Absolute Principle

An absolute is a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things; something that exists without being dependent on anything else; the absolute ultimate reality; God.

A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning; a rule or belief governing one’s behavior; morally correct behavior and attitudes; a fundamental source or basis of something; a fundamental quality determining the nature of something.

On the Via Christa, we define principle as the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established. The first emanations of Light—Wisdom (Sophia, σοφία), Love (Agape, ἀγάπη), and the Word (Logos, λόγος)—are ultimate principles, the absolute principles of being, the I AM THAT I AM—אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה‬ ehyeh asher ehyeh. We may also read I AM THAT I AM as I WAS WHAT I WAS, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE.

“Absolute principle contains all that is at the Source.”

In these statements of absolute abstract principle, we detect no personality because to personalize any principle immediately renders it relative and subjective. God the Father, God the Mother, and God the Son are all personalizations, therefore relative to the absolute Godhead. We must make such rigorous distinctions if we are to understand the nature of being and reality, the absolute principles that are the foundation of Western thought, ethics and morals, monotheistic religion, and self-determining civilization.

What is the Western world view, and who formulated it? When, where, how and why did it arise? You are reading this text in English, an evolution of Old Germanic that appeared between 550-1066 AD, but which now hold hundreds if not thousands of Latin and Greek loan words. Some scholars aver that Proto-Indo-European, a hypothetical language of the prehistoric ancients, was man’s common language before the tower of Babel 1 fell. Our Western religious documents come to us in written form, an Old Testament in Ancient Hebrew and Aramaic (Genesis 31:47; Ezra 4:8-6:18, 7:12-26; Jeremiah 10:11), and a New Testament in koine (common) Greek with a remnant smattering of Aramaic and Hebrew words.

Divine Serendipity, or a Plan?

Modern Homo sapiens sapiens emerged 43,000-45,000 years ago, but never developed writing until 3100 BC, concurrently in Egypt and Sumer. That marked the beginning of the historic period. Here we must note the confluence of two apparently separate yet really related events. First, Abram, the Hebrew patriarch later renamed Abraham, came from Ur of the Chaldees, 2 or Ur Kaśdim, the “Light of the Magicians.” At minimum this suggests that Abram was an initiate priest of the religious mysteries of his time and place.

To be perfectly clear about the nature of the mysteries as we discuss them — all mysteries are mathematical in nature, based on numbers, their meanings, and interrelationships. Every Hebrew letter is a name, the name of a number describing a state of being or an action, nouns and verbs. Mathematics is the grammar of reality.

“You must change your inner being to reach your soul's potential.”

Abram could not have been an evil man, or God would not have called him: Abram was 99 years old when “The Lord [Adonai] appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God [El Shaddai]. Walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” — Genesis 17:1. Perfect is tamim, which may also be translated as “upright, blameless,” and “without defect.” Perfection is whole, upright, hanging straight on a plumb line, but evil is crooked, adulterated, misshapen in form. In commanding Abram to be perfect, God called him to be truth. Man can and does change over time, but truth does not. You must change your inner being to reach your potential, and you do so by casting off any ballast of self that may hold you back in soul ascension of consciousness.

Abraham fathered two sons: The first was Ishmael, the son of Hagar, his wife’s servant. Hagar’s descendants became the twelve tribes of Ishmael.

Sarai (later renamed Sarah) was barren and offered Hagar as a concubine, not as a wife; the difference in status is significant. Later, the Lord sent two angels through whom He reversed the curse of Sarah’s barrenness. At age 90 she bore a son, Isaac. Sarah’s descendants were the twelve tribes of Israel. In Scripture, a changed name indicates a changed function, state of being, or of action.

Second, Abraham’s grandson Jacob fathered the twelve Tribes of Israel. His son Joseph, sold into bondage by his jealous brothers, had become the Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, and was later their savior during a seven-year famine. The tribes then dwelt in Egypt for nearly 500 years before the Exodus, dated somewhere between the 15th to the 13th Century BC. The divine plan assured the Levite child Moses, son of the priestly tribe, had been adopted by an Egyptian princess, raised as royalty, and initiated into the religious mysteries of Egypt.

Moses’ entire life is a tale of divine intervention each time he bumbled while redeeming Israel from the Land of Egypt. A stubborn Pharaoh who constantly changed his mind, ten disastrous plagues, waters parted for them to cross dry-shod, God leading them as a pillar of cloud by day and fire at night, Mount Sinai’s thunder and lightning as the Voice of God proclaimed ten Words that presaged the many laws to come, water from the rock at Meribah, where they rebelled after only 40 days, 40 more years living on manna and quail — this reads like the script of an action adventure film with great special effects! God made sure that His true religion, founded on absolute principle as Divine Law, would be unmistakable and unforgettable.

Language and Opinions Shift, Truth Does Not

The question remains, How did God manage to export the tenets of His religion to Greece and thence to Rome? We accept the hypothesis that Hebrew is the common ancestor of both Greek and Latin, in philological terms. 3 Strong evidence for this is found in the root words of these languages; e.g., the root for wine is significantly similar in many languages: Hebrew yayin, Greek woînos, Proto-Celtic wīnom, and Proto-Germanic wīną. In Latin, for example, wine started as Proto-Italic wīnom which became Latin vinum.

