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THE UNIVERSAL OCTOPUS & MR TAO


Published by Universal Octopus www.universaloctopus.com

The text of this book is set in IM FELL English PRO

ISBN 978-0-9571901-4-6 Copyright © Brian F Taylor 2009, 2013 All Rights Reserved.


Each tentacle that used to be anonymous Is now by mutual consent autonomous. At first they may behave a bit like fools But they’ll do better when they know the rules.


IN THE BEGINNING HOW IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER WILL BE.

COMPLETE PERFECT PEACE. THIS IS THE BEGINNING, THE BEGINNINGLESS BEGINNING, THE CENTRE AND CIRCUMFERENCE OF ALL LIVING BEINGS IN ALL UNIVERSES, EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS, WITHOUT END. 7


A LITTLE LATER

THE STIRRING OF AN OUTWARD AWARENESS, A BARELY PERCEPTIBLE CURIOSITY.

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I AM !……

……..WHAT I AM!

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AWAKENING

A SURPRISE. THE UNEXPECTED SEEING OF ONE’S FACE IN A MIRROR BEFORE THERE ARE ANY MIRRORS! HALF RECOGNITION, HALF DOUBT. 10


ANOTHER?

ONE CREATES THE APPEARANCE OF ANOTHER. 11


FRIENDLINESS

YOU AND ME COMPASSION LOVE SYMPATHETIC JOY RECOGNITION OF SAMENESS/DIFFERENCE HAPPINESS TOGETHERNESS.

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SUSPICION & HOSTILITY

YOU OR ME THE RIVALS THE COMPETITION, THE ENEMY, FEAR, ENVY, DISTRUST, SUSPICION, DISLIKE, ANGER, HATE. 13


THE UNIVERSAL OCTOPUS

As the tentacles reach out they take on material form. They are manifestations of the Centre and therefore not identical to it. But not separate from it either. 14


A whole world of beings! Friends and enemies. Allies and foes. Mine and theirs. All struggling with each other to survive. Competing with each other for the same goals, the same territory, the same possessions. “Alone and afraid in a world I never made.�

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THE CENTRE The CENTRE is the centre and circumference of everything.

The tentacles reach out from it and subside back into it. Like waves in the ocean. The energy that 16


keeps this going is Desire. Desire to experience Other. And Fear. Fear of Other. There is no Other. Only other appearances of the same thing. The CENTRE. If a tentacle strikes a tentacle, it is not striking another. It is striking the ONE. It is striking itself. This is why karma works as it does. Perfectly. What you do to another, you do to you. It is done to you by you. AS YOU SOW, SO ARE YOU REAPED.

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LOOKING OUTWARDS The tentacles look out at each other. The outward-looking senses make it appear that that tentacle is over there. Whereas I am here. The computer/brain immediately calculates and comes up with: based on the evidence, since these two things are not connected, they are separate. That’s you. This is me.

The computer is not malfunctioning. Based on the evidence presented to it, its conclusion is valid. 18


With the diagram we can see that the tentacles are all joined at the base. They are in no way separated from the CENTRE. But the tentacles are the product of an outward looking sense represented by their eyes. Looking outwards, they still see only Centre. But in its outwards manifestation. As tentacles. Their 19


eyes can only see other tentacles. To see where they are all joined to each other they need to look inwards. The tentacles, you, me and the others, are not really joined at the feet as the diagram suggests. We would soon see it if they were.

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LOOKING INWARDS We are joined at the CENTRE. The CENTRE is not outside the tentacle, not outside our bodies. It is inside. Right at the centre of our bodies. Right at the centre of the tentacle. In the diagram this is represented by its base. Beyond this it just merges into the Undifferentiated One. The tentacles can reach out as far as they like and develop as many eyes (or other senses) as they wish. They will only ever see more and more tentacles. If they want to find the origin of everything, including tentacles, and make sense of it all, they have to look back inside, withdraw back inside and travel back inside. So it is with you and me. 21


Each tentacle that used to be anonymous Is now by mutual consent autonomous. At first they may behave a bit like fools But they’ll do better when they know the rules.

(For assistance in travelling back inside, see CENTRE The Truth about Everything ISBN 978-0-9571901-7-7). 22


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One and not two, That’s all you have to do. One and not two. Wherever you go, That’s all you have to know.

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THE UNIVERSAL OCTOPUS & MR TAO  

How Mr Tao met the Universal Octopus and set up house together in the Centre for ever.

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