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      #1745 - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - Editor: michael
       
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      Spiritual Materialism
      or
      Is Enlightenment an Object?
      or
       Is it really not some superhuman accomplishment at all?
       
       

      Enlightenment, awakening, realization, and understanding are words used to describe the goal of the seeker and the attainment of the so called enlightened, awakened, or realized. You'll please excuse me if I don't use the term understood. It just sounds odd to refer to oneself as understood...doesn't it?
       
      To find enlightenment it has been said, is to find the ultimate in bliss, peace and happiness. It is to attain the highest forms of samadhi, where-in all attachments are broken and the ego is finally put to rest or at least put into perspective. Awakening from the dream, or to the dream or within the dream have all been used as aphorisms for enlightenment. At any rate the great goal of all seekers is to obtain the exalted state of pure being called enlightenment.
       
      Some say that there are degrees and levels to the attainment of enlightenment. While some claim that enlightenment is sudden and when found dispels all notions, even that of levels and degrees. Others say that once found enlightenment can be lost. And yet others state without a doubt that there is no such thing as enlightenment or enlightened beings.
       
      There are also criteria for enlightenment that can be used to check and see if you or someone you know might be enlightened.
       
      The questions for this edition are - Is enlightenment an object? Or, is it really anything like the expectations that so many seekers have of it? Will awakening confer a special status? Are the so-called realized any better as people or are they simply living in a form of spiritual or mental delusion?
       
      The web site http://peterspearls.com.au/glossary.html offers this definition of enlightenment:

      ENLIGHTENMENT

      (not some superhuman accomplishment) A natural state of 'felt' oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. The revelatory experience of the Absolute or God or Christ being your true Self. The spontaneous impersonal event at the end of the process of seeking in which there is the spontaneous, intuited, total understanding in the heart that there is no doer and never was a doer or seeker -- the ego, the "me," is completely annihilated; see doer, ego, seeker, seeking

      Perhaps enlightenment is nothing more than the ordinary mind at rest. Then again perhaps seeking and the ending of seeking,  are simply nothing more that natural events that happen. And perhaps enlightenment, the much sought after state of knowing one's own self as the eternal self, just happens. And perhaps the mascot of MAD Magazine, Alfred E. Newman, is right to ask, "What, me worry?"

      as ever - be well,

      michael

       


      "Ah, enligjtenment. What a surprise! It was here all the time." - Anon.
       
      That which is the finest essence--this whole world has that as its soul. That is Reality. That is the Self (Atman). That art thou.

      Hinduism. Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7
       


      http://www.zen-satsang.org/WritingSellingWaterByTheRiver.htm

      Selling Water By the River
      Selections from the Talks of Adyashanti

      Many seekers do not take full responsibility for their own Liberation, but wait for one big, final spiritual experience which will catapult them fully into it. It is this search for the final liberating experience which gives rise to a rampant form of spiritual consumerism in which seekers go from one teacher to another, shopping for enlightenment as if shopping for sweets in a candy store. This spiritual promiscuity is rapidly turning the search for enlightenment into a cult of experience seekers. And, while many people indeed have powerful experiences, in most cases these do not lead to the profound transformation of the individual, which is the expression of enlightenment.

      In speaking regularly with spiritual seekers, it dawned on me one day how addicted so many of them are to the power of charisma. They swap stories about how powerful this or that teacher is and compare experiences. They get a charge from it, many mistaking charisma for enlightenment. Charisma attracts at all levels: political, sexual, spiritual, etc., and it feeds the ego's desire to feel special. The ego loves getting hits of power - it's like a form of spiritual candy. The candy may be sweet but can you live on it? Does it make you free? Freedom is not necessarily exciting; it's just free. Very peaceful and quiet, so very quiet. Of course, it is also filled with joy and wonder, but it is not what you imagine. It is much, much less. Many mistake the intoxicating power of otherworldly charisma for enlightenment. More often than not it is simply otherworldly, and not necessarily free or enlightened.

      In order to be truly free, you must desire to know the truth more than you want to feel good. Because, if feeling good is your goal, then as soon as you feel better you will lose interest in what is true. This does not mean that feeling good or experiencing love and bliss is a bad thing. Given the choice, anyone would choose to feel bliss rather than sorrow. It simply means that if this desire to feel good is stronger than the yearning to see, know, and experience Truth, then this desire will always be distorting the perception of what is Real, while corrupting one's deepest integrity. In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready?  One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end.


      If you start playing the game of being an "enlightened somebody," the true teacher is going to call you on it. He or she is going to expose you, and that exposure is going to hurt. Because the ego will be there, standing in the light of Truth, exposed and humiliated. Of course, the ego will cry "foul!" It will claim that the teacher made a mistake and begin to justify itself in an effort to put its protective clothing back on. It will begin to spin justifications with incredible subtlety and deceptiveness. This is where real spiritual sadhana (practice) begins. This is where it allbecomes very "real" and the student discovers whether he or she truly wants to be free, or merely wants to remain as a false, separate, and self-justifying ego. This crossroad inevitably comes and is always challenging. It separates the true seeker from the false one. The true seeker will be willing to bare the Grace of humility, whereas the false seeker will run from it. Thus begins the true path to enlightenment, granted only to those willing to be nobody. Discovering your "nobodyness" opens the door to awakening as beingness, and beyond that to the Source of all beingness.

      Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it's not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.

      Ego is the movement of the mind toward objects of perception, in the form of grasping; and, away from objects, in the form of aversion. This fundamentally is all the ego is. This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a sense of a separate "me," and in turn the sense of "me" strengthens itself this way. It is this continuous loop of causation that tricks consciousness into a trance of identification. Identification with what? Identification with the continuous loop of suffering. After all, who is suffering? The "me" is suffering. And "who" is this me? It is nothing more than a sense of self caused by identification with grasping and aversion. You see, it's all a creation of the mind, an endless movie, a terrible dream. Don't try to change the dream, because trying to change it is just another movement in the dream. Look at the dream. Be aware of the dream. That awareness is It. Become more interested in the awareness of the dream than in the dream itself. What is that awareness? Who is that awareness? Don't go spouting out an answer, just be the answer. Be It.

      Enlightenment means the end of all division. It is not simply having an occasional experience of unity beyond all division, it is actually being undivided. This is what nonduality truly means. It means there is just One Self, without a difference or gap between the profound revelation of Oneness and the way it is perceived and lived every moment of life. Nonduality means that the inner revelation and the outer expression of the personality are one and the same. So few seem to be interested in the greater implication contained within profound spiritual experiences, because it is the contemplation of these implications which quickly brings to awareness the inner divisions existing within most seekers.

      Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind's idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever became free through such violence. Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But Freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and un-self-conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.

      There is nothing more insidiously destructive to the attainment of liberation than self-doubt and cynicism. Doubt is a movement of the conditioned mind that always claims that "it's not possible ... that freedom is not possible for me." Doubt always knows; it "knows" that nothing is possible. And in this knowing, doubt robs you of the possibility of anything truly new or transformative from happening. Furthermore, doubt is always accompanied by a pervasive cynicism that unconsciously puts a negative spin on whatever it touches. Cynicism is a world view which protects the ego from scrutiny by maintaining a negative stance in relationship to what it does not know, does not want to know, or cannot know. Many spiritual seekers have no idea how cynical and doubt-laden they actually are. It is this blindness and denial of the presence of doubt and cynicism that makes the birth of a profound trust impossible. A trust without which final liberation will always remain simply a dream.

      All fear comes from thought in the form of memory (past) or projection (future). Thought creates time: past, present, and future. So fear exists and comes from the perceived existence of time. To be free of fear is to be free of time. Since time is a creation of thought, to be free of fear you must be free of thought. Consequently, it is important to awaken and experience your Self outside of thought, existing as eternity. So question all notions of yourself that are creations of thought and of time -- of past, present, and future. Experience your eternalness, your holiness, your awakeness until you are convinced that you are never subject to the movement of thought, of fear, or of time. To be free of fear is to be full of Love.

      Many spiritual seekers get "stuck" in emptiness, in the absolute, in transcendence. They cling to bliss, or peace, or indifference. When the self-centered motivation for living disappears, many seekers become indifferent. They see the perfection of all existence and find no reason for doing anything, including caring for themselves or others. I call this "taking a false refuge." It is a very subtle egoic trap; it's a fixation in the absolute and all unconscious form of attachment that masquerades as liberation. It can be very difficult to wake someone up from this deceptive fixation because they literally have no motivation to let go of it. Stuck in a form of divine indifference, such people believe they have reached the top of the mountain when actually they are hiding out halfway up its slope.

      Enlightenment does not mean one should disappear into the realm of transcendence. To be fixated in the absolute is simply the polar opposite of being fixated in the relative. With the dawning of true enlightenment, there is a tremendous birthing of impersonal Love and wisdom that never fixates in any realm of experience. To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true nonduality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true Emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. I say, Wake up! Then, your heart will be flooded with a Love that you cannot contain.


      Maybe I can point you to the great Reality within you. Maybe you will awaken to the direct experience of Self-realization. Maybe you will catch the fire of transmission. But there is one thing that no one can give you: the honesty and integrity that alone will bring you completely to the other shore. No one can give you the strength of character necessary for profound spiritual experience to become the catalyst for the evolutionary transformation called "enlightenment." Only you can find that passion within that burns with an integrity that will not settle for anything less than the Truth.

      Enlightenment has nothing to do with states of consciousness. Whether you are in ego consciousness or unity consciousness is not really the point. I have met many people who have easy access to advanced states of consciousness. Though for some people this may come very easily, I also noticed that many of these people are no freer than anyone else. If you don't believe that the ego can exist in very advanced states of consciousness, think again. The point isn't the state of consciousness, even very advanced ones, but an awake mystery that is the Source of all states of consciousness. It is even the Source of presence and beingness. It is beyond all perception and all experience. I call it "awakeness." To find out that you are empty of emptiness is to die into an aware mystery, which is the Source of all existence. It just so happens that that mystery is in love with all of its manifestation and non-manifestation. You find your Self by stepping back out of yourself.

      Ramana Maharshi's gift to the world was not that he realized the Self. Many people have had a deep realization of the Self. Ramana's real gift was that he embodied that realization so thoroughly. It is one thing to realize the Self; it is something else altogether to embody that realization to the extent that there is no gap between inner revelation and its outer expression. Many have glimpsed the realization of Oneness; few consistently express that realization through their humanness. It is one thing to touch a flame and know it is hot, but quite another to jump into that flame and be consumed by it.

      First published in the Fall/Winter Inner Directions Journal
      © 1999 THE INNER DIRECTIONS FOUNDATION, INC.


      Chogyam Trungpa - Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

      There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism.

      The basic problems of spiritual materialism are common to all spiritual disciplines. ... The heart of the confusion is that man has a sense of self which seems to him to be continuous and solid. When a thought or emotion or event occurs, there is a sense of someone being conscious of what is happening. You sense that you are reading these words. This sense of self is actually a transitory, discontinuous event, which in our confusion seems to be quite solid and continuous. Since we take our confused view as being real, we struggle to maintain and enhance the solid self. We try to feed it pleasures and shield it from pain. Experience continually threatens to reveal our transitoriness to us so we continually struggle to cover up any possibility of discovering our real condition. "But," we might ask, "if our real condition is an awakened state, why are we so busy trying to avoid becoming aware of it" It is because we have become so absorbed in our confused view of the world, that we consider it real, the only possible world. This struggle to maintain the sense of a solid, continuous self is the action of the ego.

      Ego is able to convert everything to its own use, even spirituality. For example, if you have learned of a particularly beneficial meditation technique of spiritual practice, then ego's attitude is, first to regard it as an object of fascination and, second to examine it. Finally, since ego is seeming solid and cannot really absorb anything, it can only mimic. The ego tries to examine and imitate the practice of meditation and the meditative way of life. When we have learned all the tricks and answers of the spiritual game, we automatically try to imitate the practice of meditation and meditative way of life. When we have learned all the tricks and answers of the spiritual game, we automatically try to imitate spirituality, since real involvement would require the complete elimination of ego, and actually the last thing we want to do is to give up the ego completely. however, we cannot experience that which we are trying to imitate; we can only find some area within the bounds of ego that seems to be the same thing. Ego translates everything in terms of its own state of health, its own inherent qualities. It feels a sense of great accomplishment and excitement at having been able to create such a pattern. At last it has created a tangible accomplishment, a confirmation of its own individuality. If we become successful at maintaining our self-consciousness through spiritual techniques, then genuine spiritual development is highly unlikely. ... In following a spiritual path we may substitute a new religious ideology for our former beliefs, but continue to use it in the old neurotic way. ... He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him which manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves "letting be". ... In true meditation there is no ambition to stir up thoughts, nor is there an ambition to suppress them. They are just allowed to occur spontaneously and become an expression of basic sanity.

      the rest of it at: http://www.oregonvos.net/~jflory/spiritual_materialism.htm


       

      Tricks of the Tirade:

      What are they up to?
      Seen them with their shtick showing?

      Tricks of the Tirade:

      What are they up to?
      Seen them with their shtick showing?

      more at:
      http://www.globalserve.net/~sarlo/Shtick.htm

      "Satsang hijinks" terminology from Greg:

      LUCKNOW DISEASE - linguistic malady befalling seekers at Papaji's.  Characterized by never using the word "I" - to encourage one's self and also show others that there is no one at home here.  Instead, they would say stuff like "This form is going to the rest room."

      ADVAITA SHUFFLE - Conversational gambit.  What Andrew Cohen accused Gangaji of doing when she didn't want to talk about ethics and enlightenment.  Jumping to the absolute level at odd times.  Like when the receptionist asks why you were late for your doctor's appointment.  "There's no one here to go anywhere or be late for anything."

      LANDING - Losing one's enlightenment.  What Gangaji accused Andrew Cohen of having done.   Term used by those who think of enlightenment as a kind of thing that can be lost.  Something like claiming enlightenment and then getting peevish and petty over who pays the tip at the diner.

      NONDUAL POLICE - Those who badger others to use nondual terminology.  Whenever they hear someone saying something like "I'm going out for coffee," they barge in:  "WHO is going out for coffee??"  Nondual police want everyone to always be in constant Ramana-self-inquiry-mode.

      THE EYE THING - Keeping eye contact with the other person as long as possible.  Whoever drops their gaze first is not as established in the Beloved.  Some blinking is OK, but not too much.  The deeper into the Self you are, the longer you can hold it.  Used by many satsang teachers.  One of my friends can out-stare anyone.  He kinds of drops into a Candida-mind-fog, and hours can go by.

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      The "beyond" shtick is a standard dodge in the biz, another way of saying "I am the greatest, Buddha and his ilk are barely worthy to kiss my feet," whereby mere oneness with the cosmos is a second-rate phenomenon and the true prophet of God is the real deal.

      Variations on this theme include Maitreya Ishwara's "Beyond Advaita," Vijay Shankar's "Turiyatita," the Hare Krishna's idea that Krishna is above all this and so on. It is as divisive and self-aggrandizing as any sectarian endeavour. (See "only begotten son," and "last prophet of God"). 
      – Sarlo


      "Satsang hijinks" terminology from Greg:

      LUCKNOW DISEASE - linguistic malady befalling seekers at Papaji's.  Characterized by never using the word "I" - to encourage one's self and also show others that there is no one at home here.  Instead, they would say stuff like "This form is going to the rest room."

      ADVAITA SHUFFLE - Conversational gambit.  What Andrew Cohen accused Gangaji of doing when she didn't want to talk about ethics and enlightenment.  Jumping to the absolute level at odd times.  Like when the receptionist asks why you were late for your doctor's appointment.  "There's no one here to go anywhere or be late for anything."

      LANDING - Losing one's enlightenment.  What Gangaji accused Andrew Cohen of having done.   Term used by those who think of enlightenment as a kind of thing that can be lost.  Something like claiming enlightenment and then getting peevish and petty over who pays the tip at the diner.

      NONDUAL POLICE - Those who badger others to use nondual terminology.  Whenever they hear someone saying something like "I'm going out for coffee," they barge in:  "WHO is going out for coffee??"  Nondual police want everyone to always be in constant Ramana-self-inquiry-mode.

      THE EYE THING - Keeping eye contact with the other person as long as possible.  Whoever drops their gaze first is not as established in the Beloved.  Some blinking is OK, but not too much.  The deeper into the Self you are, the longer you can hold it.  Used by many satsang teachers.  One of my friends can out-stare anyone.  He kinds of drops into a Candida-mind-fog, and hours can go by.

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      The "beyond" shtick is a standard dodge in the biz, another way of saying "I am the greatest, Buddha and his ilk are barely worthy to kiss my feet," whereby mere oneness with the cosmos is a second-rate phenomenon and the true prophet of God is the real deal.

      Variations on this theme include Maitreya Ishwara's "Beyond Advaita," Vijay Shankar's "Turiyatita," the Hare Krishna's idea that Krishna is above all this and so on. It is as divisive and self-aggrandizing as any sectarian endeavour. (See "only begotten son," and "last prophet of God"). 
      – Sarlo


      Spiritual Materialism

      I had two psychics from the Berkeley Psychic Institute read me on Friday (Thanks LJ!). Like dueling fiddles, except it was psychics. My dad wants to start the Berkeley Sidekick Institute - with classes like “Be the best #2 you can be!” and “Capes: colors and fabrics” and “Superhero Co-dependence - the pitfalls of sidekick life”. Having a psychic reading is like looking at the back of your head after you get a hair cut. It's interesting to see - but doesn't really matter since you can't see it every day.

      One of the psychics called the Dalai Lama “The Daddy Mama” - an appropriate nickname for the most integrated and evolved public figure on the planet. The psychic said that I should ask my Tibetan Lama past life to recede into the mists of time - having him hang out with me in this life is like letting a bus driver have the wheel in a new neighborhood. No Steven Segal jokes please. But I let my inner Tibetan Lama come out to play at the Dalai Lama “concert” at Shoreline Ampitheater yesterday.

      I got there around 8am and found a spot on the lawn facing center stage - and more importantly, behind a cute punk rock girl named Gina who had come down from Oregon. She had been to the last 3 days of the Dalai Lama's teachings and was pretty blissed out. After finding the optimal seat, I went shopping. I probably dropped $300 at the Dalai Lama's gig - $50 ticket, $10 to park and $100 for videos of the 3 days I had missed (a ridiculous purchase as I have no TV), plus a wide array of religious tapes, accessories and crap that I have no room for. In every line I stood in, I made the same dumb joke about going home and rereading “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” - I was laughing, but the people next to me just nodded sagely and looked guilty. The author, Tibetan crazy guy Chogyam Trungpa, would have laughed and asked me to buy him a beer.

      The program was The Medicine Buddha Empowerment, which is, well, um….an empowerment. Kinda like an initiation/purification/healing, but the best part is that you can pass it on. It's the most religious thing I've ever seen the Dalai Lama do. His usual show for westerners is “Cultivate good thoughts and be kind and you will create happiness. Minimize negative thoughts and you will minimize suffering.” This seems incredibly simplistic. But the Tibetan dogma is very complex and intellectual - quite scientific in its thorough exploration of the self, the universe and ultimate truth. And it's also quite esoteric and mystical. Yum. The psychics told me that my soul is plenty developed, I need to start enjoying my body. My spiritual self is on the right track - I need to work on being on the earth. Phooey. They actually told me to eat chocolate ice cream.

      The Dalai Lama made everyone repeat the Bodhisattva vow 3 times between each visualization. He was quite firm that the power given was not to be used for personal gain - only in service to others. Here's the vow:

      With a wish to free all beings
      I shall always go for refuge
      To the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
      Until I reach full enlightenment.

      Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
      Today in Buddha's presence
      I generate the mind of full awakening
      For the benefit of all beings.

      As long as space remains,
      As long as sentient beings remain,
      Until then, may I too remain
      And dispel the miseries of the world.

      Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha was explained to me as “Home, the road home, and your fellow travelers on the way home.” Some of my “sangha” take refuge in movies and beer. Or new cd's and pizza. I take refuge in books and housecleaning. After the empowerment, I went to a picnic and took refuge in barbeque and cigarettes. Something about doing spiritual stuff just makes me want to be a bad girl. Naughty, rebellious angel, I am.

      But I did go home and put on my angel costume for the AIDS candlelight march last night. As I was putting on my wings, a bird tried to fly into my bedroom window - but it was shut. The march was beautiful and sad, and more focused on the plight of Africa and the lack of compassion from the UN, the pharmaceutical companies, and the Bush Administration. The tax cut is $1.6 trillion. Africa needs $7 billion for healthcare and prevention. Can you say “greedy bastard”? At the end of the march they had us call out the names of those who had died, and someone yelled “They called him patient Zero!” Very spooky. I got on the “party cable car” to ride back to the Castro, and the song “You're my Angel” came on the PA. I stepped off on Market and 15th and sitting on top of a trash can on the corner was the sheet music to Handel's Messiah.

      Hallelujah.


      ORIGINAL MIND, NO MIND

      The passages in this section discuss the original mind or true self of the human being, which is the proper ground of enlightenment. The Original Mind is the intrinsic essence of mind, the true self. It is inherently pure and good, and in Christian terms it can be said to participate in the Kingdom of God. In Eastern traditions it is prior to thought, prior to desire, prior to any conceptualization at all. It is discovered by stripping away all sensation, desire, concepts, intellection, volition, and awareness of "I." It partakes of the Oneness of all. Buddhism calls this mind the Buddha Nature, and much of Buddhist practice is aimed at its realization. They also call it "no-mind" because it is without any grasping at a (selfish) self. Taoists agree, and seek to strip away all intellection and formalism in order to arrive at the spontaneous activity of the natural man who lives at one with the Tao of the universe. Some of the passages here criticize pious attempts to delineate a true nature of man based on doctrinal or formal criteria like Goodness or Benevolence, saying they only increase delusion by imposing artificial obstructions in the way of the functioning of the true self. Instead, all attachments must be stripped away until there is nothing but emptiness. Then the heart can be heard. Cf. Immanent, pp. 113-18.

      The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, "Lo, here it is!" or "There!" for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

      3. Christianity. Bible, Luke 17.20-21

       

      more at: http://www.unification.net/ws/theme022.htm

       

       

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