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Alan Watts On Illusory World and the Self

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4/16/2012 4:14:29 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
"You have seen that the universe is at root a
magical illusion and a fabulous game, and that there is no separate
"you" to get something out of it, as if life were a bank to be robbed. The
only real "you" is the one that comes and goes, manifests and withdraws
itself eternally in and as every conscious being. For "you" is the
universe looking at itself from billions of points of view, points that
come and go so that the vision is forever new.

What we see as death, empty space, or nothingness is only the trough
between the crests of this endlessly waving ocean. It is all part of the
illusion that there should
seem to be something to be gained in the future, and that there is an
urgent necessity to go on and on until we get it. Yet just as there is no
time but the present, and no one except the all-and-everything, there is
never anything to be gained—though the zest of the game is to pretend
that there is."

-- Alan Watts

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