Being still and accepting life as it is, a path to learning to just be. We must be what we are regardless of what we believe. It is of our nature to be quarellsome, but it takes nothing to override certain reactions. Especially when one serenders one's own allusions and or illusions.
Personally I love my illusions and would be very lonely without them.
When one goes through the stages of living, the question that should be asked is "Have I enjoyed life or have I squandered it with desire?". Desire is illusion, but without desire nothing would ever be accomplished. It is in the seeking of desires that we learn to want things. Wanting things leads to wanting more things and so on. This is a form of suffering and so then is clinging and these also are illusory.
These are the illusions of the self. I will live forever, I need another and I want more. They are all forms of desire that only give a temporary feeling of satisfaction and peace. But this feeling of joy only lasts for a moment and is lost in the sea of the mind. I consistantly forget things and maybe they are not worth remembering. All I know for sure in life is that I am part of the earth and that in turn, I am part of the universe. The same can be said for us all.
It's easy (for some) to be a holy man sitting on top of a mountain. In the world we know, however, there are some things we cannot likely be without such as food and shelter. The consequences of this is (for most) the need for money, however it is received.
It's true that desirelessness towards what we see (or need) may give us mastery over it and the sense of "I am" which comes from cognitive meditation and contemplation is nearest to those whose desire (for desirelessness) is most ardent.
So by "losing all illusion, we have lost everything and nothing". In non-attachment we can have what we need without desiring it. We can also need what we have the same way.
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I don't exactly understnad as to what the expression "The Zen of being" means. Please elaborate.
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