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Originally posted by silent thunder
If you stamp a pattern on a piece of dough in permanent ink, fold it in half, and mush it down, you will get a new and less coherent pattern. Fold it again the same way, and you will get another even more messy pattern. However, mathematics says that if you keep doing the same thing over and over, at least in theory, the original patten will eventually re-emerge, after howevermany thousands of repetitions. I kind of see the perennial philosophy that way...its something that comes up again and again, in all times and places. However many books we burn, however much doctrinal encrustation overlays it, the primal awe at the root of the human experience of divinity always manages to shine through.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
Realization often occurs to people in a flash of brilliance.
If i understand the premise of this philosophy, it states that the realizations happen in recurring manners. Man seems to find truth. Is able to discern the pattern in the chaos. Is this correct?
If so, then what occurs to me is that there must be a common source of this logic.
I have always thought of the brain as a modem, with the mind being the uplink. This provides additional context for this daydream i have.
The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end (compare Phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism. Carl Jung interpreted the Ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche. The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego "dawn state", depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child
"Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring."
Originally posted by 2theC
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more years
And I'll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we'll bask in the shadow
Of yesterday's triumph
Sail on the steel breeze
Come on you boy child
You winner and loser
Come on you miner for truth and delusion