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16657Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: The Enlightened Eatery Simile

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  • Bruce Morgen
    Jun 17, 2009
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      Paradoxically (or, more
      accurately, appearing so),
      you guys are both correct.

      Carry on, friends.



      dan330033 wrote:
      > You appear to me to be talking about a self-induced hallucination as if it were enlightenment.
      >
      > >From my point of view, that's one of the troubles with the word "enlightenment."
      >
      > It conjures up ideas about mystical experiences, wonderful blissful feelings that someone enjoys.
      >
      > As a result of such ideas, people often decide that they are enlightened because they've had some kind of wonderful, blissful spiritual experience.
      >
      > So enlightenment now has become a gratification for a self, rather than the end of self, which has nothing to do with having a preferable experience.
      >
      > Maybe this is why the Buddha chose the term nirvana, which refers to cessation, the ending of the flame of self, of wanting to have.
      >
      > It has nothing to do with generating images of desirable experiences that a self would want.
      >
      > Your humble servant,
      >
      > - Dan -
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Belyea" <jeff@...> wrote:
      >
      >> Enlightenment is like a
      >> fully satisfying meal.
      >>
      >> To speak of it in this
      >> manner is to bask in the
      >> gratitude and joy of it.
      >>
      >> Enlightenment is always
      >> present as an undercurrent
      >> once we have partaken
      >> of the meal, but basking
      >> is a time of excluding
      >> everything else and letting
      >> bliss completely...
      >> completely..take over.
      >>
      >> Every cell in our body
      >> tingles with blissful
      >> sensations - from the
      >> moment our taste buds
      >> awaken. Every cell from
      >> our olfactory factory
      >> to our blissful belly button
      >> comes alive to a whole
      >> new way of being in
      >> the world (but at the
      >> first bite, no longer
      >> of the world).
      >>
      >> And the tingling never
      >> stops and the new way
      >> of perceiving reality
      >> as new every moment
      >> immediately becomes
      >> a permanent wave of
      >> blissful being in the
      >> world - as if entirely
      >> alive and awakened to
      >> who we truly are, for
      >> the very first time.
      >>
      >> This Enlightened Love
      >> that we experience in
      >> The Enlightened Eatery
      >> at first bite tosses
      >> us into an ocean of
      >> bouncing bliss on an
      >> endless wave of delicious
      >> joy and gratitude.
      >>
      >> Some say that the joy
      >> is in the journey, but
      >> that's like saying we
      >> are fully satisfied after
      >> ordering from the eatery's
      >> menu. The joy is in the
      >> consuming (or more accurately,
      >> being consumed, in the
      >> experience).
      >>
      >> The joy unspeakable (beyond
      >> anything words can describe)
      >> truly begins with the very
      >> first bite - the moment the...
      >>
      >> (let's use a typical
      >> Thanksgiving menu)
      >>
      >> savory sweet onion casserole
      >> enlightens our taste buds.
      >>
      >> The comfort continues to take
      >> us - as we taste the warm mashed
      >> potatoes - up on a drifting cloud
      >> of fluffy white wonderment.
      >>
      >> A sparkle of heavenly light
      >> ignites as we bite into the
      >> tart cranberry sauce, and we
      >> know we have merged with the
      >> universal light-being. Not
      >> one. Not two. Just wisdom's
      >> light.
      >>
      >> And so the meal goes, like
      >> a meditation of taste sensations
      >> that brought a sudden rush of
      >> new wisdom and understanding.
      >>
      >> We now know the language of
      >> the heart, and the depth of
      >> primary meaning within the
      >> chambers of The Mystic Heart.
      >>
      >> The celebration never ends,
      >> and The Enlightenment Eatery
      >> never closes.
      >>
      >> Dessert, anyone.
      >>
      >> One Love,
      >>
      >> Jeff
      >>
      >>
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