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Charles Berner passed on at 3:12 am on Sunday, 24 June 2007, at his home in Merimbula, NSW, Australia, surrounded by his close devotees.

Introduction to the Lila Paradigm

Reconciling Theology and Science Using the Lila Paradigm, a Light Introduction

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For a long time people have been debating over how our Universe, including our experience of consciousness and free choice, came about. There are two favored ideas. The one maintained by theology (the study of God) is:

God simply exists, and God creates the world, including us, endowing us with consciousness and free choice.

The other idea, asserted by science, is:

The physical universe simply exists and it forms consciousness, including our ideas about free choice and God.

There has been a widening rift between these two paradigms of the ultimate reality since Democritus suggested the theory of atoms 2,500 years ago.

THE LILA PARADIGM

The thesis presented here, the Lila Paradigm, allows these two apparently conflicting views to be unified into a single theory. The word 'Lila' is Sanskrit for the Play of the Gods, LI meaning the gods and LA meaning play or dance. In the Lila Paradigm, a non-physical Ultimate Reality (God, gods) appears as our physical Universe. The paradigm describes this appearance in some detail, and the physical Universe which appears in each of our consciousnesses agrees with the measurements made by science.

According to the Lila Paradigm, there are three important erroneous assumptions which have gradually come to be part of both the scientific and theological paradigms.

Error 1: An individual is a human body.

While some people in the various religious traditions believe that one is a soul and not a body, most faiths have come to teach that what one is, is a human body. People think, "What I am is this body that God has made." Many people think that when one dies it is one's soul that goes to heaven and it is oneself, the body, that goes into the grave.

Of course, science assumes that one is a body and, "When you're dead, you're dead".

Instead, the Lila Paradigm states:

AN INDIVIDUAL IS A NON-PHYSICAL ENTITY.

The Lila Paradigm agrees with those religious traditions and theologians which say that what one really is, is not a human animal body but a soul, a spirit, an atman, a psyche, an anima, a ka, a divine entity called by some name. This 'soul' can be associated with a human body but becomes disassociated from it when the body dies.

What one really is, the soul, is the one who can be conscious. It is this one, who one really is, that goes to heaven, or wherever, whereas it is the body that dies and goes into the grave or is cremated. Jesus in John 10:34 said, "you are all gods (souls)"; Jesus was quoting God from Psalm 82:6.

Science is making an error by thinking that what one is, is a human body. Science must do this because science assumes that all that exists is the physical world, therefore souls must be only ideas which are the product of the mind which, in turn, is the product of the brain, which is physical.

The Lila Paradigm calls this soul 'a non-physical individual', to indicate that that which we really are is not physical, just as God is not physical.

Error 2: God is only single.

Originally most religious traditions held that God was not only single, but one and many. In more recent times many religions have come to emphasize the unitary nature of God. Most religious people these days are monotheistic; that is, they believe in a single Divine Being.

Science assumes there is no God, so that any ideas about some God being single or whatever are only mental imaginings.

In this regard the Lila Paradigm states:

GOD IS BOTH SINGLE AND MULTIPLE.

The ancient Hebrew word for God in the first verse of the Bible is 'ELOHIM' . Those who wrote the Book of Genesis chose this word over EL, the singular form, because ELOHIM means God as both one and many. In the Lila Paradigm, God-as-one is the singular Power, held by God-as-many, the many gods (the many non-physical individuals), which is what we really are. In Genesis, verse 26, God says, "Let us create man in our image...".

The concept of God as both singular and plural is similar to the concept of an choir, a whole which is made up of many singers. The Lila Paradigm says God is one non-physical Power and God is many non-physical individuals which, individually, exercise that Power.

Error 3: The physical world exists on its own and only it exists.

Science is the dominant influence in teaching that only the physical universe exists and that all things, including life, consciousness, and thoughts like 'God' are products of this physical world. Today, most people believe that there is only the physical world and that God is just an idea. Even religious people, in recent times, believe that the world and God exist separately.

The Lila Paradigm states: NON-PHYSICAL INDIVIDUALS ARE THE BASIS OF EVERYTHING.

