Our Role

Our Role On this Planet Earth

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - November 26, 2020

 

Our role is not so much to fight, defend, or preserve our rights as to fulfill our obligations to humanity, society, and ecology. That being said, what are our responsibilities as human beings living on this Planet?

Earth is only one of the planets in our Solar System, which is a member of billions and trillions of galaxies in the entire visible Cosmos. Why are we here, not in other planets, stars, galaxies, or constellations? What is our specific role and universal purpose?

To narrow it down a bit and apply it to my case, why am I born in this particular country predominantly dominated by Catholics?

(This question may as well apply to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, non-Catholics, and even atheists, given their respective beliefs and traditions).

Let me review what I learned from Catholicism.

The term Catholic is from the Greek word meaning universal. To be Catholic then means to be universal or we can say, holistic and cosmic. But to pursue its ideals, its meaning needs to be contextualized on solid grounds too.

As a Catholic, my mission could be to spread Christ's teachings (to distinguish those teachings of the Catholic Church) as they are embodied in Christian Social Doctrines or more specifically those contained in the Papal Social Encyclicals.

1. Being a resident of a predominantly Christian country and raised as a Catholic might be a good take-off point. And I cannot help but refer to the Mystical Body of Christ popularized by Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi in 1943.

2. Yes, the membership of the Mystical Body of Christ is categorized into three parts: (a) the Church Suffering; (b) the Church Triumphant; and (c) the Church Militant.

3. We on Earth—laity and religious—are members of the Church Militant. Christ makes use of our body, brain, and mind to continue his act of creation and salvation. Thus, we use our feet to move forward and explore new paths and unchartered territories.

4. But we cannot just all be feet. Others will have to play the role of the other organs of the mystical body of Christ: lungs, heart, kidney, liver as well as the five physical senses of sight, touch, scent, hearing, and taste.

5. During the height of activism, for example, some were heavily taking the role of feet and arms in trying to resuscitate the diminishing influence of the teachings of the Church, in particular, the papal social encyclicals.

6. Other Christian militants were playing the role of the right arm to clear the way of all the obstacles that hindered the application of Christian Social Doctrines, especially those with respect to human rights, justice, peace, ecological destruction, nuclear build up, and corruption.

7. Anytime the situation demanded, one had to be always ready even to use guns and roses, just like during the Middle Ages when the Christian militia, Holy Crusaders, Templars, and Christian vigilantes killed all the infidels that came their way, if only to protect the people in their pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

8. Still others play the role of the left hand to defend the people. Like a good boxer, the Christian militants during those times used their right hand for offense and their left hand for defense, warding off any blows from the opponents.

9. This was the Church militants during those dark ages, where the members were labelled as revolutionaries, terrorists, agent provocateurs, rebels, no permanent addresses and were the favorite targets of the government and the military across the globe.

10. The Church militants were pushed to go underground, hiding in deep forest ranges or in caves, not to retreat and surrender, but to regroup, replan, and re-energize so they could make their strong presence felt in the urban areas every now and then.

11. Today, the struggle continues, but the form and degree of militancy have changed. It's still aggressive and relentless but no longer violent.

12. The members of the Mystical Body of Christ are active in the areas of: (a) curriculum and instruction; (b) greening Planet Earth; (c) promoting peace, justice, and integrity of creation; (d) empowering the youth; (e) pastoral ministry; (f) community organizing; and (g) publications, marketing, and communications.

13. And, yes, we are today’s Christian militants, all members of the Mystical Body of Christ, doing everything “Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam” ("For the Greater Glory of God").

14. This, to me, is the reason why I am born here in this part of the world, i.e., to bear witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ as enunciated in the Papal Encyclicals.

15. As an educator, let's oblige ourselves morally to preach Jesus's message of love to the people across the globe through the social media and to perform our responsibilities responsibly as befit devotees and disciples of Christ.

