Table of Contents for Root Meanings

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  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 5 Aug 2023


  • Foundation.
  • Foundation of existence.
  • That which is regarded as ontologically prior to something else.
  • The ground is indivisible.
  • As nothing actually separates from the ground, all beings and forms are actually the ground.
  • To illustrate, the background and the foreground of an image are coextensive. It is the mind that imagines them to be separate.


  • “Existence and the ground of existence are one.”
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