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The Three-Point Paradigm
The three-point paradigm is the start of putting theory into practice.
To practice God-centrism, you need to find what God wants of you; this must be achieved by serving some other person, since God needs nothing from us. Our duty under God-centrism is to seek out another person to serve in God. The three points are: God, myself, and an Other. If my Self turns this into a binary relationship, it shifts automatically from God-centrism into self-centrism. God gets taken out of the equation, leaving the Self and the Other; the former will seek its own interests. Various scenarios are bandied about: win-win, win-lose, and win-? All these are self-seeking, even win-win, which is based on shared interests, as the agreement here is between two Selves, my Self and the Other (who, to himself, represents the Self). If the other Self is too weak to fight for its rights, we have a win-lose, or undecided relationship. Therefore, the absence of God has turned this relationship from God-centric to self-centric.
Strangely enough, the absence of the Other from this relationship, leaving just me and God, makes it self-centric as well. How does this happen? The relationship becomes just me enjoying my relationship with God; taking from God, and giving the Self, where all I do is take – as we have said, there is no question of me giving God anything. Since all I can do is take, then the relationship becomes self-serving.
To achieve a healthy relationship with God in practice, therefore, there needs to be a third party. The relationship between myself and God has to be supplemented by a third party, one of God’s creatures whom I serve in God. The three elements then are as follows: a servant, myself; a party being served, an Other; and the Ultimate One for whom we all strive, God.
In conversation with eminent men of God, a great many of them said that there was no such thing as Self, or Other, only God. “Certainly,” I agreed; “the Divine Spirit in me serves the Divine Spirit in the Other, and there is no such thing as God: but we need guidelines on the ground!”
The prophets in all their greatness had direct access to the glory of the Lord; yet, with all the pleasure they took in communing with the Divine Spirit, they never let it become their sole intention. They always sought to fulfil His will through an Other. They preached His message to those around them, enduring ridicule, rejection, and sometimes actual injury. They remained strong and steadfast; they were patient and strong in the service of the Other to whom God send them. None of them sat around communing with the Lord.
This is what I mean by guidelines on the ground; what I mean by the three-point paradigm in applying God’s purpose to everyday life, towards creating an integrated civilization.