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HE WATCHES, HE IS CLEAR

HE WATCHES, HE IS CLEAR

The fool sleeps as if he were already dead, but the master is awake and he lives forever. e watches. He is clear.
Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada.

Awareness is eternal, it knows no death. Only unawareness dies. So if you remain unconscious, asleep, you will have to die again. If you want to get rid of this whole misery of being born and dying again and again, if you want to get rid of the wheel of birth and death, you will have to become absolutely alert. You will have to reach higher and higher into consciousness.
And these things are not to be accepted on intellectual grounds; these things have to become experiential, these things have to become existential. I am not telling you to be convinced philosophically, because philosophical conviction brings nothing, no harvest. The real harvest comes only when you make great effort to wake yourself up.
But these intellectual maps can create a desire, a longing in you; can make you aware of the potential, of the possible; can make you aware that you are not what you appear to be - you are far more.
The fool sleeps as if he were already dead,
but the master is awake and he lives forever.
He watches.
He is clear.
Simple and beautiful statements. Truth is always simple and always beautiful. Just to see the simplicity of these two statements ... but how much they contain - worlds within worlds, infinite worlds. He watches. He is dear.

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The only thing that has to be learned is watchfulness. Watch! Watch every act that you do. Watch every thought that passes in your mind. Watch every desire that takes possession of you. Watch even small gestures - walking, talking, eating, taking a bath. Go on watching everything. Let everything become an opportunity to watch.
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