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211 It is said of a sage that when people asked him pressingly for counsel in important affairs he invariably replied, ‘But I myself am plunged even now into anxiety about an important transaction. At this very instant it may turn into frightful urgency’, and so saying he would turn a deaf ear and immerse himself in meditation. And even then he only attained to heavenly rebirth. 212 An electron behaves like anything else. 213 Everything is repetition; everything is repeated. That is existence. 214 An operation is repetition of an operation. 215 ‘This is a dialectical qualification which must be kept sharply in mind— only when the object exists does the desire exist, only when the desire exists does the object exist; desire and its object are twins, neither of which is born a fraction of an instant before the other. But though they are thus born at exactly the same instant, and with no time interval between, as is the case with other twins, the importance of their thus coming into existence is not that they are united, but, on the contrary, that they are separated.’—S. Kierkegaard, Either/Or, O.U.P. London 1944, p. 64. 216 Time tends to accelerate; eternity repeatedly comes to an end. This is an hierarchical secret. 217 Repetition of an operation is integration of this operation with respect to itself. (∫x dx = 1/2 x2)35 The repetition of x is what has x as its rate of change. 218 Number, by definition, is quantity, and quantity presents itself immediately as intensity (or degree of emphasis or weight). More strictly, there is the one-to-one correspondence between number and quantity. (This, incidentally, puts paid to the Q.T.) Always, an absolute quantity, of value unity, is required; and this is always given—it is simply the quantity of the present object. If two objects are present, the total quantity is unity: that is to say, the sum of their respective quantities is unity—this defines addition. Their difference is the degree of sub35.  [This sentence c/o and r/b: No—the square.]


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...