A Quote by Russell Targ on nagarjuna, buddha, buddhism, logic, aristotelian logic, middle path, four-valued logic, two-valued logic, and paradox

I believe that we are neither a "self" nor "not a self," but that we are awareness residing as a body. This is the sort of apparent paradox about who we are that may not be solvable within the framework of what we call "Aristotelian two-valued logic" -- the logic system basic to all of Western analytical thought. In the two-valued logic, we frame our reality with questions like "Are we mortal or immortal?" "Is the mind or soul part of the body?" or "Is light made of waves or particles?" But none of these have "yes" or "no" answers. The exclusion of a middle ground between the poles of Aristotelian logic is the source of much confusion. Other logic systems have been suggested in Buddhist writings; the great second-century dharma master and teacher Nagarjuna introduced a four-valued logic system in which statements about the world can be (1) true, (2) not true, (3) both true and not true, (4) neither true nor not true -- which Nagarjuna believed was the usual case -- thereby illumination what is known as the Buddhist Middle Path. According to Nagarjuna, the Buddha first taught that the world is real. He next taught that it is unreal. To the more astute students, he taught that it is both real and not real. And to those who were furthest along the path, he taught that the world is neither real nor not real, which is what we would say today.

Russell Targ

Source: Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness, Pages: 19-20

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on mother, god, children, creation, genesis, and paradox

"Did God have a mother?" Children, when told that God made the heavens and the earth, innocently ask whether God had a mother. This deceptively simple question has stumped the elders of the church and embarrassed the finest theologians, precipitating some of the thorniest theological debates over the centuries. All the great religions have elaborate mythologies surrounding the divine act of Creation, but none of them adequately confronts the logical paradoxes inherent in the question that even children ask.

Michio Kaku

Source: Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion, Pages: 191

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on language, mysticism, and paradox

A language possesses utility only insofar as it can construct conventional boundaries. A language of no boundaries is no language at all, and thus the mystic who tries to speak logically and formally of unity consciousness is doomed to sound very paradoxical or contradictory. The problem is that the structure of any language cannot grasp the nature of unity consciousness, any more than a fork could grasp the ocean.

Ken Wilber

Source: No Boundary : Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, Pages: 55

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A Quote by unknown on achievement, eternity, experience, greatness, heart, learning, life, love, paradox, power, relationships, sacrifice, soul, strength, and suffering

Love and relationships are truly one of the most paradoxical aspects of being human. For it is in love that we find the greatest of strengths and the deepest of sorrows. Love can seem to be so fleeting and unachievable yet it remains well within our reach if we only learn how to embrace it's power. To experience true love, we must be willing to open ourselves up and sacrifice part of our heart and part of our soul. We must be willing to give of ourselves freely, and we must be willing to suffer. It is only when we expose our inner selves to the white hot flame of rejection, that love can burn so brightly as to join to souls, melding the two into one, creating a bond that joins forever. It is from this bond that we draw strength eternal and power ever lasting. It is in this thing that we call love that we find the means to achieve greatness, both in ourselves and in our lives.


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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on justice, life, paradox, and soul

The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are . . . grandiose thoughts in embryo.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on paradox


Take away paradox from the thinker and you have the professor.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christianity, existence, facts, faith, god, paradox, relationships, and truth

The paradox in Christian truth is invariably due to the fact that it is the truth that exists for God. The standard of measure and the end is superhuman; and there is only one relationship possible: faith.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)


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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on death, friendship, good, life, men, and paradox

There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian, in one of his flashing moments: "Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries." To this must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men: "Good Americans when they die go to Paris."

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. vi.

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A Quote by Marion G. Romney on good and paradox

It has always seemed somewhat paradoxical to me that we must constantly have the Lord command us to do those things which are for our own good.

Marion G. Romney (1897 - 1988)

Source: Ensign, November 1982, p. 93.

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on paradox, truth, and words

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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