It would be a waste of your time and mine
if I didn't have something new to write
Long ago I decided I would take
into my own hands because I found
out that what I thought I knew,
what I had been taught
wasn't what knowledge of the deep
kind is about.
"Out of what is in itselt an indistinguishable,
swarming continuum, devoid of distinction (sunyata), or emphasis,
our senses make for us, by attending to this motion and ignoring
that, a world full of contrasts, of sharp accents, of abrupt changes,
of picturesque light and shade. Helmholtz says that we notice
only those sensations which are signs to us of things. But what
are things? Nothing, as we shall abundantly see, but special groups
of sensible qualities, which happen practically or aesthetically
to interest us, to which we therefore give substantive names,
and which we exalt to this exclusive status of independence and
The first thing I really knew was that
I didn't really know.
To know, as the poet E Browning
Well I had better cite her completely
"There is an inmost centre
in us all,
where truth abides in fulness,
and, wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in.
And to know rather consists in opening out a way
whence the imprisoned splendor may escape
than in affecting entry for a light supposed to be without."
Knowledge is not just what we can
shovel in, but ultimately what
we can dig out.
To know is to express
It turns out, I have found,
that the supreme quest
each of us are destined to attain
is to be what we are. We do not have to
go somewhere else. We do not have to listen to anyone else. We
don't have to be anything else. We don't have to find any other
Reverend Sirs, time is precious. Don't make the mistake of following
others in desperately studying meditation or the Path, learning
words or phrases, seeking after the Buddha or patriarchs or good
friends. Followers of the Path, you have only one father and one
mother. What else do you want? Look into yourselves . An ancient
sage said that Yajna-datta thought he had lost his head [and sought
after it], but when his seeking mind was stopped he realized that
he had never lost it.
Now, you may already know this,
so what can I offer that is new?
What we are is not what "they"
say we are.
and there is a real big problem
has to do with our languaging.
Our language is not the reality
"The word is not the thing"
"Every individual is at once the beneficiary
and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been
born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the
accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in
so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness
is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality,
so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words
for actual things." [TDOP Huxley 23]
So whenever we talk about reality
using words of course
we are not saying the truth
except for the word word.
But we can come to believe that
the words are real
after all they are all we got
and start to act as if they are
that makes them real
That is the illusion
Some go farther
And act/believe that they are
ALL that is real
that is the delusion
Bergson was also aware of the spurios reality of
"things" because, - as he himself pointed out - thought
creates things by slicing up reality into small bits that it can
easily grasp. Thus when you are think-ing you are thing-ing. Thought
does not report things, it distorts reality to create things,
and, as Bergson noted, "In so doing it allows what is the
very essence of the real to escape." Thus to the extent we
actually imagine a world of discrete and separate things, conceptions
have become perceptions, and we have in this manner populated
our universe with nothing but ghosts.
Einstein says we are part of the Whole
Plotinus says that when there is no distinction
there is no difference
The Bible says "When one is with
They are the same spirit"
Schroedinger cites the Tat vat ami
Eckhardt says we don't stand apart
We may whisper I am he
This is not new, but the way this
is that it is our concepts that
tear reality apart
and play a cruel joke on some
of us. Reality is Now.
And the process of creating a
concept (thinking about)
This removes us from the Now.
Feelings of separateness
HOW BIG IS OUR UMBRELLA?
And when we pause from all this research, and put theory temporarily
to rest, and when we relax into the primordial ground of our own
intrinsic awareness, what will we find therein? When the joy of
the robin sings on a clear morning dawn, where is our consciousness
then? When the sunlight beams from the glory of a snow-capped
mountain, where is consciousness then? In the place that time
forgot, in this eternal moment without date or duration, in the
secret cave of the heart where time touches eternity and space
cries out for infinity, when the raindrop pulses on the temple
roof, and announces the beauty of the divine with every single
beat, when the moonlight reflects in a simple dewdrop to remind
us who and what we are, and when in the entire universe there
is nothing but the sound of a lonely waterfall somewhere in the
mists, gently calling your name-where is consciousness then?
"My friend, all theory is gray, and the
Golden tree of life is green."
Here is the new part. When we
remove ourselves from the Now, and enter the conceptual dimension.
we necessarily use the tools of this domain of things. The tools
of the Now are different. The tools of the Now are relationships
- interactionings. For it is the relationships, the interactionings,
the what things are doing to eachother that are common to eachother.
