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Favorite quote about enlightement?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Orbit, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Orbit

    Orbit I'm a planet

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    Do you have a favorite quote about enlightenment?
    Mine is: Anyone who tries to sell you enlightenment is like a man who picks your pocket and tries to sell you your own watch. --Alan Watts
     
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  2. Fool

    Fool ALL in all
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    Turn off that light, I'm trying to sleep through this. UGH


    Luke 11:5-10


    no seriously, the day the son of man comes into his glory


    matthew 25:1-13


    all you beating at the door has rousted me from my sleep. what's for breakfast?


     
  3. Onoma

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    " You are already enlightened "

    ~ The lazy man's guide to enlightenment ( Thaddeus Golas )
     
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  4. Terry Sampson

    Terry Sampson ζει

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  5. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    Not mad on the word meself.
     
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    I am not sure what enlightenment is beyond understanding what we are, however that is sometimes not easy. I think some are more enlightened than others, and there appears to be a practical limit for each individual to understanding ourselves. My answer reminds me of a Larson cartoon in which dogs are doing research to understand 'The doorknob principle'. Quote: "Knowing how it could change the lives of dogs everywhere dog scientists struggled diligently to understand the doorknob principle." Its one of my favorites from Larson. As stupid as a dog is, its not the most stupid mammal. What is difficult for a dog to contemplate is impossible for a goat.
     
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  9. Windwalker

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    We are all already enlightened. We're just not enlightened to that yet.
     
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    dybmh Terminal Optimist
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    The dao that can be spoken is not the Eternal Dao.
     
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    “Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters.”
    ― Dōgen
     
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  12. bobhikes

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    Just looked these up but this is my take on enlightenment.

    The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all the darkness. - Nikos Kazantzakis
    Not creating delusions is enlightenment. - Bodhidharma
    Ultimately you have to work for your own enlightenment. - Sissy Spacek
    The enlightenment ideal, is that everyone show think for themselves - George Monbiot
     
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  13. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    "Before I met My Beloved in Union, I lost everything — ego, mind, lower consciousness — but thank God, I did not lose my sense of humor! That is why I appear amongst you, on your level."
     
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  14. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    I think it fits.
    The great Buckaroo Banzai.....
     
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  15. ameyAtmA

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    May I ask what gave rise to this thread and this quote? Do you see anyone "selling enlightenment" on RF? and what was Allan Watts doing thru' all the books and speeches?

    I see people making lot of threads as poke reactions TO something they read somewhere else on RF, rather than any otherwise pure intention to create one, this is why I finally ask.
     
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  16. Orbit

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    No, it wasn't in reaction to anything.
     
  17. ameyAtmA

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    That is nice to know.
     
  18. Mock Turtle

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    Here are a couple that appeal:

    “Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” - Adyashanti

    "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'" - Eckhart Tolle
     
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  19. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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