As a concluding declaration, I profess that I also believe in other religious teachings that are not embodied in the Nicene Creed. I deviate from the dogmatist and separatist stance of the Church heirarchy on some of its doctrines. For this only serves to divide humanity. The Catholic Church is not the final arbiter and authority to interpret the teachings of God.

The Second Greatest Commandment: Love Thy Neighbor

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - November 2, 2020

 

Next to God, loving our neighbor is the greatest gift we can give to humanity. As Jesus said: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' there is no commandment greater than these." ~ Mark 12:30-31. This sums up the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament Bible.

Love of God and love thy neighbor are not the only commandments

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - April 16, 2022

 

Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments given by Yahweh to Moses in Mount Sinai into two:

(1) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

(2) “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).

But I venture to add the following commandments:

(3) Love the minerals, stones, rocks, mountains, and other objects as thyself for we all came from them; it was from them that all creatures, including us humans, came from. Their imprint is already in us, in our genes and DNA. They continue to influence our ways of thinking , feeling, and behaving, whether for better or for worse.

(4) Love the plants, trees, for they too are alive like us. Deprive them of food—air, water, sunshine, fire, and soil—and they grow weak and even die.

They have feelings too like us. They can be sad and happy. Let them listen to music and they become animated and lively. Chop their trunk or branches and they shed tears. Being unable to move from one place to another, they are most vulnerable to external aggression. And their primary aggressors are human beings.

(6) Love the insects and the animals. For they too have life. Killing them is no different from killing a human being. Science says life is made of the same ingredients consisting of atoms and molecules while religion says that we all, including minerals, plants, trees, originated from the same spirit of God.

(7) Love the spirits that dwell in the trees, forests, streams, rivers, oceans, caves for they too form an essential part of creation. In particular, love the enchanted spirits (engkantos), dwarves, gnomes, and fairies. They deserve our respect. They’re all creatures of our Lord God Almighty. Protect their homes and shelters.

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Minerals, stones, plants, trees, insects, and animals must have known that we were coming so they prepared a smorgasbord of abundance and wealth for us that can even last for all the generations to come. They are our hosts and hostesses.

Our subhuman kindred are our life. Let’s protect and take good care of them for, despite the destruction and damage humanity has inflicted on them, they continue to serve, nourish, and sustain our lives like loyal servants.

Let’s be one in love and in communion with them for our society also depends on them.

We Are Accumulating Karma Every Day

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – July 13, 2021

 

How do we deal with vibrations? Daily, we encounter a lot of vibrations from people we commune, relate, and communicate with as well as from the atmosphere and events happening around us. They can be negative and positive. Between these two extreme poles, are infinite combinations of vibrations bombarding our body, whether we're conscious of it or not. Yet, we are ignoring them.

What are vibrations? Vibrations are invisible. They are electromagnetic forces traveling at light speed in all directions. They fill the world surrounding us, penetrating our body, mind, psyche, and spirit in many diverse ways.

Our vibration also travels outward, towards the external world, affecting others that are tuned to or aligned with our frequency level. Our inner vibration also affects us in the same way.

As Nikola Tesla said, the entire Cosmos is vibration manifesting itself in various frequency levels. We cannot avoid vibrations, much less ignore them. We are entangled with it.

We are vibrations ourselves. We affect the vibrations of the outer world in the same way that we are affected by the vibrations coming from the external world. If our own vibration is chaotic and confusing, it will be so outside us.

Vibrations, whether coming from within us or outside of us, affect our processes of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Their effects can be wholesome or damaging to us, depending on their contents.

Ordinary laypeople usually say that positive vibrations bring about love compassion and joy, while negative ones trigger despondency, sadness, and anger.

That's why, they say, that if one deals with vibrations, it must only entertain positive ones and refrain from the negative ones.

We are advised to fill our minds with positive vibrations by only thinking, reading, seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting things that give us positive vibes.

In like manner, we are admonished to stay away from or avoid those that give us nothing but negative vibes. They're bad companies. It's no use associating with them.

