Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s Aphorisms on Consciousness-without-an-object
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1 . . .Consciousness-without-an-object is.
2 . . . Before objects were,
3 . . . Though objects seem to exist,
4 . . . When objects vanish,
yet remaining through all unaffected,
5 . . . Outside of Consciousness-without-an-object
6 . . . Within the bosom of
the power of awareness that projects objects.
7 . . . When objects are projected,
the power of awareness as subject is presupposed,
8 . . . When consciousness of objects is born, then,
likewise, consciousness of absence of objects arises.
9 . . . Consciousness of objects is the Universe.
10 . . . Consciousness of absence of objects
11 . . . Within Consciousness-without-an-object
lie both the Universe and Nirvana,
yet to Consciousness-without-an-object
these two are the same.
12 . . . Within Consciousness-without-an-object
lies the seed of Time.
13 . . . When awareness cognizes Time then
knowledge of Timelessness is born.
14 . . . To be aware of Time is to be aware of
the Universe, and to be aware of the Universe
is to be aware of Time.
15 . . . To realize Timelessness is to attain Nirvana.
16 . . . But for Consciousness-without-an-object
there is no difference between
Time and Timelessness.
17 . . . Within Consciousness-without-an-object
lies the seed of the world-containing Space.
18 . . . When awareness cognizes the
world-containing Space then knowledge of
the Spatial Void is born.
19 . . . To be aware of the world-containing Space
is to be aware of the Universe of Objects.
20 . . . To realize the Spatial Void
is to awaken to Nirvanic Consciousness.
21 . . . But for Consciousness-without-an-object
there is no difference between the world-containing
Space and the Spatial Void.
22 . . . Within Consciousness-without-an-object
lies the Seed of Law.
23 . . . When consciousness of objects is born
the Law is invoked as a Force
tending ever toward Equilibrium.
24 . . . All objects exist as tensions within
Consciousness-without-an-object that tend ever
to flow into their own complements or others.
25 . . . The ultimate effect of the flow of all objects
into their complements is mutual cancellation
in complete Equilibrium.
26 . . . Consciousness of the field of tensions
is the Universe.
27 . . . Consciousness of Equilibrium is Nirvana.
28 . . . But for Consciousness-without-an-object
there is neither tension nor Equilibrium.
29 . . . The state of tensions is the state of
30 . . . Ever-becoming is endless-dying.
31 . . . So the state of consciousness of objects
is a state of ever-renewing promises
that pass into death at the moment of fulfillment.
32 . . . Thus when consciousness is attached to
objects the agony of birth and death never ceases.
33 . . . In the state of Equilibrium
where birth cancels death
the deathless Bliss of Nirvana is realized.
34 . . . But Consciousness-without-an-object
is neither agony nor bliss.
35 . . . Out of the Great Void,
which is Consciousness-without-an-object,
the Universe is creatively projected.
36 . . . The Universe as experienced is the
created negation that ever resists.
37 . . . The creative act is bliss,
the resistance, unending pain.
38 . . . Endless resistance is the
Universe of experience; the agony of crucifixion.
39 . . . Ceaseless creativeness is Nirvana,
the Bliss beyond human conceiving.
40 . . . But for Consciousness-without-an-object
there is neither creativeness nor resistance.
41 . . . Ever-becoming and ever-ceasing-to-be
are endless action.
42 . . . When ever-becoming cancels the
ever-ceasing-to-be then Rest is realized.
43 . . . Ceaseless action is the Universe.
44 . . . Unending Rest is Nirvana.
45 . . . But Consciousness-without-an-object
is neither Action nor Rest.
46 . . . When consciousness is attached to objects
it is restricted through the forms imposed by
the world-containing Space, by Time, and by Law.
47 . . . When consciousness is disengaged from
objects, Liberation from the forms of the
world-containing Space, of Time, and of Law
48 . . . Attachment to objects is
consciousness bound within the Universe.
49 . . . Liberation from such attachment is
the State of unlimited Nirvanic Freedom.
50 . . . But Consciousness-without-an-object
is neither bondage nor freedom.
51 . . . Consciousness-without-an-object
may be symbolized by a SPACE that is
unaffected by the presence or absence of objects,
for which there is neither Time nor Timelessness;
neither a world-containing Space nor a Spatial Void;
neither Tension nor Equilibrium;
neither Resistance nor Creativeness;
neither Agony nor Bliss;
neither Action nor Rest;
and neither Restriction nor Freedom.
52 . . . As the GREAT SPACE is not to be
identified with the Universe,
so neither is It to be identified with any Self.
53 . . . The GREAT SPACE is not God,
but the comprehender of all Gods,
as well as of all lesser creatures.
54 . . . The GREAT SPACE, or
Consciousness-without-an-object, is the
Sole Reality upon which all objects
and all selves depend and derive their existence.
55 . . . The GREAT SPACE comprehends both the
Path of the Universe and the Path of Nirvana.
56 . . . Beside the GREAT SPACE there is none other.
OM TAT SAT