Kosmos, from the Greek word for order or orderly arrangement, refers to the known universe and beyond it to all of creation. We distinguish it’s meaning from Cosmos, which refers merely to the universe as known to modern science.
Laws, Order, Harmony
The Kosmos is a whole. It is ordered, it has certain natural laws which are perceivable from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Understanding these laws and living accordingly is necessary for living in harmony with the whole, and for going beyond it.
The Law of Equilibrium – Cause and effect, Karma. All things are in harmony and balance within their domain. This may take the form of chaos to our limited vantage point.
The Law of the Pyramid – All human effort and success is in pyramidal form. People exist on different levels of capacity, comprehension, and maturity. This distribution takes the shape of the pyramid. A majority stay within the safe, the known, the limited on the bottom level. The few through great dedication and single-minded purpose, climb to the top. One can only effectively work and communicate with those on your own level or the level immediately above or below. You rise by helping those below you and working with those on the level with you and receiving help from those above you. Attempting to learn from one too many levels above you is mostly useless as you will not be able to comprehend them from your current state of consciousness. For one above to reach down to far is a good way to be misunderstood, not understood, killed…or crucified.
The Law of Momentum – An object in motion tends to stay in motion. In order to do anything beyond the normal human capacities one must become a vector or a force in a certain direction. This momentum is what propels you through obstacles, fears, death…..
Energy, Matter, Life
Life/energy has a certain order and impetus; life tends towards growth, greater intelligence, greater complexity, greater self-awareness/consciousness.
Energy is matter, matter is energy. Energy functioning in patterns is matter.
Energy is life. Everything is made of the same stuff, the same material, energy, consciousness. Not just physical things – but feelings, thoughts, emotions,
Energy is value, we pay someone for their energy, for the energy they give us. Energy is the currency of the universe.
It is the central urge in every atom,
(Often unconscious, often evil, downfallen,)
To return to its divine source and origin, however distant,
Latent the same in subject and in object, without one exception.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels bless’d; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones,
To Him we shall return.
Telos (from the Greek τέλος for “end”, “purpose”, or “goal”) is the function and purpose of a thing. When we talk about the telos of something we are trying to get at it’s aim, purpose, intention – it’s reason for being.
All things in existence serve a purpose within the whole. Nothing is foreign and out of place or it would be destroyed. The telos of a hammer is to drive nails, the telos of a violin is to be an instrument for the sounding of music, the telos of a cup is to hold liquid. What is the telos of Life and of the Human Being as an expression of Life?
Divine Purpose of the Universe
In Life, in all creatures and organisms, all manifestations of Life; there exists as fundamental to its nature, a growth towards an end(telos). This end which is not an endpoint but a process ever unfolding, is towards greater awareness/consciousness, greater complexity and intelligence, greater harmony.
It seems that the ultimate purpose and goal of each person, and that which they are seeking consciously or unconsciously(and therefore insanely) is the experience of being, of being alive, the fullness of life. There exists in everyone, whether conscious or not, a yearning and attraction towards perfection, peace, happiness, what some call God, the beloved. The call of home and destiny. this is the Great Work or the Magnum Opus. The person awaking from their robotic dream-life of unconsciousness to the realization of their deepest desire. It is the reconciliation of free will and destiny, thy will and my will. One may realize that the two become one and the same. Terrestrial life can be seen as a field, where the point is to gather experience and wisdom, and to hear the voice of intuition which points to the center of ones being and the purpose of existence: to know who one is, what one is, why one is, whence one is.
But we most not take ourselves too seriously….. On one level there is a vast beauty and significance to life and our existence, we have a great task and responsibility in this life. However, it is also true that there is no reason for all of this. There is no past, no future, no great purpose or goal, no hierarchy to ascend. The supreme reality merely took a notion to experience itself. We must be able to hold these two polarities in mind at the same time, neither accepting nor rejecting either one.
“He is born in vain, who having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life.”