Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first obligolnian striving: an inner meaning

Zen painting, Tenryu-ji, Kyoto

"The first striving: to have in one's ordinary being-existence everything satisfying and really necessary for the planetary body."

This sounds very much like a call to meeting the outer needs of the body; food, drink, sex, shelter, and so on. Yet a man or woman can have all of those things, even in excess, and not be satisfied. I’m drawn to understand what is truly satisfying, and what is truly necessary.

In order to understand this properly from an inner point of view, I need to understand it beginning with the organic sensation of Being. Nothing in the planetary body is truly satisfying until and unless this requirement of inner being-sensation is met; and so the first striving really turns upon a very critical and intimate, fully organic understanding, which is, I should stress, what is really necessary. The question of necessity, in this case, turns upon the point of what is necessary for Being; and we can, without any doubt, turn to the extensive body of work on this question established by Jeanne de Salzmann (see The Reality of Being) for a foundational understanding of the type of satisfaction and necessity intimated by the first striving.


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