CIRCLE IN AFRICAN TRADITION (3)
The story of African Principles began with the Circle. The world’s first known principle was given in ?12,500 BC by the Egyptian Tehuti: “God is a circle whose circumference is nowhere and whose center is everywhere”—(Europeans falsely credit this to St. Augustine, 354 AD). Basic to this Africans Holonomy Principle is that each part of the Cosmos enfolds, while implicated in every other region of the Cosmos–but at a slightly different angle. Hence, nothing is ultimately separate from anything else–all being transient sub-entities of a greater whole. So, what is above is reflected in what is below; what is reflected within is reflected in what is without (Law of Correspondence). Since this expresses the boundary-less God, inferred at any point declared to be the center in the totality of the Cosmos is everything at that point is dependent upon everything else—and vice versa. As an implication of the symbol of the Circle, this Principle is an all-embracing Divine Manifestation—perfect and entire—including everything–wanting nothing—without beginning or end—neither first nor last—timeless, genderless, absolute. A Spiritual Principle–like a string within strings of interrelationships comprising the Cosmic Organism’s “fishnet”–serves as a bridge of truth among facts in the subject at hand–shows their interrelationships—and unifies while telescoping them into a profound idea with a reliable essence. A Divine Principle can be inferred from the visible parts of the organized product of a “Thing” having correspondence with another real product + having a consistent pattern, even if hidden in its insides. From this one can infer, despite differences of appearance, that there is an underlying source for the two products. Perhaps this Circumstantial Evidence from the Law of Correspondence is what led Very Ancient Africans to devise all Mathematics. Being mathematically sound means evidence is Secularly unchanging and thus has Metaphysical Certainty.
The point: all Reality is connected into a Cosmic Unity. All Mathematics, Reasoning, or Philosophy based upon this serves as a Certainty “Ground of Being” from which one can build sound Thought Structures. Since “Natural” is made possible because of the consistent patterns underlying natural events, chances are that Ancient Africans used this Divine Principle concept, orchestrated by the Unknowable Cosmic Mind, to serve as the basis for the concept of Wholism. A feature of Wholism is that all real parts inside the circle have to be accounted for because every part is significant and works together (Asante, Egyptian Philosophy p1, 4). Since its center is God and by boundaries being absent, there can be no circumference. It does not matter that items or entities within the Circle of Wholism differ in appearance. To illustrate, Shapes and Colors are particulars–each quite different and seemingly having no interrelationship. However, a red inked brush can draw a circle and although red and a circle are never the same, they still go together, as a Unity. Similarly, well-“rounded” individuals have harmonized their Spiritual and Material aspects, with the Spiritual in charge.
Those who spotlight only their Material nature are boring, even if they have every worldly success and refinement, because they lack ‘Mysticism.’ Being all “Spiritual” is not a human reality and such people fail to enjoy the Material pleasures of life. Besides, they show “Righteous” (Moral) Indignation” to anyone they view as Spiritually imperfect. Thus, for Ma’at living the Spiritual and Material have mutual interdependence of all things. According to Very Ancient Africans, the purpose of manifested Life is to bring about Salvation by such measures as fashioning a reality of unity in the midst of diversity. Underlying all human endeavors is a quest for happiness. Happiness comes from “ME/WE” Life-Living by Ma’at Cosmic Circle of Wholism Principles. Early African philosophy also used this Circle Principle to explain that all God’s creatures started with God and would eventually return to God in the same purified, high vibrating state in which they were originally formed–the concept of a Circle of Cosmic Existence. For daily living conflicts, they devised the Law of Reconciliation: (‘make friends again’) of Opposites–meaning all conflicts, in higher circles, have resolution in the underlying primordial unity of the Cosmos. Searching for consistent underlying interrelationships and living by them is the way to form a Unity of Bonding pertaining to any problematic thing—a Bond of Harmony from which to proceed or not. jabaileymd.comv