The Science of God – The Twelve Principles of Perfection
This book defines God as perfection, and discusses the 12 attributes that constitute perfection. These 12 attributes are consistent, complete, simple, parsimonious, necessary, sufficient, empirical, rational, operational, instrumental, stable, and novel. They divide into six pairs of antinomies, called knowledge, beauty, renunciation, power, wealth, and heroism. Thus, the search of God is the search for perfection. It exists partially in everything, it exists more completely in things that are more perfect, and it exists completely only in one person—God. This is then the basis on which we can scientifically study God’s nature; it is the study of perfection—What makes something perfect? What is missing in imperfection? Why are there tradeoffs in creating perfection? And what is that thing which is completely devoid of all the tradeoffs of perfection?
I’m currently working on a six-part book series, on the Six Systems of Vedic Philosophy. I thought of this “Unity Project” a few years ago, for several reasons:
- There is widespread misconception about Vedic philosophy that it comprises many “incompatible” doctrines. The truth is that all the doctrines are compatible, but they present the same philosophy from different vantage points. Understanding these vantage points is important to grasp the nuanced meanings of Vedic philosophy.
- Much damage to the understanding of Vedic philosophy has been done by reckless and incorrect commentaries. This is partly because each commentator focuses on the narrow picture in one book, ignoring the bigger picture. It is also because the varied systems have historically been taught in different subgroups, thus creating an imagined incompatiblity.
- An understanding of how Vedic philosophy can lead to an alternative science can only be gleaned if we understand its radical ideas about the nature of matter, science, language, concepts, and logic. As I have presented this understanding in my earlier books, people question the source of these ideas; the source lies in the Six Systems of Philosophy.