Indra’s Net

net of indra

When all mind-discriminations cease,
The Unborn shines with no-thing arising nor cessating.
Subjective allusions vanish as objective patterns subside,
Thus the two dissolve-away in deep quiescence.

The object is married with the subject,
They are eternally bonded.
Their ongoing relativity knows no bounds,
Yet their union is enkindled in the net of emptiness.

Intimations from the Avatamsaka Sutra: 

“FAR AWAY IN THE HEAVENLY ABODE OF THE GREAT GOD INDRA, THERE IS A WONDERFUL NET WHICH HAS BEEN HUNG BY SOME CUNNING ARTIFICER IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT STRETCHES OUT INDEFINITELY IN ALL DIRECTIONS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EXTRAVAGANT TASTES OF DEITIES, THE ARTIFICER HAS HUNG A SINGLE GLITTERING JEWEL AT THE NET’S EVERY NODE, AND SINCE THE NET ITSELF IS INFINITE IN DIMENSION, THE JEWELS ARE INFINITE IN NUMBER. THERE HANG THE JEWELS, GLITTERING LIKE STARS OF THE FIRST MAGNITUDE, A WONDERFUL SIGHT TO BEHOLD. IF WE NOW ARBITRARILY SELECT ONE OF THESE JEWELS FOR INSPECTION AND LOOK CLOSELY AT IT, WE WILL DISCOVER THAT IN ITS POLISHED SURFACE THERE ARE REFLECTED ALL THE OTHER JEWELS IN THE NET, INFINITE IN NUMBER. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT EACH OF THE JEWELS REFLECTED IN THIS ONE JEWEL IS ALSO REFLECTING ALL THE OTHER JEWELS, SO THAT THE PROCESS OF REFLECTION IS INFINITE…”   (http://www.heartspace.org/misc/IndraNet.html) 

Indra’s Net is quite an apt model for the principle of Interdependent Origination. It can also serve as a Quantum-Metaphor for today’s verses. Subjective and Objective realities are relative to each other in the quantum Net of Emptiness; in this sense, one can say that this is the Relativity of Emptiness itself. Although the Eternal and Absolute Void is the point of origin, all the created nexuses of interdependent void-particles reach out as it were onto a holographic grid; in this grid (Indra’s Net) every-point is relative to the divine singularity—one point vibrating in an infinite magnitude and each radiating the exact nexus of that One Point of Singularity in each other. Yet, great caution is also urged here. Indra’s Net is also Maya in that it portrays only reflections of reality. In this sense the Absolute Void is greater than the sum of Its vibrating-parts. Uncreated, Unseen, with No-Location in the Net of Emptiness, yet still the Singular and Undivided Whole.

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One Response to Indra’s Net

  1. Methexis says:

    “The observer and that which is observed are everywhere produced by the matrix of causality and conditions. In all that is produced by causality and conditions, there is emptiness of self.” Zhiyi, The Great Calm-Observation, Vol. 5

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