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commented on June 13, 2011
A hobby of mine has been to collect quotes which I believe reflect the view from the top of the mountain; I have posted a few. Notice the corollary between the first three quotes. Then do the same for the next three.
“Cease to cherish opinions” [Zen]
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” [Shakespeare]
“Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” [Jesus- Luke 18-21] Paraphrasing another section, a childlike innocence is required to enter the Kingdom.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is……..infinite.” [William Blake]
“You ask ‘How can I know the infinite?’ I answer, not by reason. It is the office of reason to distinguish and define. The infinite, therefore, cannot be ranked among its objects. You can only apprehend the infinite by a faculty superior to reason, by entering into a state in which you are your finite self no longer, in which the Divine Essence is communicated to you. This is Ecstasy. It is the liberation of your mind from its finite consciousness.” [Plotinus]
“The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one.” [Einstein]
It has not been too well published that during his most productive period, when he formulated his theories of space and time, Einstein enjoyed certain experiences he referred to as “Talks with the Old One.”. In my opinion, these experiences could just as well been referred to as experiences of Enlightenment, One with the Universe, Samadhi, Nirvana or dozens of other terms used to designate the top of the mountain, as the following quote indicates:
“Still there a 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.” [Einstein]
Einstein fell from grace within the scientific community because he refused to accept that the foundations of reality were governed by chance and randomness. He believed that quantum theory was incomplete and that someday we would make this discovery. Could this discovery be related to our efforts to validate the nonlocality of consciousness?
And one final quote from Amiel [1821-1881] which for me, seems to put everything together:
“Nothing is more hidden from us than the illusion which lives with us day by day, and our greatest illusion is to believe that we are what we think ourselves to be.” [Amiel]