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16660Re: The Enlightened Eatery Simile

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  • Jeff Belyea
    Jun 17, 2009
      Must have been the Thanksgiving schrooms.

      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.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 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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