- Hi CG,
One thing about this "five senses" that is overlooked
is in how our thinking treats "five". We, even our
revered modern collegiates, tend to focus more upon
the "senses" in "five senses" than the "five".
Everyone is aware that "senses" can be found as more
numerous than 5 iterations. Therefore one should think
that the key concept here should be upon the fact that
senses in general have a "fiveness" about them that we
should be concerned with.
The word "five" in "five senses" is an adjective
modifying senses. A clarifying sentence revealing the
truth of the "five senses" is: "the five senses are
more numerous than even 10 iterations".
We should begin a proper apraisal of this situation by
realizing that we have adopted a different posture
towards the phrases that were used hundreds of years
ago. We have been largely alienated from understanding
the alphabet, words and phrases crafted in our long
The ultimate point to be realized is to know the
effect of fiveness in the quality of the instance of
"sense". We can know that "five" was understood by the
epistemology of the thinkers of those earlier days,
the geometers, the metaphysicians, many theologians et
al, "five" was understood to be the literary
expression of the concept of "growth". It was
recognized in the color of the material expressing
vegetal kingdom: "green".
To be as succinct as possible in this moment, I might
express the idea of the fiveness of sense in this way:
The inner attention as it is carried outward to the
products of the senses is taken away from the core of
the internal idealized lawfulness of spirit every
time. This engagement in the senses and its products
involve a changing in the juxtaposition in space and
succession in time, ie growth from what circumstance
The geometers of Egypt and pre-Egypt, masters of
proportion and the preceding forces before "number"
emerged, sought to demonstrate "growth" by the stake
and the twine. The knowledge of "growth" has come down
to modern times by references to the "root of five",
ie the root of the fifth square as demonstrating
growth from a preceding square condition.
It was found that the diameter of a circle could not,
as it were, increase the circumference of the circle.
But it was found that the edge of diagonal of a
primary square equals the side of a square exactly
equal to 2 times the area of the primary square. A
double square cut by a diagonal is named the root of
the "fifth" square in that it leads to a growth of the
quadruple squares to an expansion in growth in area
equal to one of the squares, a fifth square.
In parallel this knowledge of growth is in principle
what manifests in the growth to wider proportionate
perimeter. If a circle were to be bound to the edges
of such an original four squares, then a proportionate
growth of that circle could be seen by the inward
growth of the circle enclosed.
So this demonstration of ordered growth is applicable
in many, many areas, even those of the senses. Because
the product of the senses surround us with swelling
growth or deflating growth, the understanding of the
inner machination of such activity had to be entered
and lead ultimately to demonstration by geometers.
Note that central consonant in "EVE" is the Roman
numeral for "five". She, "Eve" contained the forces of
five especially pronounced in pregnancy.
Also note that "F" in "five" is related to "V" sonicly
in that "V" requires a vowel as the letter is
explosively vocalized; where the "F" requires no such
vowel, but simply the passage of air through the
mouth. So "F" and "V" were understood as poles in
duality, both equalling "growth". In this way the "fe,
fi, fo, fum" of the Englishman introduced a form of
masculinity and femininity into the English language.
This seems undoubtedly related to the old Egyptian
understanding of the "F" (replaced in the 6th position
in the Greek alphabet, the digamma): "extension of
But to summarize in closing, we should know that the
ego dwelling in the throes of "personality" has been
lead astray to the enumeration of the many senses away
from the factor of growth associated with any unit of
sense. This is the threat and danger of life in the
material world to which our sense organs are reaching
--- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 23:44:56 +0900
From: CG <cg_net@...>
Subject: Five senses
Fiveness often occurs in sacred structures. One
explanation for this "humanistic-mystic" content is
that there are five digits on each of our hands and
feet, five orifices on our head and five senses, among
Regarding the hands, feet and head it is unarguable.
Regarding the five senses, however, Diane Ackerman, in
A Natural History of the Senses, demonstrates how
arbitrary this classification is:
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