Before I go to sleep each night, I walk out on my deck to view the night sky. I thank the Father for the wonderful night, lean back my head and take in the grand, magical spectacle of night. As I listen to the night songs of the crickets, I think that the crickets usher in the night as the birds usher in the dawn, both acknowledging and singing praises to the change of light. The stars, moon, clouds, the lighting flash of a meteorite, the wind and the accompanying whispers of the leaves of the trees, the times of the scared appearance of the northern lights, the lighting bugs, all dance their special dance; yet all are moving with perfect harmony and unity under the influence of a higher principle.
As each and every snowflake has its distinctive pattern, the corner stone of its particular pattern is its six points. All snowflake modifications and permutations of patterns are brought into being by using the matrix of the six points. We therefore see an operational unity instructing modifications. This kind of directional unity is not uncommon in Nature, rather it is an universal imperative. Spock from, "Star Trek" is heard instructing Caption, James T. Kerk, about the "One into the many." I know that using a T.V. show as an authoritative testimony is weak, but perhaps its familiarity can bring insight. If you are looking for grander authority read the philosophy of Pythagoras. The point to remember however and to mentally distill, is that behind all manifestation there is an universal principle.
The ancient mystics, philosophers, and sages understood the truth of the primacy of universal principles. Once they grasped the universal principle it was easy to fit the particular detail into the universal principle and have confidence of its true relationship. The ancient's practice of reasoning from universals to particulars is the primary opposition relating to the difficulty of understanding their writings; and more often then not, misunderstanding them. Our present reasoning process moves from particulars to universals; in direct opposition to the ancient's reasoning process. The evolution of the change in reasoning can be attributed to the ideas of Aristotle, (384 B.C.), refined by Sir Francis Bacon, (1561), into the process of the scientific method, and further tweaked by Emmanuel Kant, (1724). The technique the ancient's used to comprehend the universal principles was their mind's laser like ability to focus so comprehensively on whatever subject, as to gain an understand of the universal principle. An analogy would be, fitting together a puzzle to fit the picture of what it was to look like. Using the picture as an universal principle it is then possible to place an individual puzzle piece with its corresponding piece and be certain of its correct relationship. On the other hand, following the reasoning of the scientific method, with out knowing the puzzle picture, the placing of a particular puzzle piece in the right relationship to another piece would be haphazard, a hit or miss try. That is why the "missing link" is still missing, the particle that makes all manifestation still has not been found, and the real nature of the cosmos does not conform to any scientific theories..
John P. Van Mater, a Theosophist, brings clarity to the above universal principle matrix.
"A study of the various religions and philosophies, past and present, reveals that they are for the most part based upon certain universal principles. There is an ancient wisdom running through them all like a golden thread. This is more than mere assertion, as the increasing researches into comparative religion, mythology, and symbology amply testify.. It is logical that there should be this common body of thought behind the apparent diversity. These expressions, after all, are attempts to describe how our universe, sun, and planet came into being - also what man's role is and has been in this genesis. And since the cosmos has a structure, a history, and origin, and operates according to basic laws, sincere attempts to explain these mysteries will contain much fundamentally identic material. To put it simply, all seek to describe the same panorama."