Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary by James P. Carse

By James P. Carse

This was once real mystical imaginative and prescient. This i'll by no means have expected. yet I knew that we have been either at the comparable galactic trip into the good void that includes us all. i used to be status sooner than a boundlessness which could swallow the celebs in a heartbeat.--from Breakfast on the Victory

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Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience

This used to be precise mystical imaginative and prescient. This i'll by no means have expected. yet I knew that we have been either at the related galactic trip into the good void that includes us all. i used to be status prior to a boundlessness which could swallow the celebs in a heartbeat. --from Breakfast on the Victory

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Hard. But now it was only weeks or days before death would step between us. So this is what it comes to. Nothing. Yes, I could agree with that. It made a lot more sense than the mystics. Then I looked again at her face. There was almost no expression in it, but no tension either. Then I saw the slight smile in her eyes. Clearly I hadn’t got it. I realized suddenly that it was the ego in me that had been listening, still regarding it all as a matter of struggle, seeing death as something that stood over against us, as a hostile force we needed to oppose.

In principle it is all recognizable. The theory of the unconscious remains a thoroughly Cartesian construct. True unrecognizability is to be understood in other terms. One of the anonymous authors of the Upanishads asks, Who is it that sees, who is it that knows? “The eye of the eye, the mind of the mind,” is the answer. And who is that? It is Atman, the soul of the soul. Because it is the soul that sees, that knows, it is the soul that cannot be seen or known. The soul cannot be an object of itself any more than 22 A Philosopher Needs a Cat an eye can see itself or a finger touch itself.

More than ever, I was aware of the lack of speech in Charlie, even the lack of a need for speech. I can see that Charlie is silent but what he is silent about, what he would say if that silence broke, I don’t even know how to imagine. ” If the expression in Charlie’s eyes at that moment were in a human face, it would be certain evidence of transcendent wisdom, as in the face of the Buddha. But from a human face we also expect a spoken response, especially if we see in it an intentional silence.

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