Playing with illusion: Caught up in the ephemeral things of this world

Suffering comes through ignorance or attachment to illusions. Most people play with illusions like children play with toys. If you get caught up in the ephemeral things of this world and cling to illusory values, suffering is inevitable. It is not easy for little children to give up their toys, for they become the victims of a habit which they cannot undo. In the same way, through millions of lives, you have got into the habit of playing with illusions. It is difficult for you to get disentangled from them.

For ages and ages, the atma [soul] has been seeing its own shadow and getting engrossed in the illusory world of forms. It gets addicted to the spectacle of its own creation, and desires to see it through cycles and cycles of creation. When the Soul turns inward and longs to have Self-knowledge, it has become spiritually-minded. But even there, this habit of wanting to see some spectacle persists for several lives. The Soul wants to experience some miracles or spectacular phenomena or, in the more advanced stages, it wants to perform miracles and manipulate phenomena.

Even spiritually advanced persons find it difficult to outgrow this habit of playing with illusions. Persistent attachment to miracles is only a further continuation of the habit of playing with illusions., p3413
Nov, 1953; Dehra Dun

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