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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

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The greatest of all delusions

The greatest of all delusions is the conviction that knowledge is not a delusion.

– Tripura Rahasya

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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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The ignorant think of me, who am the unmanifested spirit, as if I were really in human form. They do not understand that my supreme nature is changeless and most excellent. I am not invisible to all, for I am enveloped by the illusion of phenomenon. This deluded world does not know me as the unborn and the imperishable.

– From the Bhagavad Gita

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A kind of optical delusion

A human being is 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 us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.

– Albert Einstein