DSingerny at AOL.COM
Sun Oct 12 19:19:44 CDT 1997
In a message dated 97-10-12 11:31:46 EDT, you write:
To me, an aphoristic way to present Shankara's concept of reality to
someone is as follows (I first read it somewhere, and can't find the
Brahman is real.
The world is unreal.
The world is Brahman.
Which makes the world both real and unreal outside the aphorism.
One formulation I heard and found useful is the bubble on the lake
analogy....we are likened to a bubble on a lake, full and robust with a false
sense of autonomy, reflecting colors from our bubble dome,sliding now and
then across the lake with pride and commmitment to our "bubble-hood"; and
yet, all along we are merely the lake. We appear and we disappear, (birth
and death) yet, from the point of view of "lake-hood, which we are, we
neither appeared nor disappeared,(no birth, no death) for we are constantly
"lake". To come to realize we are "lake" regardless of the "bubble-ness" that
iappears to be our present condition is our awakening.
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