Huang Po, Zen Master
'Sailor' Bob Adamson
Our True Nature
One Without a Second
One without a Second is the same as Non Duality. It is worded that way to show that anything else (like a second) could not possibly exist.
Another way of explaining it, which Bob uses, is that the ancient traditions say there is an intelligence that exists which is Omnipresent. Omnipresent means All Present. This means Present in every location possible. No location is excluded and no location is favoured - that is what Omnipresent means.
The ancient traditions also say, that which is Omnipresent is also Omnipotent (all Powerful) and Omniscient (all Knowing). That which is being talked about is Consciousness, Presence, The One Life, Awareness, God, Intelligence Energy (as Bob calls it) - or whatever you would like to call it.
The Intelligence Energy is that which keeps the planets in their orbits, makes the tides come in and out, grows your hair and fingernails, pumps the blood through your body, animates all living things on the planet from the smallest microbe to the largest blue whale. There is certainly an Intelligence in all that (not to be confused with intellect, though) and a clear and visible energy.
If that Intelligence Energy is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient - as Bob says - "Is there any room for you and for me?" Is there any way that we could be separate from, or isolated from that Omnipresent Intelligence Energy? Could we in any way exist separately from that?
The great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi maintains that
"there is a single immanent reality, directly experienced by everyone, which is simultaneously the source, the substance and the real nature of everything that exists.... is not the creator of the universe, the universe is merely a manifestation of its inherent power and is inseparable from it." (One without a second)
This is different from saying that Intelligence Energy is the sum total of all the objects, energy and life forms in the universe. To say this implies that Intelligence Energy is made up of 'bits' - and that is Dualistic. That which is Omnipresent/Non Dual cannot be fragmented or rejoined, by definition.
So - once again - Bob says - "OK - if what the ancients say about Intelligence Energy being Omnipresent is correct - is there any separate room for me or for you?" The answer is that there is "No separate room", as Intelligence Energy is Omnipresent.
Eckhart Tolle describes our nature as a "temporary expression of the One Life". Non Duality. He did not say "part of the One life", or an "individual separate life" as that is dualistic.
That 'nails' our true nature right there and it also means that our true nature is not far away at all.
Your essential nature (meaning what is ACTUAL) is One with the OmniPresent Life - the One Life. It is not personal, isolated.
In fact it is 'running the show' for each of us right now - and always has - and that true nature is experienced by everyone. It is 'Living us' right now.
The most we can say with complete certainty is that we exist and we are aware.
That Presence - Awareness, which is our true nature.
Annata, as The Buddha called it. 'No Self'.
No individual human Be-ing that is separate from that which is Omnipresent.
No separate, isolated human soul, spirit, entity or identity.
That 'Omnipresent Nature' is the 'Buddha Nature'. It is not personal.
As The Buddha said
"Buddha-Nature exists in everyone..... Buddha-Nature can not be lost or destroyed."
Aliveness. Awareness. Consciousness. Intelligence - Energy. Buddha Nature.
All not separate from that and not even a 'part' of that - for that is dualistic too.
That is Non Duality - One without a Second.
One is All.
Written by Mike Graham, 19 Jan 2008, last edited 29 Mar 2008