Inspiring Metaphors: Line and Point

A conversation with Peter Francis Dziuban* inspired this metaphor.

There is a duality between the “point” and the “line” which is apparently different but a line looks like a point when viewed from a different angle (head-on). Therefore the “point” and the “line” are dual.  The difference is due to the vantage point. The “point” is dimensionless and the “line” is 1-dimensional.

In Tantra Yoga and Sufism the “point” is used to symbolize the dimensionless nature of “Nirguna Brahma” (Absolute Non-qualified Consciousness). Dzuiban introduced a concept: “preclusive of numbers”. In my opinion we can say that the “point” is preclusive of numbers and dimensions. The Absolute Unqualified Consciousness is dimensionless and preclusive of numbers.

When the “point” becomes a “line” an infinite (uncountable ) number of “points” appear to be forming the “line”.

The “line” can be viewed as a “point” by changing the viewing angle but the “point” cannot be viewed as a “line”. The “point” has to become a “line”. Therefore the “point” has to be more fundamental.

In this analogy the “line” symbolizes the “Saguna Brahma” (Qualified Consciousness) and the “point” symbolizes the “Nirguna Brahma” (Absolute Unqualified Consciousness). Saguna Brahma has infinite (uncountable) dimensions whereas Nirguna Brahma is dimensionless yet it is the Infinity (of possibilities).

* Peter Francis Dziuban wrote “Consciousness Is All: Now Life Is Completely New


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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