But this can be a bit misleading. In real day-to-day life, we also experience that this may not necessarily be so. For positive thoughts may suddenly turn out negative, while negative ones may likewise eventually transform themselves into good ones.

Things get more complicated if we realize that having positive thoughts don't mean having no negative thoughts. Negative and positive thoughts go together. They come and go, one after the other, and back.

Sometimes, the appear at the same time, even if we are cloistered in a most holy place.

It seems that our life here on Earth is so entangled with positive and negative vibrations that untangling it by ourselves alone is almost impossible. How then can we get out of this situation?

We become so engrossed in the dynamics and operations of our physical and material world that we forget we are spiritual beings. We practically have no time at all to think of things other than our survival needs.

We wake up early and leave home in a rush, not to be late in our work for that would mean salary deductions or bad record that can be sanctioned later. After work, we rush again, so tired, we just want to sleep. And this goes on in cycle, adversely affecting our physical and mental health.

We seek the help of others only to find out that they have their own issues to deal with. Two problematic individuals now entangled with each other. And this expands eventually, affecting our society. This has to end somewhere. Cut off ties with the outside world.

But we can untangle ourselves without the help of others. We can do it. Only, we have not recovered from our original state. We're still asleep. Not that we don't want to be awake. All of us want. But we have become forgetful as grew in age.

That's why we need to remind ourselves again and again and again. We need to conscious and aware of this from moment to moment. The obvious had to be made more obvious.

It had to be repeated again and again daily. As they say in Latin: "Repititio est mater stultorum." I myself need to be reminded and I'm doing this reminding myself here-and-now as I'm composing this post in my cellphone.

Everybody needs to be reminded, no exceptions. But I'll not wait for others to remind me. Neither is it my priority and primary responsibility to remind them. It's their primary responsibility.

Neither will I wait for God to remind me. God already implanted in me the faculty and power to remind myself of this. It would be accepting the fact that I have failed God, that I'm not worthy enough to be called its child and thus not worthy to enter its kingdom.

Although God may still understand and love me, there's only me to be blamed. The less I think of others and God, therefore, the better it is for me. What I do is simply to activate that mechanism and force that's in me all the while. His little, but all-powerful Kingdom is in me.

And if I do, then, what happens after that?

A realization that I am a multi-dimensional being. In my experience, this means that I can be in another dimension of existence, without leaving this physical realm. I can also be in both realms at the same time.

I can be eating, washing the dishes, doing the laundry and yet be in another dimension, while still conscious of what I'm doing at home or in my workplace at the same time.

From the higher dimension, I can see myself on the ground washing the dishes, etc. From the perspective of the spirit realm, I'm aware of myself watching and observing myself doing my laundry.

There's no need to believe in what I've said here. Just find it out as an exercise. Try, even for just 10 seconds.

This multidimensional perspective of looking at reality matters a lot. That's why my proposed theory on cosmic perspective is even more relevant and needed during this pandemic times.

The Role of Karma

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.DD. – January 1, 2021

 

I always think of bees as producers of honey. They only sting you when you provoke them. So, don't provoke your honey and your loved ones and they'll give you all the nectar you want and multiply your colony to your heart's content. Sting them and they'll sting and cause you a lot of pains.

Many in the science and religious circles call this karma. What you give out--whether thoughts, words, feelings, and actions--comes back to you. What you sow, you reap and get what you deserve.

Whatever you do could boomerang back on you. In a boomerang relationship, one partner may be committed to the relationship, while the other may be committed to his or her own interest. Both men and women can participate in this type of relationship.

So, let's experiment on this if this is indeed true. Let's try to be more expressive and play boomerang with each other this New Year in our family, place of work, as well as in mainstream and social media.

Fulfilling Our Responsibilities Responsibly: Act Locally but Go Global and Cosmic

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – March 18, 2021

 

To be a Catholic (from the Greek adjective katholikos) means universal, holistic, and cosmic. But to pursue its ideals, a Catholic needs to be local too.