The Greek poet Hesiod (roughly 750-650 BC), in his cosmology, the Theogony, used the term χάος, chaos, to describe the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos, the initial "gap" created by the separation of heaven and earth. Jewish mystics call this gap the tsimtsum, which describes the way in which God restricted the Ein Sof Ohr, the Infinite Light, to contract and condense it to become the womb of Creation. 4 Here again we find the intersection of the Greek and Hebrew wisdom. Notably, the tsimtsum established the possibility of man’s freedom to choose, which is one of the greatest gifts God has bestowed upon us.

Next came the mathematician-philosopher Thales of Miletus (624-546 BC), one of the Seven Sages of Greece, of whom Proclus wrote “he first went to Egypt and thence introduced this study {geometry} into Greece.” 5 The number of mathematician-philosophers who were educated in Egypt is astonishing, considering how history and religion seem to overlook this particular area of intellectual cross-pollination. Intellectual myopia is caused by studying in a vertical niche. Never permit mere intellect to limit your God-given intelligence.

Thales’ nephew, Anaximander of Miletus (610-546 BC), the first cosmologist, taught that the boundless (απειρον, ápeiron) was the absolute principle, thus the first and ultimate reality. Having neither beginning nor end, the boundless did not come into being and therefore will not perish. The boundless encompasses, directs, and governs all things. Anaximander used the term arche (ἀρχή, or archai) to designate the source, origin or root of things that exist. From this we derive the word archetype, the first of a type of thing, the pattern from which all others of that kind come into form. The Word of God became the archetype for the Christos, as Jesus became Christ later.

We have offered these possible answers about who, what, when, where, why, and how our Western world view evolved over time as a starting point for further discovery. The list of absolute principles below offers the earnest seeker, the pioneering mystic, and the idealist an entree to many areas of further study. For example, what do you notice (see) in this word diagram?

Greek chaos — χάος
Greek Christos — Χριστός

Without the constant renewal of the supernal Light, the entropy inherent in a closed system stifles the life of the law. Light, which is God, reintroduces that critical chaotic element through the instrument and process we call Christos, Christ consciousness, which is the measure of chaos that Light deems essential to maintain healthy integrity in an open system.

Absolute Principle is the Universal Framework

As the framework of the universe, we know that absolute principle contains all that is at the Source, and as universal law, it governs, regulates and controls the universe through its being and action. The Greeks and the most mystical of the Hebrew sages taught and wrote that God created the universe by emanation, by radiating waves of Light. An emanation is a direct outpouring of the absolute principles of Wisdom, Love, and the Logos, as One, from the Godhead. These absolute principles are ultimate truths, unalterable and permanent facts, the universal realities of the Godhead. Many principles are absolute — omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, for example.

Wisdom “is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” — Proverbs 3:18. As a branching logic tree, you can trace the subtle yet perfect governance of The One as absolute principle quickening the universal Law: Wisdom manifests as omniscient Mind, law, thinking, planning, knowing, and intelligence. Love manifests as omnipresent substance, faith, and every nourishing and sustaining expression of The One. The Logos manifests as omnipotent Power exercised as potential and kinetic energy, selflessness, joy, equilibrium, and every unifying expression.

“Every absolute principle becomes many
abstract and relative laws of being and of doing.”

Absolute principle is pure, whole, perfect and complete;however, in the moment that absolute principle is extended into the manifest Creation as its guiding principle, it becomes subject to interpretation by the lesser minds within the relative Creation and thus subject to interpretations that are imperfect, impure, partial, and incomplete. Thus, every absolute principle may become many lesser abstract principles and relative laws of being and of doing throughout the unguessable dimensions of the universe. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and Power. In dealing with “being” as it applies to spiritual laws, we are concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being. Doing implies action and is kinetic as to its thinking, sustaining, and activity, which is derived from being.

May you find great joy and many wonderful gifts of the Spirit as you, an idealist pioneering mystic, travel the Via Christa.

— Linda Mihalic, Via Christa site editor.

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1^ Tower of Babel: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. — Genesis 11:1-9.

2^ Ur of the Chaldees: translation by Jewish mystic Carlo Suarès, Cipher of Genesis.

3^ Philology: Jeff A. Benner, "Why study the ancient Hebrew language and culture?" Ancient Hebrew Research Center.

4^ The Tsimtsum: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. — Genesis 1:1-10.

5^ Thales of Miletus: Proclus (411-485 AD), who a head of Plato’s Academy, wrote of Thales, quoting the work History of Geometry by Eudemus of Rhodes.

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Etymology of absolute: Latin absolutus ‘freed, unrestricted’, past participle of absolvere (see absolve); the sense evolution is from detached, disengaged, thus perfect, pure.

Etymology of principle: Latin principium ‘source’, principia (plural) ‘foundations’, from princeps ‘first, chief’.


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Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2023.

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We use many online sources of definition, the most common of which we abbreviate as shown:

AHD. American Heritage Dictionary.

CDC. Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia.

EB. Encyclopædia Britannica.

LLP. Wikipedia.

MWD. Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

OAD. The Oxford American Dictionary.

ODP. The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy.

OED. The Oxford English Dictionary.

TPP. The Philosophy Pages.

WAD. Webster’s American Dictionary.

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