The Absolute is the answer to question: “where does Divinity, love, consciousness, life and creation all come from?”. The Absolute is the mysterious origin of all these things, yet as Master Samael says, it is that which itself has no origin, that is, no beginning or end. It is something that is beyond creation and beyond life.
What is most relevant for us to take from all this is that, our origin too and our very final destination was and will be the Absolute. The following excerpt by Master Samael describes in more eloquent detail what the Absolute is.
“The Absolute is the Being of all Beings. The Absolute is that which is, has always been, and always will be. It expresses as abstract absolute movement and repose. It is the cause of Spirit and of matter, but is neither one nor the other. The Absolute is beyond the mind; and the mind cannot understand it because what we must do is intuit its nature.
The Absolute is beyond conditioned life. Beyond that which is relative is the Real Being, (He). He is Non-Being because He does not retain any relationship whatsoever with our concepts, but is however, “The Real Being”. Because we do not understand this intellectually, for us all of this is as Non-Being, although it is the Real Being of Being.
To be is better than to exist, and the reason for Being of the Being is the Being itself. Our legitimate existence is in the Absolute, which is a Non- Being; to the human reason a non-existence.
The Absolute is not a God, and is neither a Divine nor human individual; it would be absurd to give form to that which does not have form; it would be nonsensical to attempt to anthropomorphise space.
The Absolute is certainly unconditioned and eternal abstract space, far beyond Gods and men. The Absolute is uncreated Light which casts no shadow anywhere during the profound night of the Great Pralaya.
The Absolute is beyond time, number and measure; beyond weight, chance, beyond form, fire, light and darkness. Nonetheless, it is fire and uncreated light.”
Excerpt from “Tarot and Kabbalah” by V.M Samael Aun Weor.
As Master Samael says the Absolute is that which has no form, no shape, nor dimensions, and is that which can not be counted or weighed. It has no colour, and it is not deep dark space as we know it. It is rather an abstract form of space. Overall, the Absolute is something way beyond anything that we can conceive with our mind, however it is worth knowing about, because if we have come from there, there must be a way for us to know it.
Naturally the topic of the Absolute is a very abstract subject, and one that is seemingly impossible to grasp with our mind. After all, how can the finite (our mind) grasp the infinite, impossible! Despite this, commonly we regard the absolute as something so very far away and the study of the Absolute as something impractical. However, from a knowledge point of view, it is very useful to study the Absolute. The following sections describe why.
Origin and Destination
Why is it useful to study the Absolute? An answer is, because the Absolute is the very initial origin and the very final resting point of us all. The Absolute answers those two very fundamental questions that none of us seem to have an answer for: “where have we come from?” and “where are we going?”. We have come from the Absolute and at some point we are going back there. It is our greatest Alpha and Omega.
The Absolute is the cause of all things and the Absolute encompasses all. There is nothing that is outside of the Absolute. Just as the name suggests, the Absolute is the Absolute, and there is nothing beyond it or greater than it.
We sometimes get the feeling that the Absolute is up there somewhere and we are marooned and cast away from it down here. Is this really true?
The previous articles describe the Absolute as being the source of creation, and being something infinite without limits. In some texts it has been described as “an ocean without shores”. So if the Absolute is infinite where then would we locate a finite creation? Would it be inside or outside the Absolute?
Thinking a bit about it, we come to the conclusion that we would have to find our limited creation, the same one that we belong to, inside the Absolute. This certainly comes as a surprise, only because we have the idea or concept that the Absolute is something very far away and beyond this world.
So then, the next question to ask ourselves would be “do we all then live inside the Absolute?”. Once again if we are located within the Absolute we also live within the Absolute. The interesting point is that we live inside the Absolute but we are not aware of it.
Because we are not aware that we are living in the Absolute we believe that we are actually living outside of it, with us down here and the Absolute is up there. We have never left the Absolute, however because of the dormant state of our consciousness we do not perceive it, our consciousness vibrates at a level which is lower than required to perceive ourselves as living in the Absolute.
Our work is to awaken our consciousness to that level of vibration and happiness so that we can come to realise our presence within the various levels of unfolding of the Absolute in creation.
The tree of life or the levels of unfolding of creation is a staircase for our consciousness to awaken to. Once we arrive at the very top step of the ladder of creation, we are one step away from entering the Absolute. We may be here physically within our body but the vibration of our consciousness is high enough to be able to penetrate into the Absolute. Ultimately it is our consciousness that enter the Absolute not our body.
The Absolute has three subdivisions. Which are the Ain (the Nothingness), the Ain Soph (the Nothingness that expands itself) and the Ain Soph Aur (the Nothingness that expands and concentrates itself). The following diagram shows in a very simple way the relation between the three subdivisions of the Absolute.
The Ain Soph Aur is the place that our finite creation occupies within the Absolute.
Note, article adapted from the original titled “The Absolute and Creation” by Rafael Vargas.