Anatman and Atman

I have been preparing a little treatise on an introduction to “our actuality” – the fact of our reality (which itself is made of parts including our self or identity, what we experience, consciousness, deeper being) as a projected part of our Whole Being, projected through the brain and spinal cord (or CNS). “Orientation”, of our projected actuality, in space and with our Whole, establishes our representational reality as part of our Whole, Who in turn is a part of Reality (absolute) or the One-and-only-Whole (see elsewhere in this blog). For this Noam Chomsky’s linguistics and history of science and philosophy, as well as various descriptions and thoughts by others on emergent phenomena has been particular considerations for the last month or so.

I was noticing a comment on Daniel Everett’s work (linguist who lived and worked with some South American natives, initially as a missionary and subsequently converted from Christianity), which questions the recent views of language as an innate and universal human property (generative grammar originated by Chomsky). In contrast Everett considers us moulded by culture (and language) and, as Aristotle described, the mind as a blank slate rather than preset. What really took my attention, however, is the Buddhist and Hindu concept of “anatman” that Everett considered most compatible with the notion of the human self.

I take a sidestep from my recent activities and comment here on this and other Sanskrit terms with Orientation and reference to our representational reality (or indirect realism) within which we, as self or identity, identify directly with what we experience of perception and thinking, our sense and notion, as if they are real (naive or direct realism).

Atman and Brahman are Sanskrit terms familiar to many in our cosmopolitan world, even if they are not Hindu. Those that practice Yoga or meditation may have come across the terms in studying some of the philosophy behind the practices. That is how I first learned of the terms in the following phrase : “Atman and Brahman are one”.

Poem Straight up JUn17 (5) 1Atman is translated Self or True Self, and Brahman God. I have come to appreciate the terms and phrase in this way : Atman is the Whole Self Who is of Reality. Brahman is Reality (absolute) or the One-and-only-Whole. Atman, as part of Reality, displaces Reality so that there is no Reality but rest of Reality; Reality is transcendent of Atman but is immanent in (or permeates) Atman, for Atman being part of Reality. And in being part, Atman carries the essence of both His or Her Self and Brahman as the one spirit at His or Her core (Atman’s); the Atman and Brahman are one in spirit.

whole rest partAnatman is translated “non-self”. I consider it the self or identity within our representational reality, which is a part projected through the Central Nervous System of our Whole. Our Whole Self is part-less and transcendent of our part as any whole is of their parts. This is because a part displaces the whole to leave the rest of whole, as indicated in the diagram.

In Hindu tradition Atman is similarly understood to be formless and part-less (ie. whole), whose true nature cannot be perceived. It is said that to comprehend the difference between Anatman and Atman, between our projected part and our Whole, is to become liberated.

There is the famous practice of the self talk “Neti, neti, netior “not this, not this, not this“. The idea of negating Anatman, itself being a negation or non-self (suffix an-), is to realise the supposedly permanent and unchanging Atman.

My recent approach repeats this negation but then refer indirectly to our transcendent Whole thus :
“Not this, not that, not us
Not that, not it, not me.
Everything is a part,
of my part-less Whole Being.”

Of Nothing we exist

Of Nothing we exist –
that Nothing is our Whole
absence in our part,
our part-less Whole.

Of Life we exist –
emergent of time
cosmos and Earth,
transcendent of our part.

Trust, be grateful –
He or She immanent in our part
our business, monies, questions and purposes,
in our being part.

Not this, not that, not us, as self or identity –
our everything is a part
of our part-less Whole Being,
next to other Wholes of Reality.

The horizon and the exponential curve

Devil’s double advocate advises
Hippocritical heretical hearsay
“No way forwards in an exponential curve”.

But for all that we may lend an ear, go back where?

Where Devil’s Dice is Fool’s Gold (mineral pyrite; FeS2)
and Exponential, the price and cost,
we stand and bear
– Earth carries the lemming and cliff
allows us to make what we will.
Still, horizons abound ahead
for us where we miss those under our head.

No way but horizon
in situ (in place), in vito (life), inside your true bountiful whole;
float diaphragm level
steady level head
level other-end
to level ground
under your standing.

A Whole Being is on Earth.


We are a part,
looking out at levels, uprights and surfaces (make walls and grounds one sees)
behaving well not to put out a hand
to touch nose or screen
to “see” if they’re real,
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for all that, as self or identity
we have no eyes actually
nor hands whether they see or touch,
because they belong with our whole

of whom we are also part.

