2 in 1 ≠ 2

“When you make the Two in One”, and make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and so make the male and the female a single One so that the male won’t be male nor the female female, when you make eyes in the place of the eye, a hand in the place of the hand, a foot in the place of the foot, and an image in the place of the image; then you’ll enter Ultimate Reality.” (Thomas Gospel, 22)

“The Two in One” is a central Buddhist term, which together with “The Simultaneously Born” forms the basis of esoteric as well as Zen-Buddhistic ontology. It’s comprehension and realization form the pinnacle of transformative understanding as perhaps best explained and illustrated some eleven hundred years after Yeshua by Milarepa, the great Tibetan practitioner who refused to join any specific school or clerical denomination. The term defies direct explanation but through negative circumscription: “Discrimination of the two is the source of all evil….”. A beautiful example can be found in Milarepa’s song in illustration of the different experiences, both real and false, of the four stages of Mahamudra, the all-encompassing path of Buddhistic practice (C.C. Chang, p. 98):

          I bow down at the feet of the supreme Guru.

          To cling to the actuality of mind is the cause of Samsara;

          To realize that non-clinging and illuminating Self-awareness

          Is unborn and immanent,

          Is the consummation sign of the Stage of One-Pointedness.

          If one talks about the Two-In-One

          But still meditates on (outer) form,

          If one acknowledges the truth of Karma

          But still commits wrong-doing,

          One is actually meditating with blindness and passion!

          Things as such are never found

          In the true Stage of One-Pointedness.


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