Two Sides of the Same Coin-The Law of Duality

I am not going to say that if you believe in god then you will have to accept the existence of devil,as people generally misinterpret what the law of duality says.

The law of duality(or polarity) does not say that everything has an opposite, instead it says that the opposite of any entity that we can perceive is nothing but the other extreme of one and the same thing.

Let’s take the example of prosperity and poverty, one is abundance of wealth and the other is absence of wealth but both are the differences in balance of exactly the same thing-wealth!

In the same way many people talk about the law of attraction and repulsion within the context of law of polarity, which says that if the universal laws operates to attract what we want in our lives then there must also be some law which forms its opposite by repelling the stuff that we don’t want, this is not at all true.

What we don’t attract in our life is what we don’t focus upon or we block what we want by focusing on its opposite( negative thoughts or beliefs).. so there is no such law as the law of repulsion, but it is the law of attraction working reversely what seems like that.

Chinese philosophy talks about this in terms of yin and yang which supports this discussion with its ancient understanding that dualities are complementary to each other.

So, whatever we perceive in this world as opposites is actually two sides of the same coin…like the batman and the joker!

Neutral Emotions

While talking about the law of duality we cannot miss human emotions because it is the foremost concern in everybody’s life.

So, in accordance to this law one will have to feel hatred if he feels love, he will have to feel miserable if he feels happiness, he will have to feel pain if he feels pleasure etc.

This is very true, our mind depends on this law and all the emotions flips to its opposite nature in the future because if one feels a specific emotion due to an external factor then in the absence of that outside reference, one will naturally experience the opposite feelings.

Unbalanced emotions whether it is the high end or the lower end has to turn upside down with time, but neutral emotions that naturally arises from inside like-joy or unconditional  love, which is independent of the external factors has no opposites because it is whole and complete.

Unconditional Love and Joy

Joy and unconditional love are divine qualities which has no opposites; it is the true and core nature of we humans.

Unlike the “happiness” or the “love” that requires any specific reason from our exterior world,these feelings does not depend on anything from the outside world.

A person who rejoices the present moment completely naturally experiences these emotions and this is why these are the qualities of the enlightened ones.

These qualities are said to be the natural characteristics of human being because we are made of unconditional love and the higher part of our existence which is also referred as the true self is always in the state of joy and it has unconditional love for all divine creations because our higher self knows that it is connected to everything.

Finding Balance in Every State

If you want to avoid the flutter of moving through two extreme emotional states and being deluded by the temporary appearances of external circumstances then practice present moment awareness, it will allow you to observe the outside events from the viewpoint of unbiased alertness and thus you can find yourself balanced in all circumstances, this will help you to stay unaffected from the worldly drama of suffering and pleasure.


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4 thoughts on “Two Sides of the Same Coin-The Law of Duality

  1. James W D

    Hari, What an interesting perspective! I had saved notification of this post for some time before I got to read it and I am very glad I did. Talk about a good way to lead into a weekend with a new and deep perspective on life.

    The example about poverty really made it clear what you were talking about here and I appreciate that.

  2. Grace

    There’s a reason I was brought to your post today. I think I need to hear that I need to practice mediation again and be more present instead of feeling low from external factors. I’ve been feeling down about my online business for the last couple of days, I know I just have to carry on, and I don’t want to feel this way when I know success is down the road.

    I really like the part of neutral emotions where there is no polarity when joy and happiness is found from the inside. I believe this is true.

    I need to give myself 30 mins in silence and focus within… I hope to start this next week as part of my routine.

    Thanks so much for your insights,

    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Grace, that would be the best thing to do, meditate and give yourself a few moments of silence, that’s what I do whenever I am not feeling positive. Once you will get back in a good state of mind, you will naturally start taking the right actions.


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