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ACAUSAL PRINCIPLE and Scholemn & Buddhism on NOTHINGNESS.
NOTES ON FORM.
As: "Being as Information" or:
"Existence as Information."
With the present popularity of the Law of Cause and Effect, KARMA, it is also time to remember that there is much evidence for an Acausal line of teaching as well. Jung, the I Ching, Milarepa and Burgoyne, for example.
"The more improbable an event, the more information it conveys."
DNA Watson, the Double Helix.
CAUSALITY AND DIVINATION.
"Evan M. Zuesse (1987) defines divination as "the art or practice of discovering the personal, human significance of future or, more commonly, present or past events." p.375.
"Zuesse has developed a topology of divining techniques, which includes three main types:
(1) intuitive divination, in which the diviner spontaneously "sees" or "knows" reality or the future;
(2) possession divination, in which spiritual beings are said to communicate through intermediary agents; and
(3) wisdom divination, in which the diviner decodes impersonal patterns of reality. Like the Chinese I ching and astrology, the Yoruba divining tray belongs to the last category."
What is the transmission of data in the DNA Code? The registering and reading of data on multiple levels - as in being SEMAINEIN.
See: and quote: Jung, Intro I Ching, e.g. wine tasting.
There are NO causal factors - no relationships between the 'flashes' of being in time - except their Yantric structures; energy is transmitted from a dualistic parallelism to an omni-directional, holographic paradigm. The hologram, the 'whole pattern' and no - 'thing' but the whole pattern.
This also emerges as simultaneous transmission - which is called syncronicity, there being no causal connection between the layers of activity.Is there both a Causal and an Acausal State with the Art? Or is Alchemy a 'Lam.Rim' or 'Graded Path'?
What is the Nature of Being? Or the Being of Nature?
Is It absolutely, or Relatively opposite to the static materializing condition we call 'Reality'? (The Abhidharma?)
"Art is not a profession but a path towards truth and self-realization both for the maker and the spectator."
Mookerjee, Tantra Art.
It is unfortunate that Mookerjee uses the term "self-realization" which should have been buried in the conceptual graveyard a long time ago. Also that there should be a dividing line between "maker" and "spectator". And worse, that the path should b seen as directional. A version of the above could read: -
"Art is Truth and Realization and Creation. Tantra IS the great message of this Awareness."
As the Moon is Exhalted in Taurus - which is The Alchemist in the Sacred Tarot, it would follow that Alchemy is a process of Revelation, as in Tantra.
Thus encoded within the artefacts of our experiential environment are the multiple layers of data, information or existing spontaneously in the moment. Therefore there is NO principle of cause and effect.
"The science of the I Ching, indeed, is not based on the causality principle (hitherto unnamed because not me with among us) which I have tentatively called the syncronistic principle. My occupation with the psychology of unconscious process long ago necessitated my casting around for another explanatory principle, because the causality principle seemed to me inadequate for the explanation of certain remarkable phenomena of the unconscious. Thus I found there are psychic parallelisms which cannot be related to each other causally, but which must stand in another sort of consciousness. This connection seemed to me to lie mainly in the relative simultaneity of the events, therefore the expression 'syncronistic'. It seems, indeed, as though time, far from being an abstraction, is a concrete continuum which contains qualities or basic conditions manifesting themselves simultaneously in various places in a way not to be explained by causal parallelism, as, for example, in cases of the coincident appearance of identical thoughts, symbols, or psychic states. Anther example would be the simultaneity of Chinese and European periods of style, a fact pointed by Wilhelm. They could not have been causally related to one another. Astrology would be another excellent example of manifest syncronicity if it had at its disposal thoroughly tested findings." C.G.Jung
The principle of syncronicity, here introduced by Jung, can be related to the 'dynamics of Yantra.'
Scholem on Nothingness;
In his "Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism", Prof. G. Scholem mentions
"...the concept of the mystical nothing."
