The Universal Human and Soul-Body Interaction

The Universal Human and Soul-Body Interaction

The Universal Human and Soul-Body Interaction

The Universal Human and Soul-Body Interaction

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In the inventory of human passions none is more mysterious than the desire to know. It seems to defy reduction to biogenic or behavioristic sources, and often carries the would-be knower far from the familiar evolutionary paths of mere survival and adaptation. Where it penetrates furthest into the universe that is the object of its knowing, it may isolate the questing individual on a lonely and socially misunderstood way, far from the normal human byways that lead to personal social power or the procreation of the species.

The need to understand and "know" the living essence of this universe we inhabit was earliest formulated by the classical Greeks. For them the wisdom path of gnosis was the pinnacle of human endeavor and a motive beyond ordinary concerns. But the quest for knowing has in fact proven self-validating. The cumulative yield of this otherworldly-seeming process has been the best and highest fruits of civilization. And we are all the beneficiaries of the human quest for knowledge by dedicated men and women who pursued it beyond the personal, into the realm of transpersonal experience, relevant to us all.

The Man Who Had to Know

This notion that a motive might be teleological rather than derivative, forward-pointing rather than emergent, is very close to the heart of Emanuel Swedenborg's philosophy. Swedenborg was to come to perceive an interconnectedness betweens goals and motives, effects and causes, natural world and spiritual reality, that was profoundly purposeful. And science, his first love, was to become ever more religious for him as he increasingly intuited a unitive Presence behind the multiplicity of phenomena. But Swedenborg did not just . . .

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