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


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1 . . .Consciousness-without-an-object is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
is Nirvana.

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
ever-becoming.

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
is attained.

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