” In its Essence, THE ALL IS UNKNOWABLE!
“but, the report of Reason must be hospitably received, and
treated with respect.!
The human reason, whose reports we must accept so long as we think at all, informs us a follows regarding THE ALL, and that without attempting to remove the veil of the Unknowable;
(1) THE ALL must be ALL, that REALLY IS. There can be nothing existing outside of THE ALL would not be THE ALL.
(2) THE ALL must be INFINITE, for there is nothing else to define, confine, bound, limit or restrict THE ALL. It must be Infinite in Time, or ETERNAL,-it must have always continuously existed, for there is nothing else to have ever
“not been” even for a moment, t would not “be” now,-it must continuously exist
forever, for there is nothing to destroy it, and it can never “not-be” even for a moment, because something can never become nothing.
It must be Infinite in Space-it must be Everywhere, for t here is no place outside of THE ALL-it cannot be otherwise, cessation, separation, or interruption, for there is nothing to break, separate, or interrupt its continuity, and nothing with which to “fill in the gasps”. It must be Infinite in Power, or Absolute, for there is nothing to limit, restrict, restrain, confine, disturb or condition it-it is subject to no other Power, for there is no other Power!
(3) THE ALL must be IMMUTABLE or not subject to change in its real nature, for there is nothing to work changes upon it: nothing into which it COULD CHANGE, nor from which it could have CHANGED. It cannot be added to nor subtracted from; increased nor diminished; nor become greater or lesser in any respect whatsoever. It must have always been, and must always remain, just what it is now–THE ALL–there has never been, is not now and never will be, anything else into which it can change.
THE ALL being “infinite, Absolute, Eternal and Unchangeable it must follow that anything “finite”, changeable, fleeting, and conditioned CANNOT be THE ALL. And as there is “nothing” outside of THE ALL, in Reality, than any and all such “finite” things must be as NOTHING IN REALITY.
Now do not become befogged, nor frightened–we are not trying to lad you into the Christian Science field under cover of Hermetic Philosophy. There is a Reconciliation of this apparently contradictory state of affairs. Be patient, we will reach it in time.
We see around us that which is called “Matter,” which forms and physical foundation for all forms. Is THE ALL merely Matter? NOT AT ALL! Matter cannot manifest Life or Mind, and as Life and Mind are manifested in the Universe, THE ALL cannot be Matter, for nothing rises higher than its own source!
Nothing is ever manifested in an effect that is not the cause–nothing is evolved as a consequent that is not involved as an antecedent. And then Modern Science informs us that there is really no such thing as Matter–that what we call Matter is merely INTERRUPTED or FORCE i,”at a LOW RATE OF VIBRATION. As a recent writer has said “Matter has “melted” into MYSTERY?” even Material Science has “abandoned” the theory of Matter, and now rest on the basis of “ENERGY”
Then is THE ALL merely Energy or Force! Not Energy or Force as the materialists use the terms, for their energy and force are blind, mechanical things, DEVOID of Life or MIND. Life and Mind can never evolve from Blind Energy or Force, for the reason given a moment ago; “NOTHING CAN RISE HIGHER THAN ITS SOURCE–NOTHING MANIFEST IN THE EFFECT, UNLESS IT IS IN THE CAUSE.’
And so THE ALL, cannot be mere Energy or Force for, if it were, then there would be NO SUCH THINGS AS LIFE AND MIND in existence, and we know better than that, for we are Alive and using MIND to consider this very question, and so are those who claim that Energy or Force is EVERYTHING.
What is there then higher than Matter or Energy that we know to be existent in the Universe? LIFE AND MIND!
Life and Mind in all their varying degrees of unfoldment! “Then,” you ask, “do you mean to tell us that THE ALL is LIFE and MIND?” Yes! and No! is our answer. If you mean LIFE and MIND as we poor petty mortals KNOW THEM, so say NO! THE ALL is not that! “But what kind of LIFE and MIND do you mean?! you ask?
to be continued