What does Oneness mean if we know that the duality or double universe is our fateful life playground on which we play our life games from year to year, from one life to another?
The duality foundation is polarity, as opposed to the placement of force within us and in the universe outside of us. This latter is the latter being an expression of the state of our consciousness. To experience duality means to observe and experience these opposing forces. In duality, we see life in diversity. In everyday life, duality allows us to analyze, describe, compare, categorize, and set goals that are different from our current state and experience successes or failures.
What Does Oneness Mean?
Outside the dual universe, the sages have always taught us there is a state of Oneness to which the whole manifested universe aspires, first of all, living beings, whether they are aware of it or not. In Oneness, we experience life in sameness. There are no comparisons in it; there are no two things, two states, phenomena, or beings that would compare with each other because nothing exists outside of it. To be in Oneness means to know the answer that is the same to all questions. Daniel C. Matt writes in The Essential Kabbalah: ‘At the deepest level of divinity all contradictions and differences disappear, Oneness prevails over them.’
To be in Oneness does not mean to be in a neutral position because neutrality is neither polarity. Unity means that both polarities are inextricably linked. As long as we are in a neutral position between two extremes, we cannot realize that each of them is in the other.
Sufi Mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi
Some sages say that duality is necessary because it allows for several different experiences, either in the outer or in the inner world. A well-known thirteenth-century Sufi mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi, says of the existence of polarity pairs:
“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”
The name “Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi” means Love and an ecstatic flight to infinity. Rumi is one of the great spiritual teachers and poetic geniuses of humanity and was the founder of Mavlavi of the Sufi order, the leading Islamic mystical brotherhood.
Coleman Barks is a translator of Rumi’s poetry into English, who made a remarkable contribution to Rumi becoming the most widely read poet in the United States today. After reading the next book, you will be much closer to answering the question: “What does Oneness mean?” Why? Because you will come to know oneness through polarity. So I highly recommend the next book.
The Best Book on this Subject
The Soul of Rumi
By (author) Coleman Barks
However, when two polar forces in a personality are in strong opposition, they often form the structure of neurosis. In this case, we define one of the components of duality as good and the other as evil, identify with the good, and fight the bad. The dualistic nature of the universe sets the stage for many splits in our spirit, as well as for many neuroses, which are the most common disorder of our time.
The dichotomies of me and others, us and them, bad and good, and light and darkness always pull us into one or the other of these splits. Wise people, practitioners of spiritual methods, and shamans have, to transcend such states of internal disunity, created and have always used techniques of merging opposites into higher syntheses.
There is a hidden element to which all individual procedures lead. It is a gradual movement from a world of duality, division, or a world of opposites to a state of Oneness, Unity, and Coherence.