It Will Give You Goosebumps - Alan Watts On The Eternal Now

It Will Give You Goosebumps - Alan Watts On The Eternal Now

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when we say to ourselves you must go on the reason is you see that we are not living in the eternal now where reality is we are always thinking that the satisfaction of life will be coming later don't kid yourself only suckers put hope in the future there isn't much of a future you're going to die
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so therefore this hope for the future is a hoax it's a perfect hoax because you're not fully alive now you think maybe someday you will be look supposing i ask you what did you do yesterday most people say well i got up at 7 30 and i brushed my teeth and i read the newspaper over a cup of coffee
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and then i looked at the clock and dressed and uh got in the car and drove downtown and did this and that in the office and so on and you go on and on and on and you suddenly discover that what you've described has absolutely nothing to do with what happened [Music] you've described a fleshless list of abstractions whereas if you were actually aware of what went on
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you could never describe it because nature is multi-dimensional language is linear language is scrawny and therefore if you identify the world as it is with the way the world is described it's as if you were trying to eat dollar bills and expect a nutritious diet or eat numbers a lot of people eat numbers people play the stock market and do nothing but eating numbers
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and they're always unhappy absolutely miserable because they never get anything so therefore they always hope more is coming because they believe that if they eat enough dollar bills eventually something satisfactory will happen so eating the abstractions all the time we want more more more time confucius very wisely said a man who understands the dao in the
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morning may die with content in the evening because when you understand you don't put your hope in time time won't solve a thing and the christian word for sinning [Music] which means to miss the point and the point is eternal life which is here and now but until there is silence of the mind [Music]
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it is almost impossible to understand eternal life that is to say eternal now when you are fully aware and not thinking you will notice some amazing absences there is no past can you hear anything past incidentally can you hear anything future [Music] they're just not there
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to the plain sense of one's ears well i remember in the sermon on the mount that jesus said um [Music] a lot of things about this consider the lilies of the field how they grow they toil not neither do they spin and yet sulaiman in all his glory was not clothed like one of these and if god so clothed the grass of the field which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven shall he not much more clothe you faithless ones
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wow so do not worry about tomorrow saying what should we eat what should we drink or how should we clothe ourselves oh the rabble seeks after these things sufficient to the day is the worry of it nobody ever preaches a sermon on that text never i've heard lots of sermons i never won on that one because people say look that's all very well because jesus was the boss's son and he knew you see that he was really
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in charge of the universe and he's nothing to worry about but we have to be practical oh what do you suppose the gospel was the good news you know it never got out [Laughter] [Music] you two are the boss's son that was the gospel lots of people in india know that perfectly well when you get to be a certain age and after you studied long enough with a
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certain guru then and then only may you realize this if you put in the time they finally let you in here you have to wait until you're dead the only place to begin is now here's where we are so why put it off a lot of people say well i'm not ready you mean you're not ready what do you have to be to be ready i i'm i'm i'm not good enough i'm uh
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perhaps not old enough not mature enough still i'm frightened of pain i'm still uh dependent on material things i have to you know eat a lot and drink a lot and uh i better get all that under control first oh you you want to be able to congratulate yourself for having gone through the discipline which is rewarded with realization [Music] that is trying to
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quench fire with fire wouldn't it be great to have no fear no attachments no hang-ups to be as free as the air then it'd be crazy to have that courage you look into yourself honestly you find that inside you're actually a quaking mess of sensitivity running away from the quaking mess escaping you never can there's nothing you can actually do to transform
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your own nature into unattached selflessness because you have a selfish reason for wanting to do it what does it mean that you can't do anything about it it's singing loud and clear the reason you can't do anything about it is that you don't exist you as you conceive yourself to be that is your ego your image of yourself isn't there it doesn't exist it's an abstraction well when you understand that you're
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liberated there's the happening the suchness yes sure you bet but it's not pushing you around because there's no you to be pushed around so this illusion of the persecuted ego who is pushed around by fate it is altogether disappeared and so in likewise the illusion of the ego who pushes fate around has also disappeared [Music] there's a happening
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by dying to yourself by having become completely incompetent and found that you don't exist you're reborn you become everything in the words of sir edwin arnold foregoing self the universe grows i you

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