Monday, October 01, 2007

Who is troubled?

From both science and (so-called) mysticism
we know intellectually that the ego-self
can not possibly exist,
yet we still feel troubled by a sense
of being an owner of a body and a life,
an owner who fears suffering and desires pleasure.
These fears and desires trouble us,
and we try to rid ourselves of this
illusory sense of ownership,
but rather than trying to wish it away mentally,
one should ask the question:
"Who is being troubled?".

Through inquiry into the source of this illusion
it disappears by itself, just as a weed is destroyed
by finding it's root and cutting it off.

- Paraphrase of Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

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