OF WAKE AND FOAM
Science teaches us that manifestation
possesses duration, resilience, configuration, determined structure and
actualisation of these qualities gives the duration a term, makes
with the resilience a limit, gives the configuration a variation,
promotes in the structure a transformation, and turns the law into a
A phenomenon takes
root and stands between two evanescences:
The evanescence in being,
The evanescence in becoming.
In the becoming, the
phenomenon is abolished in other phenomenons. In the being the
phenomenon is abolished in its performance.
Here they are two
definitions of death, which can equally well, either the first,
either the second, or together, constitute three definitions of
Two forms of being
exist, which are, one with regard to other, two forms of
The duration and the
consistence of a phenomenon are function to the relation between
these two forms. Equilibrium between two evanescences; that of
immobility and that of movement.
Or even more so,
equilibrium between virtualisation and performation.
The manifested world,
or if thou preferst, the real world, is wholly the actualisation of
If poles are
conceived, they cannot be conceived in a reciprocal independence.
They have to be conceived in their unitary relationship. Of that thou
canst not doubt.
None is producing its
opposite. It is the unity which is splitting, laying out like a wake
about which appear the two opposite signs.
There will never be
pure virtualisation nor pure performation.
It is the observation
of sensitive reality as an inert existence which makes appear
particles of matter or energy fields as if only there were real, and
as if it were their mirage.
However, if thou
observest the opposition between pure being-there and pure
becoming-other, thou shalt see the real world as a
The first gives the second.
Perhaps thou hast
heard say that two is resorbed in one. Or even that unicity absorbs
alterity. Thou shalt not conclude that one comes from two.
One gives two, but
does not cancel itself in it. It stand in the double as a third. It
is at the same time:
The unity of the
The separation of one
and other in the bosom of two.
the appearing of sensitive reality on the disappearing in the
immovable and the disappearing in the movement.
How making thee
understand the unicity of the triple?
Thou hast to think of
the French word «sens».
It has three
acceptations: way, sensation and meaning. All three are instants of
the same concept.
The first is
effect: the coming back of movement which is sensation.
The third is
understanding: the discrimination of the agent and the action which
is performed with the distinction of other instants.
By one, in the form
of the opposite of other, is manifested the dialectic of
Two exist but
actually in one - understandst well «actually».
Every one of two is
an evanescence, a nonexistence.
As it is being, two
is not receiving from itself existence.
But as it is
non-being, it is an emptiness exactly equal to one.
In fact, it is the
emptiness of one.
Two is then no longer
the two, but two, which is the pure negative of one.
When it is the two,
they are at the same time pure potentiality and pure
It is that witch the
ancients called: «a rest and a movement».
Two, as it is only
the negation of one, is its power, the force which works and
Two would be nothing
without one. It is its power. That means, its attribute.
But without this
attribute one would also be nothing. All the actuality of one depends
So the power over one
is given by two, which is its emptiness.
This is why it is
called «The open door at the closed palace of
The door is at the
same time open and closed.
It is one and it is two.
If thou perceivest
only a duality, it will hide thou the trinitary one.
Thus will remain
closed for thee the profound intimacy of subjective understanding and
To scorn sensitive
things is not something good. But even worse is to believe in their
If thou ignorest in
the appearance the appearing essence, thou shalt never know the
Empty and invisible
is the power, the motary force, but the abandon of the full and
visible is not the way which leads to its mastery.
That which lives is fed.
That which becomes food dies.
Thou canst cherish
that which nourishes thee, but thou shoult be fool to desire to
The prophet Jesus said: «If the lion
eats man the lion becomes man. If man eats the lion the lion becomes
man». Perhaps thou shalt understand.
The real nourishes the real.
Some preach the
perfect emptiness, the immovable peace and the absolute being;
others the light, the
blaze and the pure breath.
What doest thou
expect to attain from all this?
These things are
indigestible for thour body and spirit.
Starting with the
real, dissolve and coagulate.
Here ends the treatise
of wake and foam.
It is complete from beginning to end
in accordance with that is written.
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