If you approach the Tale of Paradise from scientific viewpoint you basically end up with the words of Nicholas Tesla who said "If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration, everything is light"
He said this because everything is made up of energy, like Einstein said E=mc2. Not only the physical matter around you but also you yourself. Physicists in the field of quantum mechanics slowly finding out that our universe is like a hologram.
Basically what happens is that this energy solidifies into form, the Tale of Paradise calls this the spectacle of light, the fountain , and why does this happen? No reason just a sponteneous arising of the love to know itself.
So taking things a step further you can say that everything is Conciousness or being or THIS. Personally I like the word THIS because it removes the concept of time.
Anyway consiousness arises and it drops away again, like a breathing, and again, and again and so on.
Now the individual is not aware of this dropping away because without time individuality does not exist, still there?, can you see the cat chasing his own tail?
The idea of individuality is kept alive because of a shift in focus, that's all. Very subtle. Why, because it can. You can see individuality as a mirror image of this spectacle of light, a reflection. It wants to know itself only it does not notice this dropping away because of this subtle shift in focus as a concequence time arises.