Wednesday, January 15, 2003
"Only then does Kali look down from Her completely insane activities and gaze into the eyes of a Shiva who is now fully awake."
I sort of got off the subject with that attack of Vivekanandian rhetoric, but it does provide the segue into a discussion of the world.
If we are only oneness, and oneness only knows oneness, what is this thing we call the universe? It exists as an unthinkably enormous collection of objects in cause effect relationships, the seeming complete opposite of a oneness that knows only oneness. And unlike the oneness, which can be denied by anyone who hasn't known it directly, the reality of a speeding big rig truck is a mighty convincing case for the reality of the manifest universe. At the very least you must admit to its apparent reality.
So what's the relationship between the world and the oneness? Getting back to Kali and Shiva, the manifest reality (the apparent world) stands on the unmanifest reality (oneness that knows only oneness). Without the unmanifest to provide the foundation of being, the manifest doesn't have the ground to stand on.
Yet the unmanifest is somehow so "other" from the manifest as to seem entirely separate. If everything is one, why is there this separation?
There isn't, but you can only see this from the oneness side things. So until the oneness becomes known as one's own being, you've pretty much got to take it on faith that this oneness is really there at all. If you decide that it is and that you want to "find" it, you're probably going to want to do something about it. If not, you won't. It makes no difference to the oneness inside you. As much as it is the very foundation of who you are in your life, it has remained unmoved and unchanged for all of eternity.