About 2,500 years ago, an Indian philosopher named Kapila formulated a doctrine that explained the origins of the Universe, and all its conscious life. His concepts included the ‘fifth element’ theory, known by many thanks to Alchemy and various hermetic texts, and preceding the teachings of Aristotle and Plato. Kapila’s philosophy is called samkya, and was set up in one of the six schools of classical Indian philosophy, its incidence being so important that it had far-reaching consequences in Buddhist metaphysical thinking and Greek philosophy, and extending into the Middle Ages through of the European alchemists. The traces of samkya philosophy appear in teachings such as the different Rosicrucian schools, “the fourth way” from Gurdjieff, Freemasonry, Theosophy, Gnosticism, etc.
Kapila said that the pure and undifferentiated consciousness has always existed, that it has been radiating eternally, without beginning or end, through space and time, expressing itself through a series of principles that, together, we can generalize as conscious energy in movement. To manifest what we understand by “Creation”, energy is condensed into five stages or different forms (elements), which act as building blocks of all material manifestation, in various permutations and combinations. These elements, all of which come from the first of them, which the Greeks called ether, or in Sanskrit was called akasha, are Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
This ancient list of elements is a quick method to classify all manifested matter, and is the basis of many esoteric, alchemical, magical and occult teachings of manipulation of the components of reality according to their state, each with determined properties, which they are collectively called tattwas, a term that comes to designate all things that possess essence, and there are complete systems destined to study them and learn to manipulate them at will. Everything we can perceive in our earthly plane is composed of one or more of these five elements combined in various ways and in different proportions. Likewise, it is also the basis for traditional Chinese medicine, exchanging and modifying some of the names of the elements, and of other Eastern philosophies derived from the mystical schools of India.
In the same way that these five elements combine to give us the basic building blocks of reality (quantum particles, subatomic particles, atoms, etc.), and nothing can exist without there being an interdependent relationship of them to get any other thing, human beings relate to generate the experience of human life, and nothing can be achieved without the existence of these relationships.
The relationality of human life
In the 80s, a philosopher named James Care wrote that the way people usually see the world today is totally against to how life has created us to see it [originally, before the various genetic manipulations suffered]. The human relations between two people, for example, are based on an interaction that usually lasts a finite duration of time, which has a series of rules and norms for it to be carried out, and in which, on many occasions, from this interaction someone comes out earning something, and someone losing something (this is present and reflected on sports, the financial world, education, the economy on which our day to day life is sustained, etc.). It is a type of relationship in which individualism and service to self always prevail. However, James Care said, this individualism and the societies based on it are nothing more than a fiction, since there is no such thing as a single individual separated from its context and isolated, that can exist and develop as such without relying on others and needing each other, but that all human experience is constituted by roles and relationships among us, since we live in the world, and we are part of the world, or, as a mantra that I use a lot to remember my reason of being in this incarnation says: “I am a cell in the body of humanity, and I am at service of totality”.
We all depend on everyone
There is nothing that the human being can carry out without taking into account the elements and people that surround him. We know, and we have spoken in other articles and conferences, that it is the ego program of management of our psyche that gives us the illusion of separation and individuality, and what makes us see ourselves as isolated beings, but everything we do and are depends on everything else, and nothing can be done or achieved without taking into account the relationships with objects, elements and people involved, so the philosophy of life that is more aligned with our purpose and function is never the philosophy of individuality, but that of the relationality and interdependence of all with all. In this aspect, every person is in need of us all, and all working with everyone together is a form of existence that flows with the principles of life that govern the planet, without beginning or end, a type of relationship with the environment, the other realms of nature and the rest of the human race where the focus is put on strengthening ties and connections on which our mutual growths hang, in order to be able to resolve situations every time bigger with the strength of unity.
To solve paradoxes when it comes to understanding well the concept of individuality against which James Care writes, we must see this mainly as a component in personal work of looking within ourselves to know ourselves better, heal ourselves, deprogram, self-evaluate and observe us, etc., since it is the only aspect that nobody can look or do for you, and that you do not depend on anyone to complete it, but what you have to do for yourself also can need others to help you do it. But, perfectly aligned, it also turns out that the work of changing within to be able to change the outside world also involves seeing the illusion of individuality in the most recondite of each one, and once when we have removed a few layers of filters, veils and mental programs, there are glimpses appearing in our consciousness that allow us to change and grow, and to get to the heart of the fields of consciousness that unite all things and all people, returning to realize that the outside world, again, complies with the strict ideas that everything depends on everything, and that the limits that we set to define where I end and where you start are just a construction of the mind, in the most earthly part of the multiple levels that compose our existence.
