Reality as It is (continued):
Consider what is taken to be real & how you determine what is real. In an external sense, you may seem to gather facts about things, but do you really ? Or do you have a series of Sense Perceptions, some of which are True & some of which are False ?
Everyone has had the experience of seeing an optical illusion or such, & the vast majority of information comes by word-of-mouth anyway. Somebody else tells you, or you read something, or you construct a view–point. You construct a view–point of the World regarded as real based primarily on your own ideas, or opinions, or the opinions of others, which when repeated often enough are considered to be real. How much of what you know about the World, about others, etc., is merely ideas & opinions created out of your own thinking & the words & thoughts of others ? How much of it is actual experience ?
This is looking at it at the most relative, basic level. How much of it is just thought of in the Mind & survives as an idea primarily due to one not undergoing actual experience of any of those things, which might prove one's idea to be completely different ?
Apply this point in a deeper way to the Mind & Real Existence. How much of what you consider to be real is merely an idea, a thought, perhaps an often–repeated thought ? Conversely, how much is actual experience of pure Existence undefined by any thought ?
Whatever we regard as your Identity determines what you are using to determine Reality. Consequently your view of what is true likewise depends upon your Identity. How are we to see Reality truly as it is, & not as it is imagined to be ? Why should we do so ?
As countless ancient Sages have testified, & as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi, if you know Reality as it is, yours is inexpressible Peace & Bliss prolonged without any termination whatsoever. It is like awakening from a long Dream. If you do not know Reality as it is, there will be Bondage & is consequent Suffering.
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