Monday, November 30, 2015

Eric Baret - What we are not

"The insight does not consist of seeing our true nature, for this is impossible, 
"being" can never be experienced; the insight is of what we are not. 
We see our mechanisms, our arrogance, our fears, our limitations, 
very clearly without experiencing any desire to change them. 
Facing these facts is an act of humility. 
Seeing clearly — what we are not — is what, in the East, is referred to as insight of what we are. 
It is important this be clear, because most people fantasize,  
think or visualize an insight of what they are, rather than an insight of what they are not."
"It is our lack of clarity that prevents us from seeing
that people we imagine to be entitled to grace because they make huge efforts in sadhana, 
are in fact totally caught up in the becoming process. 
They live in a state of constant tension, in wanting to become something, wanting to be free. 
In wanting, there is no room for anything. 
Wanting to be free, wanting to be rich, to be beautiful, to have a red car, 
all amount to exactly the same thing. 
There simply is no room for anything in wanting. 
The few people who have been audacious enough to describe the descent of grace 
have all said that at that moment they were just silent and quiet." 

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