Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s Aphorisms on Consciousness-without-an-object

 

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1.           Consciousness-without-an-object is.

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2.           Before objects were, Consciousness-without-an-object is.

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3.           Though objects seem to exist, Consciousness-without-an-object is.

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4.           When objects vanish, yet remaining through all unaffected, Consciousness-without-an-object is.

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5.           Outside of Consciousness-without-an-object nothing is.

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6.           Within the bosom of Consciousness-without-an-object lies the power of awareness that projects objects.

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7.           When objects are projected, the power of awareness as subject is presupposed, yet Consciousness-without-an-object remains unchanged.

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8.           When consciousness of objects is born, then, likewise, consciousness of absence of objects arises.

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9.           Consciousness of objects is the Universe.

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10.       Consciousness of absence of objects is Nirvana.

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11.       Within Consciousness-without-an-object lie both the Universe and Nirvana, yet to Consciousness-without-an-object these two are the same.

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12.       Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the seed of Time.

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13.       When awareness cognizes Time then knowledge of Timelessness is born.

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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.

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15.       To realize Timelessness is to attain Nirvana.

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16.       But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is no difference between Time and Timelessness.

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17.       Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the seed of the world-containing Space.

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18.       When awareness cognizes the world-containing Space then knowledge of the Spatial Void is born.

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19.       To be aware of the world-containing Space is to be aware of the Universe of Objects.

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20.       To realize the Spatial Void is to awaken to Nirvanic Consciousness.

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21.       But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is no difference between the world-containing Space and the Spatial Void.

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22.       Within Consciousness-without-an-object lies the Seed of Law.

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23.       When consciousness of objects is born the Law is invoked as a Force tending ever toward Equilibrium.

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24.       All objects exist as tensions within Consciousness-without-an-object that tend ever to flow into their own complements or others.

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25.       The ultimate effect of the flow of all objects into their complements is mutual cancellation in complete Equilibrium.

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26.       Consciousness of the field of tensions is the Universe.

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27.       Consciousness of Equilibrium is Nirvana.

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28.       But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is neither tension nor Equilibrium.

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29.       The state of tensions is the state of ever-becoming.

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30.       Ever-becoming is endless-dying.

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31.       So the state of consciousness of objects is a state of ever-renewing promises that pass into death at the moment of fulfillment.

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32.       Thus when consciousness is attached to objects the agony of birth and death never ceases.

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33.       In the state of Equilibrium where birth cancels death the deathless Bliss of Nirvana is realized.

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34.       But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither agony nor bliss.

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35.       Out of the Great Void, which is Consciousness-without-an-object, the Universe is creatively projected.

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36.       The Universe as experienced is the created negation that ever resists.

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37.       The creative act is bliss, the resistance, unending pain.

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38.       Endless resistance is the Universe of experience, the agony of crucifixion.

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39.       Ceaseless creativeness is Nirvana, the Bliss beyond human conceiving.

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40.       But for Consciousness-without-an-object there is neither creativeness nor resistance.

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41.       Ever-becoming and ever-ceasing-to-be are endless action.

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42.       When ever-becoming cancels the ever-ceasing-to-be then Rest is realized.

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43.       Ceaseless action is the Universe.

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44.       Unending Rest is Nirvana.

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45.       But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither Action nor Rest.

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46.       When consciousness is attached to objects it is restricted through the forms imposed by the world-containing Space, by Time, and by Law.

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47.       When consciousness is disengaged from objects, Liberation from the forms of the world-containing Space, of Time, and of Law is attained.

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48.       Attachment to objects is consciousness bound within the Universe.

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49.       Liberation from such attachment is the State of unlimited Nirvanic Freedom.

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50.       But Consciousness-without-an-object is neither bondage nor freedom.

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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.

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52.       As the GREAT SPACE is not to be identified with the Universe, so neither is It to be identified with any Self.

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53.       The GREAT SPACE is not God, but the comprehender of all Gods, as well as of all lesser creatures.

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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.

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55.       The GREAT SPACE comprehends both the Path of the Universe and the Path of Nirvana.

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56.       Beside the GREAT SPACE there is none other.

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