Confusing the Senses in Many Ways

“Perhaps the most familiar example of mistaken sense-reports is that of the movement of the earth. The senses of every person report to him that the earth is a fixed, immovable body, and that the sun, moon, planets, and stars move around the earth. … It is only when one accepts the reports of the…

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Physical Senses Perceive and Deceive

“The student of occultism usually is quite familiar with the crass individual who assumes the cheap skeptical attitude toward occult matters, which attitude he expresses in his would-be ‘smart’ remark that he ‘believes only in what the senses perceive.’ He seems to think that his cheap wit has finally disposed of the matter. … “While…

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The Great Illusion and Getting Beyond It

“In Occidental language, we might say that there is no point in becoming aware that one is conditioned unless one turns towards the unconditioned and seeks deliverance. Maya is a cosmic play and, after all, illusory, but when one has understood it to be so, when one has torn away from the veil of Maya,…

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We Delude Ourselves Believing Illusion

“Now man may delude himself, he may yield to the belief that there is nothing invisible, and that that which is manifest to his senses and intellect contains everything which can possibly exist. But such an illusion is only possible on the surface of consciousness and not in its depths. Feeling and desire do not…

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