“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting Rid of What You Haven't Got

It isn’t necessary—or even possible—to get rid of ego. (How would you go about doing that?) But consciousness can recognize ego as its own construct, and thus quit identifying with (and reacting to) its separate-self imagery.

Getting Rid of What You Haven’t Got

Have you tried 
getting rid of what you haven’t got?
It’s impossible to do.

You can chant and pray,
meditate all day,
try every fad that’s new.

You can fast till you faint,
live like a saint
or break every kind of taboo.

You can huff and puff
till your body is buff,
and have sex with your Tantric guru.

But getting rid of
what you haven’t got
is impossible to do.

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