> Your last sentence,"An ego that is doomed to nonexistance
> when the spiritual path is followed to its ultimate
> end--merging with God,"is evidently something that you
> believe or have been taught is true.Evidently you use this as
> a truth.What do you base this truth on?
> Thank you,dane
I base it on the teachings of the mystics--Jesus, Teresa of Avila, Nanak, Rumi, Kabir, Tulsi Sahib, Charan Singh, Faqir Chand, Bullah Shah, Meher Baba, Hafiz...and my own teacher...
A taste of Rumi...
Of this there is no academic proof in the world;
For it is hidden, and hidden, and hidden.
God, in spite of the skeptics,
Caused spiritual gardens with sweet flowers to grow
In the hearts of His friends.
Every rose that is sweet-scented within,
That rose is telling of the secrets of the Universal.
Their scent, to the confusion of the skeptics,
Spreads around the world, rending the veil.
The Ocean That Has Many Harbours
The shop of Oneness,
The Ocean that has many harbours,
Yet where there is no division
Between man and man, or woman,
But only a unity of souls
In the process of return to their Creator,
Whose breath lives inside each one
An helps to guide us home.
The Beloved Is All, The Lover Just A Veil
The Beloved is all, the lover just a veil.
The Beloved is living, the lover a dead thing.
If Love witholds its strengthening care,
The lover is left like a bird without wings.
How will I be awake and aware
If the light of the Beloved is absent?
Love wills that this Word be brought forth.
If you find the mirror of the heart dull,
The rust has not been cleared from its face."
We Are As Flute
We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.
We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat:
our victory and defeat is from thee, O thou whose qualities are
Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls,
that we should remain in being beside thee?
We and our existences are really non-existence;
thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable.