The Order of the Lily
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Commentary on Theorem One


Before presenting this particular commentary on theorem one, we quietly remind the reader that this text merely represents the personal view and opinion of the authors in question. As noted previously, the main purpose of initiation is for the adherent to make their own commentaries and to come to their own conclusions.

Note: The text below is an early translation of Theorem 1 from French into English, that was used for this commentary.

"Every Human Being possesses a personality peculiar to himself which is dissimilar to that of other Human Beings, as dissimilar between themselves two individuals belonging to the same race and to the same gender.

"This personality is more or less strong and is more or less manifested. The strength of the personality is depending on the experience of the individual and its manifestation, on the environment more or less liberal, in which the human being has been educated."

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Let us take the first paragraph.

No 1: "Every human being possess a personality peculiar to himself". "Peculiar" has the meaning of "belonging to the individual only and no one else".

No 2: "which is dissimilar to that of other human beings, as are dissimilar between themselves two individuals belonging to the same race and to the same gender".

No 1 is a statement which can be right or wrong.

In order to sustain or prove this statement, No 2 makes reference to an analogous or correspondent phenomenon that is the appearance of two individuals of the same race and gender.

Here I have to say that initiation is based on the law of correspondence or analogy. The whole of nature is a book of wisdom. Behind whatever we see there is an idea. But certain ability is required to come up to the idea which is behind the appearances. The same thing happens in science. From a fallen apple the law of gravity was discovered. (If the story is true). This was not an invention, it was a discovery.

So by looking at two individuals of the same race and of the same gender, that is, individuals who are very close one to the other, we see a difference in appearance. Going further we see a difference or dissimilar behaviour. Coming in touch with the person, we see a difference in their feelings and thoughts. The whole of their manifestation is different.

If we consider that the whole of a man's manifestation is his personality, we see that this personality is different from that of any other person.

Therefore our statement (Every human has their own personality) is correct and according to what we observe. Because this applies everywhere, not only in human beings, but in every aspect of nature, we discover that there must be a law. The Law of Dissimilarity.

This law is of great importance. It is because of this law that we should be free to manifest our own personality. Otherwise we are acting against a natural law with destructive results. Although people are not conscient of this law, they fight to defend their own way of life and their personality.

Coming again to the theorem. Because this way of thinking is difficult, the theorem has been simplified as follows.

"Every man has his own personality which is due to the law of dissimilarity which governs nature.

"This personality is expressed and confirmed in various degrees.

"The expression of the personality of the environment depends more or less on the freedom of the environment in which the person has been educated whereas its confirmation depends on the experience of the individual."

As you can see this version is very close to the version which you included in your 'conclusion' (the uniqueness of the personality), except for the law of dissimilarity. {see below}

Note: The adherent's version of theorem one included here.

Paragraph One
1: "Each person owns a unique personality.
2: "This personality is not similar to any other person's personality.
3: "Even two individuals belonging to the same race and to the same gender have dissimilar personalities.

Paragraph Two
4: "The personality of a human being is more or less strong and is more or less manifested.
5: "The strength is dependant upon the experience of the individual.
6: "The manifestation is dependant upon the environment - more or less liberal - in which the person has been educated."

I would add also that:

Dissimilarity - begins from the womb of the mother. As it is known from biology, the egg and the sperm chromosomes and other factors, can produce a great number of combinations, each unique and not like the other.

Personality - we see that there are three main expressions. We see them gradually in our contact with others or when we examining ourselves.

1) The physical body with its appearance and activity.
2) A great quantity of feelings.
3) A large number of thoughts and knowledge.

So, as a first definition we can say that the personality is the whole of a man's expressions or manifestations.

In a deeper analysis we see that this total is a combination of a man's character and his conscient individuality.

By character we mean the genetic characteristics or the character with which he is born or with which he is endowed. The endownments are temperament or idiosyncrasy, psychological makeup and mentality. We can say that one's character can be considered as the particular expression of our faculties or our endownments. The character or our particular expression of our faculties, can be restricted or developed but it cannot be changed. That is why we call it character because it is engraved from the begining of the formation of a human being.

We are all born with a totality of properties, virtues, qualities, or attributes but they are different in degree for everyone.

Every man can see, feel and think, but everyone has his own way to see, feel and think.

By conscient individuality we mean what we gather and achieve with our personal properties or character, by which we have conscience of being an individual. That is, with the way we see, we gather images. The way we feel, feelings are in our soul, and the way we think, we gather thoughts and knowledge.

So whatever thought we have, they are a combination of our mental character or mentality (way of thinking) and the results we achieve. Thoughts, ideas, conceptions, knowledge etc.

In reality we cannot think objectively. Our thoughts will be always according to our mentality or mental character. That is why not everybody can be a man of science. That is why two men of science are observing the same thing but everyone has different conclusions.

Note: I am writing several terms or words for the same thing because I do not know what is the appropriate word to use for each case. That is why I give also various examples.

Experience. You are right in your comments.

Note: The adherent's comments on experience are added here:

"Experience has several meanings.
● Knowledge obtained by observation (a synthesis is also needed).
● Undergoing an experience.
● An understanding of life.

The theorem links experience to the strength of one's personality. It does not specify if more experience gives more strength, but this seems to be quite sensible. However, we are not talking of 'experience' as in the number of years one has "clocked" on this Earth or the daily events which we are submitted to. Here we are talking about the process - observing - proposition - action - and back to observing. Obviously, having gone through this process, we make mistakes which we can learn from, so that "the next time round" we avoid making the same mistake and - of course - we end up strengthening not only our understanding of the world arround us, but also our confidence in ourselves.

So experience refers to the internal to external interaction of the personality."

I may add the following:

Experience begins when we come in touch with our senses. Not only observing (seeing, hearing), but also touching, smelling and so on.

From that, a mental activity follows - judgement. Judgement enables us to classify in our mind our various observations. The result is knowledge. Knowledge is the ability to recreate or reproduce in our mind, the world which is around us. The result of knowledge is conscience.

You see why experience cannot be transmitted.

We have to use our senses in our own way. Otherwise our judgement and further, our knowledge, will be "second hand" and therefore weak. So our personality will not be strong.

Environment. You are right in your comments.

Note: The adherent's comments on environment are added here:

"Education, Environment and Liberal.

I understand 'Education' to refer to not just the schooling which our children are submitted to, but also to their mental and moral development. For a start, our whole life is (or it should be, if we allowed it) our education, as the environment comes from our parents, school, TV, radio and so on. In a sense, much of this education, this environment, is imposed upon us - particularly when we are young - and it is the degree of this imposition which defines whether the person has undergone a liberal education or not. Strictly imposed ideas produces a non-liberal or unfree education and environment, while a lax environment will be liberal or free.

When compared to 'experience', environment and education refers to the external to internal interactions of our personality. It follows that it is not unreasonable that the manifestation of personality (the external parts of the personality or visible parts of our personality) is developed, mainly, by the external environment and the educational lessons and exercises that we go through in our early life."

I may add the following:

If our environment is not liberal, it does not allow us to express our character, we will be either expressionless or we shall follow the behaviour which will be "imposed" directly or indirectly on us.

The result is a false or not a real personality.

If we have a liberal environment we can express a real personality according to our character. This does not mean that we shall be perfect. The real personality is a mixture of advantages and disadvantages. With faults and errors. But they will be our faults and our errors. With our endeavour and effort we can diminish our faults and our errors and lead towards perfection.

Now all the theorems are based on the laws of creation. Here are some of them:

1st theorem
● The law of dissimilarity
● The law of expression
● The law of freedom
● The law of conformity or similarity

2nd theorem
● The law of duality

3rd theorem
● The law of analogy

With such a study of the laws, one can make tables of corresponding numbers, faculties, virtues etc.

For example, the law of conformity or the influence of the environment through education, is not without its effect. It creates a distortion in the particular and uniqueness of the expression of our faculties or our character. It is like to see using blinkers, to chew with bad teeth or worn mouth or walking with shoes that pinch. The result is that through blinkers, we have the idea that the world around us is only a straight path without any other way to go. That chewing our food is a painful process and consequently, we have a bad stomach or that an ulcer is a natural thing. Or, that staggering and tottering is the usual and normal way of walking.

With such burdens, this man is miserable, narrow minded and a fearful being and he uses his faculties on how to survive and alleviate his pains. In what way? By asking help from other people, specialists and scholars because he is convinnced that he can not judge for himself. In this way, a viscious circle is created which takes matters from bad to worse.

If this man is without these burdens and distortions, if he had been educated in the proper manner, he would have another perception of the world in accordance with his real nature or character, and would act accordingly.

What is the difference between these two cases?

In the first case, the man is not free. His faculties are restricted or distorted and he gathers ideas, conceptions, convictions, beliefs, impressions and behaviours that are not proper to the genuine expressions of his faculties.

In the second case, all his gatherings are are in accordance with his character or his particular expressions of his facutlies. In the first case, there is a conflict and the man does not feel happy. In the second case, there is a harmony and he can develop himself further.

As said above, we can call all these gatherings as the 'conscient individuality'.

Now, in order to make our own free, strong and independent personality, it is important that we make a dilgent work on the theorems. It might take some time, but there is no other way if we want to have a good understanding and a sound application. We are not afraid to confront problems and we know that we are not masters of wisdom. But we try and we try hard. With the help of God what we cannot understand, we will have the patience to work it out as long as it is necessary. Of course, we will not wait to solve all the problems in order to proceed to the next step, because the next step might help us to understand what we left behind.

Now each individual has three expressions or manifestations. The person has physical or material, emotional or sentimental, and mental expressions. These expressions are due to the features by which the individual is endowed at birth. These features are deeply rooted on the three hypostases of the human being (physical, psychical, spiritual) and they form his character.

The total sum of expressions of an individual or in other words the expression of his character is forming the personality of the individual. If an individual can express their character without influence whatsoever, we say that this individual has a genuine or true personality. But such a case is not possible because from the very beginning of their life, the individual is subject to all sorts of influences. To name just a few: hereditary influences (parental, family), school environment, community, climate etc. etc.

The more the environment is oppressive, the more difficult it is for the individual to express himself.

So the first step for an individual is to get rid of - as much as possible - all these influences and express only what is compatible with his character. This becomes more or less apparent in our teens, but later on we succumb under pressure to adapt ourself to the rules of society, usually at the expense of our personality.

So the expression and formation of the personality depends upon the degree of freedom of the individual and their environment.

The second factor is experience of the individual. It is through experience the individual can cultivate, develop and strengthen his feature and therefore his personality.

The final stage of experience is awareness or conscience which is the fulfilment of the scope of human life. In other words, the unconscious and blind 'being' upon his birth, becomes conscious and enlightened during the course of his life, if and only if, he will form a genuine or true personality for his own self-benefit as well the benefit of society. Otherwise, he will be only of the duplicates of the existing millions.

I have made a brief description about experience here. But, for example, it does not describe the steps between experiences and consciousness or awareness. Nevertheless, the above gives an idea of the work required by the teaching of the Order.

Coming to the theorem once again and how we have to work through its text, the theorem is explicit in its statement as it says that every person has a personality. If the theorem is right then personality is of capital importance for every person. It is therefore necessary to examine this question thoroughly. What is personality? Of what does it exist? These are some of the questions to be answered.

Also, if the particularity of the personality is due to a natural law it cannot be a matter of chance. Therefore, there must be a purpose for that and because of that law, every personality must be unique. We have to see what is the meaning of a natural law.

I think as a first step, we have to answer these questions. There is a second step where we examine what do we mean by environment and freedom, and the impact of the former over the latter on our own being.

For the third step, I would say that the examination of experience is of significant importance.

As a final step of the first theorem, is the conclusion and what we have to do in order to realise the theorem.

So we have to proceed step by step.

I have to say that the initiation of the Lily and the Eagle is not is not a mere philosophy. If you wish, it is an applied philosophy or a way of natural life. That is why, from the very beginning, the teaching is based on natural laws and personal observation. The theorems should have a practical application otherwise they are useless.

The aim of the Order is to re-establish man in his primary natural position from which he has deviated from a very very long time ago. We need therefore, patience and persistence or a continuous effort.

In response to your comment on 'creation' and 'how we are created', in reality we cannot create anything. We can only re-create (create again) or construct through the materials given by nature. Besides, the first theorem does not concern the individual and its creation, but concerns his personality. So let us keep our focus on the theorem.

So, we should not start by examining the origin of things. We have to see the facts and realities of life through the new look which is given by the teaching of the Order of the Lily and the Eagle. Thus, we have a better understanding of ourselves, our fellowman and our environment.

We start from the dissimilarity of personalities because it seems nobody is taking into consideration that every person has his own personality, which is unique and indispensible to the general contribution of society. This is not a theory or a philosophical statement. It is the result of a natural law, it is a reality, it is a truth, but it has to be pointed out to people and be proved by observation and through rational thinking because people have eyes not to see and a brain not to think.

So people might start by respecting the law of dissimilarity in the same manner they respect the laws of nutrition if they want to have good health. That is to say, we cannot avoid the natural laws.

I look forward to your further written comments on the first theorem and I will be glad to answer any questions that you make.

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