from the Free eBook “Light of Be-ing“
Duality / Separation – the belief in the separate and dual nature of the universe, the world, one’s self and being, from the macro to the micro, and all that is. It is the illusional perception and rendition of the nature of reality by ones mind and ego-self.
“There is no duality. Your present knowledge is due to the ego and is only relative. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. It is as it is.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Duality / Separation
In the minds world of concepts and beliefs, Duality reigns supreme. It is what separates us, defines us, binds and enslaves us to who we are not, a separate Entity, Individual. It objectifies and divides the whole, twisting what is to what one believes it to be.
It is that concept of separation that creates misunderstanding and confusion, as one pretends the unreal is real. The belief in Duality is so powerful that even the Yin and Yang concept is often mistakenly conceived of as a symbol of dualism, when in actually it is meant to convey the notion that all apparent opposites are complementary parts of a non-dual whole.
Within the Yin, there is Yang, and in the Yang, Yin. It is the same for all opposites, for each contains the other. Each is a synergistic whole, indivisible, and only the mind’s false identification with Duality and Separation imagines otherwise.
“All separation, every kind of estrangement and alienation is false. All is one…”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The very essence of Duality and Separation is founded in judgments. And judgments are based on opinions and beliefs one has accepted as truth through either cognitive, logical reasoning or personal observation and experience.
Duality is but a label, and separation an illusion. The problem arises when Duality is given the status of a Universal Law of reality. It is in fact, an arbitrary designation, one in which many invest most of their belief systems.
A battery has a (-) neg pole and a (+) pos pole. You cannot separate one from the other, as then you would not have a battery. It is the synergy of the whole that energy flows through, in this case electricity. To call them opposites is not only inaccurate, it creates a false image of its reality.
Duality and its labels only serve as a function of communication, and as such, have no reality in their own right. Separation exists only as a construct and concept of ones mind and ego-self.
To understand the nature of reality, is to realize you are not the individual, and that you truly are the Universe and the Universe is you.
Who you really are asks, “Can you, without judgment, thoughts and beliefs, observe reality as it is, casting aside the nonsense of Duality / Separation?
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