The Dream of Materialism – Part-1


The condition of the world, the strife and uncertainty that is everywhere, the general dissatisfaction with and rebellion against any and every situation shows that the ideal of material perfection is an empty dream and proves the existence of an eternal Reality beyond materiality; for if this Reality did not exist, the increased material well-being of millions of people which science has brought about would have produced contentment and satisfaction, and the tremendous imagination science has projected into the general consciousness would have let loose happiness. Man thinks that there was never so much achievement and promise of greater achievement as now; but the fact is there was never such wide-spread distrust and dissatisfaction and misery. The promises of science have been proved empty, and its vision false.

Reality alone is real; the only true thing that can be said is, Reality exists and all that is not the Real has no existence except as illusion. In their heart of hearts people know this and, although for a time, they get beguiled by the false promises of illusion and think of them as real, nothing else than the Real can satisfy them, and they become fed up with the misery that the almost limitless play of false imagination gradually brings about. This is the condition of the general people now. Even I am fed up and miserable. Why should I be so, when I am free? Because as the Buddha said, ‘I am eternally free and eternally bound.’

-The Everything and the Nothing, p89



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