DUALISM AND NON-DUALISM

Dualism and non-dualism can both be fixations in their own turn. Dualism is a fixation on dualities like Good-Evil, Right-Wrong, True-False, I am-I am not, etc. Non-dualism fixates on some kind of oneness in a quantitative sense.

My understanding is that duality is never black and white as it is treated by non-dualism. Duality is a reference to the two ends of a gradient scale that extends to infinity at both ends.

When we look at the duality of HOT-COLD, it is best viewed as a temperature scale which refers to temperature changing in infinitesimal gradients. At one end of this scale the temperature may be viewed as gradually getting hotter. At the other end of the same scale the temperature may be viewed as gradually getting cooler.

The mathematical duality is infinite-zero applied to something-nothing. On this mathematical scale of numbers, the integers may appear to be discrete, but between two integers we have fractions, and between two fractions we have irrational numbers. So, the mathematical scale of numbers is really a continuum without any gaps even at infinitesimal level.

Any duality like Good-Evil, Right-Wrong, True-False, I am-I am not, in reality, is a continuum of infinitesimally varying values with no gaps in between anywhere. There is nothing wrong with the ideas of duality and non-duality, but fixations on duality and non-duality, alike, are the result of subjective and narrow viewpoints.

So in reality there is a single scale with two ends that extend to infinity on either side. This realization settles the confusion between dualism and non-dualism.

In Christianity, the Church and many Christians have fixation on the duality of CREATOR-CREATION. This is expressed more concretely in their view of God and the world–with human kind.

In New Age religions and among many Hindus there is fixation on non-dualism of “SAT-CHIT-ANAND (TRUTH-CONSCIOUSNESS-BLISS)”. This is an abstraction, which is expressed as this world being a dream state (illusion).

Out of these fixations on Dualism and Non-dualism come inconsistencies such as the following:

(1) CHRISTIANITY – “We are saved not by perfect works, but by belief in Jesus.” This makes everything mental and subjective. There is no balance between subjective thinking and objective doingness.

(2) HINDUISM – Brahma (ultimate reality) is a singularity and the only awake state. Everything else is a “dream state” (illusion). There is no balance between subjective and objective viewpoints.

(3) PHILOSOPHY – Everything is subjective. You can never be objective. This is another way of stating (2) above.

These inconsistencies have affected the education of many. The common denominator of these inconsistencies is black and white thinking.

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Comments

  • vinaire  On January 10, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    I wonder if Christianity entertains such concepts. Hubbard was on to it in Scientology, but didn’t quite wrap it up.

    In Christianity, the Church and many Christians have fixation on the duality of CREATOR-CREATION. In New Age religions and among many Hindus there is fixation on non-dualism of “SAT-CHIT-ANAND (TRUTH-CONSCIOUSNESS-BLISS)”.

    A fixation on the duality of CREATOR-CREATION is too “concrete”. A fixation on this non-duality of TRUTH-CONSCIOUSNESS-BLISS is too “abstract”. Both are deviations from reality.

  • vinaire  On January 10, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    Most people have fixation on the BODY-SOUL duality. It is quite a fun to meditate on this fixation. The middle-path of Buddhism is the most practical one.

  • Virendra  On January 11, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Your views in themselves are dualistic while you are tending toward singularism.
    It is just another form of philosophy not a quantitative principle.

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