Grey Cloud wrote:Hi Steven,
I think you are getting One and One mixed up. In Pythagorean terms One is Unity. It is the equivalence of Brahman or Atman of Hinduism, or the No-Thing of the I Ching (the circle enclosing the yin and yang). Hermeticists call this The All (All is in The All; The All is in all).
'Zero' would be Saraswati and The One would be Brahma. Or in Daoist terminology Dao (yin) and The One (yang). Or Kaos (or Aether) and Phanes with the Greeks. These would be Two and Three in Pythagorean terms. The potential and the actual (which is the realisation of potential).
The only duality is at the moment of scission when One becomes Two (Pythagoras would spit on the floor at this point). Three restores harmony. The physical Universe operates according to the Law of Three. Two opposite always require a third element (a mean as the Greeks called it). Two opposites just cancel out each other - there is no motion or movement and no motion or movement means no physical Universe.
It's all a yin-yang thang.
Just rambling here but
There are many ones
some ones are more one than other ones
some ones are the same as one
some ones are equal to one
and some ones are like one
all ones in one and one in all ones
a particular one and an infinite one
a one that is one itself
and perhaps the one that cannot be called one
Just a question , wasn't the zero a arithmatical invention, as sort of an accountancy trick?
I think Pythagoras would also be more content if you would say that the one produces
the two, for if the one becomes two the one would not be one any more but two, as in two is the product of one and one, for two has oneness but cannot be the same etc etc etc or better to say the famous One-Many problem
Just as opposites are not opposites if they cancel each other as then they would not be opposite but one, so its maybe more accurate to speek of balance than cancellation, as they attract in there likeness and repel in their unlikeness, they have sameness and difference, but as the inside and outside of a sphere meet closely in balance, stand in opposition but do not cancel, for if inside and outside are gone, again there is only oneness
Actual division is more like a biological cell which can only have a division within itself and produce by that two cells , just like the creative gods create within themselves, or as a sphere is partitioned in halves,
It seems to be the production of that two that produces the three, for as the two halves of the sphere each wish to be as much one as possible, they desire to contact the outside as much as possible like the whole sphere did and by that strife the two divisions move about each other and such is the production of movement of the three, a spiraling vortex seeking balance between inner and outer
By that movement itself is above the physical universe but it is a certain cause thereof, the hellenic image of the procession of the gods, is a telling one, and as with the Dao where there is procession there is reversion, on all levels of being
etc etc etc
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