Order and Symmetry

Order and Symmetry

Symmetry by Robert7
Symmetry by Robert7

As I’ve written, intelligence is a fundamental quality of Divinity. There is an ordering principle underlying all experiences.

In fact, without a constant input of order, the world around us would dissolve to dust. That’s even a physical law (2nd law of thermodynamics).

As we step deeper into being and stop resisting life, we come to recognize the profound support we receive and how guided our life is.

One sign of order is symmetry. Our body, for example, has bilateral symmetry – the 2 sides are mirrored. Nature is full of symmetry.

Our senses are attuned to symmetry. It’s part of how we distinguish importance in a sea of sensory input. Symmetry also contributes to our sense of beauty.

Further, symmetry and balance help sustain life and experience. Evolution is essentially aspiring to greater symmetry as it brings balance and the ability to sustain a higher level of order (dharma).

Like space and time, order and structure are nested, layers within layers. Simple principles in repeated iterations into complexity.

Just as we are what we eat, we become what we experience (digest by the mind). This doesn’t mean we should become hermits. Just that, where we have choice, we should favour order, beauty, and balance in what we give attention to and who we socialize with. A key clue – what brings us joy (vs pleasure)?

For example, currently many are investing in the fear in the collective, amplifying it in their experience.

In contrast, we can surround ourselves in beauty like taking walks in nature or having a beautiful space in our home. This helps structure order and refinement of perception.

Beauty isn’t causal, but it can support the growth of joy and our evolution.
Davidya

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8 Comments

    1. Hi Peter
      I agree. There’s a branch of Vedic science devoted to building design and city planning. In application, it’s called Vastu. The principles are designed to place our residence and work-place in tune with nature so it is supporting us rather than inhibiting. Properly done, the building has a noticeable presence.

      Many ancient sites like the Egyptian pyramids and Angkor Wat in Cambodia followed such principles.

      1. Don Bench

        I don’t know if symmetry, orderliness, and beauty are all equivalent attributes. At the same time David, so many urban areas were either designed explicitly to NOT have orthogonal cardinality (e.g. Washington, DC). Other cities grew organically, if you will. Lower Manhattan and old London are great examples. Vaastu also ignore the current beauty of our classic architecture, none of which is diminished because the front door does not face East. Finally, as seen from Google Maps/Earth, it does not efficiently utilize precious urban space. (Would would you do with all the existing properties whose addresses are on the numbered streets (not avenues but 34th St, 125th st. etc.) in Manhattan? And then there is the cost of all that destruction and re-construction. It’s not JUST the buildings but also infrastructure below those streets; utilities, subways, etc.
        I’d rather see the money spent on terraforming urban roofs.
        Question: does Vaastu give a hoot about what of the electro-magnetic spectrun is sent over the air?

        1. Hi Don
          I would say they are distinct but related attributes. They spring from the fundamental quality of intelligence, although beauty adds a flavour of love. 🙂

          I’ve studied a bit of traditional vastu and it’s far more complex than “face east”. There are good and poor places for an entrance on all sides. While simple rules can be valuable, they can fall seriously short in practice. I’ve been in vastu homes that had a potent presence. And I’ve been in other ones that were off, even creating darkness in part of the house.

          To me, the missing element is energy awareness. Without an awareness of natural flows in an area, any number of rules will miss things that create undesired effects. Principles applied in harmony will be much more effective.

          I don’t know if vastu talks about EM fields. They are natural but we’ve been adding to them a lot and somewhat obliviously. Some frequencies are have meaning to our body systems that it would be wise to avoid.

          On the flip side, we can develop a quality of imperiousness to the play taking place around us. This is the idea of the kavach I’ve talked about elsewhere.
          https://davidya.ca/2017/06/28/the-kavach/

        2. Bernie

          Hi Don, I do remember when we were looking for an ideal place for a Center, we were told by the Vastu coordinators we need to be away i.e. 500 meters (around 1,500 feet) from those high-powered 500 kv transmission lines – those tall pylons that we see criss-crossing the hills. And about the 90 feet from those 3-phase 69 kv transmission lines that run thru many major thoroughfares in the city. You will recognized them right away, they are 3 cables running parallel one on top of another, about 3 -5 feet apart (or maybe more?) on those high steel (sometimes wooden) posts.

          1. Hi Bernie
            Interesting. The trouble with the second is they can be placed underground in urban areas. Then you can’t see them but they would be on community plans.

            Electricity itself is pretty “clean” but some connected devices can create a lot of “noise” in the lines. That’s pretty easy to filter out but most places don’t have them as they’re expensive, last time I looked.

            Solar is now cheaper than coal. Adding battery storage for load balancing, and there’s an evolution to cleaner sources. Some are expecting an industry disruption with the decade. Events like the blackout in Texas help push it along. We’ll likely see some decentralization of power production and thus, over time, reduced need for high-powered transmission lines.

            One of the big reasons we went with AC (alternating current) power was because it could be transmitted over longer distances from centralized sources. So even longer term, we may see an evolution to more DC. That’s already widely used in portable systems such as on boats, RV’s and in battery storage. That should reduce electrical noise further.

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