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Strategic Bridges. Strategic Questions. Strategic Answers. Why Did the Creator Think Physical Reality a Good Idea?. 1977. 1987. The Divine Law of Detachment. 70. 60. Spiritual Development Physical Development. 50. 40. Borrowed Time. 30. 20. 10. 0. Dandelion Effect. 1994. 2005.

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Strategic Bridges

Strategic Questions

Strategic Answers

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The Divine Law of Detachment

70

60

Spiritual Development

Physical Development

50

40

Borrowed Time

30

20

10

0

Dandelion Effect

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Unveiling the

Houri

of

Love

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How many the húrís of inner meaning that are as yet concealed within the chambers of divine wisdom! None hath yet approached them; - húrís, "whom no man nor spirit hath touched before."

Bahá'u'lláh

had th of the hidden treasure
Hadíth of the Hidden Treasure

I was a Hidden Treasure.

I wished to be made known,

and thus I called creation into being

in order that I might be known.

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O SON OF MAN! I loved thy creation, hence I created Thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.

Bahá’u’lláh

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O SON OF MAN! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.

Bahá’u’lláh

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Love is the cause of God's revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things.

`Abdu'l-Bahá

thesis and challenge

Thesis and Challenge

Science possesses (or thinks it possesses) very exact knowledge about very discrete portions of reality (which it thus studies as a modular system)

Philosophy and religion possess (or think they possess) very inexact knowledge about the entirety of reality (which they study as a holographic system).

Stated even more succinctly, science offers a bottom up view of reality, while philosophy and religion offer a top-down view.

My objective is to offer a synthesized or integrative view to these ostensibly opposing but potentially complementary approaches to reality.

it could happen

It Could Happen!

Within the treasury of Our Wisdom there lieth unrevealed a knowledge, one word of which, if we chose to divulge it to mankind, would cause every human being to recognize the Manifestation of God and to acknowledge His omniscience, would enable every one to discover the secrets of all the sciences, and to attain so high a station as to find himself wholly independent of all past and future learning.

Bahá'u'lláh

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Thanks!

I needed that!

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Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.

`Abdu'l-Bahá

the contemporary concept of love as an affliction derived from an acutely neurotic social history

the contemporary concept of love as an affliction derived from an acutely neurotic social history

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We done been hit

by the Escalade of Love!

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the New and Improved

Escalade of Love

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The myth of falling in love operates wherever passion is dreamed of as an ideal instead of being feared like a malignant fever; imagined as a magnificent and desirable disaster instead of as simply a disaster. It lives upon the lives of people who think that love is their fate (and as unavoidable as the effect of the love-potion in the Romance); that it swoops upon powerless and ravished men and women in order to consume them in a pure flame; or that it is stronger and more real than happiness, society, or morality.

Denis DeRougement

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1. Western Romantic Concept of Love with Happy Ending Syndrome

He arrives just in time!

She is about to wed another

They are wed!

Both suffer Malady of Love

End of Story

He must Prove Himself

Love at First Sight

“It just can’t get any better than this!”

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2. Cyclical Seinfeld Syndrome

“Because it just can’t get any better than this!”

“I am going to do it again!”

“And again!”

“And again!”

“And again!”

“And again!”

“And again!”

“And I really don’t feel well. . . .”

romeo and juliet
Romeo and Juliet

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day! It was the nightingale, and not the lark!

O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick.

O happy dagger! This is thy sheath.

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The love which sometimes exists between friends is not (true) love, because it is subject to transmutation; this is merely fascination. As the breeze blows, the slender trees yield. If the wind is in the East the tree leans to the West, and if the wind turns to the West the tree leans to the East. This kind of love is originated by the accidental conditions of life. This is not love, it is merely acquaintanceship; it is subject to change.

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Today you will see two souls apparently in close friendship; tomorrow all this may be changed. Yesterday they were ready to die for one another, today they shun one another's society! This is not love; it is the yielding of the hearts to the accidents of life. When that which has caused this `love' to exist passes, the love passes also; this is not in reality love.

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Platonic Concept of Ladder of Love

(from the “Symposium”

Ladder of Love

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Christian and Islamic Mysticism

Love of the Beloved

(love as process of ascent)

Mystical Path of Love

love as process55
Love as Process
  • Search for Beloved
  • Infatuation with Beloved
  • Study the Beloved
  • Understanding of Beloved
  • Union with Beloved
  • Love the characteristics of Beloved in others
  • Love others for themselves
  • Union with others
  • Love of the Ultimate Source of all attributes
  • Loss of self in the Beloved (Faná)
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5.9 Billion Year Annual Report On Planetary Progress Towards Establishing Authentic Collective Love Relationship with God
  • Geo-Physical evolution 
  • Mineral Evolution 
  • Plant Evolution 
  • Animal Evolution 
  • Human Physical Evolution 
  • Human Intellectual Evolution 
  • Human Spiritual Evolution ?
    • In progress 
    • Awaiting fruition of Lesser peace 
      • Institute process seems to be working 
why we want to know about reality
Why We Want to Know about Reality

Science is the first emanation from God toward man. All created beings embody the potentiality of material perfection, but the power of intellectual investigation and scientific acquisition is a higher virtue specialized to man alone. Other beings and organisms are deprived of this potentiality and attainment. God has created or deposited this love of reality in man.”

