If you need entertainment or escape, you are asleep.
Quoted in Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment, chapter 10.
The main preparation for Enlightenment is trauma.
Quoted in After the Absolute, chapter 7.
Enlightenment is the death of the mind. Death. You think you are dying—completely and forever. And it’s good to think that because it kills the ego. When a person feels himself dying he immediately drops all his egos.
It has to be this way. You must go through death with no hope of survival. Because you have to be truthful with yourself—all those tales about life after death could be fiction. But when you die honestly, you die with absolute despair. And that absolute despair removes the last ego you've got left—the spiritual ego that believes the individual mind is immortal.
But then something amazing happens. After you die, you find yourself still here, observing this mess. And that observing is the secret of immortality. In fact, the only thing I think is valuable to know is that when you die, the Observer still lives.
What I found in the Experience is that the soul of man is God. Every human being has the potential to discover this. To discover his essence, his soul. And in the act of discovery one becomes what he has discovered. If we were nothing more than the projected illusion we call “me,” at death we would go out like a candle.
—Quoted in After the Absolute, chapter 7.
“What kind of meditation do you recommend?” someone asked.
”To begin, start looking back at the people and events of your life, especially the traumas. Everybody has an unfinished agenda that needs cleaning up. It’s beneficial to meditate on those people or situations that left you with a sense of injury. Times when you felt mistreated, events that left you feeling sorry for yourself, perhaps. I don’t mean relive them or psychoanalyze them. Just go back and try to remember them, then see if you can observe them dispassionately.”
—Quoted in After the Absolute, chapter 5.
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