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