Duality vs. Non-Duality
Eric has a lot of strong opinion on this topic, which creates strong reactions in others. He basically likens non-duality spirituality to evil (the Darkside.) I found that offensive at first. I respect his view but find it limited. The practice of non-duality can be summed in the reading of the Tao Te Ching. While I don’t necessarily follow it, they are certainly not in league with evil.
The practice of non-duality can be summed in the reading of the Tao Te Ching. While I don’t necessarily follow it, they are certainly not in league with evil. To those that follow this path (Buddhists, Hindu’s and Doaists), the world is fake and illusionary. Our actions have reactions (karma) and it colors and paints the “reality” we perceive. When we act in an unethical way, we cater to the illusion. When we act without doing, we break the illusion. This is very hard to do.
Duality, when studied, leads us to our suffering. This is a point made in Buddhism, Hinduism and the like… which Eric said in the prior chapter that Buddha and Krishna are the fingers of God. So how could the fingers of God be the carriers of the Darkside?
Non-duality doesn’t mean you let the person suffering just suffer. You help, realizing you’re in an illusion/simulation… but you help in a different way. Your actions in the illusion still carry a karmic return. This good karma, for positive ethic, helps break free of the illusion. You might “teach without saying a word.” Or you might decide to stop labeling “good” and “bad.”
I know this is very controversial. But you can think of it in the Hindu story of Krishna meeting Arjuna. Krishna being a God reveals himself to Arjuna (a spiritual seeker.) Arjuna is excitied and tells Krishna that he will never leave him. Krishna and Arjuna walk awhile… until Arjuna sees a village on fire. He rushes in to put out the flames. Then there is another catestrophy and more problems. Arjuna stays with the villagers… time passes… years go by. Arjuna is now married and has children. One day he sees Krishna again… he is shocked. In a moment, he lost his way, all with good intentions.
The story is hard, because the first gut reaction is, “so should Arjuna not have helped?” The idea here, is that if you help, you simply create a temporary solution. You help now, but they will suffer soon after. If you keep catering to the physical needs, you are like a doctor who only treats the outer condition and not healing the source of the problem.
I myself am on the fence with this philosophy. It was a point that caused me to walk from Buddhism … as they didn’t believe one could spiritually help another, until one was the Buddha (enlightened.) So they choose to not get involved in many worldly affairs. I felt it was off and walked away.
Later on I saw the opposite problem! I found spiritual people who got so rapt up in the world, that they forgot their spiritual goals… just like Arjuna. I, myself, have done this many a time. While I can’t tell you where I stand on the subject, I can tell you that being a Non-Duality person, does not make you evil. Such a person is looking for Oneness with the creator… that eternal non-duality.
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