Excerpt About Turnings of the Wheel
Also, the meanings of “sameness” and “one taste” change in the fourth turning of the wheel. In the classical experience of boundlessness or nonduality, “one taste” means that everything participates in the same reality or shares the same source or expresses the same nature. Everything is equal in significance, and uniqueness is not of interest. In the fourth turning, the sense is more that each thing in itself is an equally valid manifestation of reality. Just imagine the freedom you’d gain from the superego if you really recognized and realized this. The fourth turning of the wheel is the direct experience, the realization, the recognition, the vision, the thinking, and the creativity of a different kind of equalness of all manifestation. This is an equalness in which the particulars do not lose their difference, uniqueness, and significance. The equality of forms in the second turning levels the playing field, where each particular is simply another manifestation of the ground and thereby equal in significance to any other particular. The important wisdom is that of sameness, of all particulars having the same nature. In the fourth turning, equalness is not because of sameness or shared ground; each particular in itself is equal to all others. And yet, they are all of one nature, albeit a more mysterious nature than that revealed in nondual realization. This recognition hits you and impacts you at all levels. Nothing is excluded; everything is included in the view of living reality. It opens up the whole of reality all at once.