The Dungeon

The illusion of separateness is due to the apparent presence of objects whose cogniser is their suppositional subject.

Separateness is itself the essential condition on which the notion of bondage depends, and its dissolution entrains the abolition of the idea of being bound.

But the suppositional subject is itself an object, whose cogniser is the nature itself of cognition, so that cogniser and all that is cognised are an inseparable totality in Bhutatathata or Whole-mind.

Recognition of wholeness leaves no centre to which a notion of separateness could be attached, so that universal identity alone can subsist.

Such recognition is perfect liberation from solitary confinement in the prison of self.

(© HKU Press, 1966)

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