“This misapprehension is promoted by the neglect of the principle that, so far as the physical relations are concerned, contemporary events happen in causal independence of each other.” (Chap.II. sec.1 Process and Reality).
This might be what Plotinus called the Plenum or Sankara ‘The Field’ (B.G.Bh ch.13). Here is the pure satkaryavada of the non-difference of cause and effect. Here suspended in Being, as it were, is the totality of existence. The sense of contingency as a rational demand is strong as I dwell on this profound insight of Whitehead’s.
Marc Pugliese’s interesting paper on Sankara and Whitehead stresses the immanence of the cause in the effect held by both of them.