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Orders of Laws

This is a few of my thoughts on the ray of creation and orders of laws. For a more complete discussion, please look at laws.

In the cosmology of the work, we consider there to be a hierarchy of laws. There are laws which apply to the absolute; there are laws which apply to the sun; there are laws which apply to the solar system as a whole, and laws applying to the individual planets.

Sometimes you hear that there are 48 laws for the earth. This does not literally mean there is a list of 48 laws; it means there are 48 categories of law. For instance, a law coming from the level of the sun is that the earth rotates round the sun; this determines the seasons, length of day and night, etc. Then there are laws which we are subject to which are determined by the earth, for instance, the gravity of the earth, the electro magnetic field of the earth. Then there are laws we are subject to that come from nature, for instance, we are part of the ecosystem; if there is global warming, we will all be affected by it.

Note, for each level, we are affected directly by the laws from that level, and indirectly, through the intermediate levels; for instance, we feel the heat of the sun on our face directly; we also breath the oxygen which is from the plants, part of nature, but this comes because of the effect of the sun.

On a larger scale, when physicists predict the motion of the asteroids say, they may take into account the gravity of the sun, and the gravity of Jupiter on the asteroids, but they will not bring into the equation the fact that the asteroids also exert a gravitational force on the sun; there is an order of magnitude of difference, and the affect of the asteroids on the sun will be neglegible. Also we ignore the affect of other suns, and the motion of the galaxy as a whole; we are only interested in the laws of a certain level.

Laws and Psychology

We can also use this model to apply to our own inner psychology. For instance, there are some laws which are fundamental, which we can not operate without, and other laws which we are subject to, but which are of a lower order, and could be dispensed with.

For instance, we are under laws governing the way impressions enter us, the way our memories work, the way we respond to things; some of these laws being more fixed than others. E.g., twins brought up separately are often found to have similar attitudes, perhaps due to some psychology being hard-wired into us. There are also laws such as "we have to breathe to live". There's no getting round that.

Then there are other laws, which we are also subject to, but which could be broken, for instance, conditions imposed by civil law, e.g., we must not murder people; we must not shoplift, women are not allowed to show their ankles in public (in some countries, not allowed to breast feed in public, say, in others, etc.). Here too, there are levels to be seen; some laws are very important; some are somewhat arbitrary. Some laws have religious reasons; some are to do with making money. Some are necessary for society to continue working; others are formalities, which are of little importance.

Then another class of laws - those we impose on ourselves. This is generally false personality, which can be taken as the moon in ourselves. These laws, though seemingly easy to break, can not be done so under our ordinary state of consciousness. For instance, the law of getting angry when one bumps into a door say - an unnecessary connection between the instinctive center and the emotional center (this may not be a law for everyone, but it is for some people). Or the law that means you can't put your hand up to ask a question in the lecture (this may not be a law for you, but for plenty of people, it would require almost a different state of consciousness to overcome various fears of looking stupid, to raise their hand). There are many many other such laws we subject ourselves to.

Just as the laws of seven and the law of three govern the cosmos, so they govern us; and there should be a similarity in the structure of the human being, and of the universe.

We can use the analogy of the structure of the universe as a useful tool in self study, to try and understand the structure of our own psychology. We can ask "What is the sun in myself?" "What is the moon in myself?", and look for parts under fewer or more laws. How do false personality, true personality, and essence, and other parts of ourselves correspond to levels of the universe?

See more details at laws.

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