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  1. I love you Nahm but sometimes you have a way of answering my question without answering my question
  2. I do not mean for this to be another thread on reincarnation, as I am not really here to debate that idea. Reincarnation doesn't really make sense, unless I have misunderstood something, because within the realm of "infinity" it doesn't make sense the idea that you started from the bottom and can continue to progress to a higher self without ever eventually ending back at where you started. There can't really be an "end goal" because otherwise that would imply some linear and finite path, and as well some sort of uniqueness of the soul. I have been contemplating the idea that if all is God, and that we, at least in human form, are in a state of "not remembering our true nature" as a result of our attachment to our lives, our bodies and the people and politics around us. I am curious if others look at other people on the street some times (lets say a homeless person) and think "even though I may reach enlightenment in this life time, I will also experience the full life of this individual as well. I will feel their struggles, their pain, their confusions, their desires, just as I have felt in my current life" and then understand that if I positively influence this individuals life, by for instance, smiling at them, giving them reassurance, that it will "ripple" through the fabric of the universe, and I will inevitably be doing myself a good favour. Is that how this simulation, we call life, works? Our lives are "self fulfilling prophecies"?
  3. Thank you Ryan for speaking my language, a clear explanation.
  4. Yes, and my argument is that the clouds are always there , if not in your sky, in someone else's. I understand the picture you are trying to paint, in that the sky is the apriori origin, and everything around it is the temporal. But, my original question brings into doubt this premise. Perhaps the clouds are the origin and the clear sky is the illusion?
  5. I am sorry to drag this on, but I do not quite follow your logic. The Universe does what it does because it loves to do it? I would argue that it has no choice. It also "has to" do what it hates.
  6. Imagine two scenarios: A man who is stressing about life (suffering) ventually lets go and finds the source of love that was always there A man who is experiencing love eventually starts to resist to find the sense of ego and his distinct entity that was also always there Why is only the first scenario true?
  7. you lose me at the "only thing that 'can be happening'". What do you mean with "love is the only that can be happening" when there are clearly other things beyond love that are also happening? (pain). Right now I am at work, I am stressing because I am not focusing on my work, and instead I am wasting my time on online forums. This is also "happening"
  8. I like the analogy given by Mason, but the one with clouds still poses my original question. In the UK the sky is never clear, only sometimes, so who is to say that the sky is the state, and the clouds are not?
  9. I am having a hard time understanding the philosophy of this group as semantics often get into the way but could someone please clarify some things for me? It seems like the "levels" one goes through, in the path to enlightenment are something along the lines of surrendering all concepts (the self, the body, thought, the mind) and eventually you will reach a state where you are experiencing "pure being" which some call "infinite love" - but then I have also heard that there is a step further, when even the observer is dissolved into nothingness, in which case, why is love the true self? isn't it nothingness? The reason why I ask is because I often hear enlightened ones speaking about things like "everything is love" or that "love is what binds the universe together", but it is difficult for me to understand why love has this position of superiority, as opposed to its opposite, which is hate and/or ego consciousness. I guess why I am asking is because I want to know how to better explain to others that the true self is "infinite love", rather than the true self being "Nothing" and love and ego/separation radiate equally from this point. How would you explain to someone that love is the real state, in a world filled equally with suffering, pain, hatred etc? (I understand that when you meditate, and clear your mind, you gravitate towards love, but that doesn't mean it is the "true self", it only means that it is another state of many. Plus, most people don't meditate so who is to say that infinite love is the natural or true state, when you could argue that ego consciousness is actually the true state, and infinite love is a heightened state gained through meditation). On a side note, Did Buddha ever speak about love? Because it seems to be absent from the mainstream doctrine at least. It seems more like that the true self is simply lack of attachment (even to the people around you) until you realize that all is nothing. He did speak about compassion, but Buddhist literature seems void of the concept of "dissolving the ego to unlock selfless love" while it seems to be the core message of say, Christianity.
  10. This is a topic covered well by Foucault in his book "Madness and Civilization" In a nutshell, people who were "mad" in pre-industrial societies used to be considered sources of wisdom, but now madness is defined by those who cannot actively contribute to the capitalist economy. Just think about it, what is really wrong with something like ADHD? Just because you can't focus on school work or your job you are labelled as "Not normal". In the extremer cases, schizophrenia, bipolarism etc where you are navigating cycles of love/clarity and darkness/fear how can you possibly be a productive member of society? = LOCK THEM UP AND GIVE THEM PILLS!
  11. selflessness in the terms I am speaking are more in relative terms, in relation to other humans, and determined through your understanding of self. In this sense, for example, if you were to jump off of a cliff for no reason, you would be inflicting more pain and suffering into the world to your relatives, those around you. If you as well sell everything you have and give it to a homeless person, that is not being selfless either because it would not benefit the homeless person in the longrun. But if you preach infinite love and that everything is an illusion but then flinch in the face of death, if you could have saved someone but you didn't purely out of self interest, when you "know" in your heart that you should have done otherwise, then you're a phony, but of course only you would know that. You can throw in all this talk of "why save 1 person when you can save 1000" but the people who say this probably wouldn't do either.
  12. Why do you think so? Selflessness or void of fear doesn't mean that you put yourself in dangers way intentionally. There is still a calculation involved in how best to be selfless.
  13. To be honest with myself, when I first was aware that my life might be a "dream", I felt extremely liberated as the fear of death or going mad, which led to extreme anxiety for me, disappeared instantly and I felt timeless, filled with so much joy for the world, for others. I remember that very day, walking outside full of life and love and then I passed an incident and I saw some really big dude who was very aggressively handling a woman (yanked her out of the car, pushed her, threw her phone away etc), and then the realization that I am not as fearless as I thought I was hit me, and that I still love myself and my life, more than that of others. This is what separates me from Buddha or Jesus who realized that there is literally nothing to fear, as it is all a grand "Illusion" and that enlightenment is attained through full surrender to the dream and complete selflessness to the world (true self). Edit: sorry, random thought irrelevant to this post
  14. Why not? Are you afraid (of dying or pain)? Do you put more importance on your physical body than selflessly embodying the spirit of love? If there is a chance that your intervention can help another person?
  15. Thank you for the reply. The reason why I ask this is I feel like this forum is comprised of two types of people: (1) the Solipsists who believe that everything is just in their head, and everything else is fake and (2) the ones who kind of see everything as an intricate whole. I ask as what would you do if you saw someone being mugged on the street, do you walk past and think "this is all just a dream" or do you be brave, engage the situation, deal with the mugger with compassion and try to find a favorable outcome for all, considering your intervention would have a lasting impact on the world?