Wisdom Questions – some quotations from within a Perennial Philosophy framework.

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We are using these quotations in our discussions at present;

TOPIC: The Reality of Being Human on the Way to Realizing Enlightenment

QUESTION: “What is the reality of being human on the way to realizing enlightenment?


  
1 “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the

world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is

incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” …….“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”Abraham Joshua Heschel


2 “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the

individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the

selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the

tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the

divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he

recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his

glory, he grieves no more.”


3 Don’t contemplate

as mere activity

Be void contemplating void.      p221365 Tao – Deng Ming-Dao


4 After scaling the high summits of wonderment the wayfarer cometh to the Valley of True

Poverty and Absolute Nothingness.

This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being poor in self and rich in the

Desired One.

From ‘The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness’ the 7th valley in Baha’u’llah’s 7 Valleys

5 The experience of one’s own identity r “I”, is a source of great wonder……..Spiritual attainment

is a fundamental transformation of the “I” from a separate, limited, and contracted identity into a

rich and infinite one.  It is a movement from separation to union.

            p85 Living Presence A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self – by Shaikh Kabir Helminski

6 You say, “I want to know myself.”  You are the “I”.  You are the Knowing.  You are the

consciousness through which everything is known.  And that cannot know itself; it is itself.

p55/56 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

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About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows one, knows none.”