This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Ideal and real

Just to head off any confusion, if we choose to refer to the dream state as an ‘ideal’ world, this should not be confused with Plato’s ‘Ideas.’ The Platonic idea is a possibility in the principial state, unmanifested and unclothed with form. In the dream state, on the other hand, we are dealing with production of individual consciousness and therefore our ideas here are clothed with forms. Lastly, if we admit that this is an ‘ideal world’ it is not because it can be placed in opposition to the ‘real world.’ Productions of the dream state have their own reality, just as everything else that is, is real in its own mode, as is appropriate to its nature. If it is of the nature of a thing to be an idea, then its reality is not negated simply by being an idea and nothing more. It fits into the hierarchy of being as it must. In the Hindu doctrine, the terminology for these two worlds are Viraj (the sensible world in its entirety) and Hiranyagarbha (literally, the ‘Golden Embryo,’ or the ideal world in its entirety). Thus, Brahmā (Brahma determined, as effect, and part of the Trimurti), envelopes Himself (since here we can begin to speak of ‘personality’ in some manner) in the ‘World Egg,’ out of which develops the whole of formal manifestation.

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