Re: words & getting personal
Posted by rat on 4/20/2011, 9:11 am, in reply to "Re: words"
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: ButchO, I like well-said words, like these
: yours, that express much with simple
: "The ego cannot see beyond itself.
: Transcendent insight only comes about when
: the ego is transcended. Not destroyed, seen
: And I too often find your words quite
: imo rat is feigning playing the devil's
: advocate here. That is I detect a certain
: defensiveness in his words where the ego is
: concerned. He seems to be struggling with
: something but I as yet have not been able to
: get him to share his angst in any way I can
: get a handle on. rat is a pretty smart rat
: where the maze of the ego is concerned.
: Maybe a little too smart for his own good.
: Such is the nature of the ego left to its
: own devices. His, mine, and yours. We are
: all to a degree, no matter how enlightened
: in our spirit or sophisticated in our
: thinking, products of our environment. Even
: the Buddha had a hard time getting a handle
: on the equality of women. We all have our
: inconsistencies. None of us are perfect, at
: least very few to date, where our
: integration of Being and Becoming are
: I think it is a mistake to become anal about
: anything. To over'anal'ize anything. To make
: much ado about nothing. Of course I never
: make such a mistake. No I don't. Ok, well,
: there was this one time but until rat comes
: clean I ain't saying nothing.
: About rat's buddy that died in Vietnam.
: Obviously his death still haunts rat.
: Perhaps 'haunts' is too strong a word. Still
: concerns rat. The only thing I can think of
: to say is that ultimately we were never born
: and so cannot die for we are essentially
: energy. Spirit if you will. A reality that
: transcends the body/mind complex. The
: process of our being is eternal. We are the
: process. We are the Tao.
"struggling with something"
That could be. And, on the other hand, I suspect you are struggling, like many people, with your mortality. That is why you say (like a good advaitist):
"cannot die for we are essentially energy. Spirit if you will."
It is very nice for me, that neither of us minds getting personal here, getting psychological, so to speak. You point out purported psychological deficiencies in me, and I do the same favor for you.
Here's a net definition: Advaitism - One perspective on one; the non-duality view of existence; beingness without separateness.
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