|05-30-2011, 12:51 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2010
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A means to an end
So I've read it before but I picked up Amazon.com: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (9781577311522): Eckhart Tolle: Books last night and read just one little section. Tolle was talking about waiting, small scale waiting such as waiting in line, or big waiting like waiting for some thing to happen in order to be happy, or fulfilled or whatever. How when you're doing this everything becomes a means to an end, I'm doing PD so I can be happy later, I want this car, because it will make me whole, instead of enjoying the present moment as it is.
This is all correct to be sure, but even to one who is enlightened or feels pretty complete, as long as you commit any kind of action (means) you get some kind of reaction (end.) It seems anytime you do anything it is a means to an end in some way. Is anything else possible?
|05-30-2011, 02:12 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
The Bhagavad-Gita talks about surrendering the fruit of action (the reward, result, end) to a Higher Power, and just making everything an offering or service. This will center you in the present because your will is surrendered which will keep your mind from projecting into the future to try to get something out of it.
|06-06-2011, 09:51 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Tolle is emphasizing the importance of letting go of projecting your happiness into the future. "At __ o'clock, something more fulfilling will happen" or "Once I achieve ___ in ___ years, I'll be living my happy life" are the sorts of mental maladies that lack of presence can create, he says. But doing some action with the state of presence causes joy to arise within you in that very moment. Thus, you won't be sacrificing joyfulness now for an illusory joy that your mind is expecting in the future, when your means will have caused that end.
Hope that makes sense.
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