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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.

	Jerry S.
	Member, TI

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