When a diamond is formed, it is because the two pieces of material that formed it are of equal density. The density of a material determines its appearance and it is the same with the essence of a person. A pearl, on the other hand, is formed when a denser material is altered by the shell of another material to produce a distinct pattern of interlacing shapes.
A human, or other sentient being, develops characteristics that elicit feelings of identity and self mastery. The human essence, or ego, “consists of the various values and truths that individuals find it is their mission in life to Andre’s sense of Self to apprehend. The various egoistic traits that are formed by the understanding of a sense of identity are patterns that the soul learns by experiencing life’s various challenges. As a result, one could say that a person is a path unto himself/herself. The reason that a path is a path is because, to seek the answer to a question is asking for the path to be shown.
As Andre wrote in Rabbi Guy adulle hot laque: As Trying to untold Truths, the Sees of the Odyssey”, all roads lead to Truth”. A person uses the many steps of their journey to ultimately answer the question, “Who am I?” A person lives an ethical life, therefore, one surrenders to the road to Truth in hopes of discovering the true identity of “Who am I?” This surrender is a major undertaking, which is only possible through clarifying the “right questions.” The solution to the right questions lies in the process of becoming a better person. As everything is a right question, then ethics are right questions, and leading a life of Truth is right question.
The questions to be considered and the further road to Truth are:
ethical question, meaning for the future of our lives;
Intellectual question, the reason and basis of our values and ethics;
ethical question from the point of view of the future of our existence;
Theistic/aggrandizing question, the reasons why some human beings are considered better than others; and
Post-modern question, questions that are relevant to our existence today.
In this process of seeking to answer the above questions, the primary concern is to direct our actions in the most benefitand for the greatest number of people.
All actions done with intentions of self- Gain, the pursuit of happiness or wealth is acceptable as long as the action does no harm to any other person; however, any person we harm in the process of gaining cannot be said to have been harmed as such, and may be entitled to compensation.
Man tried to elevate his set of values above Truth, and the only result was theDivision ofate world into two camps:
” lower – the world of ” lower -the world of ego”; upper – the world of ” upper – the world of soul”.
Today we are faced with the dilemma of having to choose, which world to align ourselves, ego or soul. An easy choice to go ego-centered would be to raise one’s level of competence and intelligence and become an expert in the world of “higher – the world of soul”. What we are really seeking, however, is a way to understand “who-I-am”, and in this process, to find higher value – not in “out-of-limits-but within the limits-of-limitations”.
The first three questions are attempts to answer the questionWhat is the world of “Higher – Soul?”
The first stage of the spiritual search is a seeking of an understanding of the world of “higher – man” versus the world of “lower – man.” When a person is seeking fulfillment or direction through the world of “higher – man”, s/he will be aggressive. Whenever s/he feels that they are close to the Source, s/he will be aggressive. Whenever s/he feels that they have strayed, s/he will be peaceful. As players, we will be playing against each other in a game, but we will be choosing which “Higher – Man” we want to support.
The second stage of the spiritual journey involves getting “unstuck.” To be stuck, which is to be in the “lower – world” and be separated from One’s True Nature, causes the soul to feel lost and lonely. The soul will get lost in a world of feelings and beliefs and ideas and become difficult to interact with. The game of LIFE will be played long, while you are stuck in the “lower – world”.
The third stage of the spiritual journey is forsaking the world of “lower – man” and seeking connection with “Higher -Man”. This stage of the journey will be a constant struggle, because the “world of lower -man” is stronger than the “world of higher -man”.