'Abdu'l-Bahá

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What Studying Reality Teaches Us

All things, in their inmost reality, testify to the revelation of the names and attributes of God within them. Each according to its capacity, indicateth, and is expressive of, the knowledge of God. So potent and universal is this revelation, that it hath encompassed all things visible and invisible.

Bahá'u'lláh

the necessity of progressing to understanding attraction

The Necessity of Progressing to Understanding Attraction

And if, confirmed by the Creator, the lover escapes from the claws of the eagle of love, he will enter the Valley of Knowledge and come out of doubt into certitude, and turn from the darkness of illusion to the guiding light of the fear of God. His inner eyes will open and he will privily converse with his Beloved; he will set ajar the gate of truth and piety, and shut the doors of vain imaginings.

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John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet XIV”

Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for youAs yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ;That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bendYour force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.I, like an usurp'd town, to another due,Labour to admit you, but O, to no end.Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,But am betroth'd unto your enemy ;Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,Take me to you, imprison me, for I,Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

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Dear God,

Thanks a lot for all the Free Will --

I tried it out this morning and got the house really clean for the first time!

But in all candor, I would really rather that You just take care of things Yourself.

Sincerely,

John Donne

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Dear John,

Love Me, that I may love thee.

If thou lovest Me not,

My love can in no wise reach thee.

Know this, O servant.

Love and Forgiveness

God

the illusion of free will by daniel wegner

The Illusion of Free WillbyDaniel Wegner*

*(and anybody else with an authorship emotion)

the wegner profitability investment strategy by john s hatcher

The Wegner Profitability Investment StrategybyJohn S. Hatcher*

*(and anybody else who read Wegner’s book)

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We are Accountable for the Recognition of God

It follows, therefore, that every man hath been, and will continue to be, able of himself to appreciate the Beauty of God, the Glorified. Had he not been endowed with such a capacity, how could he be called to account for his failure?

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Gap

Gap

How do we bridge that Gap?

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Kun fa yakúnu

("be and it is").

How the Will (Be!) is joined and knit together (bridged)

with the process of becoming (It is!)

by means of a transparent intermediary

Divine Will or Wish to be known

Power of Holy Spirit

Translation of Wish into command, guidance and example

Ever-advancing Civilizatrion

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Top-Down View of Guidance Process

Realm of the Spirit

Bahá’u’lláh

The Báb

Intermediary

Realm of Physical Reality

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Physical Creation in

Subordinate Relationship

Know thou that the Kingdom is the real world, and this nether place is only its shadow stretching out. A shadow hath no life of its own; its existence is only a fantasy, and nothing more; it is but images reflected in water, and seeming as pictures to the eye.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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Physical Creation in

Counterpart Relationship

The spiritual world is like unto the phenomenal world. They are the exact counterpart of each other. Whatever objects appear in this world of existence are the outer pictures of the world of heaven.

`Abdu'l-Bahá

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Counterpart Relationship in Terms of How Souls are Temporarily Veiled from Reality * *(unless you get hit really hard on the head by a blunt object, like Wegner’s book)

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Physical Reality as Counterpart or Visible Aspect of Spiritual Reality

Spiritual Reality

(Realm of Vision)

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Spiritual Reality

(Realm of Vision)

three stages of assistance

Three Stages of Assistance

Before incarnation

Appearance in human form

After Ascent

pre existent

Pre-Existent

The Prophets, unlike us, are pre-existent. The soul of Christ existed in the spiritual world before His birth in this world. We cannot imagine what that world is like, so words are inadequate to picture His state of being.

Shoghi Effendi

pre existent knowledge

Pre-Existent Knowledge

By the one true God! We read the Tablet ere it was revealed, while ye were unaware, and We had perfect knowledge of the Book when ye were yet unborn. These words are to your measure, not to God's. To this testifieth that which is enshrined within His knowledge, if ye be of them that comprehend; and to this the tongue of the

Almighty doth bear witness, if ye be of those who understand. I swear by God, were We to lift the veil, ye would be dumbfounded.

