Non-duality and duality are One

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Question: Sir, where does mind get power from?

Acharya Prashant:  Power is always in the context of doing something, achieving something, acting upon something.

What does the mind want?

Peace.

So, all the power that the mind has is directed towards getting peace. What can reach peace? Can disturbance reach peace? So, surely the mind is powered by peace itself.

L1: Can we call peace an energy?

AP: No. Peace is not an energy.

L1: Force?

AP: Force? No, the Peace has no ‘force’ as such.

Force, again, means movement, displacement. Peace is rather a settlement; a stopping.

Peace is neither energy nor force.

Energy means change;

Peace means non-movement.

A center that is relaxed and settled. Yes, when you are relaxed and settled, then from that relaxed and settled state, a lot of energy flows. But that energy is just something that happens in peace; it is not peace.

L2: Sir, we say that mind is powered by peace, but can disturbance reach peace? Then, what is the solution?

AP: Go back to fundamentals—do you need to reach there?

L2: No.

AP: You are?

L2: In peace.

AP: Just stop believing otherwise.

L1: Is peace a unity?

AP: Silence. Far better than that.

You see, even when we say unity, there is always something outside that unity, is there not? When you say unity, you probably mean oneness. But, even if you say oneness, it will have a definition, which means whatever does not conform to that definition is outside unity or Oneness. So, it is not really unity; not really Oneness.

There are two. What? One, which is inside the definition; the second, which is outside the definition. So, where is the question of unity, oneness? There are already two.

L3: Is there a unity in duality?

AP: Yes, there is, of course. In non-duality, non-duality and duality are one, of course. Non-Duality means no differences, if there are no differences then how can Non-Duality be different from Duality? So, non-duality and duality

In non-duality, non-duality and duality are one.

Non-Duality means no differences, if there are no differences then how can Non-Duality be different from Duality? So, non-duality and duality too are one. There is that unity, yes. But that unity does not mean, that both non-duality and duality are something.

They are one and nothing.

They are the same.

Same, in the sense that they are both nothing.

That is non-duality, perfect non-duality.


~ Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session:  Acharya Prashant: Non-duality and duality are One

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: On Avadhuta Gita: The material mind is condemned to suffer the pains of duality

Article 2: Celebrate duality, that’s all that there is.

Article 3: The real meaning of Mauna (Silence)


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Editor’s Note: 

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