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Friday, August 21, 2015

Polarity principle

What a coincidence or serendipity that on 18th August I posted a small piece in my FB page in a hurry as a reply on the polarity principle 


and on 19th as I open the center page of TOI Chennai edition there this article is excellent article is written


and incidentally on 19th night I happen to read one of Paul Brunton’s notebooks [ most his notebooks of 8 volumes are under my cot for light reading before going to bed ] here is a link to what I stumbled upon on that day which  I found today only today http://paulbrunton.org/notebooks/26/3

Here is one from another favorite author of mine Neale Donald Walsch


The list of words denoting opposite are themselves very interesting to study as a part of semantics of linguistics.

Go to www.powerthesaurus.org one of the best in business and you will get to know the multiple meanings of opposite, contrary, contradictory, different etc and paradoxically each one of them is again having sometimes totally different connotation and used in complete contradictory terms. Just type the word ‘contrary’ in the site and you can spend a few days reading all the meanings of all the words.

Read these excellent quotes to spice up or enhance understanding of polarity principle

Then there are of course some interesting links and materials which will further dispel all doubts we may have about polarity principle





I have written earlier once the following in my blog post

In a way Advaitha [Oneness], polarity or dichotomy [Dwaitha/duality] and Triad are all perhaps the manifestations of attributes of the self or what is perceived by the self. This is one of the many reasons for contradictions in every serious search for truth or Reality.

Contradictions are also because of human psyche’s penchant for generalizing variety, oversimplifying the complex, sometimes confusing the motives to be either the means or meaning of the quest, justifying all means, fear of various kinds, predominance of certain types of thinking, passing everything through a prism of some popular or prevailing liking, seeing things with jaundiced vision and prejudiced views, presuming that we need to judge everything and everyone, applying irrelevant metrics to evaluate everything rather than evaluating anything through its inherent merits and so on.

Contradictions are very often camouflaged as dichotomies and dichotomies are the indoctrinated and engraved part of many domains of life as Dudley Lynch puts forth very nicely, The brain forever has dichotomies on its mind-The ancient Taoists did it with yin/yang. Religious types with good/evil. Philosophers with mind/matter. Particle scientists with wave/particle. Psychologists with nature/nurture. Law officers with good cop/bad cop. On and on and on. You just had to know that it was only a matter of time before “dualism”—or … harrumph! … co-eternal binary opposition—infested neuro discussions like kudzu” and continues “Maybe, as one thoughtful observer has suggested, even as old dualisms get knocked down, “it seems that there is something about the wiring of the brain that leads to new dualisms springing up.” Talk about Whack-a-Mole! That was certainly what the late George Kelly, the father of personal construct psychology, thought. “Our psychological geometry is a geometry of dichotomies[italics mine] rather than the geometry of areas envisioned by the classical logic of concepts, or the geometry of lines envisioned by classical mathematical geometries.” (Double harrumph!) in his blog [1] {do not miss to read the comments about George Kelly in the link as well }

But when we transcend these fallacies, avoid getting struck at the seams or joints and instead effect a transition to transformation we can easily infer and perceive with greater clarity.

As Sherlock Holmes declares, “From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagra without having seen or heard of one or the other. So, all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a link of it.”

"The spirit of Advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything." - - Swami Chinmayananda.


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