Moksha

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  1. @Droo_ Yes. Materialism is limited by the boundaries of conceptualization. Einstein searched for a unified field theory, like a curious child climbing outside of its crib. He discovered relativity. Some of his realizations, beyond the published papers, point to an awakening. A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. - Letter written in 1950 to an ordained rabbi, Norman Salit, who was seeking to comfort his 19-year-old daughter over the death of her 16-year-old sister
  2. Waking up is realizing that you can't make sense of the world. All science points toward a unitive model. You can only Self-realize, which is beyond conceptualization. If you are into materialism, push it to its limits. Check out quantum mechanics and astrophysics. What happens to reality then?
  3. What has been will be again, What has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 1:9
  4. @BorisAb When you realize your ultimate nature as Consciousness, you don't choose to let go of fear/resistance. The direct realization itself puts fear/resistance into perspective. What is there to be afraid of? Enjoy relative reality for what it is, but also realize that everything in the dream is inevitably transient. Don't cling to it as if your ultimate nature depends on it, because it doesn't. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. - A Course in Miracles
  5. Would you, as a human, enjoy reading a story that was only about butterflies, sweet butter, and bliss?
  6. When you realize that birth and death are bound to relative reality, the question resolves itself. Maybe the dream "you" continues in some form, maybe not: Ultimately, when realizing that we are all the same Consciousness and differences dissolve, does it matter?
  7. Have you encountered a good story that doesn't revolve around crisis? What kind of dream would it be without heroes and villains, peace and conflict, love and betrayal?
  8. Why does Consciousness create? Because without creation, there is only infinite, changeless, featureless, unexpressed potential. What a waste of a good dream.
  9. Equanimity is the realization that aversions and desires are opposite ends of the same stick. You can't have one without the other. Hawkins is telling you to let go of the stick.
  10. Reality happens, but only relatively. Reality creates, but only contextually. Reality realizes, but only internally.
  11. The paradox of enlightenment is that as Consciousness, the Self is already enlightened. It is only in the relative journey of finite forms, where Consciousness infuses itself into different states of awareness, that it is possible for the little self to become enlightened to its ultimate nature. Awakening is the beginning of the end of suffering. You see your ultimate nature, but are still bound to the dream of relative reality, with its associated conditioning. It is only after awakening that the real work of dissolving your attachments becomes possible. I am still dissolving my attachments, and I suspect most of us are. Equanimous enlightenment, where all desires and aversions disappear, is extraordinarily rare.
  12. One of the most honest expressions about death, which resonates with me: The essence of who you are is beyond death. That comes out of inner realization. I don’t know much beyond that. You’ll have to wait and see when you actually die. - Eckhart Tolle Reincarnation, near death experiences, ghosts, etc. are all possible, but still they are bound by relative reality. Ultimately, does it matter? We are all the same Consciousness, dreaming, in different states of awareness. When you realize that, the rules reveal the game itself.
  13. @somegirl It's human to fear what others think. Our brains are wired for attachment to the praise of others. Ultimately, what matters is that you are doing what you love, regardless of what people think. Is the doing inherently fulfilling, or do you require adulation for the doing? Maybe both. When you do what you desire, free from attachments to the fruit of your work, you are being. You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction…Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do. - Bhagavad Gita 2:47,49
  14. Maybe the message of the trips is true, but your interpretation is superficially literal. I've never done psychedelics, but have delved into the subconscious mind. It is a shadow puppeteer. See the deeper symbolic meaning. Maybe your mom not treating you fairly, or a girl not liking you, are merely symbols for a more profound message waiting to be realized.
  15. My point was not only that they intend well, but that their perspective is a gift, for people who are willing to winnow the wheat from the chaff. Even the most antiquated perspectives have a kernel of truth. Find the kernel, and thank them for it. Or, go with the current climate and surround yourself with bobbleheads that affirm what you want to believe. That is the easy way out, but not the most enlightening.