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there is always the third (both). One and not constitute both. It will be seen that as the transition from A to its Repetition takes place the third transfers its allegiance from the second to the first, so that from the point of view of the second, the first is the second. (This ignores a fourth item, precedence.) That is to say, the third always joins forces with the other; it is this union of one and both that constitutes other or not. Finally, if we consult the third, both, it tells us that it is simply the one thing that the other two have in common, that is, the third is simply one in distinction to the other two, which together are both: the third is one, not both—that is to say, from its point of view. Both and not constitute one. We thus have three items, one, not, both, each of which is one, not, and both: one is ‘one and not both’, not is ‘not one and both’, both is ‘both and not one’. These three things are mutually perpendicular—one perpendicular requires three. 205 A, Å, and AÅ, or one, not, and both are each given dually with the other pair. There is also, however, an order of precedence, since one must be given first and each fresh one must be perpendicular to all preceding ones. Obviously A is the absolute one that precedes; for it is not defined in terms of the others. Å follows, and AÅ is third. The order A → Å and (A → Å) → AÅ is irreversible.34 206 The Law of Entropy: any given closed system gets more and more boring. 207

The passage of time is the waning of interest. The passage of space is the transfer of interest. The passage of time is the transfer of the object. The passage of space is the waning of the object.

208 Nibbåna is not nothing, because ‘nothing’ is something. 209 You say that in seeking what benefits me I am being selfish? And that it is better for me to be unselfish? Better for me, did you say? How selfish, then, to seek to be unselfish! 210 Things that are absolute are members of a group; but a thing must be a group to be absolute.

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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