The mission could be to spread Christ's teachings as they are embodied in Christian Social Doctrines or more specifically those contained in the Papal Social Encyclicals. This could as well apply to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and non-Catholics, given their respective beliefs and traditions.

Being a resident of a predominantly Christian country and raised as a Catholic might be a good take-off point. And I cannot help but refer to the Mystical Body of Christ popularized by Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi in 1943.

Yes, the membership of the Mystical Body of Christ is categorized into three parts: (a) the Church Suffering; (b) the Church Triumphant; and (c) the Church Militant.

We on Earth—laity and religious—are members of the Church Militant. Christ makes use of our body, brain, and mind to continue his act of creation and salvation. Thus, we use our feet to move forward and explore new paths and unchartered territories.

But we cannot just all be feet. Others will have to play the role of the other organs of the mystical body of Christ: lungs, heart, kidney, liver as well as the five physical senses of sight, touch, scent, hearing, and taste.

During the height of activism, for example, some were heavily taking the role of feet and arms in trying to resuscitate the diminishing influence of the teachings of the Church, in particular, the papal social encyclicals.

Other Christian militants were playing the role of the right arm to clear the way of all the obstacles that hindered the application of Christian Social Doctrines, especially those with respect to human rights, justice, peace, ecological destruction, nuclear build up, and corruption.

Anytime the situation demanded, one had to be always ready even to use guns and roses, just like during the Middle Ages when the Christian militia, Holy Crusaders, Templars, and Christian vigilantes killed all the infidels that came their way, if only to protect the people in their pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Still others play the role of the left hand to defend the people. Like a good boxer, the Christian militants during those times used their right hand for offense and their left hand for defense, warding off any blows from the opponents.

This was the Church militants during those dark ages, where the members were labelled as revolutionaries, terrorists, agent provocateurs, rebels, no permanent addresses and were the favorite targets of the government and the military across the globe.

The Church militants were pushed to go underground, hiding in deep forest ranges or in caves, not to retreat and surrender, but to regroup, replan, and re-energize so they could make their strong presence felt in the urban areas every now and then.

Today, the struggle continues, but the form and degree of militancy have changed. It's still aggressive and relentless but no longer violent.

The members of the Mystical Body of Christ are active in the areas of: (a) curriculum and instruction; (b) greening Planet Earth; (c) promoting peace, justice, and integrity of creation; (d) empowering the youth; (e) pastoral ministry; (f) community organizing; and (g) publications, marketing, and communications.

And, yes, we are today’s Christian militants, all members of the Mystical Body of Christ, doing everything “Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam” ("For the Greater Glory of God").

This, to me, is the reason why I am born here in this part of the world, i.e., to bear witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ as enunciated in the Papal Encyclicals.

As an educator, let's oblige ourselves morally to preach Jesus's message of love to the people across the globe through the social media and to perform our responsibilities responsibly as befit devotees and disciples of Christ.

I am firmly convinced this is the reason why we made the choice to be sent here on Earth, which is to preach the Kingdom of God, regardless of our religious affiliation.

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Here are the Papal Encyclicals I'm referring to in particular (my favorite):

1.Rerum Novarum, Leo XIII 1891: property, industrialization, socialism, laissez-faire capitalism

2.Pacem in Terris, John XXIII 1963: social issues--peace, human rights, common good

3.Humanae Vitae, Paul 1968: artificial contraception

4.Redemptor Hominis, John Paul II 1979: confrontation with communism (but not mentioning Marxism and Communism)

Latest Encyclicals:

1.Fides et Ratio, John Paul II 1998: science and religion

2.Laudato Si, Pope Francis 2015: Care for Our Common Home--ecology

 

A New Year of Family Bonding

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – December 31, 2021

 

Closing the year 2021 with no funfair. The year was filled with blissful experiences family-wise, with some lingering and stressful health risks. A roller-coaster ride for all of us. But these trials have all the more strengthened our family bond also.

