A Quote by Daniel J. Boorstin on discovery, assumption, knowledge, and illusion

Throught human history, illusions of knowledge, not ignorance, have proven to be the principal obstacles to discovery

Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -)

Source: Google Talks: Towards the First Revolution in the Mind Sciences

Contributed by: Kyle

A Quote by Bhagvad Gita Verse 64, Chapter 2 on peace, love, happiness, fear, desire, maya, illusion, enlightenment, moksha, self inquiry, and dallas

 raga-dvesa-vimuktais tu
visayan indriyais caran
atma-vasyair vidheyatma
prasadam adhigacchati

Swami Chinmayanandaji's translation

But the self-controlled man, moving among objects, with his senses
under restraint, and free from both attraction and repulsion,
attains peace.

Swami Chinmayananda

Source: Srimad Bhagvad Gita

Contributed by: vicara

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on illusion and indulgence

People fancy they are enjoying themselves,
but they are really tearing out their wings
for the sake of an illusion.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: The Rumi Collection: An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Shambhala Classics), Pages: 17

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Madeleine Aaron on illusion and poem

How many birds in cages die
Thinking a ceiling is the sky.

Madeleine Aaron

Source: Contemporary Kansas Poetry - 1927

Contributed by: Danno

A Quote by Bret on god, authority, law, illusion, psyche, collective consciousness, and soul

Man created god in Man's own image as the surrogate authority for Man's law. This illusion, held in the collective psyche, is both wondrous and terrible: take from it what serves you, what brings you joy and teaches you. And, remember always that your Soul knows the true God that dwells beyond the illusion.

Bret Huggins

Contributed by: Bret

A Quote by Steven E. Baxter on awakening, understanding, ultimate reality, illusion, and god

Awakening is ultimately the journey of an individual toward an understanding of the nature of the Ultimate Reality behind the illusion that we only think is ultimately real.  It is the highest calling of man, for the destination is what many call God.

Steve Baxter

Source: Revolutionary Spirituality: Awakening to Your True Self, Pages: 4

Contributed by: Steve

A Quote by Bodhidharma on tao, truth, words, and illusion

The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition, Pages: 31

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on non-duality, good and evil, heart sutra, illusion, survival, global politics, united states, soviet union, war, life, and conflict

In the West you have been struggling for many years with the problem of evil. But in the light of non-duality, there is not any problem.  You need both right and left to have a branch. Do not take sides, if you take sides, you are trying to eliminate half of reality, which is impossible. For many years, the United States has been trying to describe the Soviet Union as the evil side. Some Americans even have the illusion they can survive alone, without the other half. If we look at America very deeply, we see the Soviet Union. And if we look deeply at the Soviet union, we see America. If we look deeply at the rose, we see the garbage; if we look deeply at the garbage, we see the rose. In this international situation, each side is pretending to be the rose, and calling the other side garbage.

Survival means the survival of human kind as a whole, not just a part of it. If the South cannot survive, then the North is going to crumble. If countries of Third World cannot pay their debts, you are going to suffer here in the North. If you do not take care of the Third World, your well-being is not going to last, and you will not be able to continue living in the way you have been much longer. It is leaping out at us already. You cannot leave the job to the governments or the political scientists alone. You have to do it yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Thich Naht Hahn, The Heart of Understanding, Commentaries on Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, 1988 p36

Contributed by: mita

A Quote by Vanna Bonta on death, time, and illusion

Sometime is that appointment, the final one to meet. Let's color all with love, for Time is naught but fleet.

Vanna Bonta

Contributed by: andre

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, illusion, and self-transcendence

As always, the illusion of self-transcendence is far more facile and available than self-transcendence itself:  in the vast majority of cases what human consciousness opens up to is merely a more encompassing form of finitude (another captivating illusion or delusion).

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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