Reader Remark: The paradox of individuality and Oneness

saturday

Om shanti brother.
Brother, you said, “That “subtle energy of life,” is not divided in many pieces. It is One. However, because it is expressed through many beings; it gives the appearance that it is embodied in many beings. In other words, our bodies give that energy the appearance of individuality, which is further expressed by a personality.”

Well, brother, please explain how you have arrived at this conclusion. If it is the same life energy running through different bodies, how can we account for different sanskars of different souls/ people?

Yes, we ‘identify’ a soul by the body he/she/ it is occupying; and we also know that each soul is unique and there will be a world of difference between some souls.

It still sounds ok that we are all ‘leaves’ of the same tree and that we are individuals having the same life energy (with different ‘concentrations’). Even not a single leaf of any tree is the exact replica of another leaf of the same tree. They may look alike, but they will have some minute differences in their form.

If “preordained roles are enacted through human beings/ souls’ – our present understanding is that a soul should have the capacity to play a role assigned to it and the capacities of souls do differ.

That shows that the souls are separate. It is like, we are all ‘birds’ flying together, but are flying on our own.
And, we are the individual droplets of life, ‘flowing together’ thus making it a stream of life.
That is why, when all of us are interlinked and connected, what we give unto others reverberates and comes back to us. Treating ‘others’ with love will make us also experience love.

Even now, the more we practise soul consciousness, the more we can easily link our intellect to any soul in the world and can pass on our thoughts/ feelings to them INSTANTLY. Most of us are experienced in this aspect. And we can also ‘feel/ experience’ the stage the other soul is having at that particular moment.

This shows that we are individual souls having different stages of soul consciousness/ purity at any point of time and that we can experience anyone’s company in a second. All we need to have is the stage of soul consciousness, the only aspect that will enable the ‘meeting’ of a soul to another soul or many souls as well as the Supreme Soul.

regards,

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Thank you for your well thought out note!
I am afraid that we will be dealing into the corners of too much thinking… But I truly appreciate your question!

Dear soul,
We are dealing with the paradox of individuality and Oneness. You see individuality. I see Oneness.
Who is right?
Both.
Who is wrong?
Both.

🙂
We are dealing with duality of concepts. Our understanding goes according to our consciousness. It is not that a particular consciousness is “higher” than another, but just a different perspective.

There is a Drama. It is One not many. However, it manifests as “many” for it runs through different actors.

If you go watch a play in the theater, you perceive actors acting different roles, however; their roles are already scripted to fit the writings of the Director of the play.

Let us say, you watch the movie “Saturday night fever” (1977) starring John Travolta.
Now, here is a simple description of the plot: “Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, an immature young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discothèque…’

John Travolta is not Tony Manero. Just as a soul is not the role.
However, John Travolta is there acting, because of the forces of the destiny. He was “selected” to act in that movie.

We simplify by saying it is the movie director who selected him. In Sakar Murlis, that director is God.

However, we know that the “sanskaras” which Travolta demonstrated to be selected are not really “his.” It is part of the role playing in that soul. Those sanskaras are nothing else that the expression of being numberwise. Every actor displays a set of sanskaras which are determined by the Drama for they are needed at a particular time.

Also, we know that the writing of the movie director is not really his writing, but came through him.
Who was behind all of that?
The Drama.
Who is the Drama?
The interplay of being an non-being, the interplay of duality which makes the Drama tick. The “sankaras” which express in the world of action as “karma.”

It is the spider web of the Drama, the “subtle energy of life.”

Souls without roles to play are like stones sitting in the pavement. “Sleeping beauties” if you like.
A Soul can give life to a body, but roles give that body “something to be.”

John Travolta without his role of Tony Manero, wouldn’t be known at all. It is that role what made the difference.

Therefore, if the Drama is one but expressing many things through actors; why do we just see the separation of different actors?

If the tree is one; why do we like to be caught up only in the manifestation, that is in looking at how different the leaves are?

A soul may be individual but the “sleeping beauty” does not make the Drama tick. The roles do that- Drama. Please see how that individuality of the soul is meaningless without the Drama.

The Drama is One flowing through the individuality of the souls.

Best wishes!

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4 comments

  1. bloggyhead

    Exactly which is why its said: “hate the role, but not the soul” cause you know how the soul’s REAL nature. Love, peace purity etc.

    Also its aaid that there are very few absolute truths. Most truths are “our versions” of it. duality explains a lot of this

  2. avyakt7

    Yes! the word “hate” is a bit too drastic in my view.. but you really got the point…Yes.. the issue is that dualistic words cannot define something which is non dualistic… so we share and comment according to our consciousness which changes all the time… 🙂

  3. B.K.Gayathri

    Dear divine brother,
    Om shanti.

    Yes, it took me a while to understand what you have explained. 🙂 The reason is – we are looking from different angles.

    All the time i have been visualising souls performing actions according to their sanskars and ‘creating’ the drama. So, i could not ‘digest’ the concept that there is a script and we are only following it.

    i read and re-read your explanation and finally (??) understood that we both have been saying the same thing in different ways! It made me laugh…

    It goes like this:

    1. Rama killed Ravana.

    2. Ravana was killed by Rama.

    Both convey the same meaning though they are expressed in different ways.

    A soul playing its ‘role’ is same as a ‘role’ (script) being played by a soul. 🙂

    This reminds me of some thing:

    It was an English grammar class in a middle school and the teacher explained Active voice and Passive voice by giving a few examples. Then he wanted to test his students as to how much they had imbibed his teaching. So, he asked one student to get up and to read what he had written on the black board.

    This student was a very obedient one, he read the sentence in a soft and sweet voice, “Rama killed Ravana.”

    The teacher then asked him to change the voice.

    The student replied with a shrill voice, “Rama killed Ravana.”

    🙂

    *

    • avyakt7

      Thanks for that insight, dear soul! 🙂
      Whether Ravana was being killed by Rama, or Rama killed Ravan… Ravana cannot die..neither Rama.

      🙂

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