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Social Organization and Individuality


December 26, 2007

1. Society is organized at the level of the act, activity, system, organization, institution and culture. Act - Activity - System - organisation - institution - culture - collective sensitivity - Individual sensitivity - (Physical, vital, mental) is a continuous chain. An act itself is a complete subtle organisation which is preceded by a similar chain whose first member is movement. Movement is at the end of another similar chain whose first member is Existence. Going behind Existence, we can reach either the Absolute or Non-Existence. Beyond Sensitivity lies a chain in which sensitivity dissolves into higher consciousness.

2. Culture is the more subtle expression of the social organization. Culture is the active attitude of a functioning society. In a stagnant society, culture becomes rigid and therefore defensive. At one stage, the defensive becomes offensive till it knocks against a rock and destroys itself. Islamic terrorism arises out of it.

  • Starting from any point, the enquiry can spread in all 360 directions and completely cover the whole world.
  • To discover individuality in the social organisation and the social organisation in the individuality is the ultimate wisdom in that sphere.

3. Society passes this social organization to its individual members in terms of values, attitudes and sensitivities at the physical, vital and mental level.

4. The person who expresses these attributes is expressing a social endowment not an individual one. His sensitivity is an acquired expression of the collective will. His insistence on cleanliness, punctuality, honesty, loyalty are characteristics of the society internalized. Their becoming individual traits takes it to perfection as well as impersonalisation. The impersonal endowment in the person is wisdom. By acquiring linguistic expression, he becomes a poet.

5. The individual absorbs the social endowment but is not limited by it. The individual can acquire it in the physical, vital, mental or spiritual. Tracing them, the whole world is covered.

6. The heroic warrior acquires the skills, attitudes and values of his warrior society but he individualizes them in the form of extreme personal boldness and courage. In that measure he becomes a true individual hero -- a Shivaji or Napoleon, etc.

7. The inspired leader acquires the skills, attitudes and values of the social collective but does not allow their attitudes or expectations to limit his vision, aspirations or actions. He becomes a true vital individual who acts on the society expressing his individual inspiration rather than acting out the social formula. He becomes a leader like Gandhiji.

8. The genius acquires all the knowledge and though processes of the society but does not permit his thought processes to be circumscribed by them. He moves back from the collective inheritance to the individual capacity for thought and opens to inspiration and intuition from above. In that measure he becomes a true mental individual. He becomes a genius.

9. Beyond that is the spiritual individual who is not limited by the formulas or realizations of the past but is moved by an original inspiration from the jivatma.

story | by Dr. Radut