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Nondualism primarily refers to a mature state of mystic consciousness, in which the dichotomy of I-other is “transcended”, and awareness is described as “centerless” and “without dichotomies”.

In simple terms it transcends such concepts as personal/tribal, or right/wrong into a unity of awareness across all the universe, especially relevant to humanity.

In a broad sense the term is used spiritually in the following ways by different religious traditions.

  1. The opposite of thinking in pairs of opposites. The Yin-Yang symbol of Taoism symbolises the transcendence of this dualistic way of thinking.
  2. Monism, the nonplurality of the world. Although the phenomenal world appears as a plurality of “things”, in reality they are “of a single cloth”.
  3. Advaita, the nondifference of subject and object, or nonduality between subject and object.
  4. Advaya, the identity of phenomena and the Absolute, the “nonduality of duality and nonduality”
  5. Mysticism, a mystical unity between God and man.

In the Abrahamic traditions, nondualism is about  bringing the worshiper closer to God and realizing a “oneness” with the Divine, hence the use of the term mystic, which is used in the Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions. Mystic traditions emphasize heart action, not head thinking.

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