Me, myself, I, mine… the key combination to the way out of the game of illusion

Me, myself, I, my, mine: the key combination to the way out the game of illusion

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Very often while sharing my pain and suffering, viewing my losses with other people I get advised ‘to start thinking more about myself’.

The funny think is the only reason I’m experiencing pain is because ‘I’m’.

I identify with a material image kept alive by a clever mind.

Pain can only be experienced when I’m not the witness,

but the creator of a game of illusion.

Opposite to common believes, the only cure is to think less about oneself, not more.

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I luckily found an amazing man of wisdom

which, as Ouspensky with ‘Self-Remembering’,

explains this concepts with incredible clarity and details.

Here are some quotes. However you can download the whole of his work on-line for free.

SWAMI-VIVEKANANDA-COMPLETE-WORKS-Vol-1.pdf

Wishing you truth.

. Swami Vivekananda .

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“The less the thought of the body, the better it is for us. For it is the body that drags us down. It is attachment, identification, which makes us miserable.

That is the secret: to think that I am a spirit and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all of its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but a series of painting- scenes on a canvas- of which I am the witness.”

Swami Vivekananda Classic

‘We are continually making this mistake; we are regarding nature as ourselves and are becoming attached to it; and as soon as this attachment comes, there is the deep impression on the soul, which binds us down and makes us work not from freedom but like slaves. The whole gist of this teaching is that you should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do slave’s work. Do you not see how everybody works? Nobody can be altogether at rest; ninety-nine per cent of mankind work like slaves, and the result is misery; it is all selfish work. Work through freedom! Work through love! The word “love” is very difficult to understand; love never comes until there is freedom. There is no true love possible in the slave. If you buy a slave and tie him down in chains and make him work for you, he will work like a drudge, but there will be no love in him.”
CHAPTER III – THE SECRET OF WORK
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

“Work incessantly, but give up all attachment to work.” Do not identify yourself with anything. Hold your mind free. All this that you see, the pains and the miseries, are but the necessary conditions of this world; poverty and wealth and happiness are but momentary; they do not belong to our real nature at all. Our nature is far beyond misery and happiness, beyond every object of the senses, beyond the imagination; and yet we must go on working all the time. “Misery comes through attachment, not through work.” As soon as we identify ourselves with the work we do, we feel miserable; but if we do not identify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery. If a beautiful picture belonging to another is burnt, a man does not generally become miserable; but when his own picture is burnt, how miserable he feels! Why? Both were beautiful pictures, perhaps copies of the same original; but in one case very much more misery is felt than in the other. It is because in one case he identifies himself with the picture, and not in the other. This “I and mine” causes the whole misery. With the sense of possession comes selfishness, and selfishness brings on misery. Every act of selfishness or thought of selfishness makes us attached to something, and immediately we are made slaves. Each wave in the Chitta that says “I and mine” immediately puts a chain round us and makes us slaves; and the more we say “I and mine”, the more slavery grows, the more misery increases. Therefore Karma-Yoga tells us to enjoy the beauty of all the pictures in the world, but not to identify ourselves with any of them. Never say “mine”. Whenever we say a thing is “mine”, misery will immediately come. Do not even say “my child” in your mind. Possess the child, but do not say “mine”. If you do, then will come the misery. Do not say “my house,” do not say “my body”. The whole difficulty is there. The body is neither yours, nor mine, nor anybody’s. These bodies are coming and going by the laws of nature, but we are free, standing as witness. This body is no more free than a picture or a wall. Why should we be attached so much to a body? If somebody paints a picture, he does it and passes on. Do not project that tentacle of selfishness, “I must possess it”. As soon as that is projected, misery will begin.

CHAPTER III – THE SECRET OF WORK
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

 

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