HERMETIC  - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHIES
 

This World of "Ours" : Page I

By Wei Wu Wei



Painting by Hayashi

Samsara is a subjective state.It is a see-ing whereby subjectivity projects apparent objects by means of apparent subjects. This is called Duality.

These apparent subjects, negative as are all subjects, project apparent objects, positive as are all objects, via a psychic mechanism known as skandhas* whenever their subjectivity becomes identified with a supposed aggregation of such skandhas.

The apparent subjects and objects, as objects, are in no way different but, the subjects being negative and the objects positive, when they are perceived in the same direction of measurement, or dimension, or are "superimposed, " mutually fulfill one another (as do a photographic negative and positive), and then present a blank uniformity. So regarded they are no longer apparent as subject and object: they are one and void. Nirvana is also a subjective state.
It is a no-seeing whereby subjectivity, since it cannot perceive itself, is not manifest. This is called Non-duality.

Both states, which as subjectivity are identical, can only be differentiated by the projections known as sentient beings, whose faculty of apprehension is itself subjectivity, via the skandha-mechanism, and whose objective appearance is a projection of subjectivity as Samsara. 

Consequently, by a union or "superimposition" of the two states, negative and positive, they mutually fulfil one another and become a blank uniformity or void, which is represented by the term " pure consciousness. "

This is the resolution of false dualities such as Non-duality and Duality, of Nirvana and Samsara, of subject and object, and it is always void.

Note: There is no objective state, and there "are" no objects. Consciousness, experienced as subjectivity, alone "is" and it is NOT.

Neti Neti

Samsara is not things, but a seeing of things. This seeing is the positive counterpart of the negative which is Nirvana. Therefore Nirvana is also not any thing, but is a negative seeing or a seeing of no-things (a seeing that is a no-seeing, as Dr. Suzuki has put it).

There are no things in either—any more than there are in photographs, but light and shade only, distributed negatively as in Nirvana, then positively, when reversed, as in Samsara. The photographic film, however, is a projected object, whereas Nirvana is the subjective vision of the apparatus itself. Where a positive photograph shows a dark tree against a pale sky, the negative shows a pale tree-shaped hole in a dark background. The tree is a product of the imagination, an interpretation projected on to a pattern of light and shade.


Skandha*: Term for the five aggregates, which constitute the entirety of what is generally known as "personality":. The are corporality or form, sensation, perception, mental formation and consciousness. These aggregates are frequently referred to as " aggregates" of attachment, since (excluding the case arhats and buddhas) craving or desire attaches itself to them and attracts them ot itself; thus it makes of them objects of attachment and brings about suffering. (an excerpt from the Rider Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion)


 An Excerpt from the illuminating book of Wei Wu Wei: "Ask the Awakened" - The Negative Way. Publishers: Sentient Publications.

For those of you who are interested in Advaita, Chan, Zen or Tao, this book is a treasure to have and read - re-read again and again until subjectivity unfolds its secrets.

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