The Way of Being | A Journey—A manual
Anil Mitra, Copyright ©
September 6, 2019—December 18, 2019
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A JOURNEY IN BEING
know and live well in the immediate and ultimate worlds is a human endeavor
that has appeal for many individuals and has a recognized status in most
societies. To search beyond the immediate is a spiritual and pragmatic or
materially useful value.
Journey in Being is
also the result of a personal search.
common approaches are transsecular—via religion; and secular search for
meaning with appeal to science, technology, exploration, philosophy, and art.
general limits of the transsecular are (i) dogma, (ii) limited imagination,
(iii) though it has emotional and allegorical meaning, its literal content is
rarely confirmed and often contradictory and absurd.
main limit of the secular is its appeal to science for (i) science is
confirmed for at most the empirical world and projection to the entire
universe at best speculative, and (ii) the foundational objects of science
are posits (hypothetical) and not known to be real.
the secular and transsecular limiting in the extreme of modern views of the
world. There may be worlds beyond science and ways of knowing such worlds.
Because science is empirically dogmatic (a good requirement when the aim is
detailed prediction in the empirical region), to attempt to search beyond is
almost automatically rejected in secular thought because of the absurdity of
the common transsecular (religious) views.
follows that there may be a trans-empiric, trans-mythic region.
there such a region, do speculation, myth, and science exhaust the means to
study and know that so far hypothetical region?
question was one of the motivations for the developments to follow.
main motive, however, has been the question—What is the greatest knowledge
and being that may be attained? An implicit question is that of the means
this division, (i) except in headings, bold font indicates a
definition (ii) Courier New font indicates colloquial use of a defined term.
Being is existence.
this narrative version—problems of Being are addressed no more than
being is an existent.
capitalized form ‘Being’ refers to existence; the lower case ‘being’ and
‘beings’ refer to existents.
will serve as perfect foundation for understanding and knowledge of the
universe. It is able to do because it is real, neutral, and inclusive.
is, (i) Being is given, not hypothetical; (ii) it is not a special kind such
as substance, entity, process, or interaction—it is not a kind at all; and
(iii) all that there is falls under Being.
is all Being.
the universe, there is no other being and so the is not and cannot be either
caused or created by another being.
is the null being.
and nonexistence of the void are equivalent.
law—or law—is a pattern.
patterns or laws are not necessary; they could be otherwise—i.e., they are
have Being—they are beings.
are no laws of the void.
Possibility is that which may obtain subject to certain constraints.
possibility is the least restrictive possibility.
greatest possibility is that for which the constraints are necessary, i.e.
are satisfied in all worlds and situations. The fundamental
principle of metaphysics
fundamental principle of metaphysics says that universe is the greatest
principle, demonstrated below, is also written the fundamental principle and
Demonstration—If there is a conceived existent that is possible (in the
greatest sense) but does not emerge from the void, that would be a law of the
void. Since the void has no laws, all such existents or beings must emerge
from the void.
Heuristic understanding of the principle—if the universe has
a cause, it cannot be an other being for there is no other. The
alternative to material cause is modal—i.e., of possibility an necessity. If
the cause is positive or effective, it cannot be mere possibility for that
allows that the universe might not be eternally non-manifest. Hence the cause
must be necessity. Now, since necessity presumes no particular possible
state, e.g. our empirical cosmos, it implies the manifestation of all
possibility—i.e., it implies the fundamental principle.
A second heuristic—it is easy to imagine
what the next laws of theoretical physics might be like but difficult to know
what they will be. What about the laws after the next… and the ultimate laws?
That would seem impossible. However, the greatest conceptual boundary of the
laws is obvious—it is the fundamental principle.
demonstrated fundamental principle is consistent (i) internally—i.e. harbors
no contradiction (or other violation of logical principle) and (ii)
externally—it is consistent with valid experience and valid knowledge of
scientific theory and fact.
