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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 2 years, 4 months ago

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
    -Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 2 years, 5 months ago

    The ego knows nothing of Being but believes you will eventually be saved by doing. If you are in the grip of the ego, you believe that by doing more and more you will eventually accumulate enough ”doings” to make yourself feel complete at some point in the future. You won’t. You will only lose yourself in doing. The entire civilization is losing…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 2 years, 5 months ago

    Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 2 years, 7 months ago

    Our gods are the result of our pleasure. Our beliefs, our social structure, the morality of society-which is essentially immoral-is the result of our pursuit of pleasure.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 2 years, 7 months ago

    Can you, living in this world, live completely without ambition, completely without ever comparing yourself with another? Because the moment you compare, then there is conflict, there is envy, there is the desire to achieve, to go beyond the other.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 1 month ago

    When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 2 months ago

    People do not know what man is. They have to do with a very complex machine, far more complex than a railway engine, a motorcar, or an airplane-but they know nothing, or almost nothing, about the construction, working, or possibilities of this machine; they do not even understand its simplest functions, because they do not know the purpose of…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 2 months ago

    G. often returned afterwards to this example of ”prison” and ”escape” from prison” in his talks. Sometimes he began with it, and then his favorite statement was that, if a man in prison at any time to have a chance of escape, then he must first of all realize that he is in prison. So long as he fails to realize this, so long as he thinks he is…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 3 months ago

    Can the mind be completely chaste?Not being able to find out how to live a chaste life, one takes vows of celibacy and goes through tortures. That is not celibacy. Celibacy is something entirely different. it is to have a mind that is free from all images, from all knowledge , which means understanding the whole process of pleasure and fear.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 5 months ago

    We are, after all, concerned with living not with theories. One is concerned with a life in which intelligence(stillness) operates. Intelligence which is not of time, which is not of measure, which is not the product or the movement of thought, or of the order of thought. Now a human being wants to live a different kind of life. He is dominated by…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 5 months ago

    What is Love? The word is so loaded so corrupted I hardly like to use it. Everybody talks of love every magazine and newspaper and every missionary talks everlastingly of love. I love my country, I love my king, I love some book, I love that mountain, I love pleasure, I love my wife, I love God. Is love an idea? if it is, it can be cultivated,…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 5 months ago

    You may say that it is more satisfactory to help another than to think about yourself. What is the difference? It is still self-concern. If it give you greater satisfaction to help others, you are concerned about what will give you greater satisfaction. why this double thinking? why not say, ’What I really want is satisfaction, whether in sex, or…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia started the forum topic Religion in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 5 months ago

    What does religion mean to you? What does it mean to be a religious person?

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 5 months ago

    It is the struggle to repeat and perpetuate pleasure which creates psychological hurt. Watch it in yourself. The very demand for the repetition of pleasure brings about pain, because it is not the same delight, not only to your aesthetic sense but the same inward quality of the mind, and you are hurt and disappointed because it is denied to you.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 6 months ago

    “There is no doubt that kierkegaard saw his own mission as a writer as that of assisting his readers to the consciousness of their own despair. And it is equally clear that he saw the progression to ‘spirit’ as one that requires the facing rather than the shelving of inherent difficulties. A note in his journals even sounds as though the…[Read more]

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 6 months ago

    It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 6 months ago

    Truth is a pathless land.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 7 months ago

    It is naive to think that the expression of negative emotions is harmless or meaningless. It is a mechanical link in a large mechanical chain. We just aren’t aware of the chain.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 7 months ago

    Don’t follow anybody and don’t accept anybody as a teacher, except when you yourself become your own teacher and disciple.

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    Victor D,Aconia posted an update in the group Group logoAuthentic Living 3 years, 7 months ago

    Negative emotions reinforce imaginary ”I”. Dismantling them causes identity in the machine to fall apart and be exposed as the fragmented thing it really is.

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