"The Way of G-d"
Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"
Ch. 5: "The Spiritual Realm"
Ramchal points out that while we're aware of the properties and laws of
physical phenomena, we're nonetheless not at all aware of the properties and
laws of spiritual phenomena. There are a couple of points to made about that.
First, that we in modernity are privileged to know more and more about the
properties and laws of the physical realm each and every day-- right down to
the genetic nub. Nonetheless it’s imperative for us to realize that we'll
*never* be able to examine and portray the properties and laws of the
spiritual realm, too. Since matters of the spirit are simply not accessible
to the senses or their extensions no matter how subtle, as we said last time.
Expecting to be able to examine and portray spiritual phenomena would be like
expecting to catch sight of an *idea* under a microscope.
The other point is that there is, nonetheless, a body of data about spiritual
phenomena that we *can* cull from-- the data offered from revelation and
tradition. For while spiritual phenomena can't be seen, touched, heard, etc.
they *can* be "known" and "experienced" on a non-material level by prophets
and other holy individuals. And the "data" gathered thereby can then be
passed on to others.
So among the things handed down to us is the following phenomenon. Behind
each and every entity (single thing) and occurrence (interaction between
things) in the world stands a "transcendent force". We mentioned transcendent
forces last week and cited them as being one of two classes of spiritual
entities in the world (the other being "souls") and left its explanation to
As we began to indicate above, transcendent forces are the sublime and
ethereal counterparts of every single entity and interaction on earth.
They’re thus sort of the non-material germ and kernel of, and concept and
notion behind everything we experience in this world.
Thus every entity and occurrence in this world is an "offshoot" of a
transcendent force (or a combination of two or more) and is linked on a
vital, mystical level to it. And each linking has properties and laws of its
We’re also taught that every entity and occurrence is under the charge of an
"angel". As we said last time, angels are immaterial, celestial agents of
change (rather than the sort of "fairies" or the like they're taken to be).
But they also serve as agents of upkeep. Since they have the responsibility
of maintaining each and every physical entity and occurrence. Hence, angels
play a vital role in the aforementioned "link" between the transcendent
forces and the actual physical phenomena that result from them.
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