12/09/2010

Beyond opposites...


Beyond the pairs of opposites
of which the world consists,
other, new insights begin.

~Hermann Hesse


What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi?

It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships.    --from The Lankavatara Sutra


Jesus said to them, 'When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside...then will you enter the Kingdom. ~from The Gospel of Thomas


In a nondual state there are no opposites. There is neither an awareness of being passive nor an awareness of being active; awareness without content comes near. In a nondual state there is no contradiction or paradox; common language fails in its ability to describe events from a nondual perspective. The sense of "I am the doer" is permanently absent as is the sense of "I am not the doer"; what comes near is "things being done" as there is no "feeling" of I and there is no experiencer. ~Jan Barendrecht



The Yin and Yang symbol illustrates that all apparent
opposites are complementary parts of a non-dual whole.

12 comments:

tom sullivan said...

Wayne Liquorman talked about how the small 'dots' within the yin and yang symbols indicated that each side contained the 'seed' of its opposite - that even if you tried to have only one half of a pair of opposites, it would regenerate the other half from this seed.

Diane AZ said...

Yes, fascinating point Tom, thank you for adding that!

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Really beautiful.. and nice words too..

LauraX said...

Relationships....yes, connections and wholeness...beautiful quotes and images Diane. Thank you!

EG Wow said...

Lots to think about here! I especially like the quote from The Lankavatara Sutra.

Amin said...

Beautiful photos!

tom sullivan said...

I'm reminded (in this context) of something else Wayne said. "You can't have a one-sided coin, or a one-ended stick."

Magpie said...

Love having my gray matter stimulated. Thank you.

betchai said...

beautiful photos, and thoughts.

Amin said...
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Amin said...

The two birds are very beautiful!

siga said...

I am learning so much here... Thank you!