Is non-duality good and duality bad?

Thanks for the discussion and your question about non-duality and teachers of non-duality.

From a quick listen to Rupert Spira so far it seems to be high quality teaching. The design of his site is exquisite! See HERE

As with other luminaries e.g Tolle and Wilber I would make the following comment;

In brief non-duality & duality are both gifts of life (God if you prefer or the Whole) – both are essential, both are ongoing. We need to work both wings in complementary harmony. The goal of life is not to eliminate duality, but to have strong, complementary synergistic experiences of duality and non-duality! Harmony requires diversity and vv.

The separate self is good – hallelujah! The small self is good – without it we would have no mastery of self. Without it no comedians would lift our spirits. Without it no artist would create.

As the great Zen Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

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This is an enormous field – see the work by Jerry Katz HERE (1000+ very long pages!) and HERE

I tried to build some of these ideas into the 60 Seconds Meditation (for galloping frenetically-busy people) – HERE

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Or as Stuart GuruStu Rosen HERE put it
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2 thoughts on “Is non-duality good and duality bad?

  1. I would argue that if you claim non-duality to be “good” and duality “bad” then you are in fact creating a false dichotomy of opposites because duality exists inside on non-duality, which means you are still arguing from a dualistic point of view (Ie. you’re stuck in the parts and in a limited perspective). To rest in non-duality does not mean that you reject duality or make claims that it is bad, you just have transcended the illusion of duality and can act accordingly.

    We are here in this “separate” body to have the experience of duality, because it is only in time and space we can grow…

    • Thanks Christian – I agree.

      From the perspective of the One Whole/God we are non-existent. We can however only talk about and experience degrees of Oneness because we are citizens of two worlds.

      As Heschel says (1971 p. 8):

      Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm; we name and exploit reality in another. Between the two we set up a system of references, but can never fill the gap. They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.

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