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The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Geoff-Allen, May 7, 2020.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Hope you is all well & enjoying your time here on the forum.

    Here is a pdf copy of this book by Alan Watts

    THIS BOOK explores an unrecognized but mighty taboo—our tacit conspiracy to ignore who, or what, we really are. Briefly, the thesis is that the prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East—in particular the central and germinal Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism.

    This hallucination underlies the misuse of technology for the violent subjugation of man's natural environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction. We are therefore in urgent need of a sense of our own existence which is in accord with the physical facts and which overcomes our feeling of alienation from the universe. For this purpose I have drawn on the insights of Vedanta, stating them, however, in a completely modern and Western style—so that this volume makes no attempt to be a textbook on or introduction to Vedanta in the ordinary sense. It is rather a cross-fertilization of Western science with an Eastern intuition.

    http://www.freespiritualebooks.com/...against-knowing-who-you-are-by-alan-watts.pdf

    Enjoy your evening!
     
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  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Well, that is the first thing that Advaita asks one to understand.
     
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