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Originally posted by MischeviousElf
Excellent thread on many many differant levels,
Perception and also modern Media influence, however on a much mech deeper level indeed what the OP has done is in fact recreat in ATS style one of the most Psychologically and Spiritually deep and difficult to understand topics of the Entire Buddhist Path.
In fact what the OP has done simply, by showing ourselves directly how it works within us, rather than stating a story of what a Guru or Genius experienced, or using a Metaphor / Parrable is by showing the true nature of Emptiness, collated the thousands of pages of discussion on "Enlightenment" found here.
If one is able to extrapolate what we experienced when first reading his Post, and really really get to know and stop that thought process of "Like" and "Dislike" attachment and Aversion, to something that in fact does not have the qualities we think it has, in ALL of our experiences of the world, and add in Compassion at a level wherby "You" and "them" merge from distinction to unity, Enlightenment s achieved.
This OP has shown ALL who read it to each reader themselves the Illusion or Life within ourselves, it has clearly through our own experiences shown us one of the two parts of Enlightenment.
To take the experience you had on reading this, to examine and become aware how your mind also gives "False" names, terms and forms to every other aspect of your life when in fact they are not as we first think and feel, to over many years break this down, become aware of it and chuck in oodles of love will emancipate you from suffering and illusion in its totality.
Therefore IMHO it is probably one of if not the most important thread on ATS.
To use an example of a very very profound Spiritual master who the Dalai Lama uses fo contemplating and trying to understand what the OP did so easily and quickly please look where I post the original text below, and the Dalai lama's Mystical experience of its nature when realised here:
Emptiness and how the Dalai Lama Experineced it
S+F and added to friends indeed.
Such a short and simple post, with so much meaning in our mundane world or media control, politics, spin etc, and also showing 50% of the path of enlightenment in a way that we all experienced, wonderful and thank you again.