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A Quote by Andrew Cohen on spirituality, evolution, practice, endeavor, intersubjectivity, and ego

As far as I’m concerned, the spiritual life is just like any other endeavor—you can succeed or fail. And when the goal is actual evolution beyond ego in an intersubjective context, success or failure is plain for all to see.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Brent Haskell on ego, god, existence, perception, and reality

"...in essence the thought framework
Upon which the ego is based
Is separation.
The whole purpose for creating an ego in the first place
Was to attempt to gain some measure of experience
Of what it would be like to be separate.

And so long as you believe in the ego, which is to believe
That your thoughts about who you are are real,
Of that those thoughts have any consequence whatsoever--
As long as you believe either of those--
You are substantiating and supporting
The thought system of separation.

Separation, above all, cannot exist.
For the reality of God is Oneness.
And nothing exists except that which God has created,
And fully extended Himself into.
So there is not only nothing which is not OF GOD,
There is nothing which IS NOT God Itself."

Brent Haskell

Source: The Other Voice

Contributed by: Quantum Possibility

A Quote by Daniel Odier on desire, ego, mahamudra, and realization

Desire, liberated from its ties to the ego, realizes that it has no other aspiration than the fullness of Mahamudra and, as it sees in the same impulse that this plenitude is innate and limitless, it no longer aspires to any realization whatsoever.  There is no longer anything but intimate vibration, continuous sacred tremoring, and the absence of localization in time and space.

Daniel Odier

Source: Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra, Pages: 39

Contributed by: Venita

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on enlightenment, supreme enlightened mind, bodhisattva, ego, personality, living beings, reincarnation, and suffering

A virtuous man or woman who is determined to develop the Supreme Enlightened Mind, should thus develop it: I have to lead all living beings to put a stop to (reincarnation) and escape (suffering), and when they have been so led, not one of them in fact stops (reincarnating) or escapes suffering. Why? Because, if a Bodhisattva believes in the notion of an ego, a personality, or a living being, he is not a true Bodhisattva.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Contributed by: MsCapriKell

A Quote by Bobby Case on meditation, nothing, nothingness, mind, self, ego, and absolute

Meditation hasn't got a damn thing to do with anything, 'cause all it has to do with is nothing. Nothingness. Okay? It doesn't develop the mind, it dissolves the mind. Self-improvement? Forget it, baby. It erases the self. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. What good is it? Good for nothing. Excellent for nothing. Yes, Lord, but when you get down to nothing, you get down to ultimate reality. It's then and exactly then that you're sensing the true nature of the universe, you're linked up with the absolute Absolute, son, and unless you're content with blowing smoke up your butt all your life, that there's the only place to be.

Bobby Case

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Bobby Case on meditation, nothing, nothingness, mind, self, ego, and absolute

Meditation hasn't got a damn thing to do with anything, 'cause all it has to do with is nothing. Nothingness. Okay? It doesn't develop the mind, it dissolves the mind. Self-improvement? Forget it, baby. It erases the self. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. What good is it? Good for nothing. Excellent for nothing. Yes, Lord, but when you get down to nothing, you get down to ultimate reality. It's then and exactly then that you're sensing the true nature of the universe, you're linked up with the absolute Absolute, son, and unless you're content with blowing smoke up your butt all your life, that there's the only place to be.

Bobby Case

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Gwendolyn Caithness Cameron on 12 step, reality check, and ego

You too, can serve, AS A BAD EXAMPLE!!!

GwenKim Cameron

Source: self

Contributed by: GwenKim

A Quote by Jed McKenna on ego, mastery, false self, and enlightenment

    "But what about when people explore their inner selves?  Make journeys of self-discovery?  Aren't they going within to find the truth?"
    "They're just exploring the ego, making a study of the false self, which is a lifequest as valid as any other.  But you don't wake up by perfecting your dream character, you wake up by breaking free of it.  There's no truth to the ego, so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true.  Putting attention on the false self merely reinforces it."

Jed McKenna

Source: Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Pages: 246

Contributed by: Vince

A Quote by Ken Wilber on wilber, one taste, ego, kosmos, and unborn

As Hubert Benoit said, it is not the identification with the ego that is the problem, but the exclusive nature of the identification. When our self-identity expands beyond the ego, into the deeper psychic, then even into the Unborn and One Taste, the ego is simply taken up and subsumed in a grander identity. But the ego itself remains as the functional self in the gross realm, and it might even appropriately be intensified and made more powerful, simply because it is now plugged into the entire Kosmos.

Ken Wilber

Source: One Taste, Pages: 275..276

Contributed by: David

A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on eckhart tolle, power of now, ego, death, war, and annihilation

If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Pages: 44

Contributed by: David

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