No Home in the World

Advaita brooks no sentimentality. Once you accept that the phenomenal world is illusory,

then there is, figuratively speaking, no going home again.

There is one true light: the light of the Atman. All other lights are but pale reflections of it. When you accept this, there is no settling for less. The mind will never rest unless it rests in the Atman.

You need not attain that perfect Knowledge of the Atman to understand that suffering will never end without that Knowledge. Once you have faith in the truth of the Atman, you can never again accept suffering. Though you may cling to many of those things that cause suffering, may clutch them like an addict, you will know that they cannot fulfill you, and you will want nothing more than to be rid of the desire for them.

Your home in the world is not real, and all the time it is collapsing upon you. When you know this, renunciation must begin to

Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic


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