Excerpt About Forgetting
And the ultimate outcome of that perspective, that there are objects to be used, is materialism. If you keep going that direction and forgetting that there is reality beyond the usefulness of things, finally you arrive at a completely material universe of discrete objects. And these objects are
completely disconnected from the spirit. Then we start looking for the spirit inside ourselves, or inside one of the objects, while it is everywhere. It is everything. So, what we want to see from today’s experience is the fact that Essence or Being or God or truth is not somewhere else, is not something else, it is not something otherworldly. It is quite worldly, in the sense that it is all that we experience any time, at any moment. That is it. There is nothing else. But that it is it. It is the truth only when we realize its mystery, its unknowableness. As long as we perceive it as something we know, we’re not seeing the truth, we’re seeing our minds. The world we live in, including us, is an unknowable mystery. We do not actually know it. We have concepts about many things—the table, the rug, electricity, life, earth. We have all these concepts, all these words, and from these we construct stories, theories that explain the world, explain us to ourselves. We call that knowledge, and we rest then in the security that now we know. There is me, and there is you, and there is the world. I have this life, I’m going to die one of these days, I have kids, and I do not have this or that: this whole big story that you explain and use. But this story is made out of the building blocks of words and concepts, so all the world that you know is a story.