"It is this mystical "nothingness" from which all the other stages of God's gradual unfolding in the Sefiroth emanate and which the Kabalists call the highest Sefirath, or the "supreme crown" of Divinity. To use another metaphor, it is the abyss which becomes visible in the gaps of existence. Some Kabbalists who have developed this idea, for instance Rabbi Joseph ben Shalom of Barcelona (1300) maintain that in every transformation of reality, in every change of form, or every time the status of a thing is altered, the abyss of nothingness is crossed and for a fleeting mystical moment becomes visible."
Buddhism shares this view, as is evidenced from the following quotation by the Buddha, in the VISHUDDHI MAGGA VIII: -
"Strictly speaking, the duration of the life of a living being is exceedingly brief, lasting only while a thought lasts. Just as a chariot wheel in rolling, rolls only at one point of the tyre and in resting, rests only at one point: exactly in the same way, the life of a living being lasts only for the period of one thought. As soon as that thought has ceased the being is said to have ceased. As it has been said:
"The being of a past moment of thought, has lived, but does not live, nor will it live.
The being of a future moment of thought, will live, but has not lived, nor does it live.
The being of a present moment of thought does live, but has not lived, nor will it live."
Which, as Scholem says, is:
"Nothing can change without coming into contact with this region of pure absolute Being which the mystics call Nothing."
Dr John Lilly gives a scientific view:
"As long as a cell has its own structure, it maintains only structural relations between molecules in itself: it is said (Duvigneau) that each and every atom in a cell is eventually changed for another atom. The coalition of a cell's atoms are temporary and in the mass last a most probable time characteristic of cell and atom types."
Alexander David-Neel in her 'Tibetan Buddhist Sects' continues with:
" As to the existence of matter which is motionless and homogeneous, that is flatly denied."
She then gives a description which is remarkably close to that of the Kabbalistic mysticism given by Scholem.
"This movement is a continued and indefinitely rapid succession of flashes of energy (in Tibetan TSAL or SHOUG)..."
"...which follow each other in such small intervals that these intervals are almost non-existent."
These doctrines based on the mystical experience of the nature of phenomena, do not find the concept of Matter of relative significance.
We seem to be thirsting for a discipline of form.
Pythagoras, Nagarjuna, Tao, The I Ching, Alchemy, Tantra yantra, mandala, astrology - all of these systems which give form to the chaos of life.
Fetish is the lowest strata, worship of material object:RUPA - lowest manifestation of deity -
"McLuhan is almost alone in his examination of the effects of literacy. Some of his observations are that literacy destroys memory, divides the eye from ear, emphasizes visual modes of perception which shape rationalistic, dualistic modes of thought. As a "hot" media of "High definition" it affords little opportunity for participatory involvement and therefore strengthens the "watcher".
Example 5 of 'The Proposal':
"...the embedded notions in newspapers and magazines..." would connect to the literacy attitude of McLuhan.
In my own papers I have done similar research on the embedded concepts - inasmuch as concepts are the stable structures, the dead corpse of a process of thought. Our Western thought-patterns are littered with such conceptual corpses as Prof Guenther writes.
Here one can deal with the development of the 'eye' through use of visual systems, iconography, symbolism, images, ideas and so forth - relating to the use of pictographic form in European esoteric transmission lineages, and those of the East as well as other civilizations. For example, the Visualization of Vajrayana, the visual images of Ficino and Giordano Bruno in Renaissance and Hermetic philosophy etc.
I.E. The History of the Visual Intake Systems.
And: General and particular conditioning of images in the visual media, films, T.V. Press photography; the political consideration thereof. Social psychology deals with the transference of these 'norms' and encrusted belief codes - which cause the anguish we are experiencing in Southern Africa at this moment.
Footnote: A project is underway to request the Press to refrain from reporting thus: "The Coloured writer Mr. Adam Small..." There is no such 'thing' as a "coloured' writer.The Press is thus propagating the system by keeping to a racial differentiation refraining from such racial definitions will surely result in the emergence of a relaxed attitude to people, as