Tag Archive: non-duality


Samsara stems from Nirvana. Nirvana is not attained through Samsara. Samsara is an illusion which the conceptual mind continuously creates. It never departs from Nirvana, because it is not “real.” The moment you object to this concept, and begin to conceptualize, you are back at work creating Samsara. You’re never departing from Nirvana; this is impossible. It is only through Nirvana that Samsara can be created. Note how this is the opposite of the way this issue is typically approached. Samsara is effort, Nirvana is effortless. This is why Karma permeates all of Samsara. Karma is intentional action. It is an active process, and through this active process Samsara comes into existence.

Imagine that you are running. This running is an intentional effort. The moment you stop running, you are still. Stillness is the natural state. It does not take intentional effort to be still. You stop making intentional effort to run, and you are still. This is how it is with Samsara and Nirvana, illusion and reality. I say “illusion,” but I do not mean this in a derogatory sense. Nirvana expresses itself through the infinite manifestations of Samsara.

Many Spiritual types place great emphasis on shedding illusion, finding the “truth,” which naturally opposes what is “false.” This discrimination is of the same conceptual mind that brings about the “illusion” in the first place! They are missing their own truth, by being so caught up in separating themselves from “illusion.” You see, Nirvana expresses as Samsara. Samsara is inherent in Nirvana. So when you really grasp the “truth,” you see the non-dual, and all discrimination ends. This opens up true freedom, which is why enlightenment is called liberation. Now everything is just a big play, or experiment. When you see “All as One,” as the common expression goes, you are free to participate in any aspect of reality you would like. You don’t become attached to any particular aspect either, because that doesn’t make sense either, in light of this Truth which has no opposite. Now you can float through eternity, playing with the infinite amount of potential causes and effects.

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Typically, there is a split seen between theory and practice. This is one of the huge splits that has caused the duality in the world. Theory roughly equates to rationalism, which roughly equates to Eastern Philosophy. Practice roughly equates to empericism, which roughly equates to Western Philosophy. Oddly enough, Eastern philosophy teaches, as its goal, to NOT THINK and JUST BE. It seems the conclusion of rationalism is something like empericism! Western philosophy teaches that subjectivity should be weeded out through objectively provable systems. These systems are grounded in solid theory. It seems the conclusion of empericism is something like rationalism!

The split remains because it is a rare thing to see, and admit, that the apparent dualism is no dualism at all. Only dualistic in words. Thus, you get followers of the East criticizing Western thought, and followers of the West criticizing Eastern thought. All too often you will see a follower of Eastern thought on his sort of passive-aggressive high horse, saying something like “You’re thinking too much! Just be!” The other side of the coin is the directly arrogant student of the West, who will call your thought “nonsense,” or something of that nature. It is a rare thing, indeed, to not classify other as wrong, or some sort of negative label.

Allow me to show a very basic process for how you can combine Theory and Practice, into a workable system that is both rationally sensible and practically provable. Assuming you have not already attained non-dual awareness, it must start with theory. In your theorizing, realize that your theory does not differ from the practical life experience. Try to see your life from an un-biased perspective, and come up with a theory that makes sense, and sounds pleasing. When you feel you have come up with a complete theory, stop the incessent need to perfect it. If a thought occurs to you, there is no reason to deny it. If you feel it is a GOOD thought, absorb it. If you feel it is not, do your best to ignore it. At this point, try to live life, and allow your feelings to guide you. Follow positive feeligns. This is where you ride the practical wave of the theory, and see its fulfillment. When you hit a sort of wall, this is when you must improve upon your theory. Do that, while not forgetting to live your life, and eventually you will feel complete again, and then ride that wave. The process repeats infinitely, for eternity.

In my reality, there are bread crumbs everywhere. They lead me to who I am, and who I have become, which is my highest idea of perfection. We all have them, and in all of our cases they lead us to our own conception of the same place. There is a reason that you are attracted to what you are attracted to, and that desirable feelings are stimulated by various things in your world. These are sign posts. They have a lot to teach you, and they are put there to help you remember. I lost the trail for a while, or at least it was reduced to a vague understanding of some general direction that I was heading. Funny how a simple moment of clarity can bring about the remembrance of who you are, and where you are going. It can be difficult to give an articulation that I am completely comfortable with. Am I speaking to myself through reality? Is reality speaking to me through itself? I would say my highest self is my reality, and that he/me/it is always delivering the message through various outlets, highlighting different aspects of it as it is appropriate. I feel like the things in my world are leaving me very specific messages, and when I read things that I have wrote in the past, I feel a sense of awe in seeing clearly that the messenger that reaches out to me in my reality is the same messenger that has written what I have written, and who I ultimately am; “I,” in fact, am the most direct manifestation.

This is related to the concept of relativity. Objects only exist in relation to the subject , which is defined through the point of focus. As we focus, the external reality is formulated in relation to that focus. The more “in tune” we are, the more apparent this becomes. This is because we are more at one with our reality, and therefore realities expression is a more clear and direct representation of you.

Chaos

An object arises
Its disintegration looms just ahead
My focus shifts
It is gone, back into the undifferentiated energy field
Its existence lies only in my mind
I stop projecting
All is gone
Chaos