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Experiences Are Things
James: This satsang is written by one of my disciples, Arlindo. It is a very important teaching.
Arlindo: Experiences are also “things,” my dear Cecelia! They are made up of sensations collected by the senses, thoughts and feelings. They are subtle matter – objects of experience that by nature are short-lived. They may make you happy, but only momentarily. They are like waves in the ocean rising and falling. Why do you seek them?
My advice is to go to that which is permanent and the real source of happiness and bliss.
The happiness you find in objects of experience is not really coming from the objects, otherwise the same object would give happiness to everyone the same way. If these sought-after experience/objects were real you would only need to have one happy experience because it would last forever.
The happiness comes only from YOU, always! The objects function as a catalyst. Every time you get what you want your mind is resolved and you experience the bliss of your true self.
All experiences are like a “passing show” on a movie screen. They are “experiencable,” but they are not real. The mind projects them into time and space. They will never fulfill you and set you free from your sense of lack and incompleteness – even the sublime spiritual experiences.
All experiences are happening in you, but they cannot affect or change you. You are the only permanent factor in existence. You are existence itself. Go for what is real! Go for your very consciousness! It is free from the erroneous body-mind identification, and the sense of limitation that comes from that. Understand who you are, be your self and be free.
~ Much love, Arlindo