I read Tao of Physics avidly and realized that duality of mind stays but it teaches is something profound. I’m used to this “enlighten” trap and did my own research around year 2000 – reading possible eastern/Indian classics and Buddha’s teachings. Realization never happened just reading them. But had the same taste of reading that profound truth again with parallels being drawn with Physics. Sub atomic particles cannot be measured for location and momentum simultaneously but when one is measured the other is devoid. I was amazed knowing that Taoism, Zen and Buddha’s Teachings are just a different manifestation of the same profound truth.
Eastern mystics always say this: “whoever seen it, can’t express and those express, never seen it” contradictory yet true to Descartes state of mind. I’d like to quote a Upanishad verse:
Where there’s duality, as it were, there one sees another, there one smells another, there one tastes another…But when everything has become one’s own self, then whereby and whom would see? then whereby and whom would one smell? then whereby and whom would one taste?
In the words of Taoist Guru – Chuang Tzu:
My connection with the body and its parts is dissolved. My perceptive organs discarded. Thus leaving my material form and bidding farewell to my knowledge, I become one with Great Pervader. This I call sitting and forgetting all things.
There’s one from a Tamil poet, let me attempt to get a translation for that:
formed, unformed, with, without
as smell and flowers, as sound and light
as embryonic and full life, as dependent and fateful
great providence come forth as guru to protect and preserve us.
After deep contemplation, I reckon realization may happen and happen not! But some eastern mystics still had ways to overcome the Maya and achieve realization or Brahman. What I assess after all these research and deep reading, is it
- introduces the concept of duality without ambiguity
- states that there’s a ultimate consciousness that is attainable where observer ceases and observer and observed melts yet both exist – how & when attains it – nobody knows not
Practically what I’ve gained is to treat the dual nature of an act as equal in all realms, for example life goes through pain and pleasure cycles and this has to be accepted as it is, whenever pain afflicts, pleasure is next affliction waiting. Yin & Yang in action. Also eastern mystics and various self-help gurus always talk about diet – more of vegetables and less/no meat. I totally agree with them, it gives a refreshing mind and body and prepares one towards greatness in life.