Monday, June 21, 2010

In Nineteen Plain Words

EVERYTHING COGNISED is just what is called 'mind',

And what is called 'mind' is just the cognising of everything.

Who done it? No Jack-in-the-box anywhere!

So what is there left to write about?

---Wei Wu Wei


  1. Is there a difference between mind and awareness? Sometimes I feel like I'm lost in mind, and that reality is more immediate than mind. Sometimes it seems that mind is imagination, and awareness is reality.
    Your post triggered these questions, thank you for an intriguing post.

  2. Hi Colleen, unfortunately writers are not always consistent in their usage of words. I almost capitalized 'mind' in this passage even though WWW didn't. In my view, if both Mind and Awareness are capitalized, they are pointers to the same "No-thing."

    In this passage, WWW is certainly not talking about somebody's thinking/imagining, but is pointing to the "Totality of ISness."

    Again, the "Who done it? No Jack-in the box" --- clearly is pointing beyond the individual as subject-cognizing-objects to "Cognizing-AS-Everything."

    Hope this helps!