Metaphysics, or “after physics,” is supra-individual, designating the universal principles that belong to the unmanifested and formless manifestation. Physics, on the other hand, is infra-human, belonging to the order of formal manifestation, or subtle and gross manifestation.

The unmanifested essence determines the principles of the formless, likewise the formless is causal to the formal, and so on.

Only the unmanifested and formless are universal, the formal is contingent.

The personality by which we mean the Self, or Universal Spirit, belongs to the universal order. The individuality or ego is contingent.

The intellect which is the nous, buddhi, demiurge, logos, etc., is universal. The senses and elements are contingent. Thus metaphysics and (ancient) cosmology are universal whereas rational philosophy and psychology are contingent, or wholly dependent on metaphysics.

Finally, we must point out that things like race, morals, or anything belonging to the infra-human order is not universal. Thus when we say universal we in no way mean “universalist.” In fact, the term principle has been abused; it should not be applied to morals as in moral principle, or to mathematics, or anything of this nature. Likewise, the term transcend is commonly abused; it properly means to go beyond form, not to replace one form with another.

I hope this clears up some confusions that one might have regarding the subject.