Duality

09/03/2011 Comments Off on Duality

Duality defined: something consisting of two parts: a situation or nature that has two
states or parts that are complementary or opposed to each other [Early 17th century. < Latin dualisduo“two”]

Buddhism “The Buddha taught some people the teachings of duality that help them avoid sin and acquire spiritual merit.

To others he taught non-duality, that some find profoundly frightening.” Nagarjuna

Hinduism Although the duality of the material world does not ultimately exist, the conditioned soul experiences it as real under the influence of his own conditioned intelligence. This imaginary experience of a world separate from Kṛṣṇa can be compared to the acts of dreaming and desiring. When the conditioned soul dreams at night of something desirable or horrible, or when he daydreams of what he would like to have or avoid, he creates a reality that has no existence beyond his own imagination. The tendency of the mind is to accept and reject various activities based on sense gratification. Therefore an intelligent person should control the mind, restricting it from the illusion of seeing things separate from Kṛṣṇa, and when the mind is thus controlled he will experience actual fearlessness. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.38


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