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#3378 - Thursday,
December 11, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Walt Whitman: Living the Paradox of Nonduality
In Walt Whitmans Leaves of Grass, he begins Song of Myself:
I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
These lines describe the paradox of nonduality and how to live.
The paradox is that while we are the same every atom belonging to to me as good belongs to you. everything is distinct: observing a spear of summer grass.
And how to live through the paradox? Whitman says "celebrate lean and loafe."
I invite my soul, Whitman says. The soul is the paradox. It is who he is. Paradox is myself. I celebrate myself.
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