Unity and Duality

Peace, one and all…


Self and Other are the two central pillars of the human world.  Human life turns endlessly around these two opposites, as though they were the magnetic poles of human existence.  And indeed, so they are, in all truth.

Human understandings of life are based on dualities, on the analysis and assimilation of opposites.  At the fringes of each person’s knowledge lies an indistinct and uncertain realm, where language fails and meanings shift: however much we might learn and know, we cannot be anything other than fundamentally human.  In other words, self and other only take us so far, because reality is ultimately based on another principle entirely – on overwhelming oneness, on radical wholeness.  This is why human knowledge falls short, because it is based upon an incomplete understanding of the nature of things.  This is also why human beings themselves mis-apprehend things, because beneath the last layer of ‘self’ and beyond the last veil of the ‘other’ lies the oneness and infinity of the Divine.

Wa akhiru da’wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman


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