By Cary Bayer The number one is a unique number. Let me count the ways. I guess I’ll start at one. One is the only number that when multiplied...
By Cary Bayer
The number one is a unique number. Let me count the ways. I guess I’ll start at one.
One is the only number that when multiplied by itself remains as one.
One is also the only number when divided by itself that remains itself.
One is also the only number whose square root of itself is one. The square root of 9 is 3, the square root of 4 is 2, but the square root of 1 is 1. Always has been, always will be.
Champion athletes like to lift their pointer finger and declare that “We’re number one!” It implies, of course, that the team they vanquished is number two, a loser. Imagine how far our culture will evolve when we can move past win/lose to win/win scenarios on a regular basis, when the champion’s expression gets replaced by “We’re all one.”
The number one points to a higher reality. In marriage, even the law holds that two become one. In Christianity three—God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit — somehow become one. Ditto in Hinduism, where the one God has three aspects — creator, preserver, and destroyer.
As a boy I enjoyed the movie in CinemaScope, How the West Was Won, As an adult I came to understand the phenomena how the East is One.
Quotes about oneness
“I belong to God, as has often been shown; yet I also belong to myself. He becomes himself through me. I live in him, and I live in myself. I have two aspects, he and I, divine and human. But he is not I, and I am not he. My actions are the theatre in which he expresses himself; to him I am a vessel.”-Ibn Arabi, “Fusus al-hikam” From “366 Readings From Islam,” translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.
“At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet gazing in amazement at the cold and yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable. Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor eternity, only being.”—Albert Einstein
“I am a lover of the universal and the universal lover. I am you in love with yourself.”—Rumi
You are eternally connected with everyone.”
— Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations
“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” — Alan W. Watts
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.” — Swami Vivekananda
Watching satellites and staring at the stars, I seemed to lose contact with my earth and body and to spread out through the cosmos by means of an awareness that permeates both space and life–as though I were expanding from a condensation of awareness previously selected and restricted to the biological matter that was myself.” — Charles Lindbergh, Autobiography of Values
“I am the ritual action, I am the sacrifice, I am the ancestral oblation, I am the sacred hymn, I am also the melted butter, I am the fire and I am the offering. I am immortality and also death, I am being as well as non-being…” Gita, 9:16-19
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together
—The Beatles, I am the Walrus