Have you ever searched yourself? — If you seriously searched the ‘I’, you didn’t find it. But if you never seriously got into that question, you probably see and maintain a very complex composed illusion of something without inherent existence. The ‘I’ exists only through the veil of ignorance. The ‘I’ is not permanent nor stable. It changes from moment to moment as we add or remove illusory content to it, and our attachment to it is so strong that we defend this mirage by all means. This illusion is the center of our world and the construct of what we would like to be as a person. It is our prison and as long as we are enchained to this illusion, we will never experience true freedom.
— personal comment
“I am not, I will not be. I have not, I will not have.”
That frightens all the childish
And extinguishes fear in the wise.
— Nagarjuna – Precious Garland
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘universe’,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings,
as something separate from the rest
– a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affectation for a few people near us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison
by widening our circles of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
— Albert Einstein