One Cosmos under God: The Unification of Matter, Life, Mind and Spirit

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One Cosmos under God is an extraordinary book that takes the reader on an intellectual and spiritual journey through the whole of creation. It dares to venture where language cannot go, into the "mind of God" prior to the creation, through to the "mind of the saint" who transcends the culturally conditioned ego, escapes history, and merges with the divine mind.

This book is intended to be both serious and entertaining, like an intellectual amusement park ride through the whole ...

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Overview

One Cosmos under God is an extraordinary book that takes the reader on an intellectual and spiritual journey through the whole of creation. It dares to venture where language cannot go, into the "mind of God" prior to the creation, through to the "mind of the saint" who transcends the culturally conditioned ego, escapes history, and merges with the divine mind.

This book is intended to be both serious and entertaining, like an intellectual amusement park ride through the whole of creation. It operates under the premise that if God exists, He has a very sophisticated sense of humor, and the book makes many important points in an ironic or punning way, including in the opening "creation story" and the closing "Cosmobliteration" of language into mystical oneness.

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What People Are Saying

James S. Grotstein
"It is as if this sly author infiltrated the motherboard of God’s computer and, with ecstatic voyeuristic glee, gazed upon the master plan for creation. This work is a daring, daunting, juggling act of so many disciplines that it should be a lofty sequel to DaVinci’s Code. The footnotes alone are worth the read. [The author] deliberately chose Finnegans Wake for the style of his presentation because [it] is so cosmic in its sweep, so eternal in its landscape, and so rife with rich puns. ...James Joyce would have loved this work.The context is extraordinary. There is union after union of eastern and western thought in terms of cosmology, religion, philosophy, psychoanalysis, biology, and lots more."
Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, author of Who is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream?
Allan Combs
"What a delight! Godwin gives us the psychedelic flair of Robert Anton Wilson, percolated with the cosmic vision of Olaf Stapledon. Welcome back to the Star Maker."
author of The Radiance of Being, teaches at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and The Saybrook Institute in San Francisco
Richard Smoley
"A stimulating, literate, and highly enjoyable investigation of the most important philosophic issue of our time: how the life of the mind relates to the life of the universe."
author of Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition and former editor of Gnosis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788368
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Godwin, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has devoted two decades to the study and practice of esoteric yoga. He has authored numerous articles on the relationship between consciousness and physics, biology, culture, history, and politics.

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Table of Contents

Apologia and Joycetification

- Cosmonaught: Before the Beginning
One’s upin a timeless without a Second to spore....

Book One
Cosmogenesis: The Gospel of Matter
1.1 The Best of All Possible Bangs: Come for the Order,
Stay for the Novelty
In the beginning was, if not a word, at least a sequence of encoded information of some sort. —Robert Wright
1.2 Temporal Wholeness: Turning the Cosmos Upside Down
Each volume of space, or each lapse of time, includes in its essence aspects of all volumes of space, or all lapses of time.
—Alfred North Whitehead
1.3 Spatial Wholeness: Pulling the Cosmos Inside Out
Inconceivable as it seems to ordinary reason, you—and all other conscious beings as such—are all in all. Hence this life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is, in a certain sense, the whole. —Erwin Schrodinger

Book Two
Biogenesis: The Testimony of Life
2.1 Is Life Necessary?
Our universe is not contingent at all, but a necessary consequence of the fact that we are alive.
2.2 Is Life General?
In effect, contemporary physics is based on the belief that no complex systems exist in nature. —Robert Rosen
2.3 Is Life Meaningful?
If we look through and beyond the parts of the universe—up ahead, not backward—and focus on what it is the parts are pointing toward, we see that life has already revealed the meaning of matter, that mind reveals the meaning of life, and that spirit shall reveal the meaning of mind.

Book Three
Psychogenesis: The Presence of Mind
3.1 The Big Bang of the Mental Universe: Here Comes Everybody
A belief in the gradual emergence of man from an inanimate universe reveals to us that the dead matter of our origins was fraught with meaning far beyond all that we are presently able to see in it. —Michael Polanyi
3.2 The Acquisition of Humanness in a Contemporary
Stone Age Baby
From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the newborn baby to the child of five is an appalling distance. —Leo Tolstoi
3.3 Humans and How They Got That Way: Putting the
Sapiens Into Homo
It seems as if grown-up people, in thinking about their origins, involuntarily lose sight of the fact that they themselves and all adults came into the world as little children. —Norbert Elias
3.4 Adapting to Mindedness: Why the Past Is So Tense
This was a very nice neighborhood until the monkeys got out of control. —Terence McKenna

Book Four
Cosmotheosis: It’s a Onederful Life
4.1 Unknowing and How to Communicate It: The Hazards
of Talking Pure Nonsense
Wonder or radical amazement, the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is... a prerequisite for an authentic awareness of that which is. —Abraham Heschel
4.2 Building a Better Logos: Insert Your Deity Here
Religions are the product of Religion, but they are not Religion itself. —William Kingsland
4.3 Self-Directed Theognosis: Commanishads and Upanishalts
for Extreme Seekers
We make a detour round the universe to get back to the self.
—S. Radhakrishnan

8 Cosmobliteration: After the End
Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing...
—Tao Te Ching

Autobibliography & Self-References
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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