Inspiring Words

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by aflatun » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:41 pm

Sight, hearing, smell,
Taste, touch, and cognition—
The experiential domain of these six faculties
Are the objects that are seen and so forth. [III.1]

Sight does indeed not see
Its own identity.
How can something that does not see itself
See anything else either? [III.2]

A solid establishment of sight cannot
Be provided through the example of fire.
With what was, has yet to be, and is being traversed
We have replied to that along with sight. [III.3]

When nothing at all is seen,
Neither is there one that sees.
“Sight is what performs seeing,”
How could this be right? [III.4]

Sight does not see,
Yet nonsight does not see either.
Know that sight itself
Also explains the one that sees. [III.5]

Whether seeing is involved or not,
There is nothing that sees.
Without the one that sees,
How could there be something seen and seeing? [III.6]

Mūlamadhyamakakārikā

Mabja Jangchub Tsondru. Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way.
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by boundless » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:07 pm

aflatun wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:18 pm
When there is nothing left to surrender, nothing left to give, only then can we come to the end of the passage - the ending of consciousness and its personally subjective God. One glimpse of the Godhead, and no one would want God back.

Bernadette Roberts
Wow, very interesting!

Thank you for sharing :twothumbsup:

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by aflatun » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:11 pm

boundless wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:07 pm
aflatun wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:18 pm
When there is nothing left to surrender, nothing left to give, only then can we come to the end of the passage - the ending of consciousness and its personally subjective God. One glimpse of the Godhead, and no one would want God back.

Bernadette Roberts
Wow, very interesting!

Thank you for sharing :twothumbsup:
Ms. Roberts was no joke :heart:
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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