The Reflection Of The Domains Of Human Life

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Metaphysics teaches we are of the body, but we are not, the body. Thich Nhat Hanh states: “This body is not me, I am not limited by this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died” (188). For this to be understood, one needs to know the domains of human life and how the human life is directly connected to cosmic life.(Ref) The life of each individual self can be seen to encompass several levels. These can be described as: (i) environmental, social and physiological which includes all actions, senses and the thinking mind, (ii) psychological which is composed of: intellect, feeling and ego, the “I” and (iii) the universal Self or the Transcendental Self. The mind can then be understood
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Allen indicates that joy is not guaranteed and ills are likely. Even if joy is to be found using Allen’s approach, this assumes that the mind, indeed, is the master power and that all can be achieved by way of thinking. However, from every-day experience we know that thinking involves effort and that maintaining a stream of coherent positive thoughts is impractical. In fact too much thinking is an impediment to self-development because within incessant thinking we are trapped within the realm of the intellect where no freedom can be found. Where, then, can the source of permanent happiness be …show more content…
From eastern traditions we read in the Veda: “Crave, thou, to know That, That is Brahmin” (Taittiriya Upanishad, 3.1. 1), Brahmin being the Self and “One who knows himself is enlightened” (Tao Te Ching, c. 600 BCE). The word Buddha means “To be awake” to the transcendent Self. (TeachingsoftheBuddha.com). From the Western traditions including the oracle at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in Greece we read “Know thyself” (c. 500 BCE). Without knowledge of the Self, the oracle’s answers to the seekers were unfathomable. Questioners who lacked knowledge of the Self misinterpreted the guidance given by the Oracle and this resulted in the destruction and loss of their kingdoms. From the Christian tradition Jesus Christ directs us to go within to find the Self: “For the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). In more recent times we read “To be awake is to be alive” to the Self (Henry David Thoreau, 117) and William James in Energies of Men states “Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake” (331-332) indicating that we are in ignorance of our true nature which lays in knowledge of the Self. With the passage of time and loss of tradition, the way to the realization of the Self has been lost even to the most spiritual devotees. It is apparent that to have direct experience of the Self one must transcend the lower self. Metaphysics

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