"…the world is both fundamentally dual and non-dual at the same time…"
It is important to define what one understands that world to be... especially when considering both its proposed non-dual and dual formation.
What if the one world is the extant world of sensorially contactable reality, and the other world an abstract, speculative, conceptual and thus “RAREFIED” world in the mind?!
- In the abstract, speculative, conceptual and thus “RAREFIED” world-of-the-mind, the tool (the mind itself aided by the sensorial system) that we humans use to figure out what the nature is of the world within which we exist (and which of course simultaneously exists within us), cannot help but “throwing in” dualist conclusions into the mix of the analytical data that it offers up for further consideration.
Extra care is needed to sort through those data in order to ascertain which data are characteristic of what is under investigation and which data are characteristic of the measuring or investigative tool used in the investigation.
For example, the knife we use to see what the inside of a loaf of bread looks like, will cut the loaf of bread and show its inside, however the cut itself is a characteristic of the cutting tool and not necessarily a direct characteristic of the bread itself.
Hence when one uses a dualist tool (a handy knife-like implement to distinguish, separate and grade qualities) to analyze a “thing” (e.g. the world), whatever one can conclude about the nature of that “thing” (e.g. the world) needs to be seriously investigated as to which aspects of that nature are actually a characteristic of the tool and which aspects are aspects of the “thing” (e.g. the world) one wants to get an understanding of.
The result of a measurement of something we measure, all too often also includes the characteristics of the measuring tool. Also one should always take great care that that what we are measuring that it does not take on the characteristics of the measuring tool itself.
- What I see then as the world, is “one real sensorially distinguishable non-dual world”, in which we humans operate a 'distinctions-finding-tool' (a dualizing analyzing mind) that can indeed come to an understanding (grasping, grokking) of that world. And, while we humans use that tool (our mind) to appreciate more about the world, we also take great care to acknowledge that that what our mind offers (the conglomerate set of distinct data that represents that world) that within the mind itself, its representation can posture AS THOUGH it is that world (a posturing that elsewhere I called “megalomania of a dysfunctional mind”) while we (the users of the mind) however know that that mental representation is only “maya”, an illusive replica, a rarefied carbon copy, so to say, of the extant world within which we exist and which of course simultaneously exists within us.
Comment by Mitesh Farsodia:
I love the last line, "... the extant world within which we exist and which of course simultaneously exists within us".
16 April, 2011
16 April, 2011