It was a year full of lessons learned and awakenings to so many things, especially when it came to interpersonal relationship with people, here and abroad, who came into our life.

With no New Year's resolutions for 2022 on my part, no promises are broken. Just let the portent of good and bad come and fill the new year's calendar, but always trailblazing new frontiers, as we all were, having survived the past two years of global pandemic. There's more meaning and fulfillment in applying the dictum: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."

For the lighter side of our family life....

Our family of dwarves and fairies are now hiding inside their box and hut, without any heater. But they know they're always welcome inside our home, which is what they're doing. Our pet Mocha keeps them company at midnight, barks and meows like a cat every now and then and plays hide and seek with them in an eerily, quite, and chilly night. Grrrrrrhhhhhh. Keeps me awake. But I'm also enjoying their company.

Closing the year 2021 with no funfair. The year was filled with blissful experiences family-wise, with some lingering and stressful health risks. A roller-coaster ride for all of us. But these trials have all the more strengthened our family bond also.

It was a year full of lessons learned and awakenings to so many things, especially when it came to interpersonal relationship with people, here and abroad, who came into our life.

With no New Year's resolutions for 2022 on my part, no promises are broken. Just let the portent of good and bad come and fill the new year's calendar, but always trailblazing new frontiers, as we all were, having survived the past two years of global pandemic. There's more meaning and fulfillment in applying the dictum: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."

For the lighter side of our family life....

Our family of dwarves and fairies are now hiding inside their box and hut, without any heater. But they know they're always welcome inside our home, which is what they're doing. Our pet Mocha keeps them company at midnight, barks and meows like a cat every now and then and plays hide and seek with them in an eerily, quite, and chilly night. Grrrrrrhhhhhh. Keeps me awake. But I'm also enjoying their company.

Stay Where You Are Wherever You Are

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - June 13, 2022

 

The best place to stay is where we are wherever we are and whatever we are doing, simply focusing all our attention on what we’re doing, even if we are just sitting, lying on bed, doing our daily chores, or even doing nothing.

Once in a while, we can be carried by our thoughts. This can happen many times a day. They can bring us to the past or to the future, but never to the present moment. Unfortunately, many of us continue to carry our past and future, making us continually sad and despondent.

Our thoughts are such a burden and bothersome. Like our shadows, they keep on following us, day and night. Their nature and content are a result of the so many conditionings imposed on us by others from the external world.

These conditionings may include our beliefs about who we are, what our role in society is, our future, and what our responsibilities are, all of which we have imbibed unconsciously and willingly without question as our own since birth.

Yet, there is that one entity in us that is distinct and different. It is ever aware of the passing and going of our thoughts but is never disturbed by them. It is never bothered by the memories of the past and the insecurities and worries of the future. For it has no past and no future.

This entity is our Consciousness that gives us our real identity. Consciousness never comes and goes. For it has always existed and will continue to exist for eternity. Unlike our thoughts, Consciousness was never created, never born, and will never die.

It is not a product of our thoughts. It is not dictated and controlled by our mind. On the other hand, Consciousness can subject our mind to its spell and influence.

We can always stay where we are wherever we are and whatever we are doing if we want to. It’s our choice.

Everything is Possible

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - June 5, 2022

 

Chimpanzees can’t write because they cannot communicate with their fellow chimpanzees in words and languages, which they have to scribble in pencil and paper.

The lower one goes down the ladder of evolution, the propensity to grow bigger becomes narrower and the choices to do so even lesser.

Conversely, the higher we humans ascend the stairs of evolution, the broader and deeper are our opportunities to become more than what and who we are. The more likely we have the potentialities to become super humans, even able to transcend time and space.

As we humans grow and mature, we acquire new faculties and power that can trigger the discovery of new skills and expertise.

The discovery of words and languages, for example, may emerge side-by-side with our ability to create symbols, concepts, and numbers that may convey meanings to other human beings and species.

