Is our universe eternal? Or not? Or both? Or neither? ~ The Fourteen Unanswered Questions of Buddha
The philosophy of The Duality of Polarity is a meta-philosophy that conceptualizes our individual and collective consciousness. It is based on the four aspects of reality, and provides a formula from which one can develop an understanding of the nuances of human behavior and experiences of all sorts. It is a revelatory meta-philosophical perspective, offering a clear window into the complexity of any situation.
The physical, mental, spiritual and natural are the four aspects from which 'the matrix of four' concept sprouts. Frequently this set of four is mistaken for a set of three, such as with the triad of mind, body, spirit. This set omits the natural, the universal, the surroundings of which we are an intrinsic part.
Each of the four aspects of reality is based on and contain four aspects as well.
At a natural level, the Four Elements of fire, earth, air and water are ubiquitous.
For the physical aspect, matter (including our physical bodies) is composed of the four elementary qualities of extension, cohesion, caloricity (tejo), and vibration, while the basis of all physical life is the exchange of breath - see: The Matrix of Four Forms of Meditative Breath.
The mental elements are similarly divided into four groups: feelings or "receptions" (vedanā), ideas or "perceptions" (saññā), what is variously translated as "mental activities" or "complexes" (sa...khāra), and cognition or "conception" (viññāṇa). The mental aspect is also expressed through the basis of all mathematics, the four operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
And at a spiritual level, the Four Noble Truths as taught by Buddha are those of suffering, its cause, its cessation, and the way thereto.
The Four Wise Monkeys : Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil, and Fear no evil
The Polarity of Kindness
Everything is spiritual first. What we interpret on this physical plane originates in spiritual energy. The energy of our experience manifests in the physical body, to varying degrees. For instance, when we forget something, it is because spiritually, its karmic energy is not as weighty on our being as the things we do remember, or cannot forget. This is certainly true of my own experience with kindness.
Do you remember the last time that you went out of your way to practice kindness?
Do you remember the last time someone went out of their way be kind to you?
My guess is, most of you answered those two questions differently.
It is tremendously easy to forget the history of our own innate kindness, because those are moments where we lessen our karmic load -- by lessening the load for others. In that moment, we connect to our purest spiritual capacity, and although we retain the energy of that exchange, conscious memory of these moments can easily become 'lost in time'.
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