The Cosmic Continuum

A circle has only one centre. But the cosmic circle, being infinite, has an infinite number of centres, and each one is the centre of the whole, which, on account of its infinitude, is neither a circle nor not a circle, so that its centre, also, is neither a centre nor not a centre.

Therefore the centre, being ubiquitous, is itself the circle, and the notion of individual centres within the infinite circle is a vain and superfluous concept.

Metaphysically such is a diagram of the cosmos, and a simple illustration of the position of phenomenal beings in a five-dimensional phenomenal universe, in which they are neither something nor nothing, neither centres nor not centres - for they are at the same time the centre and the whole.

(© HKU Press, 1965)

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