THREE PERSONED GOD/DESS.
Recently returned from Kiwiland, New Zealand, my homeland.
NZ has elected a young woman Prime Minister, and other young people . While I was there, two cyclones battered the coast and removed linear acres of land, leaving steps down to the sea marooned, being steps to nowhere as the coastline receded overnight. Cyclones have not reached NZ before this year.
I love to learn of traditional ways of thinking. The following is my interpretation of the three personed god/dess concept with the addition of Maori ideas. This is “popular science”. I have not done university scholarship in philosophy.
Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand – name three parts of a life identity : Mauri, Wairua, and Tinana . These apply to all life forms including land. peoples, animals etc
- Wairua – Spirit.
- Mauri – Soul
- Tinana – Body,
WAIRUA is one in all Life, One Life (spirit) in all Earth (Gaia); Life Force, Breath
MAURI is Individual Soul across the aeons. That soul which is our own “quale” or special quality. We have a unique expression of it, but many individuals across time and in our time share this soul quality. This “Mauri” is like a blue print from which many houses can be made – hence “My … house has many mansions.” *
SO Mauri – that spirit which animated us before we were born. Interestingly, for Maori the WairuaMauri becomes Tinana, a being distinct from it’s mother’s flesh, when eyes form in the foetus. This is at about 25 weeks. At about 25 weeks, baby’s first kick is felt in mother’s womb, which is when the soul enters the body, in Jewish tradition. ( 2nd children may kick earlier) .
TINANA is Body, Persona, Mask, Ego
Chacun de Nous. Our individual sense of self.
For some people, Wairua and Mauri, Soul and Spirit , are to remain ineffable if not irrelevant. The material concept is primary..
For others the three personed God/dess is experienced. It is a fact for us. No thing but still real.
Our experienced reality shares more, or less, in common with others. The more we open to the common experience the more we experience this duality, the comprehension of Humanity from a Spirit perspective. NO THING is indeed ineffable, silence is indeed golden, but I love to think and write about it!
The Dali Lama says critical thinking is a meditation.** Of course that is not critical as in criticising but critical as in discernment of universal truth. Irrelevant concept to some, to me, essential for peace in our times.
Kia Kaha, Be Brave. Love to all. Libi Jadahari Mitch Woopee…
*My father’s house has many mansions – words attributed to “Jesus” . The ineffable is known by Maori as IO, that which is before time began, is now and ever shall be, that which is NO THING; a “think” maybe, a human attempt to name that whose centre is everywhere, and whose circumference cannot be measured. The ineffable. That from which there can be no separation ie this. The tao which can be spoken is not the original tao . etc .
19thC anthropologists scornfully thought Maori had no concept of God because when they tried to discover the word for god in Maori language, all their definitions of god , great FATHER etc , did not speak of IO to Maori. Maori , first people,concept had not yet been reached by “second” people. We who are “third” or third wave people, integrate all traditions.
**Interviewer: What’s the most important meditation we can do now? Dalai Lama: Critical thinking, followed by action. Discern what your world is. Know the plot, the scenario of this human drama. And then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world. — Dalai Lama.
I love to harmonise human traditions and perspectives. I believe we have one source and are one spirit.