A realization of nonduality

If, in any painting or photograph, a person is depicted as very small within a wide space of nature, there is a possibility that the viewer will recognize that small form as one’s self and that this self is not separate from the vast space. That is to say, such a picture may inspire the realization that one is the vast space itself. When it is recognized that the vast space contains the form and that one is both the vast space and the form — at the same time — this is a realization of nonduality.

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4 thoughts on “A realization of nonduality

  1. la luna

    This feels reminiscent of something Stephen Hawking said in an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2010, “Here are the most important pieces of advice that I’ve passed on to my children:

    1) Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
    2) Never give up work. Work gives life meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
    3) If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is rare. Don’t throw it away!”

    It’s fascinating that he was recognized as having such immense genius, but we can’t ever really know how much of how his life, his career, and his contribution to the world is directly a product of the time into which he was born? In 1633, Gallileo Gallilei was condemned for heresy by the Catholic Inquisition for promoting the idea that the earth and other planets in our universe revolved around the sun. A theory such as “The Big Bang” would have been considered absolute lunacy. An even greater temporal relationship would be that he lost his ability for speech in the mid 1980’s, at the very moment when technology could give it back to him. Really, in the context of all of the Cosmos and the History of Mankind, this is such a very singular synchronicity!

    What would Darwin think… ? lol
    Big Bang Theory episode – Sheldon meets Stephen Hawking

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  2. la luna

    Haha, I’ll have *that voice* in my head anytime I read your blog. Your photographs are so very relatable. I imagine that many people find themselves responding to them even if they don’t comment.

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