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THE ESSENTIAL RUDHYAR
An outline and an evocation
by Leyla Ral
1983



I. FOUNDATIONS
II. CONCEPTUAL FORMULATIONS
III. RUDHYAR'S
INTEGRATION OF
EXPERIENCE AND CONCEPTS

APPENDIX 1: Selected Poems
APPENDIX 11: Bibliography









II. CONCEPTUAL FORMULATIONS

8. ACTIVITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS

While recent and contemporary psychologies and philosophies often stress consciousness as the primary ground of being, Rudhyar's approach differs from them in that he considers consciousness indissolubly associated with and the concomitant of activity.
      For him, a living being is a whole an organized system of activity within definite limits and activity within such an organized system generates consciousness. Each level of organization thus of wholeness implies a particular type of consciousness as well as activity: there is consciousness in an atom, a planet, and a galaxy, as well as in a human being, because each is an organized system of activity, a consistent and evolving whole.
      In other words, consciousness is the subjective side of activity, and activity is the objective side of consciousness. Thus all wholes are both active and conscious. The activity and consciousness of a greater whole encompasses and includes the activity and consciousness of the lesser wholes it contains. Every whole is simultaneously an experiencing subject and an object to other subjects; every "one" is part of the category of "many" for other "ones."



By permission of Leyla Rudhyar Hill
Copyright © 1983 by Leyla Ral
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