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Principle 2:

Creation is not simply external to God. It is, in significant ways, permeated by God’s presence and being, manifesting the divine agency and reality. Such understandings are found in all traditions, whether as the universal view or as one voice among others. Alternatively, nature is permeated by the spiritual, manifesting ultimate reality in every particle.


Buddhist rendition: Nature is permeated by the Spiritual, manifesting ultimate reality/emptiness in every particle.


Source 1a: The Heart Sutra

“Form is Emptiness, and Emptiness is Form. Form is no other than Emptiness, and Emptiness is no other than form.”


Source 1b: The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment

[The realization of the Buddha is] “The universe, including unlimited space is the manifestation of enlightened mind.”

Source 2: Thirteenth century Japanese Zen Master Dōgen (From The Treasury of the Eye of True Dharma, chapter on “This very mind is Buddha” Shōbōgenzō, Sokushin-ZeButsu)

“I came to realize clearly that the  mind is no other than mountains, rivers, the great wide earth, the sun, the moon, the stars.”



Source 1: Job 12:7-10

But ask the animals and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.’


Source 2: John1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God … 14 And the word became flesh and lived among us ..full of grace and truth.




Source 1: Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, Ba’al Shem Tov al Hatorah, Bereshit 11

God’s glory fills the earth and all that is upon it, for there is no space devoid of his presence, except it is hidden. And when people of consciousness know this, the hiddenness no longer hides.

Source 2: Rabbi Isaac Levi of Berditchev, Kedushat Levi, Mishpatim

With reference to the creator, blessed be He, there are two aspects – far and near. The aspect that is far is that we believe that the light of the invite is prior to all that is prior and no creature in the world can attain it, because it is impossible for thought to grasp it, as thought is created and God precedes all, and there is no angel or seraph who can attain it, for it is above comprehension, and that is the aspect of far, that he is far and removed from our attainment. And the aspect of close is that we believe that the Creator, blessed be he, fills all worlds and is within all worlds, and surrounds all worlds, there is no space devoid of his presence, for the entire earth is full of his glory, and this is the aspect of close. And we, the children of Israel, must believe in these two aspects, the one is far and the other is close.




Source 1: Quran Sura Hadid, verses 1-6:

“All that is in the heavens and in the earth glorifies Allah; and He is the Mighty, the Wise. His is the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth; He gives life and gives death; and He is able to do all things. He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward; and He is knower of all things. He is the One Who created the heavens and the earth in six days; then He mounted the Throne. He knows all that enters the earth and all that emerges from it, and all that comes down from the sky and all that ascends up to it. He is with you wherever you happen to be. And Allah watches all you do. His is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth; and unto Allah all things will return. He inserts the night into the day; and He inserts the day into the night; and He is the Knower of all that in the breasts (of people).”


Source 2: Nursî, Bediüzzaman Said, Lem’alar, (Istanbul: Sözler Yayınevi, 1995) 333 / The Flashes Collection [Eng. trans.] (Istanbul: Sözler Publications, 1995) 415.

“Yes, all flowers, all fruits, all grasses, and all animals even, and all trees are seals of Divine Oneness and stamps of Divine Unity, which, together with the places they are found which take the form of missives, are like signatures showing the one who wrote the place. For example, a buttercup in a garden is like a seal of the garden’s inscriber. Whosever seal the flower is, all the flowers of that sort on the face of the earth indicate clearly that they are his words and that the garden too is his writing. This means that all things ascribe everything to the One Who created them, indicating a maximum affirmation of Divine Unity.”


Religions of India

Source 1: PURUSHA SUKTAM 1,2

सहस्रशीर्षा पुरुषः सहस्राक्षः सहस्रपात् ।
स भूमिं विश्वतो वृत्वात्यतिष्ठद्दशाङुलम् ॥१॥

Sahasra-ṣīrssā Purussah Sahasra-ākssah Sahasra-Pāt |
Sa Bhūmim Viśvato Vrtva-ātya[i]-ṭisstthad-ḍaśa-āngulam ||1||

The purusha (universal being) has thousand heads, thousand eyes and thousand feet. Thousand signifies innumerable which points to the omnipresence of the universal being. He envelops the world from all sides i.e. he pervades each part of the creation, and extends beyond in the ten directions represented by ten fingers.

पुरुष एवेदं सर्वं यद्भूतं यच्च भव्यम् ।
उतामृतत्वस्येशानो यदन्नेनातिरोहति ॥२॥

Purussa ĕvedam Sarvam ẏad-Bhūtam ẏacca Bhavyam |
ūta-āmrtatvasye[a-ī]śāno ẏad-ānnena-āti-ṟohati ||2||

The purusha is indeed all this (creation) in essence; that which existed in the past, and that which will exist in the future, everything i.e the whole creation is woven by the immortal essence of the great lord (purusha); by becoming food of which (i.e. by getting consumed in whose immortal essence through surrender) one transcends the gross world and becomes immortal.


Source 2: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 9, Verse 19

तपाम्यहमहं वर्षं निगृह्णम्युत्सृजामि च |
अमृतं चैव मृत्युश्च सदसच्चाहमर्जुन || 19||

tapāmyaham ahaṁ varṣhaṁ nigṛihṇāmyutsṛijāmi cha
amṛitaṁ chaiva mṛityuśh cha sad asach chāham arjuna

I radiate heat as the sun, and I withhold, as well as send forth rain. I am immortality as well as death personified, O Arjun. I am the spirit as well as matter.


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