Bahá'u'lláh

choosing where to become manifest

Choosing Where to Become Manifest

The primary reason why the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh chose to appear in Persia, and to make it the first repository of their Revelation, was because, of all the peoples and nations of the civilized world, that race and nation had, as so often depicted by Abdu'l-Bahá, sunk to such ignominious depths, and manifested so great a perversity, as to find no parallel among its contemporaries.

Shoghi Effendi

choosing the persona through which to become manifest

Choosing the Persona through Which to Become Manifest

The dissolution of the tabernacle wherein the soul of the Manifestation of God had chosen temporarily to abide signalized its release from the restrictions which an earthly life had, of necessity, imposed upon it.

Shoghi Effendi

manifestations become incarnate when humans mature physically
Manifestations Become Incarnate When Humans Mature Physically

Though we cannot imagine exactly what the Manifestations of the remote past were like, we can be sure of two things: They must have been able to reach their fellow-men in a normal manner - as Bahá'u'lláh reached His generation, and They were sent from God and thus Divine Beings.

Shoghi Effendi

aware of station from beginning
Aware of Station From Beginning

Verily, from the beginning that Holy Reality is conscious of the secret of existence, and from the age of childhood signs of greatness appear and are visible in Him. Therefore, how can it be that with all these bounties and perfections He should have no consciousness?

`Abdu'l-Bahá

they are exemplars of their own teaching
They are Exemplars of Their Own Teaching

He Who is everlastingly hidden from the eyes of men can never be known except through His Manifestation, and His Manifestation can adduce no greater proof of the truth of His Mission than the proof of His own Person.

Bahá'u'lláh

one explanation of their omniscience
One Explanation of Their Omniscience

Since the Sanctified Realities, the supreme Manifestations of God, surround the essence and qualities of the creatures, transcend and contain existing realities and understand all things, therefore, Their knowledge is divine knowledge, and not acquired - that is to say, it is a holy bounty; it is a divine revelation.

`Abdu'l-Bahá

they are omnipotent at will
They are Omnipotent at Will

He Who is the Dawning-place of God's Cause hath no partner in the Most Great Infallibility. He it is Who, in the kingdom of creation, is the Manifestation of "He doeth whatsoever He willeth".

Baha’u’llah

creativity of the prophet

Creativity of the Prophet

Not ours, the living witnesses of the all-subduing potency of His Faith, to question, for a moment, and however dark the misery that enshrouds the world, the ability of Bahá'u'lláh to forge, with the hammer of His Will, and through the fire of tribulation, upon the anvil of this travailing age, and in the particular shape His mind has envisioned, these scattered and mutually destructive fragments into which a perverse world has fallen, into one single unit, solid and indivisible, able to execute His design for the children of men.

Shoghi Effendi

they are not transformed into manifestations
They are not Transformed into Manifestations

Briefly, the Holy Manifestations have ever been, and ever will be, Luminous Realities; no change or variation takes place in Their essence. Before declaring Their manifestation, They are silent and quiet like a sleeper, and after Their manifestation, They speak and are illuminated, like one who is awake.

Abdu’l-Bahá

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Spiritual Realm

Manifestation as Mirror

Physical Realm

Transparency

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Holy Spirit

Manifestation

Easily Recognizable Attributes

Prism Metaphor

wisdom of the third condition
Wisdom of the Third Condition

In My presence amongst you there is a wisdom, and in My absence there is yet another, inscrutable to all but God, the Incomparable, the All-Knowing. Verily, We behold you from Our realm of glory, and shall aid whosoever will arise for the triumph of Our Cause with the hosts of the Concourse on high and a company of Our favored angels.

Bahá'u'lláh

one aspect of that wisdom
The dissolution of the tabernacle wherein the soul of the Manifestation of God had chosen temporarily to abide signalized its release from the restrictions which an earthly life had, of necessity, imposed upon it. Its influence no longer circumscribed by any physical limitations, its radiance no longer beclouded by its human temple, that soul could henceforth energize the whole world to a degree unapproached at any stage in the course of its existence on this planet.

Shoghi Effendi

One Aspect of that Wisdom
attaining the presence of god is not a literal event
Attaining the “Presence of God” is not a literal event

The knowledge of Him, Who is the Origin of all things, and attainment unto Him, are impossible save through knowledge of, and attainment unto, these luminous Beings who proceed from the Sun of Truth. By attaining, therefore, to the presence of these holy Luminaries, the "Presence of God" Himself is attained. From their knowledge, the knowledge of God is revealed, and from the light of their countenance, the splendour of the Face of God is made manifest.

Bahá’u’lláh

intermediary relationship persists in afterlife

Intermediary Relationship Persists in Afterlife

We will have experience of God’s spirit through His Prophets in the next world, but God is too great for us to know without this Intermediary. The Prophets know God, but how is more than our human minds can grasp.

