Non Duality : The Final Frontier Of The Mind

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I remember a recurrent dream as a kid, growing up.
A tall building was on fire, and I was in it.
I jumped from a window and went headlong, falling, falling, falling…
And at the moment , just before I could hit the ground,
And get smashed into smithereens….
Be dead and destroyed….
I woke up….
To find myself clutching the sheets and the edges of the bed,
Bathed in a cold sweat….
Heart palpitating….
Drenched with the fear….

Of the something{me}touching nothing...
And becoming nothing itself...

It didn't happen..

And a sense of relief from it….

But the fear must have lurked in the subconscious...

Non duality - the final frontier of the mind.

A concept which is often taken as the truth.
Whatever that means.

The mind moves the way it moves.
I do not direct its flow.
Nor its direction.
The frontiers of the mind getting pushed over the edge.
Hurtling into the abyss
Plunging headlong…
Cutting time.
Cutting space.
Moment of impact…


Nothing touching nothing.
Nothing touching everything.

No ground to stand on, or hit.
No need for clinging.

Fear eradicated.
Seen as non exiting.

Its not about reaching some final point of perfection.

All of life is already the perfect expression.

The citadel crumbles.
The created edifice gone.
In its place, an empty space.
In itself having no perceptible existence.

Awareness aware of being aware......

To itself, and, to the ruins of a concocted structure.

Juxtaposition of the two concepts cancelling its own validity.

So, whether I find myself standing in a toy shop,
Looking for gifts for my grandchildren;
Or sharing a fragrant aromatic meal in a Veitnamese restaurant;
Or even being frustrated, with the potholes and traffic on the road.

All, appearing and disappearing, instantaneously.

All of life is already the perfect expression.
The sun and its effulgence.

The perceptible and the imperceptible,
Locked together.
Uniquely, in every moment,
In every movement,
In an ever unfolding perfect expression.
The form and the formless.
Always coming together,
Forever cancelling each other out.
In the eternal dance.
The dance of Shiva.
Eternally new.
Ever refreshed.


The Significance of Shiva's Dance:

This is a unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life.

This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. The dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).

A Scientific Metaphor:

Fritzof Capra in his article "The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," and later in the The Tao of Physics beautifully relates Nataraj's dance with modern physics. He says that "every subatomic particle not only performs an energy dance, but also is an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction…without end…For the modern physicists, then Shiva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter. As in Hindu mythology, it is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence and of all natural phenomena."

The overall temper of the image is paradoxical, uniting the inner tranquility, and outside activity of Shiva.


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Well Said!

Very well said, Mia. I've heard of so many people having falling dreams where they wake up just prior to impact during their childhood days but I've never heard that explanation of its meaning. Magnificently done, to say the least.

Also, Thanks for The Significance of Shiva's Dance, I had never heard it nor of Fritzof Capra's relating it to Modern Physics.

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Elijah_NatureBoy | Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:08
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Eastern mysticism

Thank you Elijah.

Fritjof Capra's "The Tao Of Physics", is an old classic exploring the parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism.


MAI | Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:24
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Books To Read!

Thanks Mia, I'v put it in my Books To Read file.

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Elijah_NatureBoy | Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:39