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A Philosophy of
Operative Wholeness
by Dane Rudhyar

First Published in
The Glass Hive

in eight parts, 1930-31.
Part One - November 1930.

In Part Four of the series A Philosophy of Operative Wholeness, Rudhyar addresses the philosophical questions of God, becoming, karma and destiny. As the series progresses, it becomes evident that in it Rudhyar attempts to give a modern, philosophical foundation to the core principles and concepts of theosophy, which were released into the collective mind of humanity during the closing years of the 19th century by H. P. Blavatsky. In the part, for instance, Rudhyar speaks of "Cosmic Ideation" (the creative activity of the cosmic mind), and he provides a fresh formulation to the Manu concept of theosophy (the prototype and originating seed of a new type of humanity).

Part Four

The concept of God is still the keystone of all philosophies, and must always remain so, whether through denial or affirmation. The philosophy of Wholeness recognizes God and Gods; but it also leads us through and beyond God into the Mystery which can never be named, through and beyond tone into the Silence which is the equilibratedness of all vibrations and the neutralization of all rhythms.
      We spoke of the universal form which contains in its all-encompassing fold cosmic matter in its homogeneous condition, and which is the complete manifestation of Space. This form of the whole of life is permanent. Manifestation occurs within it; galaxies and atoms alike swarm in it. Yet, as a whole, it is constant and changeless. The emanation of this universal form is the universal Self. It is Krishna in his higher aspect, as pictured in the Bhagavat Gita. It is the eternal Logos. It is God.
      God is the emanation from wholeness, the quintessence and perfume, the life-power of all wholes. God is beyond time and change, for he is the soul of the changeless universal form of life. The universe is Godís body. Space is Godís form. What is there beyond? No-thing; but the principle of the perpetual formation of new universes and of new humanities, the principle of that mysterious need there is for form. Form is needed to harmonize the dualism of spirit and matter. The cause of this dualism, the cause of spirit and matter and form (therefore the cause of God) is the Mystery.
      The Cause of God is the cause of you and me, the cause of every "Person." God is the universal Person. He differs from every perfected Person only in that his perfection is changeless and constant, while all other Persons (purusha, in sanskrit) are subject to time and therefore to change and evolution. God is ever perfect, for he is the emanation of the changeless universal form of life. He is unaffected and unaffectable, unconditioned and unevolving. He is timeless and ageless, the one permanent consciousness that ever can be postulated.
      Man on the contrary is impermanent and conditioned by change. He arises from imperfection to perfection; nay, he always oscillates between perfection and imperfection, either spiritually or materially. He is always either too material or too spiritual. His perfection is of a momentary order. Once in every cycle of cosmic manifestation Man reaches perfection; that is, the exact equilibrium of spirit and matter in a completely integrated form. But he cannot hold this point of equilibrium very long. An unevolved man holds it for an infinitesimal moment after death and perhaps, just before birth. An adept holds it for a life, or a cycle of lives, or an aeon. Yet the pendulum forcibly stopped must swing past the point of balance, one way or the other. Man can only merge momentarily with God. Man can know only temporarily the perfect state. Man is the central wheel of becoming. God is timeless being.
      To be timeless being Man would have to be a changeless form of perfection. But God is the only changeless form of perfection in every life-entity, in atoms as in galaxies. Every living form strives after perfection and harmonization (path of integration) or falls away from those (path of disintegration). Man alone has the power to hold on for a time the perfection and equilibrium. But this time, however long it may seem to our present consciousness, is but a "wink of eternity."
      God is; man becomes. When Man becomes perfect he becomes like unto God and thus manifests godhood. The perfect form of Man is what the Hindus call the Manu. It is the God-Seed in Man, the archetypal Idea of man. Whence this Idea? From the Mystery.
      God does not produce Man. God does not create any living being. God generates himself in the fulfillment of all destinies; that is, of all forms of becoming. He is being at the core of all becoming. The God-seed is everywhere. Krishna, or Christ, is in the atom as well as in man. He is the principle of perfection and the living exemplar of perfect life-in-form. He is the incarnated archetype, spirit-in-body; which means the fulfillment of relationship, the perfect harmony of functions and of rhythm, the perfect metabolism of body and soul, perfect health. Thus Christ is the great healer; for he is the tone that harmonizes and integrates, and restores all discords to harmony. He is perfect rhythm.
      The God-seed is the Manu or archetype. Christ is the perfect type, the Living Person that is one with the Father, the universal God or changeless being. But why is there need for christs? Why is there need for universes? Why the sinner and the just; the seed that germinates and blossoms and that which rots away? Whence arose the Idea of perfection of Man, the Manu?
      From the Mystery. Call it Karma, if you wish. But what is karma? Karma is wholeness in operation. It is wholeness in the act or redeeming and reintegrating the not-whole. Karma is, therefore, the actional aspect of the Mystery. It is harmonic motion. It is rhythm. Karma eternally and permanently fulfilled in the universal whole is God. Karma, when fulfilled in a man, gives birth in that man to the God-seed.
      This, however, deals only with that aspect of the Mystery which is motion and rhythm, which manifests as the eternal law of polarization, or compensation, or neutralization. Another aspect of the Mystery has been called "Cosmic Ideation," the power to generate archetypes; still another, universal compassion; because the purpose of this generation of archetypes is to "en-compass" and integrate the not-whole. Motion, Ideation, Compassion are the three great names, or qualities, which hide, rather than reveal the unfathomable identity of the Nameless. Its reality is to become that noting. It is child-like and pure. It is silence fringed with tone. "The Undescribable!"
      It is that which stands beyond the face of God and looks with empty space. It can only be known by one who has lost God and refuses to make himself god. It can only be known by one who has become Destiny. It is known to him as the garment knows the warmth of the living flesh.

Read Part Five.

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