What is meant by nonduality? 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. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.
“Never think that I believe I should set out a “system of teaching” to help people understand the way. Never cherish such a thought. What I proclaim is the truth as I have discovered it and “a system of teaching” has no meaning because the truth can’t be cut up into pieces and arranged in a system.”
I love this idea that Truth (and I capitalize that) can’t be cut up into pieces and arranged in a system. There seems to be many uses of the word truth. Especially with this political climate invading our airwaves and coffee pot conversations.
FROM THE LAIRD LETTER,1960, Volume 7 Number 4
The following paragraph from The Laird Letter of January 1959 was recently called to my attention: Intellectuality, in the framework of Science, is the activity of Mind as spontaneous unpremeditated Reason. Reason is spiritual rationality – the impulsion of Truth – and is free from half-truths, from miracle, mystery and supernaturalism. Reason is not an argument between the Real and unreal; Reason eliminates the dualism of opposites. Today the day in which the intellectual is derisively called “an egghead” seems a good time to take another look at intellectuality.
Science connotes intellectuality with intelligence as well as with Reason “as a native capacity independent of education. ” This means Man knows as knowing, as being and not as knower. This native capacity is intuition and instinct; it is Enlightenment and is the reason for intellectual perception. Reason has been defined as “the faculty of the higher cognition or a priori truth” (Truth). Science also connotes intellectuality with the energy of Spirit – the divine potential, which each man possesses as Man to give himself a limitless range of new color, and new form experiences. Intellectuality does not mean more and more of what we already know; it does not mean a store of information about, a gathering together of many views or interpretations of Reality. The theory which connotes intellectuality with education or book-learning separates it from Reason, from intuitions of Reality. In this separation it becomes sterile – uncreative.
Intellectuality is individual awareness, and that is the reason the intellectuality of another has no value for us. The crucial need is not the use of ready-made formulas but the intellectuality or original thinking which is continuously making new formulas. Intuitive cognition is not a “hunch” nor is instinct undirected motivation. Both are the “pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge” – the Reason that is the reason for all that exists or seems to exist. Reason is apparent as man’s capacity to reason, to think originally. It is the tool – the sense – man uses to see himself as he truly is without the label “man”. The world of sense which we experience through Reason is a world of law and order, a world of structures and forms beyond human conception. When Mind speaks form appears – The dynamic inseparable from the form.
Reason, intellectual perception, evolves a new sense – extra-sensoryperception – in which matter is seen in a new light. In this new light, the materiality of matter (not matter) is seen as a superstition, an illusion. “Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. ” Reason rejects the theory that consciousness is divided into seeing and seen, feeling and felt. The tree in your front yard and your experience of being Mind as conscious identity is one. A sense-world with which you are inherently in love and yourself are not two. Conscious being is experience.
Mary Baker Eddy speaks of progress resting on experience. Progress (theories giving place to facts) begins for man when Reason, intellectual perception gives him new eyes and he no longer sees himself in a space-time sense, verbalizing and taking thought about what he thinks he sees. With the extra-sensory-perception of Reason, a new world is constantly in the making.
Truth cannot be captured once and for all time, formulated, organized or promoted. Truth is individually discerned moment by moment. Truth is its own discerning Principle and this Principle is Reason. Reason introduces you to your own divinity or Good, to your own Truth, your own intuition. It removes all tempation to look to another as the Good or as a repository of Truth and thus an authority for your behavior. Reason takes away the concepts of superior and inferior and restores each individual to Mind as individual conscious identity.
A friend writes: “The one who has discovered the nature of matter to be atoms and molecules – electrons and protons in unimaginable activity, each atom a self-contained cosmos and 9elf-directing, will tell you that atomic force is Power so far beyond any preconception of power that it does not obey the laws of “orthodox arithmetic. ” He will also probably tell you that a butterfly’s wing, a piece of steel, an eyelash are composed of the same essential substance. If he is an Eddington, you will hear that the rainbow described by the spectroscope as a band of aethereal vibrations is the same rainbow that you describe as form, color, beauty. The physical elements – the scurrying electric charges – are guiltless of any intention to convey the impression of substance, color, beauty. The physical no less than the metaphysical is not oult there a+ to hotv _ in tha mind and we would add as MIND (God).
