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Giorgio Piacenza is a sociologist student in the Certificate program leading to a Master's degree in Integral Theory at JFK University.
The Maha Trinity
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
Is there a "Maha" (a greater, all encompassing) Trinity; an underlying trinitarian principle repeatedly discovered but interpreted somewhat differently across cultures? Is there an important metaphysical Trinity already known in Integral Theory under the idea of three grammatical persons (I-We-It) present in the four quadrants?
I have found that comparable trinitarian understandings have surfaced in different religious, esoteric and mystical traditions, even if not understood under the same sense or emphasis given within Catholicism. For me, the resemblances are uncanny and may reflect universally disclosed principles under which the universe (or universes) are organized and from which -perhaps- holonically and hierarchically proceed. I think that these shared trinitarian pattern should be included in Integral Theory studies. While they appear in the religious and quadratic spheres of inquiry, they also seem to appear behind the way creation is structured. Moreover, I think that an adequate, integral approach to comparative religious studies would not only be to study them recognizing content-specific intrinsic value in each but also to attempt to understand them under a shared, integrating pattern. One of these patterns may be offered by the “Maha Trinity.”
I think that some of the “trinities” correspond with each other in the following manner:
1.The Christian “Father” (1st person of the Christian Trinity)/is “Pure Beauty” in Platonic thinking (“He” can only be known subjectively, beyond words)/is the 1st pronoun/is “Chid” or “Consciousness” in the Vedanta formula for “God” with qualities/is “Shiva,” the consciousness-representing male pole in the “Shiva-Shakti” creative duality/is “Ain” (in mystical Kabbhala, “God's veil” as the “no” or that which is ultimately indescribable). Amongst creation's hierarchical realms possessing exteriorities, the 'Causal' Realm is its direct symbolic reflection. In the quadrants of Integral Theory it is the Upper Left, Individual-Subjective Quadrant.
2. The Christian “Son” (2nd person of the Christian Trinity)/is “The Truth” in Platonic thinking (“He” is the “Logos” and the “Word” or the objectifying principle at the root of understanding, the principle needed to create, manifest or actualize any possibility)/is the third main pronoun as “it”/is “Sat” or “Being” in the Vedanta formula for “God” with qualities/is the organizing masculine principle in the Shiva-Shakti creative polarity/is “Ain Soph” (in mystical Kabbhala, “God's veil” as “The Unending,” before manifestation but through which He manifests). Amongst creation's hierarchical realms possessing exteriorities, the 'Subtle' Realm is its direct symbolic reflection. In the quadrants of Integral Theory it is the Upper Right and Lower Right, or Individual-Objective and Collective-Objective quadrants.
3. The Christian “Holy Spirit” (“She” is 3rd person of the Christian Trinity and is the Love between the Father and the Son and also the “Paraclete,” a passive Greek word meaning “advocate,” “helper,” or “comforter” which also refers to “God's” relational aspect maintaining all beings connected with their Source)/is “The Good” in Platonic thinking (as in the “common good,” inspirer of collectively meaningful, shared rules and ethics)/is the second main pronoun as “you” which implies a “we”/is “Ananda” or “bliss,” the expression of Love in the Vedanta formula for “God” with qualities/is the active feminine energy organized by the masculine consciousness-related “Shiva” in the “Shiva-Shakti” creative polarity/is “Ain Soph Aur” (in mystical Kabbhala, “God's veil” as His Infinite Radiance or Light through which all worlds are created and sustained even while “God” had to retract most of it to allow a 'hollow space' for contingent beings to occupy). Amongst creation's hierarchical realms possessing exteriorities, the 'Gross” Realm is its direct symbolic reflection. In the quadrants of Integral Theory it is the Lower Left or Collective-Subjective quadrant.