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The Principle of Duality shows that the relativistic world of form is essentially dualistic, with some opposites being complementary, while others are in conflict with each other. So how can we ever find Peace, deep inner Peace, where there is no longer a battle between the opposites? Well, we can do so by transcending the categories that represent beings that we distinguish with our analytical minds.

For the Totality of Existence, absolutely complete and beyond compare, is what is called the Absolute in metaphysical circles, apparently not related to any being in the relativistic world of form. So how can we represent the Absolute, Ultimate Reality, or Supreme Being in a comprehensive map of the Universe?

Well, while the Absolute is inaccessible to our five physical senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, we can nevertheless feel its Presence, literally ‘before being’ or ‘prior to existence’, from the Latin præsentia, participle of præesse consisting of præ ‘before’ and esse ‘to be’. Using a term from the data processing industry, we can also call the Absolute prior to interpretation the Datum of the Universe, from the Latin ‘that which is given’. So in conformity with the egalitarianism of IRL, we must form the concept of the Absolute in exactly the same way as we form concepts in the relativistic world of form; by carefully observing the similarities and differences in the data patterns of our experience.

To do this, in conformity with the Cross of Duality, we need to look at the Absolute in terms of two pairs of opposites: conceptually and experientially and as both a unity and an aggregate. Viewing the Absolute conceptually as a unity, we can see that it differs from all its parts, for all these parts are limited in some way. In contrast, the Datum cannot be defined, for to do so would be to give it boundaries, to say what it is and what it is not. This is obvious from the word define, which comes from the Latin definere ‘to limit’ or ‘to end’. The Absolute is thus indefinable and unanalysable, qualities that are transcendent with respect to a knowing being.

On the other hand, when we view the Absolute as the Totality of Existence, we can see that the structure of all its parts is exactly the same as the structure of any of its parts, for the Universe has an underlying, unified structure, independent of and prior to interpretation by a knowing being. The relationships that form this web of life lie within everything there is; they are the glue that holds the entire Universe together. From this perspective, we can say that the Absolute possesses the property of immanence with respect to all beings in the relativistic world of form, with meaningful relationships being the motive power of the Universe.

If we now feel into the Absolute experientially, through meditation and self-inquiry, we discover that the Essence of the Universe is Stillness or Emptiness, resulting in the exquisite sense of Nondual Love and Peace, which has no opposite. We are now in union with the Divine, in Oneness, in a state of Unity Consciousness. From this perspective, the Divine is immanent.

Conversely, if we feel into the Cosmos as an aggregate of all its parts, we can experience the Universe simply as a web of relationships. Then, as we sink ever deeper into ourselves, even these relationships disappear, and we are left with the magnificent feeling of Wholeness, Fullness, or Cosmic Consciousness, which is transcendent with respect to any knowing being.

In summary, there are two pairs of dual ways in which we can understand and experience the Absolute, given in this table, thus establishing God as a scientific concept.

  Oneness Wholeness
Conceptual Transcendent Immanent
Experiential Immanent Transcendent

By applying the Principle of Duality to the Totality of Existence in this way, it becomes the Principle of Unity, a universal, self-verifying truth applicable in all situations. The Principle of Unity is the fundamental design principle of the Universe, which can be expressed in just seven words—Wholeness is the union of all opposites—or six mathematical symbols: W = A  ~A. This equation is to the URT what the equations F = ma and E = mc2 are to Newton’s laws of motion and Einstein’s special theory of relativity, respectively. Expressing the Principle of Unity in mathematical symbols thus completes what the BBC called ‘Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony’ in a documentary in 2005 with this name.

We can also depict the Principle of Unity in diagrammatic form, which shows a primary-secondary relationship between Ineffable, Nondual Wholeness and the relativistic world of form. We have thus used basic mathematical mapmaking techniques to develop a concept of the Universe that is more Eastern than Western. Indeed, even the Christian concept of God reflects a schizoid view of the world. As the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast has said, the Western God-view is warped and makes us sick. The idea of God as being separate from us is an extremely dangerous view.


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