Re: Why this body, planet etc.?
Jul 24, 1996 04:46 PM
by Jerry Schueler
>The question I have had since I was a small child is: "why am I me and not you
>or someone else?"
Keith, you need to read up on svabhava. I recommend G de P.
>Right now I am holding with the
>idea that evolution upward is the bounce after the descent into matter and that
>we gain self-knowledge of our connection to the One and return to it knowing
>ourselves for the first time (to paraphrase T.S. Elliot).
I agree, except for the "first time" business. Virtually all
mystics agree that after the Return, there is a strong sense of
never really having left in the first place. D. T. Suzuki called this
the Ultimate Joke--that our entire manifestation period in matter
is all an illusion, and that we have always been spiritual.
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