The law of correspondences
The ancient philosophers already realized that if everything depends on everything and everyone depends on everyone, there must be some sort of cosmic or universal law that governs these dependencies. A couple of years ago, in another article, we already explained why certain things correspond with certain other things, based on the law of the octaves.
You will have read over and over again that what you look for “out there” you have it going “inward”. Because it is the same. It is not that we are part of the universe. It is that the whole universe is part of us, it is in us. The most absolute infinite is concentrated in the smallest part of each of our cells. Is this correct? How can something “finite” like us, a human being, “be” something infinite like the Universe?
The answer lies in what is called a fractal. A fractal is a geometric representation that can be divided to infinity and retains its same shape, structure, potential, etc. Look at the following figure. It is the well-known star of David, symbol of many cultures that are lost in antiquity (and badly appropriate by some current ones). Imagine one of your cells, the smallest, like the circle that surrounds the figure. This space is finite, it is limited, it is easy to understand that it has limits. Now we insert a geometric figure in its interior, an equilateral triangle, or rather, two. One up and another down. We look for a geometric representation that explains how the infinite can be contained in something finite, and this is the model that explains it.
And why two triangles and not something else? Because they represent the duality of our universe and the double polarity of everything that exists. We exist in a reality in which we perceive that there is no white without black, no cold without heat, one thing and its opposite, that is why this symbol represents duality. Is that perception correct? No. Everything works by triads, and the human being needs to see reality through the third energy or polarity, the neutral or equilibrating energy, but because of the manipulation of the sphere of consciousness suffered at the dawn of our creation we can not see the three components that form all that exists, and that is why we live under the illusion of duality.
Returning to the figure, at this time we keep having a finite space (the inside of the circle) bounded by the circumference that represents one atom, a cell or our whole body, the limit that it defines does not matter. How do we put something infinite in it? If for each of the new resulting triangles we go adding more triangles, dividing these that we have already created, as you can see in the following figure, we obtain again new David’ stars of smaller size, but always totally complete, with the same characteristics and properties that the “mother” star, the same angles, the same proportions, etc.
Each of these divisions creates the same shape as the original drawing, and what is better, we can continue like this until infinity, because each new star that is created can be divided again as far as we want, assuming we could have a microscope so powerful that it would enable us to see those tiny subdivisions to infinity. And, in addition, for each level in which we divide, we have a new circle that surrounds it that represents the illusory limit of something bounded that has that sub-level.
Everything connected with everything
Thanks to this process there exists infinity within a finite space and this is the answer that allows us to understand how the whole universe can be inside the smallest of our atoms, because each cell of ours is a fractal that is connected to the whole universe that exists in the cell, person or chair of to the side (as all the mini stars of David that appear in the figure are connected to each other). It is the law of correspondence upwards, or downwards, inwards or outwards, it is the model of human relationships, of life, of consciousness, in any plane, in any dimension, at any level.
The infinite, the universe and all its existential planes are in us and a part of the Whole cannot exist without the part of to the side. There doesn’t exist individuality as such, as a concept of an insulated part of the rest that can do something without the concordance and existence of the rest of the parts that form the greater set to which it belongs. And, for the same reason, there is no action, however small that is, that one of the micro-micro-fractal figures will perform, that does not affect the whole set, hence there is no thought, action or energy moved , created or emitted by the human being, that does not have repercussion, in its just measure, in each and every one of the rest of fractals of the Creation. The “butterfly effect”, which you have surely heard about, is born of this concept.
Everything is connected, everything is interdependent, everything affects everything, and perhaps we all will get to have this vision of the world at some point in our evolutionary journey as a species. It requires something that few humans have come to be aware of so far at each moment of their lives, but it is one of those things that are waiting to be discovered beyond the veil of the illusion of our perceived reality, manipulatively, that as individuals we exist and are separate from everything else.