[Art.] ETHIC.



A just thought towards a just action…

Without a doubt, we are living in troubled times and we no longer know how to cope, not only with climate change, but also with chemical treatments that are hurting the planet. With a guilty lightness, one produces and consumes massively, any category.

The symptoms of such a state of being are unfortunately tangible: glaciers and icebergs are melting, the oceans are accumulating waste and are increasingly polluted, and the weather is increasingly destructive. On another level, religions, at least some, are subject to scandal when they are not threatening. In politics, stability, just authority, have deserted. The leaders are becoming disoriented, the multinational corporations increasingly greedy, the artisans and peasants increasingly alone, discredited.

Those who are aware of this global decay feel helpless, deprived of something. What remedy can be brought to this state of affairs ?

The disastrous habit of enjoying the masts distributed gracefully by nature, without respect or measure, has made us lose sight of the fact that they have a price to pay. Putting ethics at the centre of individual consciousness becomes necessary. Because cleaning your fuel tanks in the ocean, emptying your garbage in nature, hunting animals for no other reason than brandishing a trophy, etc., is an individual conscience. Such actions, irresponsible, are strictly speaking criminal. The lack of respect for the environment and for others (the living) leads sooner or later to a dead end. There is no small act of safety that, repeated by everyone, cannot become effective. It is not a question of morality but of an inner feeling, reflecting on the outside.

However, the consciousness of one does not transfer with a snap of a finger to another, even if education can contribute to it. Moderation, openness and vigilance are necessary qualities to achieve balance. Nothing can be built without goodwill that no law can supplant.

Therefore, ethics is self-evident: not to put up with what one would not want to put up with oneself. Striving for a middle ground is the best alternative to consider: a just thought and a just word direct towards a just action.

  • A correct thought determines not only the behaviour but also the way of apprehending the hazards of existence. It provides a clear vision to deal with what is presented, without weakness or excess.
  • A correct word often results from the lucidity that one has of a given situation.
  • A just action is proportionate to the circumstances. It also requires a clear vision but also a sense of equity, without amplifying or minimizing what is.

These three distinctions flow from one another and lead to inner stability.

The fundamental sense of ethics therefore refers to a quality of sincere authenticity that carries meaning, natural and true.

Martine and Henry Normand.

Henry NORMAND was born in 1937 in Martinique where he lived until the age of nine. Then the family moved to the metropolis where he continued his hotel studies that led him to Thonon-les-Bains and to America, at Cornell University, in New York. Back in France after three years on American soil, he will be hired by a large hotel chain. This one will send him to London, then Orly and Paris. He will leave for the French Air Relays where he will collaborate as a study assistant for hotel locations both in France and abroad.

He was 30 years old when he met the Venerable Aryadeva (Paul Adam, of his French name) who, after fifteen years spent in India, under the yellow coat of bhikshu and as professor of languages at the Sanskrit University of Mithila, returned to France. In this cradle of spirituality that is India, Aryadeva had collected evidence supporting the thesis that he had developed, having as its theme the common core of all true religions and traditions (those which have as their basis the reality of the being in becoming). He married in France and, three years after his return, before disappearing, asked his wife and Henry Normand to continue his work. Therefore, they will devote their lives to the study of sacred texts and personal writings left behind by their spiritual guide. These researches, based on the work of the Venerable Aryadeva, are oriented towards the Key, a synthesis of the Knowledge transmitted by the Sages who marked their time. Beyond any syncretism, the factors that constitute the common core of the different traditions and religions were thus identified, making it possible to highlight their basis.

This study, which went on for more than eighty years, is the subject of various books, including a recent dictionary on traditional symbols (the first five volumes were published by Dervy Publishing). Although they are not necessarily focused on the “key to knowledge”, these symbols do contain elements of interpretation that result from its application.

Bibliography :

Dictionnaire des symboles universels basés sur le principe de la clef de la connaissance, Tomes I, II, III, IV, V – Editions Dervy.

Les maîtres du Tao, éd. du Félin, 1985 (stock limité, chez l’auteur).

Les fondements du christianisme, l’esprit de la gnose, éditions du Félin, 1987 (stock limité, chez l’auteur).

Six volumes are also a simple introduction to the world of symbols :

Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1997 et 1998.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, les grandes voies initiatiques en Occident, tome I.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, les grandes voies initiatiques en Orient, tome II.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, les grands supports symboliques, langages des dieux, tome III.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, les grands supports symboliques, architecture divine, tome IV.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, approches traditionnelles, sacre de l’univers, tome V.

– Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, approches traditionnelles, sagesse de la voie, tome VI.

Excerpts from Venerable Aryadeva’s teaching letters have appeared under the title of :

– La Clef ou la symbologie universelle restituée, T. I,
Tchou éditeur, 1979 (stock limité, chez l’auteur).

– La Clef ou la symbologie universelle restituée, T. II, Ed. Padma, 1982 (stock limité, chez l’auteur).

– La Clef ou la symbologie universelle restituée, T. III (fascicules 1, 2 et 3), éd. Padma, 1990-91-92 (épuisés).

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