There was a discussion, a few days ago, about the potential of intellect/thought to bring about authentic awareness. While it seems not related, this discussion somehow lead to an insight on the nature of the opposites and naturally answered this question: “Is there anything beyond the opposites?“
The first question that comes in mind is whether its possible for awareness to happen if thought is active. If we carefully inquire into that we will realize that once the thought and the rest of the intellectual processes are active its impossible for effortless, passive observation/awareness to takes place.
This is pretty obvious.. if thought is taking place then its just thought, why should we call it .. awareness? The next question i would like to ask is whether awareness and thought are opposite. (in the sense of being related like the two sides of a coin).
So what are the opposites? What is their core? Like the opposite sides of a coin, opposites are strongly related, one can’t exist on its own, one depends on another and both are necessarily of the same quality. So there are the two poles of the earth, there are the two sides of the coin and such other physical opposites. Now lets inquire into the psychological opposites.. Which is the opposite of the thought/emotion of violence? Isn’t it the ideal of non violence (which is another thought). Violence and the ideal of non violence are of the same quality (basically thoughts) and it seems that the ideal of non violence depends on violence, it can’t exist on its own. Once i am violent i desire to be non violent (ideal). This desire to be non violent, this ideal of non violence is not actual non violence, it’s only the opposite of being violent. Actual non violence is when the opposites (violence and the ideal of non violence) cease effortlessly, naturally. So its neither violence nor its opposite that brings us closer to actual non violence.
In the same sense, it seems intellect/thought can’t promote awareness, intellect can’t gradually bring us closer to awareness. This is because awareness and thought are not opposites, awareness and thought are not related at all. The opposite of thought is the ideal of awareness which has nothing to do with actual awareness. We may try all the intellectual tricks/techniques/thoughts/meditative methods/yoga practices so as to simulate awareness or to try to reach the state of awareness, but its clear that all this effort will never bring actual awareness, since these two energies (intellect and awareness) are not related at all. Awareness is only when natural cease of thought happens!
So have we ever experienced something beyond the eternally bound opposites? Is it possible to get out of this groove of opposites? We should find on our own!