Communicating Nonduality

by Robert Wolfe on August 8th, 2012

The “communication” you speak of between the “awake” and the “sleeping” is a delicate matter (I have found).

Krishnamurti once made the point that it is fruitless to speak from the view of the Absolute to one whose only frame of reference is the relative. Yet, this doesn’t suggest that one doesn’t speak.

What one does, I’d say, is to attempt to begin communication on a common ground. For Krishnamurti, this common ground is that anyone is able to see that the human condition is a disaster. For Buddha, the common ground was that all have noticed that “life is a condition of sufferance”. For some other teachers, the common ground is that it is obvious that our ego-centeredness gets us into deep trouble. From even tacit agreement on any of these points, it is possible for a fruitful dialogue to follow.

Another reliable common ground is that virtually everyone harbors at least some speculation concerning that mystery which is called the Omnipresent. It is almost a definition of the “unawakened” to say that this noumenon will be countenanced in a dualistic light. So, this is a very immediate juncture for a dialogue to begin, and to proceed the most directly.

When we perceive the “identity” of the Omnipresent—all that is, both existent and non-existent—we must recognize our “own” identity: that we have none apart from That. This is a fly-swatter for the ego, without the ego even seeing it coming. Therefore, it seems to me, the most direct penetration is to elucidate that the I must be merely a form of appearance of the all-pervasive, formless Omnipresent.

But of course, as Jesus pointed out, not every seed that is planted will be seen to sprout before our very eyes. That is no reason not to be responsive, though. This is regarded in the sutras as, “action without concern for outcome.” What else are you going to do with your allotted time? Thus, you can write: “This manifestation is THAT Light, and has been so pervaded by it that there is no longer interest in anything but THAT Light.” This attitude will recognize Light wherever it shines.


A further comment:

You write, “It seems to me that when this Wholeness speaks…it is saying: I am all-inclusive and cannot be limited in any manner.” Well said.

Assuming that the all-inclusive is the ultimate source of any and every thought, why separate out “negative” thoughts?

Better to ask (or contemplate), perhaps: That (by whatever name) being the ultimate source of the bodily organism; its brain; so-called mind; and thus all ensuing thoughts, how is it that divisive thoughts are of no more ultimate significance, or consequence, than unitive thoughts? Given that It cannot be limited in any manner, what is it that wholeness “cannot be”?

Of what importance, finally, are any thoughts? In deep sleep, none even arise. And yet wholeness is present, unaffected.

Posted in Advaita, Questions, Unpublished    Tagged with Nonduality, Jesus, Krishnamurti, awake, sleeping, Absolute, omnipresent, sutras, Light, Buddha


Reggy - June 20th, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Tai Chi is a practice that one would think might appeal to "seekers". As a Tai Chi teacher and practitioner, you would think that students/friends, family, someone, anyone would in any way be interested in "That", "This", "It".....and yet, maybe one student out of hundreds has ever asked a question in that realm. Apparently, few are the "people" in which these thoughts and inclinations arise....amazing for someone in whom this is all that bangs around inside the head (but only for the last 40 years :-))...."isn't EVERYONE obsessed with these "questions"? ....once again.....apparently not.

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