|Duality, Oneness, Non-duality, Advaita Vedanta, and
THE DREAM OF BEING
|The following excerpts from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas, metaphorically describe the paradoxical nature of existence which is always dual, and always one; that in order for oneness to exist, difference and separation must also exist; that duality and oneness are the same thing.|
The nature of the manifest is the same as that of thought, it is simply that one completely consumes the other. But which one?
The gross contains the subtle, the subtle contains the gross. Everything literal is also figurative, and everything figurative is also real.
Man exists neither in the world, nor in heaven. His shadow is merely cast in both directions, and he petulantly claims to be torn in two.
There is only subjectivity, thus there is only subject, thus there is no object, thus there is no subject.
An arrow, pointing towards another arrow pointing back at the first, points at itself without pointing at itself.
Just as a person whose hand is warm, feels tepid water as cold, and a person whose hand is cold, feels the same water as warm, so is duality the outcome of multiple perspectives of a singular event.
Just because something is not wrong, does not mean that it is right. That is where the dichotomy crumbles.
Perhaps it is the case that there are only two options: either 'a', or 'not a'. The question still remains why 'a'?
There is no such thing as an egg, nor is there a chicken; if the antecedent requires a descendent in order to be, it exists not but in a cyclic phase. A skipping record never and always ends.
The beginning ends before the end begins? Everything is about everything else, in a tangled sort of way. There is no truth in limitlessness, there is only limitlessness. Nothing is specific. Nothing is differentness. No two perfect snowflakes are ever the same, and snow is always snow.
Do not con-fuse yourself. You are infinite just as you are, without doing anything. There is only one event occurring; you are god's fantasy- that makes you god.
If you are not a separate being, why do you pretend to be separate? If you are a separate being, from what is it that you are separate?
What is related appears autonomous, and what is autonomous appears related; the related is autonomous, as in siblings not attached at the hip, the autonomous is related for the very same reason. Therefore what is related is autonomous and vice versa. Auto-nomy is merely self-naming amongst relationship. For what is autonomous must be related, or from what is it being autonomous?
If you would find yourself within the complexity, become the complexity, what then is there left to find?
God is the relationship of everything to everything else. Nothing exists alone- all is relationship. God is oneness composed of relation, from which the illusion of multiplicity emerges.
If you hold your finger twelve inches away from the front of your nose, and focus upon it, you see one finger. Then if you focus on the landscape behind it, you see two fingers. The two become one only when we look at the One. Oneness is merely a matter of recognizing its proximity prior to duality.
We are projections on the screen, projected by the projector which we are. We are created at every moment by the creator of every moment. Duality is the mind which sees the image as separate from the imager. Non-duality sees that they are One.
And yet, it is easier to clean a battleship with a toothbrush, than a toothbrush with a battleship.
|Jack Haas has been called "The Kerouac of the new millennium."(FW) He is a wilderness explorer, world traveller, and shares his time between British Columbia, Hawaii, Ireland, and India.
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