A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. (Einstein)
Don’t tire your mind by worrying about what is real and what isn’t
About what to accept and what to reject.
If you want to know the One,
Let your senses experience what comes your way
But don’t be swayed and don’t involve yourself in what comes
(Seng San, 3rd Ch’an patriarch)
‘I am indeed in everything from Brahma down to a clump of grass’ – he who knows this for certain becomes free from conflict of thought, pure and peaceful, free from care for what is attained and not attained. (Astavakra Gita, XI.7)
Published in Advaita Vision on 7.6.14
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