Yet, we are not only material and psychosocial beings. We are not only physical composed of atoms and molecules governed by the laws of physics, logic, and causality.

We are not only bodies, brains, and minds. We are also paranormal beings, able to communicate with the invisibles and the unseen. In so doing, we begin to make productive use of our intuition, gut-feeling, creativity, premonition, and to become more conscious of synchronous and serendipitous events.

More so, we are spiritual and divine beings, regulated by an invisible energy or some cosmic forces that can even defy the laws of entropy and thermodynamics.

Our future maybe uncertain but only two things can happen to us. We can either rise up to other dimensions of existence or go tumbling down to lower levels of existence.

As many say: “We can evolve and we can devolve”. We can go up to become bigger and better than what and who we are today or we can go down to the level of animals.

Everything is possible. It’s our choice.

But note that whichever way we are going, no moral judgments are delivered. One path is not better than the other. Yet, we are still accountable for the consequences of our choices and actions. No exceptions. We have to account for them.

Life is a continuing ascent from the physical to the mental and Consciousness realms

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - April 23, 2022

 

But living in a four-dimensional world of space-time makes it difficult for us human beings to stay permanently at the highest realm.

We always fall back again and again to take care of our physical and mental needs that seem to outweigh us over time.

But it is not so much the ascent that matters as our ability to apply what we have learned at the Consciousness realm.

When we allow our Consciousness to influence our thoughts, emotions, and our dealings with others and our environment, then, there’s a great chance that our country will be much better off than what we are experiencing today.

For Consciousness has no religion, no political parties, no ideology, no platform of government, no race, no gender, no age, no nationality, no color, no caste system.

As a synthesizing element, Consciousness is far different from Karl Marx’s dialectical materialism. First of all, until now Marx’s synthesis remains illusory and it will never be achieved. For if it’s applied to sociology and political science, it means killing the landlord by the proletariat to give rise to a new class.

Second of all, history has borne witness to the fact that this Marxian type of dialectics has miserably failed. Attempts to revive and resurrect it always fail. It’s becoming an endangered species.

Leaving Yet Never Departing

Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. - March 29, 2022

 

Science and religion, whose beliefs, theories, and philosophical thoughts I used to dearly love, may now become a thing of the past. Yet, I cannot abandon them, if only for the memory of the many people who introduced me to these two academic disciplines in the past. To this day, they are dear to me, although, I know, I have offended many of them.

I remember one gloomy afternoon during my seminary days, when I felt nudged by some powerful force that came out of nowhere. That force manifested itself as a sudden gush of wind, literally pushing me so strongly that I had to respond quickly lest I would fall down. I felt I was like flying gliding on its current, only to stop as suddenly as it burst me into action, in a certain place, I learned was the library.

With nothing more important to do, I reluctantly entered the almost deserted portion of the building, not knowing who or what to expect. I opened the door with great trepidation. Nobody was around and the lights were subdued.

I remember all my classmates were out in the courtyard then, playing basketball, tennis, or engaging in a leisurely walk. Tiptoeing into the center row of bookshelves, I halted in a dimly lit corner where a particular book caught my immediate attention.

I found the book strange because of its antiquated cover and disintegrating pages. The author of the book was Euclid, and I had been led to the mathematics section of the library. Euclid was known as the “Father of Geometry” but he also taught mathematics in Ancient Egypt.

His geometry and mathematics captivated me. He talked about space, time, shapes, Nature, and God. According to him: “the laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”

Sitting down on the cold cement floor cross legged, I began to read, wondering about the presence of such a rare book in the library’s collection. It was a difficult read and I needed prolonged periods of deep reflection to digest all the information I just devoured.

I must have stayed longer than an hour in the library. Rising on aching knees, I returned the book, making sure its pages were intact.

I left the library feeling enthused but puzzled. The reflections I had on Euclid must have extended to the late hours of that first night and even to the many nights after that. I felt a light looming at the end of my dark tunnel. “There seems to be a way out after all,” I thought.

