Saturday, May 28, 2011

With our thoughts we make the world

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Why he asked, does failure torment us so bitingly?  And then, why does success sometimes leave us feeling dissatisfied all over again? Why does arrival let us down, even after we have dreamt of it for so long, have fought so hard for it along a cruel road? Why?  The answer in both cases, Shukla-ji said, is because we believe the illusion of the self.  I am the doer, we believe.  We shout this out at the world, I am doing this, I am doing that, I, I, I.  Believing in this most slippery of all illusions, we think that our failures are our fault, that they flow from the shape of this self.  We think we own our victories.  And yet, when we find success, we discover that this self-illusion, this illusion of the self, can only live in the future, or in the past.  It is eternally separated from the present, and so as long as we believe in it we know only loss.  It is only when we transcend this illusion and laugh at it that we can know the pleasure of this moment, laugh because then you are truly alive.  Swami-ji aid, my children, give away your actions and discover your true nature.  Know yourself.  - Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games.
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 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -Albert Einstein
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Because our representation of reality is so much easier to grasp than reality itself, we tend to confuse the two and to take our concepts and symbols for reality. -Friitjof Capra
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We see things not as they are.  We see things as we are. -The Talmud
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What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. -Buddha
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The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. -Yasutani Roshi