In the Lila Paradigm, it is indeed God that creates the physical Universe; however, it is God as all of us, it is we non-physical individuals, that collectively create this Universe which is not separate from us. Chapter I, verse 42, of the Pasupata Sutram states 'BHABE BHABE NATIBHAVE', "God [as both single and plural] is manifested as this created universe and does not manifest otherwise". This means that God, both as the One Power and as us non-physical individual gods who individually exercise that Power, transform(s) Itself-ourselves to appear as this world. "In the beginning God [as both one and many] created heaven and the earth." We, the non-physical individuals, are the basis of the physical, rather than the other way around.

CREATION

How do we go about creating the physical Universe out of our non-physical selves? How do we non-physical individuals transfigure ourselves to appear as the physical Universe?

The Lila Paradigm agrees with theology that God has the Power of choice and with science that physical things do not. Since we non-physical individuals collectively are God, each of us, not as human bodies but as non-physical individuals, can exercise that Power of choice. This ability is self-evident.

The Power of choice which each of us exercises is this: the Power to choose to place oneself in a state of knowledge of any nonphysical individual or to choose to not be in such a state of knowledge. Choosing to be in a state of knowledge of a nonphysical individual is not a state of consciousness. The state of manifest consciousness leaves out who it is that the nonphysical individual is, making the manifest conscious state appear to be a physical thing, instead of a nonphysical individual who can be conscious and has freewill choice. Thus in the consciousness of any nonphysical individual there appears only the physical as manifest. This is the great illusion which misleads us.

What really exists is only us as nonphysical individuals and our knowledge choices of each other, thus science and theology are reconciled.



Introduction to the Lila Paradigm
By H. C. Berner and S. C. Draut

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All that exist are (exists is) a large specific number of nonphysical individuals each of whom originates itself into a separate nonphysical state with regard to each nonphysical individual.


Each nonphysical individual, with regard to each nonphysical individual including itself, originates itself either into a state of tacit knowledge of that nonphysical individual or into a state of no tacit knowledge of that nonphysical individual.


Correlations:
1. Because nonphysical individuals originating states of tacit knowledge and/or states of no tacit knowledge are all that exist, there is no background of time or space in which these nonphysical individuals exist and against which their originations are made.


2. The Attributes of a nonphysical individual can be summarized as:

Who it is (Who the nonphysical individual is, which nonphysical individual it is)

Each nonphysical individual is different from every other nonphysical individual

in who it is that that nonphysical individual is.

Existence

Unity (indivisibility, one meaning of the word 'individual' is 'indivisible entity')

Ability to act ( the nonphysical individual's ability to originate itself into a state of tacit

knowledge of a nonphysical individual of whom it is in a state of no tacit knowledge, and to originate itself into a state of no tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual of whom it is in a state of tacit knowledge). These originations are not made at a particular moment and do not endure over time or end at a particular moment. A nonphysical individual's attribute of ability to act includes its actual acts, i.e. its self-originated states of tacit knowledge and/or no tacit knowledge.


3. Tacit Knowledge

A nonphysical individual's state of tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual includes all of the known nonphysical individual's attributes: Who the known nonphysical individual is, existence, unity, and ability to act.

Example 1: A B

Nonphysical individual A is in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual B as the particular nonphysical individual whom B is, who is originating itself into a state of no tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual A and into a state of no tacit knowledge of itself. (Nonphysical individual A is also in a self-originated state of no tacit knowledge of itself.)

4. Consciousness

Because a nonphysical individual is an indivisible whole, a unity, each attribute in its state of tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual is nonphysically compared to the corresponding attribute of the knowing nonphysical individual itself (i.e., to the corresponding ontological attribute of the knowing nonphysical individual).

If the two attributes are alike, the state of comparison the knowing nonphysical individual is in

is a state of the likeness of:

the attribute in its state of tacit knowledge

with

its ontological attribute.

This state of likeness is a state of consciousness of the attribute.


Example 2: (A in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of itself)

A's state of the likeness of:

the attribute of ability to act in A's state of tacit knowledge of itself

with

A's ontological attribute of ability to act

is A's state of consciousness of the attribute of ability to act.

Again due to the unity of the knowing nonphysical individual, its states of consciousness based on attributes of the known nonphysical individual nontemporally combine to form a state of consciousness based on all of the attributes of that known nonphysical individual that are like its own.

Focusing on A's combined consciousness in Example 2:

(A in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of itself)

A's state of the likeness of:

the attributes of Who A is, existence, unity, and ability to act in A's state of
tacit knowledge of A

with

A's ontological attributes of Who A is, existence, unity, and ability to act

is A's state of consciousness of itself as the particular nonphysical individual whom it is, who is originating itself into a state of tacit knowledge of itself.

