Coincidentally on St.Patrick's Day, I happened to find an
Irishman, Kenneth Madden, on Urban Guru Cafe. And he just happens to be
into art, music, writing and nonduality. You can look over his Gallery of
Photography while listening to his delightful accent in the interview that
also has Irish music. ( For more good music, see the links
on his website.)
Reflections on Light &
False-imagination teaches that such things
as light and shade, long and short, black and white are different and are to be
discriminated; but they are not independent of each other; they are only
different aspects of the same thing, they are terms of relation, not of reality.
Conditions of existence are not of a mutually exclusive character; in essence
things are not two but one. *Lankavatara
They say that a picture paints a thousand words.
In order words the picture can be pointed to by an infinite number of words but
they are never what they point to, they are never the picture. Words are the
finger pointing to the moon they are beautifully dualistic. Of course a
photograph is simply light reflected-a dance of light, yet it is beyond any
interpretation or description of it. For me this simply shows that life is so
immediately and intimately present that any need to understand it or describe it
74. Talkin about nothin
Kenneth Madden is from Galway, Ireland, and is a
relatively unknown speaker on Non Duality. That relatively unknown is about
to change and many will enjoy Kenneths expression, simple and direct. This is
it just as it is. He is also an accomplished photographer and you can see some
excellent examples of his work on his site.
His Blogsite is here.
Its a bit of fun and its high time too a
good laugh may just nudge its way out of an overly concerned seekers big wooly
Understanding is of no importance when it comes
to Non- Duality. The word Advaita (meaning Not Two, I use Advaita and
Non-Duality interchangeably) points to something that is totally beyond
understanding. It is a very interesting subject (and the equivalent of watching
paint dry for many, if not most), but getting your teeth into it and
understanding it and being able to discuss and describe it in an intellectual or
intelligent manner is of no relevance what so ever. There are many who are
claiming to be liberated and have an enormous intellectual grasp of the topic
and clearly there is still a personal agenda, clearly they are still offering
something to the individual. The language used is very similar to other
uncompromising messages (e.g. there is no one, this is it etc) but there is
still something on offer to the individual and the teacher- student game is
played out, even though the teacher is claiming not to be one.
Advaita then becomes the last refuge of the individual who is under threat. It
is fodder for the mind. It becomes the new, best concept in town as it were.
There can be a certain clarity that it brings which eases the search for the
individual in the sense that it is seen that there is nothing that can be done.
That is not liberation however, understanding that there is no separate
individual is not liberation as there is (apparently) a separate individual left
who understands that. Understanding is seen as king when in fact it has nothing
to do with what is in fact being sought. Understanding simply arises in being,
is it just another apparent happening. It is of course married to ignorance or
confusion. One is dependent on the other for existence.
What is being pointed
to has no room for the concept of duality or non-duality/Advaita. It has no
room, no space for concept. It is so immediately THIS and so simply and
obviously what IS that the Duality - Non Duality debate has as much significance
as a leaf scattering along cold concrete. Wholeness arises as confused message
and wholeness arises as a clear message.
The juicy sweetness, the boundless
freedom of everything, the unconditional love that is This is speaking to you
always and is totally beyond understanding. It is already what is, already this.
What is being sought is already what is. So simple, so open, so ordinary and
also totally beyond any effort to describe its beauty.