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Dreaming in the Universal Library

Mar 30, 2006 11:48 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline


Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges said he did not remember a time when he could not read.

He was often accused of having never "lived", because his life was all about books.

People forgot that reading is also living if your whole being is present in the act of reading. At the same time, doing anything else than reading may be not worthwhile if your whole being is not there.

I agree with you at least in that we must have an equilibrium between reading/writing and other forms of living. Each one must find that balance.
That point of balance will change as life passes.

For Jorge L. Borges -- and I know what he meant -- the whole outside "objetive" world was but a metaphor for his dreams, books, memories and images. The outer world was an extension of his library. He was anticipating his Devachan, in a way.

HPB wrote about the Book of Life.

The Universe is like a book with images and reflections and each one of us is, on one hand, a reader or observer of that book; but on the other hand, each one is an image himself, an image to be "read" by his own higher self, and so on.

In the "Mahatma Letters" you have another metaphor: each life is a page in the Book of Life...

And all of this is in perfect agreement, in my mind, with your idea that sometimes we must abandon all thoughts and simply dive into life itself.

I said "sometimes"?

It should be daily.

Regards, Carlos.

Subject: Re: Theos-World Open Mind & Gradual Progress
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 07:47:43 EST

In a message dated 3/30/2006 5:45:48 AM Central Standard Time, writes:

The hard thing, after making decisions, is to act accordingly.

Study and reading can only carry you so far. Eventually you see that it is
largely a waste of time and energy that can better be spent just living.

We are presented with tons of material and the question that has to be asked
is "How do we know that the writer has any idea what he is talking about?"
And when we look for the evidence of that, we find it sorely lacking.

So the time comes when you just get sick of it, say to hell with all of the
words and cast yourself on the wind and see where it takes you.

Chuck the Heretic

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