The exponential curve

The exponential curve (also previous two posts and link to search exponential curve).

be ready for anything
or for nothing!?

while steadying for what’s ahead
the curve is under our legs
we stand on
our destiny;
swim in plastic perfused waters
macro and micro dosed

all for nothing!?
or for anything

what’s our feet for when
exponetial stand our future

Lost and found X-mas cheer

Re-posted from a year ago : Compare with this year’s new year entry (previous post, for progress through our exponential curve – where whether we affect the weather, or not, is hard to tell from weather models, whose reports cannot see that far into the future, because the models are formed by us from within it (the weather; with stations, ballons and various probes to monitor it from within it), and sun spot  activity affects it, grossly from without it; but human activity we know affects Earth, in exponential ways and so must affect weather at least around the cities, whose air, grounds, vegetation, water, tempretures and  hazy skies we know are affected  with more people living and commuting in it, and moving to it, more and more. (exponential curve search on this blog :

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drawn into view
exponential explosion
under foot,
future not ahead.

Bouncing reflexive in apparent chaos
probable presence in hotted head
everything is of you in experience
part of your whole present in the present
forever X-mas clause of Reality.

Merry be, in cheer part-ache
Mary be for Christ’s sake
Glory be our betrothal to
our whole being of Reality
wholly ghost, transcendent of our part.

We near the end of this Rooster year. Proud cocky does not like its feathers ruffled. So much exposed, of finance, politics, globalisation and its culture, the environmental situation and our attitudes and responses. Human history and the Earth’s merge in the climactic (including what is climatic) exponential curve .

I see the showy Rooster plucked, as if ready for a X-mas dinner. At least in Sydney, it seems sombre. It was quiet in the shops, both of shoppers and X-mas decoration.

Next year is the year of the Dog. Our passage through the exponential curve must involve fundamental changes, like the crossing of the river Styx (across into the land of the dead). In at least a few cultures including the Egyptian, the Dog is said to be our guide in this.

Faithful companion by our side, lick our part and point to who is human, alive in Reality on Earth under heaven, our whole whose being is next to yours.

While the Earth sustains our life-style and our individual whole is alive, we may contemplate our part and end, but also be in relation with the one who is alive and on Earth, next to other living whole beings, and who will die.

Cock a doodle woof !

This year will be the Pig – woof woof and oink.




The self and “What is it to be human?”

A steady new year entry, level with horizon
into the sunrise of the Age of Aquarius;
where we looked up high
was with its dawn light that rises high
(in the early 70’s; the musical ‘Hair’ came out in 1967).

Or is it the setting sun, at the horizon
and dusk’s glow rose high.
Either way , level diaphragm with sun’s light from horizon
square against our vertical, stand through
exponential  wake (exponential curve search in this blog :,
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and another end but global.

Let spirit radiate, spill over from core of diaphragm horizontal, rather than blast ahead
and up.



The development of AI (artificial intelligence) has moved the boundary between the subjective and objective in our reality, objectifying so much of our mental functioning that are mechanical or computer-like, though previously thought of as cognitive, creative, communicative (ripe to be “connective”, to love, consume and demand the technologies that augment our reality but also what is augmented; we consummate in our augmentation with technology), clever, curious and human. This encroachment creates a new impetus and interest to the age old question, “What is it to be human?” (Note 2 – AI and our humanity).

Last paragraph of section 3 The subjective aspects of our reality; “Our reality and Reality” orig blgd 16Oct17, re ed June, Dec18

Expanding the bracket above:

The human condition is communicative.
We gawk and talk, are ripe to be “connective”,
to love, consume and demand the technology
that augment our reality, and what is augmented;
we consummate, in our augmentaion with technology.

Also from section 3 The subjective aspects of our reality :

We loose sight of our self like Alice
chasing the back of the Rabbit (through her tunnel),
in trying to experience, the experiencing self.
Rather than risk extinguishing our self,
we must
distinguish instead objective and subjective aspects
of our having-an-experience reality,
and not chase the subjective end of the “apparatus”
in self-referencing; like a dog
after its tail.

I will post the first three sections (to 3 The subjective aspects of our reality) of Our reality and Reality” orig blgd 16Oct17, re ed June, Dec18 next.

Context and content

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context and content.

Context determine content, content forms context
common or not, but we hold to our own
space, self, others and the world.

Solipsistic reference unconditional
contrast and compromise
the phenomenal world
and our apparent conditional existence after birth.

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the world presented by our whole,
look at price, place and people
search for value, of friend or foe,
fore ever we seek
while never seeing our self, let alone our whole.

Allow for contrast, conditional and absolute, but also the relative;
phenomenal world conditional,
and absolute, the existential and solipsistic
but also the negative and the resistance that builds between.
All parts reflex and affect, not just contrast and reflect,
one another and their whole, who is more than their sum
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Be a part,
refer to your transcendent whole.