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Date Posted: 22:16
Author: Anonymous-25Jul02
Subject: Re: The value of a currency note
In reply to: Eponymous - 24 July 2002 's message, "Re: The value of a currency note" on 22:07

"That's why when Buddha and Shankara say the world is maya, a mirage, it is difficult for us to
understand. Because we know only this world, we don't have any comparison. This is the only reality we
know. What are these people talking about—this is maya, illusion? This is the only reality. Unless you
come to know the really real, their words cannot be understood, their words remain theoretical. They
look like hypotheses. Maybe this man is propounding a philosophy—'The world is unreal'.

When Berkley in the West said that the world is unreal, he was walking with one of his friends, a very
logical man; the friend was almost a skeptic. He took a stone from the road and hit Berkley's feet hard.
Berkley screamed, blood rushed out, and the skeptic said, 'Now, the world is unreal? You say the world
is unreal?—then why did you scream? This stone is unreal?—then why did you scream? Then why are
you holding your leg and why are you showing so much pain and anguish on your face. Stop this? It is all
Now this type of man cannot understand what Buddha means when he says the world is a mirage. He
does not mean that you can pass through the wall. He is not saying this—that you can eat stones and it
will make no difference whether you eat bread or stones. He is not saying that.
He is saying that there is a reality. Once you come to know it, this so-called reality simply pales out,
simply becomes unreal. With a higher reality in vision the comparison arises, not otherwise.
In the dream; the dream is real. You dream every night. Dream is one of the greatest activities that you
go on doing. If you live sixty years, twenty years you will sleep and almost ten years you will dream. Ten
years in a life—nothing else do you do so much. Ten years of continuous dreaming—just think about it.
And every night…. And every morning you say it was unreal, and again in the night when you dream,
dream becomes real."


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