There is this vast difference between us humans and animals that they are perhaps not aware of their past, present or future plight in the sense that we perceive in our minds. Sometimes, it comes to my mind that is this awareness or consciousness not our real selves ? We are oblivious of it and concentrate on all aspects relating to body only. We rarely give attention to it and the way it works. As a result, we come under the spell of what all our body experiences. All religious thought is also directed to this abstract thing called self or spirit. Is this spirit or self caged in our bodies?
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You are right that our spirit,soul or self ,whatever we call it , is asleep. We have to awaken it. You agree the separateness of the self from the body. lone77star, I really relish your answers that originate from a repository of wisdom and insight.
Tusitala Tom,you have pointed out two extraordinary experiences, one is astral travel and the other is identification of self as whole in deep meditation. Indian thought revolves around these two. You want to say that everything is whole and not many
Thanks for your observations Tusitala Tom. There is observation and consensus, what I fear is when consensus is corrupted by ideology. That is the true enemy of awareness.
I meditate and exp travelling sensations but is not conclusively convinced