If there were another nonphysical individual in the example, A's origination of itself into a state of tacit knowledge or into a state of no tacit knowledge of that other nonphysical individual would also be included in A's state of consciousness of itself.

Once again due to the unity of the knowing nonphysical individual, all of its states of consciousness based on nonphysical individuals combine to form a single state of consciousness made up of many substates of consciousness.

A state of consciousness is a nonphysical individual's state of the likeness of:

an attribute in its state of tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual

with

an ontological attribute (an attribute of itself),

or a combination of such states of likeness.

5. Consciousness of a Unit of Matter

Physical phenomena such as matter, time, space, and energy only appear to exist to a nonphysical individual in a state of consciousness. The knowing nonphysical individual's state of consciousness of what appear to be physical phenomena is based on nonphysical individuals other than itself. Nonphysical individuals seemingly conscious of the same physical phenomenon are actually in states of tacit knowledge of one or more of the same other nonphysical individuals.

A nonphysical individual in a state of tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual other than itself is in a state of consciousness of what appears to be a unit of matter. This is because who the other nonphysical individual is is not like who the knowing nonphysical is. Only three of the other nonphysical individual's attributes, existence, unity, and ability to act, are like the knowing nonphysical individual's corresponding attributes, so the knowing nonphysical individual is in a state of consciousness, not of that particular existent unity who acts, but of what appears to be an existent unity that acts, a physical thing, a unit of matter (a fermion).

Focusing on A's consciousness of a unit of matter in Example 1:

A B (A in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of B)

A's state of the likeness of:

the attributes of existence, unity, and ability to act in A's state of tacit knowledge of B

with

A's ontological attributes of existence, unity, and ability to act

is A's state of consciousness of what appears to be an existent unity that acts, a unit of matter (B•).

Although the unit of matter in A's state of consciousness based on nonphysical individual B is labeled 'B•' for convenience, A's state of consciousness does not include a state of likeness of its tacit knowledge of B's attribute of Who B is with A's ontological attribute of Who A is, so A is not conscious of B as the particular nonphysical individual whom B is. A nonphysical individual's state of consciousness based on another nonphysical individual only partly reflects the reality of that other nonphysical individual.

6. Transitive States of Tacit Knowledge

A nonphysical individual's self-originated state of tacit knowledge of a nonphysical individual includes tacit knowledge of that known nonphysical individual's self-originated states of tacit knowledge and/or no tacit knowledge of other nonphysical individuals, and those self-originated states include those other nonphysical individuals' self-originated states of tacit knowledge and/or no tacit knowledge of still other nonphysical individuals, and so on. Thus, even if a knowing nonphysical individual is originating itself into a state of no tacit knowledge of some nonphysical individual, it can be put into a transitive state of tacit knowledge of that nonphysical individual.

Example 3: A B C

Nonphysical individual A is in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual B that includes nonphysical individual B's state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual C. In other words, nonphysical individual A is in a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual B that includes a transitive state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual C.

Focusing on A's consciousness of units of matter in
Example 3:

A B• C•

Because nonphysical individual A is in a state of tacit knowledge (self-originated) of nonphysical individual B, A is in a state of consciousness , based on nonphysical individual B, of a unit of matter (B•), and because nonphysical individual A is in a state of tacit knowledge (transitive) of nonphysical individual C, nonphysical individual A is also in a state of consciousness, based on nonphysical individual C, of another unit of matter (C•).

7. Consciousness of Physical Relationships

A nonphysical individual's single state of consciousness, of which all of its other states of consciousness are substates, includes many states of consciousness of what appear to be units of matter in physical relationships. These apparent physical relationships reflect the states of tacit knowledge originated by the nonphysical individuals on whom the units of matter are based. In a nonphysical individual's single state of consciousness, each unit of matter is distinguished from every other unit of matter by its temporal, spatial and energetic relationships with them.

The states of tacit knowledge originated by known nonphysical individuals are reflected in the knowing nonphysical individual's state of consciousness because the knowing nonphysical individual is in a state of the likeness of the attribute of ability to act in each of its states of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individuals with the knowing nonphysical individual's ontological attribute of ability to act. As we have seen, a nonphysical individual's attribute of ability to act includes its self-originated states.