An article appeared in The Chicago Tribune recently entitled: “Radio noises hint Creation goes on. ” The article speaks of the theory “first advanced by such men as the English cosmologist, Dr. Fred Hoyle, that the creation of matter is still going on in space. “
The rejection of the purely physical nature of the universe is not new. A Greek of the sixth century B. C. recognized in the world the operation of a Logos – Reason – corresponding to the reasoning power in man. Later another Greek philosopher identified this Logos as possessing all knowledge and power, ruling in all forms of life, and called it Nous or Mind. Still later, Socrates, through intuition and the exercise of Reason, came to the conclusion that Good is the reality or essence of this Logos or Life-Principle – the Reason that is the reason for all that lives or seems to live. This discernment is voiced in the Gospel of St. John: “In the beginning was the Word – the Logos – and the Word was with God and the Word was God. “
The Reason or intelligence that is “with God and is God” comes to our rescue when we are tempted to believe that some “awful” thing is happening or has happened because the appearance does not conform to what we have been educated to call good. With Reason for our awareness we have no reaction to appearances. We recognize that what is happening in death is Life; that what is happening in sickness is Health; that what is happening when the belief in good is giving place to the Good is the Good – “the power ruling in all forms of life. ” Good is the reason for the concept of good and also for its disappearance and reappearance in fairer form. With Reason, intellectual perception, for our thinking we shall make no attempt to gain the Good by giving up the bad, nor struggle to reach Truth by rejecting terror. ” Reason does not postulate Truth outside of the untrue for the reason that Truth is at once true and untrue according to one’s point of view, just as Good is simultaneously good and bad. It is as you choose. The seeing that is “threaded with Reason” does not mistake the belief in good for the Good, but recognizes that the Good in the belief or theory is the Good. Mary Baker Eddy makes a very enlightening statement about concepts: ” Mind, which forms the bud and the blossom, will care for the human body but let no mortal interfere by thrusting in the laws of erring human concepts. ” While all concepts are relatively Real (without Reality there would be no concept), until Reason opens our eyes to see that Reality, the Good, is the reason for the concept, the concept acts as an interference in our experience of the Real.
A friend said, “I start my day with the expectation of Good, and I find I have eyes for the Good in every incident. ” Good is the Reason for his expectation of Good, and the reason for the eyes. We do not see the Good because we expect to, but we expect to see it because Good is the seeing.
The Reason that is Mind using itself to reveal or disclose the infinitude and variety of itself, is the reason that man is rapidly losing sight of himself as a three-dimensional earthbound creature. Through the discipline of Science, he sees himself as conscious experience or conscious identity. In this seeing he takes no thought for himself since as conscious identity he is the thinking that is Mind identifying itself to itself. His Reason, or intellectual perception, which is himself tells him that what appears to be his attempts to transcend his limitations is the experience of his divinity.
We may give verbal assent to the intuition that our own awareness our own Soul or sensing – is the Man in the men that cross our path. But unless we are being Man as conscious identity, our verbalizations create a dualism of the seeing and seen. When we verbalize about what is happening we make two happenings. The intellectual Absolutist is the theoretical or philosophical Scientist laboring under the impression that his verbalizations his chattering about what is true is what is true or makes what is true, true. The Christian theologian is likewise a theorist. Without Reason or intelligence for their awareness they separate existence from being. But not so the Scientist, as Science he sees Life (being) in existence, he sees the idea in the concept, the divine in the human, the dynamics in the form, the Absolute in the relative. In other words, he sees MIND, his very own conscious being “in the rolling of worlds in the most subtle ether” or “in the falling of a sparrow and in the rolling of a world. “
Reason releases the power in the individual – his individuality – to be individual. It acts as self-discipline and is the elimination of all discrimination between races, colors, sexes, classes. However, with Reason buried in the Unconscious, man becomes a thing, dominated and manipulated, confused by apparent forces he can do nothing about. Without Reason for his thinking, he lacks courage to be himself; he cannot hear his intuitions of Reality and trust them to furnish the solution of his apparent problems; he has no demonstrated understanding and therefore nothing on which he can place any reliance. However lacking in original thinking he may seem to be, man is not a thing but is Mind infinitely individualized and is ever subject to the discipline of that fact. Our individuality metes out the discipline essential to its identity, but “let no mortal interfere by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts. ” If Reason is our awareness, we shall not fall into the trap of the theory that self-discipline is the attempt to shut out habitual thinking. Habitual thinking is shut out only by being original and – taking no thought for one’s self as either a thinker or a not-thinker.
The common view of individuality is one of a series of individualities. This view has evolved the social, economic and political theory that there is unity in conformity and in the repression of individuality. Actually, it is only by being original, individual as conscious identity, that we can expect to experience harmonious co-existence. It is like a chord of music in which each note must be itself in order to be in harmony with the whole. Life is one and when that one is demonstrated by thinking individually, it is demonstrated universally. The solution of all the problems which beset the human race today – past theories giving place to spiritual facts – lies in the selfdiscipline of our own individuality or divinity. He who lives life as conscious identity, lives the one Life and is being the Man that he sees in all men. If all the problems of human relationship lie in the theory that man is a “thing” instead of a thought, their solution must lie in the discovery (and its practice) that Man is Mind experiencing itself in everything that exists or seems to exist. In other words, existence is being, and when separated from being existence is an illusion. “Man’s hope is thought” because Man is thought. Dr. Schweitzer in his autobiography refers to “the spiritual and material misery which mankind of today is delivering itself through its renunciation of thinking. ” He also speaks of thinking as “elemental”; Mary Baker Eddy speaks of it as “elements”: “From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality and quantity. ” Thinking inevitably leads to the discovery that being is Spirit, and therefore that our being Man as conscious identity is infinite visibility.
Reason is Love and is the reason for our recognition that “By one’s self evil is done; by one’s self one suffers; by one’s self evil is left undone; by one’s self one is purified”
“My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self towards concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others’ interests alongside our own.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama