the same principle. In various forms this wisdom about suffering has come down to us and can be summarized as this: Harsh or bitter experiences wean the mind from the world of outer satisfactions until we realize that happiness cannot come from outer things– happiness is a quality of soul which we must put into things.

“With our thousand desires, we need not seek for that which we
are now, which we possess, that which we have, yet cannot name
or find words to express.” (Wesley La Violette)

“The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he
from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.” (Emerson)

“The wise realizing through meditation the timeless Self,
beyond all perception, deep in the cave of the heart
leave pleasure and pain far behind.
The man who knows he is neither body nor mind,
but the eternal Self, divine principle of existence,
finds the source of all joy and lives in joy abiding.”
(Upanishads)

 

 

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