posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 12:01 AM
I find a difficulty in understanding those who claim that non-duality is essentially promotes feelings of altruism, while a dualistic perception
eventually elicits violence within the system. But how? Logically speaking, non-duality cannot speak in any partisan terms; it cannot say "altruism"
because by saying so, it has succumbed to a desire which is rooted in a dualistic mentality, that is, the idea of good and bad.
In other words, if you promote non-duality, there can and should be no expectation that anyone will abide by your dogmatic assumptions that people who
think "non-dually" will be nice people. Non-duality transcends the concept of good and evil, so likewise, there is no moral imperative which demands
that I act altruistically, if ultimately, that is just another symptom of 'dualistic' thinking.
In fact, such a society would produce all sorts of people along all sorts of lines; buddhists and satanists alike, those of the 'right hand path'
and those of the 'left hand path'.
Non-duality not only does not promote altruism, but it gives a stamp of approval, or sheer indifference towards, antinomianism.
Forgive me for not being precise.
I just finished reading Arthur Versluis book 'the mystical state: politics, gnosis and emergent cultures' and I thought the entire book in itself
was a sort of joke. Aside from calumniating Judaism and Christianity left,right and center, he had the bizarre notion that 'dualistic' thinking in
modern society is a direct result of the 'judeo-christian' metaphysics, and not the direct result of Greek empirical philosophy. He sort of lost me
there. Anyone who knows anything knows our society is the result of mostly Greek thinking (and only secondarily Jewish) and if our tendency toward
thinking in 'object-subject' is something to be lamented, we can thank Greek philosophy for that.
But what really grated me about his treatise of a future state where 'gnosis' could be developed by all, is his assumption that peace could only
happen in a world which abandons what he vaguely calls a 'dualistic metaphysics', as if his own metaphysics didn't create it's own dualism.
He asserts again and again that non-dualism entails an absolute rejection of temporal concerns; to treat another person as an object - as another - is
categorically an offense against the principle of non-dualism. Yet, in his world, how would people even be able to communicate? Of course, the concept
of non-dualism provides a niche in which the object/other can preserve his or her own individuality, but in the context of an overall non-dualistic
Ok. Fair. But when he criticizes a religion like Judaism, which he categorically treats as a religion that emphasizes the 'dualistic', and so, an
erroneous reality, he imagines that people can ONLY be perceived in that belief system as positively 'other' and not as a fellow creature made in
the image of the same God, which of course implies, that each of us are intrinsically one, but uniquely other.
To return to my original contention, I find it logically impossible for someone to maintain a metaphysics that assumes a 'non-dualistic'
perspective, and yet at the same time assert - as the author asserts - that one is somehow magically drawn to only act kindly and lovingly with
But it simply doesn't work that way. People are different. Look at Nietzsche, or better yet, the philosophy of Ananda Coomaraswamy, who see
'non-dualism' in absolutely amoral terms. Good and evil are completely irrelevant at this level of perception. Some may be drawn towards good - as
the author is, while others will be drawn towards might and power - as Nietzsche, Coomaraswamy, Nazism, Laveyan Satanism, and Islamism, all are, each
subscribing to the same essential metaphysics, along very different paths.
In other words, if you advocate non-duality, don't assume ala Kant, that there is some 'imperative' and obligation, to act in accord with ideas of
an essential 'unity'.
Non-duality does not entail egalitarianism. We see in Hinduism how heirarchy can coexist with a non-dual philosophy.