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
--- 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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