[To find great Turkey Tail fungi, one must go deep into the woods. To really understand truth, one must go very deep. With the later, most people are not passionate enough regarding going there; they, unfortunately, are too fixated merely within the well-trodden paths and routines.]
Thinking and complete harmony: can the two exist together (as one) or are they what cannot ever be united? There is a type of harmony of thinking in poetry. Likewise, there is a type of harmony, involving thinking, in songs and music. A truly wise man’s words, of course, can reflect a holistic harmony (to a limited point) in a very possibly pertinent sense (if one is intelligent enough to perceive the depth that is there). However, no words can ever come even a little bit close to reflecting the whole.
The tool of thought/thinking can try to point to the whole, try to point to the immeasurable. However, it may be that thought/thinking is not (and never will be) a integral part of the true whole. What is virtual, what is fabricated, (what is spurious in essence) may think and insist in (and believe in) all kinds of sensible and nonsensical things… but it cannot ever be one with what is truly whole.
A mind of inattention, of self-delusion — such as what most minds consist of — cannot decide when to meditate. The sloppy mind, the mind of disorder, cannot decide to be what order is. True meditation is not the absurd result of a concocted will; it is never the result of a traditional, bourgeois ego or of a learned (spurious) central-self.
When healthy and necessary things need to be done prudently, compassionately, with care and consideration, thinking is oftentimes very beneficial. Other than that, it is usually indicative of inattention and non-harmony. For instance, if one is walking through a park and the mind is chattering away about all kinds of silly things (as so many brains incessantly and habitually do)… that “thinking” is indicative of inattention/non-harmony/unintelligence. The fragmentary nature of thinking has, as its intrinsic value, incompleteness (which is incapable of total harmony on its own). A vast amount of human thinking consists of inattention/incompleteness/unintelligence. Throughout the day, thinking — which is, more times than not, superfluous — is often a very good indicator that inattention and incompleteness are taking place. If any movement of thinking, no matter what it is, is incapable of that immense intelligence beyond mere fragmentation, then any movement of thinking, no matter what it is, is indicative that holistic completeness is not taking place. Though it might sound silly, “thinking per se” (in a very wise mind, throughout each and every day) can be an excellent gauge or indicator of incompleteness/non-harmony. Thought (no matter what it is or consists of) can never really adequately point to the whole… because thought is limited, fragmentary, with a profound essence of delusion and disorder. Additionally, the whole is not composed of united fragments… (fragments that the distorted mind has accepted at legitimate); the whole is not the mere opposite of any fragments. For the whole to occur within the human organism, there can be no fragments. Illusory fragments within the mind, however, do not prevent the whole from existing; illusory fragments are virtual (i.e., unreal) and the unreal doesn’t supersede truth in any real sense whatsoever.
From old Confucius:
“When the wise man points at the moon, the one who is unwise remains with the finger.”
The following is an excerpt from the poetry of R.D.Laing (whom one read way back in 1972)…I was appreciative of the poetry of Laing’s Knots but never read (or cared to read) anything else by him.
A finger points to the moon
Put the expression
a finger points to the moon in brackets
(a finger points to the moon)
‘A finger points to the moon is in brackets’
is an attempt to say that all that is in the bracket
is, as to that which is not in the bracket,
what a finger is to the moon
Put all possible expressions in brackets
Put all possible forms in brackets
and put the brackets in brackets
Every expression, and every form,
is to what is expressionless and formless
what a finger is to the moon
all expressions and all forms
point to the expressionless and formless
‘All forms point to the formless’
is itself a formal proposition
…….as finger to moon
…….so form to formless
…….as finger is to moon
………….[all possible expressions, forms, propositions,
………….including this one, made or yet to be made,
………….together with the brackets]
What an interesting finger
let me suck it
It’s not an interesting finger
take it away
The statement is pointless
The finger is speechless
Turkey Tails (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Turkey Tails (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018