There are many words for the Self, including:
God, Brahman, Reality, Truth, Emptiness and The Absolute.
The World and the person are an illusion, a 'waking dream'.
The nature of Truth is easily and immediately verifiable — see the Guidance on How to Realize for a suggested approach.
Every once in a while, the Actor decides to take a sabbatical; the Self decides to end the deception and to make merry mischief instead.
Thus the heart and mind of the character You play within this fiction is 'graced' with 'revelation'.
Waking-up to The Truth, is The End of Seeking, the End of the World and the End of the Person as you know it — all that remains is the Truth.
Spiritual Liberation implies the transcendence of suffering. The way of the liberated is essentially the way of the Transcendental Pragmatist.
The only genuine problem is the nature of Truth.
Your primary problem is that you do not see clearly. Because you do not see clearly, you are confused. Because you are confused, even though you seek a solution, you do not clearly formulate your primary problem. Because you do not clearly formulate the problem, you rarely formulate good questions. Because your questions are poor, your answers resolve only questions you were not really asking. Because your answers do not address your primary problem, you remain confused. Because you are confused, you do not see clearly! The Truth remains elusive – until you encounter the right questions:
Transcendental Pragmatism offers just such an injunction –
the way of the Transcendental Pragmatist.
Free will is a fundamental tenet of the idea of the person, within this contemporary society. It is a necessary precursor to ideas of responsibility and human adulthood. Yet what does it really mean? How many adults have ever actually thought about it? The apparent source of all human activity, is taken for granted. What is the reality of free will – is it random, or is it conditioned? Has anyone actually defined it without reliance upon metaphysical dogma? Can it exist at all within our rigid conceptual knowledge paradigm? You have never been invited to look, until now.
Why does your person behave as if you are the mind-body, when for all intents-and-purposes, irrespective of your metaphysical beliefs, you are so obviously consciousness? The answer is, that you have never been invited to look, until now.
Why do you take consciousness to be limited, when for all intents-and-purposes, irrespective of your metaphysical beliefs, it is without limitation? The answer is, that you have never been invited to look, until now.
Why do you believe in a mind-body-world that you can never see, hear, feel, smell, taste or sense? The answer is, that you have never been invited to look, until now.
Why have you never noticed that you are only ever looking at yourself? The answer is, that you have never been invited to look, until now.
The Truth is not necessarily mystical or esoteric. It is far more often perfectly ordinary. The Truth is right here, all around and inside you, right now. The Truth is staring at you, unblinking, as you stare blankly back at it through borrowed eyes, not seeing, with a quizzical look upon the furrowed face of the borrowed body-mind you presently call your home. The Truth is cutting your toe nails, cleaning your bathroom and flushing your toilet.
Things exist only in the glorious fantasy realm of the conceptual mind. It is a realm within a realm. Behind the conceptual mind, exists a completely different paradigm of knowledge – forever inaccessible to words and symbols, though hinted at by poets and the few true philosophers. Yet what do you know of the realm behind the conceptual mind?
What do you know about Truth if you have never really looked?
Take a look and see for yourself. Here is your invitation!
The Transcendental Pragmatist, Is. Truth is simple. There is nothing more to say.
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