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Re: Theos-World Free from conflicts

Mar 13, 2006 07:52 PM
by Bill Meredith

Thanks, Anton. Here is another quote in a similar spirit.

"But the heart of the matter is that men, like all living creatures, are blind, unknowing, deluded by the things to which they cling, by what never "is", but is forever caught up in absolute transience, in coming and going, in never-ending becoming.
Thus there is only one means of liberation: to transcend ignorance by knowledge. But nothing can be changed by insight into particulars here and there. It is only the fundamental state of vision in which we see the whole that transforms and saves. Salvation lies in liberation from attachment to things, in release from all vain craving -- these confer insight into the condition and origin of this whole existence and the means of annulling it. Ignorance itself, blindness, attachment to the finite, are the source of this existence; perfect knowledge is its annulment."

--- Karl Jaspers on his interpretation of the expressed doctrine of Buddha from The Great Philosophers, Vol.1, p29.

Anton Rozman wrote:
Excerpt from Rohit Mehta's article: What is freedom?

The lack of freedom which man experiences in outer circumstances of life is due to the absence of freedom in the inner life of man. What is meant by this inner freedom? Obviously, it is a state where mind is not tethered to anything. If the mind has created its own vested interest, then it is bound to be circumscribed by its sphere of influence. A vested interest, whether financial or psychological, is always created for the purposes of security. When the mind creates a psychological vested interest, it is with the purpose of safeguarding its zone of comfort and continuity. The mind that seeks security must remain a stranger to freedom, it must accept the compulsions of its own vested interest. The joy of creative living cannot be comprehended by such a mind. … Now, when does one feel the compulsion of life? Surely, this feeling of compulsion arises only when the mind has arrived at some conclusion. Now, a mind that approaches life with a prior conclusion is no longer open. It is a closed mind. In fact, a mind that is open feels no compulsions as it has no prior conclusions; it is free from all conflicts.

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