and Contemplations Part 2
are only symbols representing reality. The trouble with most learning is that
the ambitious student often mistakes words about something for the actual thing
or experience. So when he learns, he learns words, not meanings, and he ends
up with a gaggle of noises in his head but little practical understanding,
which can only come from true intimacy with the subject.
religion is intangible and elusive to the senses, it can be realized only by
one's soul. For that reason, most people mistake words about religion for the
religious experience itself.
most important thing any true religion can offer is a set of instructions
leading one to the threshold of intuitive understanding or self-knowing. But
instead of being led to the Truth through the medium of words, most students
become entangled in rituals, techniques and philosophies. The Christian who
thinks he knows Jesus may be confusing familiarity with the name (word symbol)
with a true understanding of Who He is.
the pseudo-Christian thinks he is experiencing the touch of God, he is, in reality,
drowning in a sea of holy noises that make him lose sight of his transgression;
he is experiencing a delusion which he mistakenly calls salvation.
main reason people can't find the Truth is that far too much "truth"
has been written telling them what they will discover or what will happen if
they don't discover it. What they need instead is practical instruction on how
to find the only Truth there is.
is really so very simple-the only difficult thing is realizing just how simple
it is. When people have lost their natural understanding of life, they fall
into a desperate longing for and a clinging to symbolic words, rituals and
realize that this book contains many words, but instead of entangling and
absorbing yourself in them, I want you to scan them until they spark some
recognition in you. Don't be in a hurry to devour these pages.
more you learn in the sense of merely acquiring knowledge, the harder it will
be for you to realize, because conventional learning tends to defeat the
process of realizing. You are not more because you know more, but you are more
because you realize more and know less. Knowledge is fulfilled only when it
becomes understanding. As you realize, knowledge will assume a new dimension,
for it will develop into understanding.
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