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This is the definition of paradox:" An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises"
But I believe, there is much more to it. Each half of a paradoxical contradiction is necessary for the whole, it is a “symmetry which is broken”,
paradoxes tap directly into the intuitive depth of knowing.
As do poetry and music.

"Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light."

"He who loses his life shall find it"

"There would be no dance and there is only the dance."

Some from recent TED conversations:

'Objectivity is the illusion of any subject."
"There are absolutely no absolutely true statements."
Aristotle's "reaffirmation through denial".
"we are all students and teachers in this earth school"
the expression "one-many" /I love it!/
“everything is both in time and in stillness. It is a changeless change.”
"out-in" experience.
I am sure there are a lot more, and I ask the TED community to post here your paradoxes or phrases, expressions with paradox depth.
Quotations with your comment or without. Everything will be of great value.

Thank you!


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    Nov 5 2011: Thank you for your apriciation, yes vacuum state is and the understanding is also a paradox becouse the intellect is distinguishing , or this or this , or warm or cold so its IMPOSSIBLE to understand paradox, BUT you can live it , YES experiance it, I do and I did during practise of Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi program with yogic flying. This is a practical part of Maharishi's Vedic Science, where the allert mind (Attention) is brought in deeper levels of our cosnciousness , experiancing the deeper levels of thinking proces and the thoughts it self UNTILL we reach the source of though, and when that is happening there is the home of paradox , home of all the laws of nature , home of infinite and opposite values of life in unmanifest state. I practise this tehnique every day 2 times and experiancing Vacuum state for shorter and longer times , sometimes clearer , most of the times less clear (got lots of stress to release :) BUT BIG YES it is possible to realise this state of paradox ON the level of BEING in real life (which is much deeper than the level of intellect or mind) and with experiancing this level of life = Universe when we come out of meditation we infuse all the qualities of Unified field in to our dally life , in any and all activities we have from most trivial to most important! I hope I helped a lil :) Bliss and happiness to you and other TED readers -members
    • Nov 8 2011: Hi,Jozef!
      Thank you for sharing and sorry for the delay with my response. I was in the "wild" , being busy with what you call " infusing all the qualities of Uni field " :)
      I have never participated in any program with yogic flying,/ sounds transcendental by its own :)/ and even never practiced meditation, though i always make it my "New Year Wish", but Just being not distracted , being peaceful in beautiful vastness , can do the trick with your consciousness! No thoughts, no clever paradoxes even, everything is reconciled in all possible directions ...Does it remind you anything, you've experienced?

      Actually, starting this conversation I meant to collect Paradoxes for my paradox file, but this conversation has the will of it's own and I don't mind , we discuss the nature of paradox . But still, could you help me with my skinny file , any expressions with paradox depth? :)

      Thank you!
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      Nov 10 2011: " we infuse all the qualities of Unified field in to our daily life "
      That's how we started life to begin with, with not all but our personal qualities.
      Being at that place you can change your life as well.

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