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



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

APPENDIX 1: Selected Poems
APPENDIX 11: Bibliography









II. CONCEPTUAL FORMULATIONS

4. WHOLENESS

For Rudhyar, "Wholeness is the ultimate idea we can have of the meaning of being . . . Wholeness is the beingness of all wholes."
      To be is to be a whole unfolding its inherent potentialities through cycles of changes (time) and in a state of unceasing relatedness to other wholes (space). All wholes are and must be, by definition, finite. But Wholeness is not finite because it applies to all wholes and is not limited to any particular whole or condition of being. Yet neither is Wholeness infinite, because the concept of infinity (to which human beings usually attach a powerful emotional charge) is only one pole of an intellectual dualism whose other pole is finitude. All wholes are finite, but Wholeness is undefinable. The most that can be said of it is that it is "transfinite" in the sense that it can only "be" through wholes ó any and all kinds of wholes operating at any and all levels of wholeness. The universe is a hierarchy of wholes, a hierarchy of levels of wholeness.



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