The Nature of Equality Part 2.
This that is so
Is not being
If it were
It could not be.
That which is expressed
Is not that.
At the perceptual level of existence nothing moves, nothing changes. Nothing comes into existence, nothing goes out of existence. Yet there is nothing that remains without change. Everything is either coming into existence, developing, decaying or going out of existence. Change and non-change, which is never ending yet never began, proceeds according to certain rules which are brought about by the interaction of being and not being. This is referred to as essential dualism.
The famous diagram the two fish of mythology is said to express the basic energy of the opposing yet complimentary forces of the universe. The white represents the active, outward principle in which an amount of the yielding principle is always present. The black is indicative of the receptive, stable principle which always has an amount of the active principle present. Each needs the other to exist and each is present within the other. They interweave, in various degrees, forming part of each other. Yet they are different. Thus accounting for all things that are and are not. But they are one. The varying combinations are sometimes called positive and negative aspects. The existence of this dualism is constantly obvious and is inherent in the nature of all things contained in the universe. These two forces are both paradoxical and complimentary. They are not two distinctive principles but two complimentary aspects of the same reality. Nothing is absolutely active or passive. Everything poccesses both an outward aspect and an inward aspect.
Dualism is not concerned with two distinctive elements of a composition, but rather with two forces implicated one in the other and neither being the negation of the other. These forces can never be seen in isolation but always together. Always containing each other. And although the previously referred to diagram makes an attempt by illustration to explain what equality is it is not that. These forces are always unequally distributed. There is always an equivalent amount of movement and stability. As it is both are products of the same entity. They influence each other, annihilate each other and reproduce each other. The constant movement of these two forces should tend toward balance, but never a perfect division otherwise change will cease and death occur. However, when one of these two tendencies is excessive it is to the detriment of the other. The imbalance that is created is evil. In themselves neither influence is good or bad because they cannot be isolated. It is the disproportionate amount of one or the other that is dangerous. And although they interpenetrate, an absolute balance of each influence will only counter the other. The result will be stagnation and decline. The more the sage tries to explain this dualism, the more it seems to defy conscious definition. One would do better to be more concerned about its manifestations and set about to illustrate its part in the scheme of things. The key to gathering and understanding of true equality is to accept what essential dualism is. Yet it seems that words cannot fully explain what it is in rational terms. Words can only give you an indicator. It is only by the constant observation of these manifestations that you will develop the perception of its existence. The origins of this concept had been lost with the transition of time. It has existed long before the written word. But for those of us that wish to gain the insight and the perception into the being and nonbeing of the universe it is necessary to understand the workings of nature in all her beauty and her fury. The progression of night into day, thence into the constantly changing seasons suggests that there is a rhythm to life. And with this rhythm a vibration that is harmony and knowledge. If one acts with an understanding of nature’s ways.
Nothing is evil in itself
Excess is the fault
The way that can be expressed in words
Is not the real way.
Within this seemingly meaningless and contradictory infinity, there is the way. The way is the right way. The only possible course that you can follow. That is, if you are to accord with the balances that govern your life. It is the reason for your existence. Resistance to your true path will cause needless pain and the frustration of an unfulfilled life.
To live and die
The manner of who we are.
It is necessary to let go of the excessive influences and expectations of an outside world. To discover who you are, you need to be able to empty yourself of the superficial desires and rubbish you have accumulated over a lifetime. Then you will be guided by the way. This is the source and the power for your direction in life.
Respond to needs when they arise
Carefully refrain from doing whatever is
The art of life requires knowledge of when and how to act; but also when not to act. External circumstances may set the material stage but it is the discipline of self that will open the door to the knowledge of being and nonbeing.