That is, the fundamental principle conforms to
‘logic’ in which the meaning of logic is extended to include given and
necessary fact. But since the greatest possibility cannot be less than
logical possibility, the fundamental principle and logic are one (this logic
must be logic in its greatest and final sense).
following outlines some consequences of the fundamental principle important
to discovery and realization of ultimates in Being.
brief version of the essay omits most conclusions of practical and
metaphysical interest. Where proof is trivial it may be omitted.
universe experiences—must experience—manifest and nonmanifest phases.
is the cause or creative power of the manifest—and nonmanifest—universe.
universe has identity. The universe and its identity are limitless in extent,
duration, and variety of Being.
individual inherits the limitlessness of the universe—and so inherits the
process of becoming ultimate power.
experience is ever fresh. In peaks of Being, individuals merge as one—as peak
identities of the universe.
are paths to this ultimate from our experience of limited Being in this
While the process
gives fresh meaning
to the terms ‘God’
and is closer to the latter it is neither; this meaning is ultimate; the
lesser meanings as in the religions are realized but insignificant in the
universal context. For we are never outside that ultimate and the ultimate is
never a final peak but is always peaking and dissolving—and we and the
ultimate are always the peak in potential but never a final actual peak.
there a best way to conceive and be in this peak identity being? That is—what
are the best meanings of the terms ‘God’ and ‘Brahman’?
We often think that such words have definite meaning even if we do not know
it. But in fact, just as the real itself is forging toward and from peaks, we
do the same in the realm of meaning. It is a search in a space of existents and
concepts (and signs of concepts). The best meaning must be one that
designates an existent. It must recognize the fundamental principle.
Therefore, whatever the meaning, God-Brahman, is the
greatest possible being and includes the merging of all lesser beings. For
the individual, knowing God-Brahman may begin with—feeling part of universal
process, seeing that process everywhere, knowing and feeling it to already be
ultimate and yet being immediate.
journeys of realization are ever open.
death of the individual is real but not absolute. Death is a gate to the
ultimate. In this perspective all beings are eternal. There is no
non-interaction between eternal beings.
realization is given, there is an imperative to act in a way that is an
improvement in effectiveness and enjoyment relative to a merely casual
are ecstasy and pain on the way—the universe is not perfect in the common
senses of perfection as the best or idyllic or absence of all suffering.
Ecstasy and pain are neither to be sought nor avoided (excessively). Even
where pain seems unnecessary and unavoidable—as in cancer or the pain of an
infant—the good approach seeks calm anticipation of the ultimate.
there is value in received secular and transsecular ways they are overvalued
in that they both underestimate the extension (‘size’, ‘duration’), variety,
and significance of the universe. The received estimates are effectively
important to regard these developments with skepticism or doubt.
existential meaning of certainty and intuition are that they should stand together
with doubt or skepticism.
openness is a desirable condition of our Being and true condition of our real
aim of the way is to recognize the imperative to realize what is revealed
from the fundamental principle.
aim of the way is realization of the ultimate from and in the immediate.
is the way of realization?
begin with preliminaries—dimensions of Being and tradition and
then find the way to be reason.
Dimensions of Being are—will be—a way of describing the world for
understanding and instrumental use. In summary, the dimensions are psyche,
nature, society, and the universal.
Tradition is (here to be understood as) all that is rationally valid
and symbolically valuable in all cultures and secular and transsecular
worldviews through history up to the present moment. It includes ways of
knowledge and life and catalysts of change.
Reason is the best developed and developing way to know and act
in the world and universe.
of reason is part of reason.
and its in process foundation are immanent in the world, particularly in
individuals and cultures. Reason is reflexive and involves the entire being
of beings. Its purview includes action.
is the means of realization.
following are two templates for realization—developed from reason,
tradition, and the dimensions of Being.
templates are adapted from personal use. So as to be adaptable, the form is
skeletal and generalized. They are intended to be adapted; any specifics
should be modified as needed.
review, realize, yoga, exercise, exploration, and renewal.
of the everyday template
1. Rise early, dedicate, affirm; morning reflection.
2. Review the day, life, the path or way.
3. Realize: work and relationships, ideas and action, yoga-meditation
in practice and in action, tasks and meals.
4. Exercise… and exploration of the world for experience and
5. Evening rest, renewal, review, realization, network, community,
tasks, preparation for the next day, sleep early.
Being, Ideas, Becoming, and Universal Being.
of the universal template
1. Being—Pure Being… an aim, Being as if timeless and without
restriction to place in the present, sharing, community.
2. Ideas—relation, knowing… acting.
3. Becoming—nature as place of Being and catalyst to the real; with
4. Becoming—civilization and society (culture and its dimensions; instrumental
and immersive politics and economics).
5. Becoming—artifact (technology, especially as enhancing Being in the
6. Becoming—universal, unknown.
7. Being—universal… an aim.