June 1, 2006

Optical Delusion

A human being is part of the whole world, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free one's self from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind.
~Albert Einstein


Travis Jay Morgan said...

How is it that we can define ourselves as being part of the universe when we can't define the whole of the universe. If we can't define the whole, how can we possibly know that we are part of the whole? I'm not saying one way or the other...I'm just raising the question to light some thoughts.

Meredith said...

Our rational minds ask, "Are we a part of the whole?" or "If we can not define the whole, can we know or define the parts?" The questioning mind experiences the self as something separate from the whole, while wondering about the whole, and parts of the whole. This dialogue becomes a paradox...a quandry the rational mind creates.

Coming from wholeness, the question itself dissolves. This is when the light enters.

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