Of G.O.D. and the gods
In pre-historical times, that is to say, in the (Phase 1) infancy of humanity,1 people worshipped2 the gods. Indeed as we do the products3 we use.
In historical times, right up to about 800BC, humans entered what one would now call (Phase 2) puberty by worshipping selected super-gods (as super products) and became self-centred, restless and rebellious.4 Then, as they (Phase 3) matured to full adulthood, they became a-historical, self-reflective, thoughtful, circumspect.5 As mature adults they realised that the gods merely served as relative real-time icons that stood for a timeless, formless means that generated, indeed created the properties that displayed as icons.
Translated into modern terms that means that the gods functioned as real-time content6 generated by a formless, timeless means-to-content,7 in other words, by a simple universal ordering device or app.8
Maturing (Phase 3) Indians named the ordering (or growth) app (or device9) Brahman, to wit. G.O.D. And G.O.D. happened in two versions.
As G.O.D. (app) in waiting time, hence inactive, hence without properties or qualities, they called IT the nirguna10 Brahman.11,12
And as god in real-time, because having properties or qualities, and called the saguna Brahman.13
From which they drew the logic conclusion that each and every bit of the whole universe, including you, me, the cat and the microbe in my gut, is god14,15 because a real-time application of G.O.D.16
© 2018 by Victor Langheld
1. And of every human. Development from birth to death, i.e. the whole life program or app, is wholly recursive for all systems, be they a mice, humans or an entire human and non-human cultures.
2. For ‘worship’ read: interact, connect, make contact with. The notion of ‘worship’ changes from infancy though puberty to maturity. Religious worship, as practiced in the henotheistic religions, belongs to the pubescent phase of an evolving system.
3. For ‘god’ read: a finished, complete quantum as product, a sliced, stopped or blocked (by an observer) process of emerging local qualities or properties. Interacting with, hence worshipping a product is experienced as heaven in all development phases. Hell, the arse (better intestine as digestive system) of G.O.D., is experienced as the violent and gruesome means of production, for instance the sheer merciless brutality of the food (or any production) chain, used to create the end product, i.e. a god.
4. That was the age of the Homer’s gods and of the Veda.
5. To wit, the age of the pre Socratics, i.e. Heraclitus and Parmenides, up to Plato and beyond in Greece, the age of the Upanishads in India and of LaoTsu in China.
6. Experienced as product or thing, i.e. as a reified process.
7. They grasped that the bits (all emergents) that made up the real-time universe happened as (stopped, halted) niche applications, i.e. as emerged differentiated elaborations (called local content) of the universal app (or Turing Machine) that created them.
8. That is to say by G.O.D. In short, the G.O.D. app orders disorder (i.e. entropy) and whose halted outcome (i.e. as process of becoming) emerges as a stable, certain, complete quantum (i.e. god) in a likewise created (relative) real-time.
9. For ‘device’ read: machine. For ‘machine’ read: a set of rules. For ‘rules’ read: constraints.
10. Nir-guna is translated as: without quality or property.
11. The nir-guna Brahman was conceived as the universal growth-cum-creation app prior to application. Hence it is blind and automatic (because reactive), hence an automaton (to wit, self-driven), as are all its actual applications such as the human.
12. Lao Tsu referred to what the Indians called Brahman as the Tao or Way (that cannot be named). What the human grasps of ‘The Way’ are its lay-bys (or hernias).
13. The sa-guna Brahman happens as real-time content (or product), decided and so defined by its qualities or properties, of the timeless content generating app, i.e. of G.O.D.
14. Therefore ‘Aham Brahman asmi’ (‘I (brahman) am Brahman’) or, ‘Tattvamasi’ (‘That thou art’), all of which express the belief in pantheism.
15. Meaning that when activated G.O.D. functions as a distributed network of gods. This idea of the universal network was formalised in the ancient fable of Indra’s Net, fully worked out by HwaYen Buddhism in China and recently re-discovered by Turing and other IT geeks.
16. That is how the Greeks, always politically minded, arrived at the notion of democracy, and which is an emerged everyday elaboration of pantheism. In the previous development phase (or age) there were tyrants and the tyrannised. Now, in a distributed network of power, everyone was a tyrant. Hence, ‘vox populi, vox dei’.