it knows

 

it knows

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My Comment:

This bright clarity that we call Consciousness has no need for enlightenment, for it already knows what it is. In the attempt to give us a sense of what is happening here the ancients use the following image: An iron ball is an inert object. It is placed in the heat of a fire. The heat permeates the iron matter and the ball begins to glow. Similarly, all inert objects in the world, including our own body, are permeated with the shining of Consciousness, or ever-shining Self, and glow with a seeming aliveness. That aliveness is actually the Inner Effulgence that is reflected in all inert objects. Our ignorance (avidya) consists of our accepting this appearance of aliveness as “the body is alive” and simultaneously we identify ourselves with that ‘inert object’ feeling “I am this body”. The energy of pure seeing (Inner Effulgence) is a separate energy from the energy of ‘the seen’ (all objects of perception). Only when I can distinguish between the two more and more continuously does the veil that obscures reality begin to thin. Continue reading

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