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Elizabeth Reninger

One & Many

By December 3, 2012

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A passage here from Wei Wu Wei's Posthumous Pieces*, which I'll be playing with in a subsequent post .... (comments in brackets are mine)

The multiplication of objects produced by the splitting of "mind" into subject and its objects does not necessarily imply the multiplying of consciousness as such. This is a crude and ingenious supposition, pardonable perhaps, but totally unacceptable to developed intelligence [inference & sensory direct perception] as also to noumenal inseeing [yogic direct perception].

The rectification of this error ... is easy enough to comprehend. Thereby the entification [i.e. constructing as an "entity" or objective "thing"] of phenomenal subject must disappear: subject, even regarded as singular, is apperceived as noumenon, and all that is sensorially perceptible is apperceived as phenomena. Then everything becomes an object in "mind" or "consciousness," and no subjective element remains phenomenally at all.

Apparent subjectivity is thus seen as second-degree or reflected subjectivity, somewhat like one source of light reflected in a thousand mirrors, infinitely varied in reception, according to the form and situation of the mirror in space-time, but all being diversified reflections of the single source.

This, of course, is only a provisional picture, still a dualistic interpretation of split-mind, but in this imperfect manner we can all apprehend it. Metaphysically "mind" or "consciousness" is neither more nor less singular than it is plural, both of which are entirely conceptual, as is "mind" itself. What is referred to as "whole-mind" or "consciousness" is a concept also, but it can be a symbol for what we are, which is all we possibly could be, or "I."

* Wei Wu Wei's comment on his choice of title for the book:

These pieces are called "posthumous,"
Not because I am "dead";
Unborn, that is forever impossible,

But because they are,
Which is inevitable.

They are tombstones,
A record of living intuitions
Which, embalmed in relative terminology,
Are well and truly dead.

(How's that for cutting to the chase :)


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