I’m reading a Japanese originally philosophical book translated by an American author Robert E. Carter. The original book is by Nishida Kitaro. i’m 70% done the book. Here is what i understood from what i read.
The Yin and Yang are an eastern symbol that represents the balance of all things. For the complete picture of what it is the world of life of experience is, we must subjectively (feeling) and objectively (no feeling) determine what the world is. The western world of God and eastern philosophy of Nothingness must come together to reveal what is called the paradox of existence.
The Kyoto school developed something called the form of the formless. It is our finite understanding of all things that we misinterpret what god is. God is transcendent meaning “beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience.” So basically he’s not of this plain of existence yet the problem is he is because he created everything through him being everything, everyone and everywhere. They say we have the spark of god in us in that we feel, have thoughts and reason with our consciousness.
The book goes to say the ultimate form is formless but functional. In saying that we as a human species are the embodiment of god and that our work, service and providence for the people is not off because he acts through our conscience. “God is experience.” quoted from the book says that he is what we are seeing/doing/being. Through us we are his vessels to seeing the greatness of our kind. All the good and bad on Earth is part of who he is and who we are as humans. Without us his existence is trivial. Without him our existence has less solid meaning. It’s a symbiotic relationship.
God is there but he is not because he is everywhere but no where to be seen physically. Even though you are looking straight at him on the grand scale and don’t even know it. This is a dualism system where it contradicts who he is, his existence is both but neither, everything and nothing, the alpha and omega, the end and the beginning. The book also says that we are created from one being therefore as we are forged from the same material he is thus we are all brothers and sisters sharing the human bond. “Reality is non-being and being”; Another quote from the book what i think this means is that we exist but we need to realize our non-permanence on the face of the earth, that our biological self will die at one point and that we need to forget about the human ego and work towards a more collective constructive system for life. “We are contradictions to ourselves” was another phrase i thought was quite cryptic; i think it means that because we have to know that we are a single human person with human experiences and that to be free we need to know that we have only so much time on Earth. This makes us contradict ourselves in that we are a living breathing biological specimen but with our conscience we are trying to not make it so that we are a single person but a collective singularity, an embodiment of god.
Our human bodies are an object (non-feeling) and subject (feeling) of self expression. They speak of absolute nothingness as a place we want to be. It is suppose to be what is called a pure mirror or a complete balance of existence. We are then put on the notion that now that our souls are now free of ego and temporary body we can now find the perfect balance/mirror in life that reflects our true self. This being the golden means i guess of all that life has to offer. A moderate medium level of “just right” perfection that is found only on Earth where the conditions are “just right” for life.
People who have this higher understanding of everything tend to use terms that the “down to earth” people cannot comprehend. It was really difficult to grasp what this book was trying to say because the author kept going all poetic on me but that’s what i got out of it.