So when the tools of the concept
declare an impossible unity, they are right!
So who is the joke on?
A survey of the literature focusing
on the fundamental principles of relationships reveals an intriguing
if not surprising story. It's difficult for me to say it right
now, but it seems that no single person tells the whole story
of relationships. Most often a single person has a single idea
along with a vested interest. But when they all taken into consideration,
they are not competing ideas, but complementary concepts. They
are like the facets of a diamond.
"Hence this life of yours
which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence,
but is, in a certain sense, the whole; only this whole is not
so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This
as we know, is what the Brahmins express in the sacred, mystic
formula which is yet so simple and so clear: "Tat tvam asi.",
this is you...and not merely "someday" but today, every
day she is bringing you forth, not once, but thousands upon thousands
of times, just as every day she engulfs you a thousand times over,
for eternally and always there is only now, and the same now;
the present is the only thing that has no end.
When we see parts, the parts are
only parts that we see. Seeing parts does not prove that parts
are all there is to see.
And one more thing, you can argue
about God all you want, you can say there is no God, or you can
say there is only your God, but the fact of the matter is that
there is a unseen kind of energy in some other unseeable dimension
that is non-local (it's effects are simultaneous) and is nearly
infinite in scope and potential. It is the source of all the energies
of the fields, accounts for synchronicity and above unity energies.
Call it whatever you want, it is a lot more than we can even imagine.
We are all interconnected by an unseen field "like islands
in a pond" which is the source of all matter and the ground
of the Universe.
New Concepts of Matter, Life & Mind
Advances in the new sciences suggest a further modification of
this assumption about the nature of reality. In light of what
scientists are beginning to glimpse regarding the nature of the
quantum vacuum, the energy sea that underlies all of spacetime,
it is no longer warranted to view matter as primary and space
as secondary. It is to space or rather, to the cosmically extended
"Dirac-sea" of the vacuum that we should grant primary
reality. The things we know as matter (and that scientists know
as mass, with its associated properties of inertia and gravitation)
appear as the consequence of interactions in the depth of this
universal field. In the emerging concept there is no "absolute
matter," only an absolute matter- generating energy field.
now, time to come back to earth
To here and now.
Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself
and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects
affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be
studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done,
because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear
system can give a good idea of the behavoir of the whole."
In a true system...not all
macroscopic properties follow from the properties of components
and combinations. Macroscopic properties often do not result from
static structures, but from dynamic interactions playing both
within the system and between the system and its environment...A
human being falling in love -- perhaps only once in a lifetime
-- changes the life of the community of which he or she is a part.
Such considerations already hint at the fact that a systemic view
of necessity leads to a dynamic perspective. Quite generally,
a system becomes observable and definable as a system through
its interactions. (The Self-Organizing Universe." p24)
The systems view looks at the world in terms of
relationships and integration. Systems are integrated wholes whose
properties cannot be reduced to those of smaller units. Instead
of concentrating on basic building blocks or basic substances,
the systems approach emphasizes basic principles of organization.
Every organism- from the smallest bacterium through the wide range
or plants and animals to humans is an integrated whole and thus
a living system. ...But systems are not confined to individual
organisms and their parts. The same aspects of wholeness are exhibited
by social systems- such as an anthill, a beehive, or a human family-
and by ecosystems that consist of a variety of organisms and inanimate
matter in mutual interaction. What is preserved in a wilderness
area is not individual trees or organisms but a complex web of
relationships between them.
All these natural systems are wholes whose specfic
structures arise from the interactions and interdependence of
their parts. The activity of systems involves a process known
as transaction- the simultaneous and mutually interdependent interaction
between multiple components."
GENERAL SYSTEMS THEORY
"Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science
with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear
causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes
of many variables requires new categories of interaction, transaction,
"These considerations lead to the postulate of a new scientific
discipline which we call general system theory. It's subject matter
is formulation of principles that are valid for "systems"
in general, whatever the nature of the component elements and
the relations or "forces" between them...
"General system theory, therefore, is a general science of
The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression, "The whole
is more that the sum of its parts" is simply that constitutive
characteristics are not explanable from the characteristics of
the isolated parts. "