16660Re: The Enlightened Eatery Simile
- Jun 17, 2009Must have been the Thanksgiving schrooms.
--- In email@example.com, "dan330033" <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 firstname.lastname@example.org, "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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