Saturday, June 17, 2006

The illusion of separateness

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, has thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest-- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

~Einstein

2 comments:

  1. L. K. Wilson5:55 PM

    Wow! I had no idea Einstein was so smart! No seriously, I guess I hadn't realized he thought about religion or the human condition, or those kind of things. He says so well what my religion is telling me in so many ways. Thanks for this "meditation."
    L.K. Wilson

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  2. You're welcome, L.K. It's always good to hear from you!

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