What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
– Richard Bach
I believe that man must get rid of illusions that enslave and paralyze him; that he must become aware of the reality inside and outside of him in order to create a world which needs no illusions.
Freedom and independence can be achieved only when the chains of illusion are broken.
– Erich Fromm
On the day you see the light of your own true Self, you’ll rejoice!
But if you only see forms which from the beginning were in you,
and don’t die to them or know them,
how can you stand the light?
– From the gospel of Thomas
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth”… and so it goes away.
– Robert M. Pirsig
Neither this body am I, nor soul,
Nor these fleeting images passing by,
Nor concepts and thoughts, mental images,
Nor yet sentiments and the psyche’s labyrinth.
Who then am I?
A consciousness without origin,
Not born in time, nor begotten here below.
I am that which was, is and ever shall be,
A jewel in the crown of the Divine Self,
A star in the firmament of the luminous One.
For those struggling in midstream,
in great fear of the flood,
of growing old and of dying –
for all those I say, an island exists
where there is no place for impediments,
no place for clinging:
the island of no going beyond.
I call it nirvana,
the complete destruction
of old age and dying.
One in all, all in one.
If only this is realized, no more worry about your not being perfect!
– Seng T’san
We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. When we return to our true nature, our thoughts and perceptions no longer appear as modifications of a single substance, they come into being and subside like waves of the ocean.
– Jean Klein
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