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Fri Mar 13, 2020, 07:01 PM

The Open Secret

None can die. None can be degraded forever. Life is but a playground, however gross the play may be. However we may receive blows and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.

Thus sang a Vedantist: “I never had fear or doubt. Death never came to me. I never had a father or mother, for I was never born. Where are my foes?—for I am All. I am Existence, Knowledge, Bliss Absolute. I am It. I am It.”

However much the body rebels, however much the mind rebels, in the midst of uttermost darkness, in the midst of agonizing tortures, in uttermost despair, repeat this once, twice, thrice, evermore. Light comes gently, slowly, but surely it comes.

Many times I have been in the jaws of death, starving, footsore, and weary. For days and days I had no food, and often could walk no farther. I would sink down under a tree, and life would seem to be ebbing away. I could not speak. I could scarcely think. But at last the mind reverted to the idea: “I have no fear of death. I never hunger or thirst. I am It! I am It! The whole of nature cannot crush me—it is my servant. Assert thy strength, thou Lord of lords and God of gods! Regain thy lost empire! Arise and walk and stop not!” And I would rise up, reinvigorated, and here am I, living, today. Thus, whenever darkness comes, assert the reality and everything adverse must vanish. For, after all, it is but as dream. Mountain high though the difficulties appear, terrible and gloomy though all things seem, they are but maya. Fear not—it is banished. Crush it and it vanishes. Stamp upon it and it dies. Be not afraid. Think not how many times you fail. Never mind—time is infinite. Go forward. Assert yourself again and again and light must come.

—Vivekananda

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2020, 07:32 PM

1. Thank you for this post. I would say lovely verse, but truthful may be more appropriate. I have

read few of his writings but they were memorable and wonderful.

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Response to c-rational (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 13, 2020, 09:34 PM

2. Many traditions say that life is a lucid waking dream

That’s a playful and an indomitable perspective.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:24 PM

3. I love the Vedantic tradition,

both its poetic expression (as in the OP) and the practical. When I say "practical" I'm thinking of modern nondual teachings in the Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivist lines, teachers like Jean Klein, Francis Lucille, and Christopher Wallis.

Speaking of which, why is there no Hinduism sub-forum?

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