Focusing on A's consciousness of units of matter in physical relationships in Example 3:

A B• C•

A's state of the likeness of:

the attributes in A's state of tacit knowledge of B of existence, unity, and ability to act (which includes B's self-originated state of tacit knowledge of C),

with

A's ontological attributes of existence, unity, and ability to act (which includes A's self-originated state of tacit knowledge of B),

is A's state of consciousness of what appears to be a physical relationship (boson) between two units of matter (fermions) (B• and C•). That apparent physical relationship is a temporal one: A is in a state of consciousness of a present moment that includes a unit of matter (C•) along with a memory of a different unit of matter (B•) having existed one unit of time in the past.
Example 4:

A's state of the likeness of:

the attributes in A's state of tacit knowledge of B of existence, unity, and ability to act (which includes B's self-originated states of tacit knowledge of C and D),

with

A's ontological attributes of existence, unity, and ability to act (which includes A's self-originated state of tacit knowledge of B),

is A's state of consciousness of a present moment that includes two units of matter ((C• and D•) located one unit of 1-D space apart, along with a memory of a third unit of matter (B•) having existed one unit of time in the past.

If nonphysical individual B were in self-originated states of tacit knowledge of additional nonphysical individuals, there would be additional dimensions in the present moment of nonphysical individual A's single state of consciousness.

8. A Nonphysical Individual's Overall State

Due to the unity of the knowing nonphysical individual, each of the nonphysical individual's states of tacit knowledge is individually combined with its corresponding state of consciousness, and all of these combinations are united in an overall (all-inclusive) state that includes both tacit knowledge of nonphysical individuals in states of tacit knowledge and the corresponding consciousness of apparent physical particles in apparent states of relationship, forming an apparently physical world.

Example 5:


Nonphysical individual A is in:

a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of itself,

a self-originated state of tacit knowledge of nonphysical individual W,

self-originated states of no tacit knowledge of each nonphysical individual other than itself and W,

one or more transitive states of tacit knowledge of each nonphysical individual except J, K, and S,

one or more states of consciousness of units of matter --- based on each nonphysical individual except itself, J, K, and S --- all merged into a single state of consciousness of what appears to be a physical universe in which units of matter are physically related in various ways,

a state of consciousness of itself that is a state of the likeness of its attributes in its self-originated state of tacit knowledge with its ontological attributes, and

a state of consciousness of itself that is a state of the likeness of its attributes in its transitive state of tacit knowledge with its ontological attributes.

Each of nonphysical individual A's states of tacit knowledge is individually combined with its corresponding state of consciousness, and all of these combinations are united in an overall state. In that overall state, nonphysical individual A tacitly knows:

that it is in the two different states of consciousness of itself,

which nonphysical individual each of the units of matter in its single state of consciousness is based on, and

which patterns of nonphysical individuals' originations each unit of time, space, and energy in its single state of consciousness is based on.

A circuit formation such as the one above produces many phenomena in the single state of consciousness of each nonphysical individual connected into it, such as common present time, unbounded common 3-D space, and electron-positron pairs (e - and e + in the diagram). Also, due to the nonphysical individual's transitive state of tacit knowledge of itself by means of the circuit, this single state includes consciousness of itself as a nonphysical individual apparently located in this time and space with respect to units of matter, and apparently being in various energy relationships with units of matter.

The number of nonphysical individuals has been calculated from several physical constants to be of the order of

10

23

Applying this number to the theory, calculations have been made of physical values such as the ratios of the lepton masses and the ratios of strengths of the four fundamental forces that agree closely with the measured values. (Details are given in other articles that will be posted on this site in the next few months.)

9. The Ability to Act, and Liberation

If many of a nonphysical individual's states of transitive tacit knowledge of nonphysical individuals are contradicted by its own originations to be in states of no tacit knowledge of those nonphysical individuals, its tacit knowledge is eclipsed by its consciousness. Since most of its states of consciousness are of what appear to be physical phenomena, its overall state is characterized by partial reflection of reality.

Alternatively, if many of a nonphysical individual's states of transitive tacit knowledge of nonphysical individuals are confirmed by its own originations to be in states of tacit knowledge of those nonphysical individuals, its tacit knowledge illumines its consciousness, and its overall state is characterized by enlightenment.

The more (nontemporal) originations to be in states of tacit knowledge a nonphysical individual makes, the more accurately its overall state matches the real state of affairs, and the less the nonphysical individual's tacit knowledge and consciousness are dependent on the originations of other nonphysical individuals.