Chris, I must give you some credit on your post on the Kundalini. It aided the discussion and was informative. Your concern over the use of certain words; however, is unnecessary. Those who are triggered from certain words need to work on rising above the astral nature. When one is mentally or spiritually polarized, then the thought behind the words has a much greater effect than the words themselves. My ex-wife used to complain about certain words that I used. When she did, I went out of my way to use them ten times as much until they lost their trigger effect.
It is written that energy follows thought -- not energy follows words. If all we needed was the right words, we could put our favorite mantras and prayers on a tape recorder and play them over and over.
The first question that is before us is:
What is the difference between a principle and a law?
It is interesting that Glenys gave a great answer on this and just about everyone on the list acknowledged it as such. When the truth is given, there is a certain registration of that truth by the whole group of a body of seekers.
"A lot of writers seem to use the two terms interchangeably, but there IS a difference between a Principle and a Law.
"A Principle is a fundamental premise on which something is based; the source or origin of something.
"On the other hand, Law implies a rule of set of rules which support and uphold the principle."
On the second question:
What is the first law and what is the principle behind it?
"The first law is the Law of Cause and Effect because it is the law governing all life. So I suppose the principle behind it must be the life principle itself; the desire of the creator to experience itself in form."
We've had other great comments and I do not have time to acknowledge them all but here are several that come to mind:
"Principles often give us a good idea of where laws are 'going' and so someone who breaks a law but who is following a principle 'may' well be ahead of the 'crowd.'"
"But the Law of Cause and Effect cannot be broken. All other laws stem from this one, but only the incorrect laws -- due to ignorance -- can be broken. You could say all laws that can be broken are illusionary ones. Hmm. What other natural laws are there? I wonder.
"Principles, as JJ has told us, are the language of the Soul. A program compressed using PKZip is analogous to 1 principle from which thousands of facts can be derived. The principle behind the law of Cause and Effect is "As ye reap so shall ye sow." Or maybe it's "Giving and receiving are one." Or maybe the latter is the law and the former is the principle? Oh, I don't know!"
"A law is a statement of the current, highest (or at least is should be!) understanding of a principle that is eternal." This and other statements are very enlightening."
Samu made another statement I will comment on. He thought the first Law was being Love and this is a very natural thought for world seekers at this time. The reason many see the first law as being Love is because the Love and/or Wisdom Ray is the foundation ray of the creation of our current solar system. Even the first ray of Power or the Father energy, as we perceive it, comes to us filtered through this Love Ray. BUT the foundation Ray for the universe itself is Ray One which is a triangle of Will-Power-Purpose.
Will-Power-Purpose has a higher origin than Love, but we have difficulty in relating to this because Love and/or Wisdom is at the foundation of our current creation and contains the lessons that we need to master for some time to come. Therefore Samu is not off the mark in emphasizing love because true spiritual love cannot be emphasized enough. From our point of view then the God of this earth (the Planetary Logos) and the God of the Solar System (the Solar Logos) is Love or as the Bible says, God is Love. The Logos above the Solar is so far removed from our consciousness that in the Ancient Wisdom he is called "The One About Whom Naught Can Be Said."
Now I will give an answer in my own language on this prime question of "What is the difference between a principle and a law?"
A principle is that which demonstrates the intelligence of God and makes things in the universe work toward a dominating good. A law is a description of the working of a principle, or principles. (By law I am referring to universal laws and not manmade rules). If the law is accurately described then the perfection of God is made manifest. This is because such a description shows the consistency of principle and allows us to predict the future actions of the mind of God in the universe.
For instance, all form is held in place through the principle of magnetism which is an aspect of the principle of Love. All the laws we have concerning gravity are produced by observing and describing this principle in action. Because scientists have accurately observed this principle in action and have created formulas describing its laws, they are able to send a space probe from earth to the moons of Neptune. That is a more difficult feat than me shooting a coin out of Xavier's hand in France from where I stand in Idaho. This demonstrates the power of understanding principles through observation, description and application. We mere mortals can then increase our power of precision a thousand or million fold.
Here is my answer to the question: "What is the first law and what is the principle behind it?"
The first law that we can observe is Cause and Effect. Even Love when it is manifest has a cause and produces an effect. Light also can be traced to an originating cause and produces an effect. Cause and effect even plays out in gravity through Newton's Law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The universe itself is an effect from a Cause we call God.
God is sometimes called the "Causeless Cause." But whether or not this paradox is true, one can only speculate.
No one can describe any law that has no cause and effect or does not describe a cause and effect. Therefore the Law of Cause and Effect is the First Law available to our consciousness.
What is the principle behind this law? This is a deep mystery and may well lie beyond our ability to understand or communicate. There are many who claim to understand this, but say they are at a loss of words to describe it (such individuals are usually at a loss of words to describe many other simple things easily available to our language).
Cause and effect was initiated through the principle of Decision within the life of God. All cause and effect, or all action, is motivated by some decision which has been made. This original decision lies beyond our normal understanding of the word and the true comprehension lies in the principle of Purpose. The meaning of Purpose is only hinted at in the Ancient Wisdom and is briefly covered in the Molecular Relationship.
Here are some additional questions for you to consider:
If all things in creation originate from the principles in Purpose and/or Decision then where did the principle of Love come from and what is it?
If you had to describe love by writing the Law of Love what would you write?
In other words, what would you say the primary Law of Love is?
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