THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF FREE THINKERS
FREEDOM / ENLIGHTENMENT
SO WHAT IS IT REALLY ?
Merging with Jesus? Merging with God? Merging with Allah?
Merging with your Guru? Nirvana? Bliss (Perfect Happiness)?
Emptiness? Loss of Self? All Knowingness? All Powerfulness? Mind Over
Matter? Conquering Death? Conquering Emotion? Conquering the Body
and Senses? Saving Man from Himself? Saving the World?
Or is it when you are no longer affected (negatively or positively) by what
anyone else says, thinks, or does toward you? Is it lightness rather than
illumination? Is it expectation without desire? Is it deconstruction and
divestiture? Is it seeing the garbage as garbage, the circus as the circus,
the lie as the lie? Is it having zero tolerance for the lie? Is it going your
own way and always remembering that you are HERE for a reason?
The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue
produces nothing. “No-Self” is “True-Self.” And the
greatest man is Nobody[/i] – Chuang Tzu (399 – 295 BC)
Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend
and be lost, amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen,
he will go about like Life itself with no name and no home. Simple he is,
without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace.
He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges
no one, no one judges him. Such is the perfect man: His boat is empty – Chuang Tzu
The Pure Men of old acted without calculation, not seeking to secure
results. They laid no plans. Therefore, failing, they had no cause for
regret; succeeding, no cause for congratulations. And thus they could
scale great heights without fear…They did not know what it was to
love life and hate death. They did not rejoice in birth, nor strive to put
off dissolution. Quickly come, and quickly go – Chuang Tzu
He who rules men lives in confusion: He who is ruled by men lives
in sorrow. Tao therefore desired neither to influence others nor to be
influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion and free of sorrow
is to live with Tao in the land of the great Void – Chuang Tzu