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Panthea, the Goddess like essence of Nature

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Panthea, a poem by Oscar Wilde

"Nay, let us walk from fire unto fire, From passionate pain to deadlier delight, Asking those idle questions which of old Man sought of seer and oracle, And no reply was told."


Walking the Tao

  I will now take you on a journey. We will walk a Tao or way to an idea about an entity that I call Panthea - a Goddess for today and tomorrow. Our trip takes us beyond the failed theisms of the past, and that is good. This can open up new horizons of powerful understanding that may be more satisfying to you than where you have been before. At the end of our trip, you may perhaps join me in my comfort with this idea.

A Rational Paradigm

  We will need no supernatural assistance on this journey. The only vehicle that you will need is your mind. But your mind must be mechanically sound, well greased with reasonability and fueled with self-honesty. The reward for your enlightenment will be a higher level of sanity, a more satisfying spirituality, a broader base for morality and enhanced wellbeing.

An Essence of Existence

  Panthea is from the Greek 'pan' meaning 'all' and 'thea' for 'goddess'. For me, neo-Pantheism is my rendition of Pantheism based on the Panthea concept and the ensuing ideology and moral behavior that is formulated. Panthea is a hypothesis that our Universe has an essence to it similar to that of a goddess.

A Consilience

  Panthea is a high-concept worthy of our awe and appreciation, She is a:

  • the reasonable notion that fulfills man's need to know why
  • fusion of the Cosmos, Nature and human thought
  • the causation of all innate and living things
  • eternal, evolving entity
  • a necessary existence
  • omnipresent entity
  • rationality
  • verity:
  • singularity
  • subsistent idea
  • non-judgmental operator
  • mid-point for real dualisms
  • mentor for human morality and ethics
  • entity understandable by science and rational spiritually
  • the complexity of the forces, laws, harmony, and order of Nature
  • grand, powerful, creative, mysterious and beautiful composite
  • a modern potent paradigm for people and life on this planet


Essence of Existence

  Panthea is the Essence of Existence. Panthea is neither a divine personality nor a supernatural being. She is a composite of all that is. All is her and she is All. She has the above attributes by definition and you will find on closer examination that they are all reasonable at least to this author. How you perceive them is up to you.

  I think most of us feel like there is something out there greater than we are. Certainly, Nature is out there and is greater than we are. Why not give it a name. A bit of personalization has benefits to it. Most religions in their god concepts have done it. Just don't get carried away with it. Yes, we could call it God but that title carries a lot of baggage with it. And a lot of unjustified opinions. Some undesirable characteristics, a number of false expectations, and no proof of existence.

  On the other hand, Panthea is a very fine stand-in for more traditional beliefs in a supreme being. And does meet the US Supreme Count criteria for being religious and godly.

  Some say there is only one god but many paths to him. The Yoga school of Hinduism accepted the concept of a "personal god" and left it to the Hindu to define his or her god. Other Hindu personify their god in feminine form. My path is via a goddess who is not personal to me alone but as available to others as natural existence is.

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  "We shall be notes in that great Symphony Whose cadence circles through the rhythmic spheres, And all the live World's throbbing heart shall be One with our heart, the stealthy creeping years Have lost their terrors now, we shall not die, The Universe itself shall be our Immortality!" - Wilde

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