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Being

 


 

 

"The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being... a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you." Eckhart Tolle

 

Editor's 1-Minute Essay: Being

Mortimer Adler, Syntopicon Essay: Being

 

 

 

 

Rollo May: “Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. ... One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can "be", that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.”

Yasutani Roshi, Zen master (1885-1973): “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”

Eckhart Tolle: “For love to flourish, the light of your presence needs to be strong enough so that you no longer get taken over by the thinker or the pain-body and mistake them for who you are. To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”

Carl Rogers: “What I will be in the next moment, and what I will do, grows out of the moment, and cannot be predicted.”

Henry David Thoreau: “I cannot tell you what I am, more than a ray of the summer’s sun. What I am I am, and say not. Being is the great explainer.”

Mohadesa Najumi: “It doesn't matter if you don't want me, I want myself”

Yong Kang Chan: “Loneliness is an invitation to go deeper into our being. It wakes us up to the wholeness and completeness we already are.”

Eckhart Tolle: “The philosopher Descartes believed he had found the most fundamental truth when he made his famous statement: "I think, therefore I am." He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking. The compulsive thinker, which means almost everyone, lives in a state of apparent separateness, in an insanely complex world of continuous problems and conflict, a world that reflects the ever-increasing fragmentation of the mind.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana: “Doing is often a subconscious escape from being.”

Plato: “For it is clear, on the one hand, that have you been familiar with these things for a long time—whatever you wish to signify when you utter "being"—and, before this we used to believe it, but now we have been perplexed.”

Osho: “Be — don't try to become”

Albert Camus: “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”

Hermann Hesse: “They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”

Eckhart Tolle: “To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”

Alan W. Watts: “What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.”

Soren Kierkegaard: “The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”

Osho: “Up to your intellect, the whole world can come and make contact. Up to your feeling, only love and friendship can come and make contact. Up to your being, only you; not even your lover can come.”

Albert Einstein: “Still there are moments when one feels free from one’s own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being.”

 

 

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