reality has two parts: you gotta know yourself (socrates’ famous dictum), and you gotta know how things work (lucretius looked into this almost two thousand years ago). these are the first two spokes–right view and right thought–forming wisdom, on the buddhist wheel:1) it is what it is, and 2) how i think is a measure of how in tune i am with what is, how content.
frustration, then, guides me to where i gotta adjust my thinking or my perception. which one? well, there are six other spokes: three dealing with how i behave–or relate to others–the social–speak, act, and work–and three with how i think–or relate to myself–the personal–focus, awareness, and effort.
by adjusting all eight, i can true my wheel and get to the hub. might take me a lifetime–buddhists believe it might take me several lifetimes. whatever. might as well get started.
remember, truth is, nothing is lost, everything changes, everything has a consequence. remember, too, to lighten up, laugh, and enjoy the truth as you see it!
but in reality, reality has one part, a unity, and duality is an illusion. however, ‘oneness flies on two wings’, as paul chefurka points out, ‘one composed of awareness (jnana), the other of love (bhakti). Only with both wings fully spread can the soul fly to freedom.’
unity in duality is a paradox. or as angela hubbard notes, ‘duality is two sides of the same coin’– just two spokes leading to the hub, two paths leading to the peak. unity trumps duality. it’s an old story.