The library became my favorite sanctuary, away from the confusion as well as the hustle and bustle of the outside world. I became reclusive and reticent. I just wanted to be alone.

In that dimly lit corner of the building, I began to learn more about the world of religion and science.

The incident happened in college. Before entering the seminary, I was taking up Engineering but eventually left that program because I found no relevance of mathematics then to my life.

One great consolation though was that Mathematics, Geometry, and Algebra trained me to think rationally and systematically, and Philosophy was a welcome alternative.

Since then, the library became my favorite place. Next, it introduced me to Archimedes known as the “Father of Mathematics” and Pythagoras who argued that “number rules the universe.”

Later physicists saw the indispensability of using numbers in understanding and describing the world we live in. The mathematical theories first presented a materialist, fixed, and static world. Then, it became a mechanical clock, wound periodically by an ever-caring God.

To take motion and change into consideration, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz invented Integral and Differential Calculus respectively, a mathematical tool, which today remains useful in many disciplines like Economics and Physics.

The seminary library, which was situated then at the ground floor of the Novitiate building, also gave me the opportunity to study modern symbolic logic, which complemented my course in Philosophy very well.

Symbolic logic uses mathematical symbols and variables to express theories, assumptions, and relationships instead of words and ordinary language.

From mathematics, my interest branched out to eastern religions and eastern philosophies. Reading the teachings and beliefs of this part of the world gave me not only new insights. Many things that were unknown to me before became known.

I felt a gradual expansion in the awareness of my core being and a growing Consciousness about the little world I was living in, triggered by my studies on the thoughts of René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Arthur Schopenhauer, Gabriel Marcel. Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and many other prominent philosophers at that time.

I learned from science that the Cosmos and all living creatures appeared mysteriously through fortuitous encounters of billions and trillions of atoms that littered frenziedly across time and space right after the Big Bang.

This is what science teaches me and would have me believe. There was no intention of giving birth to the universe and all its creatures. There was no a priori design to manufacture them since there was nobody, no scientist, no skilled craftsman, no demigod to construct them.

Indeed, my deep religious beliefs began to crumble. I learned that what the Gods and Goddesses used to do, science has been doing it in fact through the centuries.

Scientists have already been manipulating our genes and DNA, including living species and extant creatures. They are becoming like Gods and Goddesses. Through trial-and-error, we have become products of their experimentation, an act of creation used to be reserved only to our Supreme Creators.

Over the years, my journey as a seeker has shifted from being an intense believer in a Divine Creator to a fervent disciple of science.

But WHAT IF both science and religion have it all wrong? WHAT IF there is a bigger, deeper, and more noble meaning to life and existence than the ones they propound? I needed some answers.

Both science and religion may be referring to the same God-phenomenon. But it cannot just be conclusively declared that God equals God Particle equals Energy.

To accept this mathematical formulation would require a leap of faith which new physics won't readily accept, without redefining their concept of God Particle.

Even if science accepts them to be equal, then, just the same, it will be going back in circles. Like religion, science would still maintain that there can be no world beyond its world.

In the past, science had repeatedly discovered atomic particles giving birth to the same atomic particles, every time two particles are made to collide at near the speed of light.

Each time they discover something new in the subatomic world, it’s always a carbon copy of the original, including the dual attributes that go with it, namely, matter and anti-matter, electrons and positrons. Only the colors and flavors change.

The world of science is going on in circles. But my intuition and gut-feeling say there is something new out there, a world beyond the world of science. And, in the past, this has become my fascination. In doing so, my transcendental quest has become very personal, no longer academic.

It could be that my curiosity and wild imagination were getting hold of me. But I unleashed them, nonetheless. I was convinced that whether or not I'll discover something more beyond the existing world, I will only know if I pursue my search relentlessly.

And, over the years, this has become my obsession. I ventured into the unknown, finding new things along the way I would never have expected.