Selfishness [10/13] – Universal Selfhood

From the good, the soul passes on to God. Selflessness is merged into universal Selfhood-which is beyond good and bad, virtue and vice, and all the other dual aspects of Maya (Illusion, or Ignorance). The height of selflessness is the beginning of the feeling of oneness with all. In the state of Liberation there is neither selfishness nor selflessness in the ordinary sense, but both of these are taken up and merged into the feeling of Selfness for all. Realization of the unity of all is accompanied by peace and unfathomable bliss. It does not in any way lead either to spiritual stagnation or to the obliteration of relative values. Selfness for all brings about undisturbed harmony without loss of discrimination, and unshakable peace without indifference to the surroundings. This Selfness for all is not an outcome of merely subjective synthesis. It is a result of an actual attainment of union with the ultimate Reality, which includes all.

-Discourses 7th Ed, p14

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“Persistent and continuous performance of good deeds wears out selfishness.”
(Discourses 7th Ed, p14)

 

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