In the recognition of beauty as "beautiful"
is the birth of ugliness

In the recognition of goodness as "good"
is the birth of evil.



"To be" and "not to be" arise mutually;

"Difficult" and "easy" are mutually realized;

"Long" and "short" are mutually contrasted;

"High" and "long" are mutually posited;

"Before" and "after" are in mutual sequence.



The consequence of an identification 

as a personal entity, as a personality

is the immediate birth of duality, 

and the simultaneous placing of a differential valuation 

to either of the dualistic poles.





The sense of a personal entity is nothing 

but the presence of a hint of a sense of distinction. 

Now  good is to be pursued and evil to be shunned.

But every pursuit, every shunning, is only heaps of despair.

For conditions of existence are not of a mutually exclusive



Distinctions are there because of a trained eye.

Distinction is a learned thing.

Distinction is not there in existence.

Distinction is projected by "you".

Distinction is given by "you" to the world -

It's trick played by the trickster on itself 

and lo behold the existence of a world.



Look at Nature.

Nature itself does not seem to know - or care -
about the man-made opposites 

or about this world
of opposites.

Nature seems perfectly satisfied and happy 

to produce a world of infinite, rapturous variety

that knows nothing about 

anything pretty or ugly,

ethical or unethical.


Nature never apologizes, 

never sees the need of it...

And as was muttered by the Grace of Arunachala, 



there having been no creation in the first place 




there can be no destruction.







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