Reading Journey in Being
An orientation to the journey and its narrative

Anil Mitra © October 2014—December 2014

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Purposes of the guide

Some preliminary details

THE GUIDE

Purposes of the guide

  1. A general orientation showing the aim, dimensions, newness of fact and worldview—that it draws from but is not a compendium of the traditions, and the ideas and action aspects of the aim.
  2. A reader’s guide

Some preliminary details

  1. The aim of the journey is discovery and realization, as far as may be possible, of what is good in the immediate and ultimate.
  2. A necessary prerequisite to such an aim is a worldview which is most effective when explicit. Accordingly the narrative has two main parts—a worldview or ideas and a program of action.
  3. The view or metaphysics developed in the narrative is that the universe is the realization of all possibility (this view is called the fundamental principle of metaphysics and the resulting metaphysics is called the universal metaphysics or, simply, the metaphysics). Some issues regarding this view follow.
  4. The view is shown to satisfy three essential principles that any new view should satisfy (a) it should be proved; proof is significant in giving confidence and showing the meaning of the view (especially the relevant meaning of ‘possibility’), (b) it should agree with what is valid in our experience and traditions (including modern science and principles of reason), and (c) it should say something significant and new.
  5. Regarding significance, the view of human being and the universe developed is shown to go beyond what is validly known in standard secular and trans-secular views. As a framework it is ultimate—it is shown that there is no greater. To be comparable to what is valid in older views, established concepts are essential; however, to be new, the meanings must have some alteration; the altered meanings I have found most effective are given in the essay.
  6. Reader’s intuition—secular or trans-secular—may and probably should be challenged by the worldview and its implications. It is therefore important to keep issues of consistency and meaning, addressed above, in mind while becoming familiar with the new view.
  7. The part devoted to a program of action at the end of the essay is short. A general description is given in earlier discussion (metaphysics, cosmology and related topics). It covers human and universal BEING / CIVILIZATION, and TECHNOLOGY or ARTIFACTUAL BEING from conceptual and constructive perspectives. The emphasis in this part is on functional elements of a program rather than repetition of the generalized description. I will report on outcomes of action later.
  8. Main needs of the brief edition are (a) distinguish conceptual vs. action parts or editions (b) distinguish essentials from details. The purpose to the pictures in the narrative is stated in the after-word on ‘the author’; it would have been more effective to state this earlier.