Shoghi Effendi

the bridge of causality for a love relationship with god at macrocosmic level
The Bridge of Causality for a Love Relationship with God at Macrocosmic Level
  • from the Unknowable Essence of God emanates
  • the Primal Wish or Will of God by Means of
  • the Holy Spirit that conveys this wish to
  • the Pre-Existent Manifestation Who determines to
  • assume the guise of a human persona that He might
  • exemplify godliness in His person and actions and
  • provide laws and guidance for our creative action
  • so we can progress in our love relationship with God
the bridge of causality for a love relationship with god at the personal local or microcosmic level

The Bridge of Causality for a Love Relationship with God at the personal, local or Microcosmic Level

three stages of consciousness of self

Three Stages of Consciousness of Self

Pre-natal confines of womb

Associational constraints

Post-associational clarity

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While newborns do not smile until 4-6 weeks after birth, babies in the uterus do, perhaps because the uterus is warm, comfortable, and shielded from loud noise and bright light and SUV’s.

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

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One hundred and fifty billion storage units of memory and self, or electrical circuitry for an intermediary between the soul and reality?

Neuron

manifestations are sole means by which we can learn about reality

Manifestations are sole means by which we can learn about reality!

The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His Glory, and this cannot be attained save through the knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.

Bahá'u'lláh

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The Reality and Realm of the Soul

Rational Faculty

Human Physical Activity

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The Reality and Realm of the Soul

Transparency

Human Physical Activity

healthy brain as transparent intermediary between soul and physical reality
Healthy brain as transparent intermediary between soul and physical reality

Brain

(transceiver)

What mind intendsWhat body expresses

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The Reality and Realm of the Soul

I don’t feel like myself today

Human Physical Activity

dysfunctional brain reality of soul is distorted or concealed from others
Dysfunctional Brain:Reality of soul is distorted or concealed from others

Brain

broken transceiver

Result

Intention

dysfunctional brain reality of soul is delusional and distorted or concealed from self
Dysfunctional Brain:Reality of soul is delusional and distorted or concealed from self

Though obvious to everyone else!

Brain

chemical imbalance

Result

Intention

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indirect methodology for acquiring informationperiscopic relationship with reality(during our associative relationship)

Physical Reality

SOUL

Brain as Intermediary or Transceiver

The Mind

(Conscious Self)

Homemade Periscope (milk carton and orange juice carton and tape)

our direct methodology for acquiring information still with associative relationship
our direct methodology for acquiring information(still with associative relationship)

Realm of the Spirit

SOUL

The Mind

(Conscious Self)

Brain as Intermediary

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image of Self with healthy brain in a healthy Body

Condition and Powers of Soul

healthy brain in a healthy body

(mens sana in corpore sano) =

Transparency!

Conscious Sense of Self

Appearance of Powers to Others

reason, will, self consciousness, ideation, memory, emotion, actions

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Confused Image of Self with Unhealthy or Injured brain and Body

Condition and Powers of Soul

Dysfunctional Brain as Translator or Intermediary

Conscious Sense of Self

Appearance of Powers to Others

reason, will, self consciousness, ideation, memory, emotion, actions

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Confused Image of Self with Unhealthy or Injured brain and Body

Condition and Powers of Soul

Holy Body Shop Customer Report Form

We can find absolutely nothing wrong with your soul or its powers and faculties.

We can only conclude that your temple has been totaled.

Sorry, but as you know, we are not allowed to do re-incarnations.

Dysfunctional Brain as Translator or Intermediary

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Image of Self in world of Vision

Condition and Powers of Soul

healthy mind and human powers without need of associational relationship

Conscious Sense of Self

Relation and Powers with Other Souls

reason, will, self consciousness, ideation, memory, emotion, actions

the chain of causality with additions
The Chain of Causality(with additions)
  • from the Unknowable Essence of God emanates
  • the Primal Wish or Will of God by Means of
  • the Holy Spirit that conveys this wish to
  • the Pre-Existent Manifestation Who determines to
  • assume the guise of a human persona that he might
  • exemplify godliness and provide creative action
  • which the human mind conveys to the
  • human soul through the intermediary of the
  • human brain so long as the human souls is in
  • an associative relationship with the human body
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The houri of the veil between our consciousness and metaphysical reality during our associational period of existence

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SON OF MY HANDMAID! Didst thou behold immortal sovereignty, thou wouldst strive to pass from this fleeting world. But to conceal the one from thee and to reveal the other is a mystery which none but the pure in heart can comprehend.

Bahá'u'lláh

immortal sovereignty

Immortal Sovereignty

(the big bang from the perspective of the Creator)

mortal sovereignty

Mortal Sovereignty

(the post-associational life review)