The Universe: Real or Illusion?
“Absolute Truth has been defined as ‘Things as the mind of God knows them,’ while Relative Truth is ‘Things as the highest reason of Man understands them.’ And so while to THE ALL the Universe must be unreal and illusionary, a mere dream or result of meditation–nevertheless, to the finite minds forming a part of that Universe, and viewing it through mortal faculties, the Universe is very real indeed, and must be so considered. In recognizing the Absolute view, we must not make the mistake of ignoring or denying the facts and phenomena of the Universe as they present themselves to our mortal faculties–we are not THE ALL, remember.” ~ The Kybalion by Three Initiates (1912, Yogi Publication Society)
Western thought: “The Universe is solid and real.”
Eastern thought: “The Universe is illusory.”
Hermetics: “The Universe is both, depending upon one’s perspective.”