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RE: Theos-World The function of zero

Aug 29, 2005 05:47 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

8/29/2005 4:40 AM

Dear Bill

Re: division by ZERO 

One might say that ALL and ZERO are a pair of opposites

Or, all and nothing.  

Are we shifting planes of reference? Philosophically if we limit ourselves
to the material condition we live in, this is irresolvable. {I think.} But
even "thought" is not material or a substance, but rather a power or an

But then Einstein covered that as he said (somewhere ?) that all things and
humans were made up of energies -- and what else is an atom resolvable
into? ('Strings' of +ve and -ve non-dimensional "beings ?")

A "mind" is needed to consider these.  

In THEOSOPHY (as I learn) the human mind is presented to us to be considered
to be a "fragment" of MAHAT -- the Universal Mind (and the whole physical
manifestation of the Universe is considered to be the necessary "brain."
This is pure mysticism of course and appears suggestive and certainly cannot
be pinned down. But, worth remembering. An infinite set of inter-acting
fields of energy?)

Here is an ancient view:

Nor Aught nor Nought existed; yon bright sky
Was not, nor heaven's broad roof outstretched above.
What covered all? what sheltered? what concealed?
Was it the water's fathomless abyss?
There was not death - yet there was nought immortal,
There was no confine betwixt day and night;
The only One breathed breathless by itself,
Other than It there nothing since has been.
Darkness there was, and all at first was veiled
In gloom profound - an ocean without light -
The germ that still lay covered in the husk
Burst forth, one nature, from the fervent heat. 

. . . . . . . . .

"Desire first arose in It, which was the primal germ of mind; 
and which sages, searching with their intellect, 
have discovered to be the bond 
which connects Entity with Non-Entity." 
. . . . . . . . S D II 176, 578-9

Who knows the secret? who proclaimed it here?
Whence, whence this manifold creation sprang?
The Gods themselves came later into being -
Who knows from whence this great creation sprang?
That, whence all this great creation came,
Whether Its will created or was mute,
The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven,
He knows it - or perchance even He knows not." 
"Gazing into eternity . . .
Ere the foundations of the earth were laid, 
. . . . . 
Thou wert. And when the subterranean flame
Shall burst its prison and devour the frame . . .
Thou shalt be still as Thou wert before
And knew no change, when time shall be no more.
Oh! endless thought, divine ETERNITY." 
S D I 27

[This is a translation of the Nasadiya Hymn 
of the Rig Veda, X v.129

I would still maintain that if the substantial ONE HUNDRED (100) is divided
by NOTHING (no-thing material) like ZERO it remains unaffected.

Even in our material environment, if one sees an equation 

100 / 0 = ? the answer is either "100" or INFINITY.

Best wishes, 

(Thanks for the Link to EPHILOSOPHER. Interesting views.)


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Meredith
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2005 5:54 PM
Subject: The function of zero

Excuse the previous attempt. Hurried and harried.

Anyone interested in a further discussion of the dynamics of zero may look 
at this recent exchange on



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