Who is this “I” that will become selfish and who are the “others”? This question comes from an egocentric mind that is trying to grasp concepts it encounters. The enlightened are not attached to people, places, things, etc. So the ego incorrectly concludes this would mean selfishness and not caring about others.
The enlightened know that there are no others…there is only the Self. In this way, the enlightened care for “others” just as much as the Self. The enlightened know that to help others is to help the Self. To love others is to love the Self. Continue reading If I am detached, won’t I become a selfish entity…uncaring about others?
As long as you are setting conditions on Awakening or Enlightenment, it will not happen. What you are saying are really conflicting statements. “I’d like to Awaken, but…”, as soon as there is a “but” in there…what you are really saying is I don’t want to Awaken. You are saying – I have these attachments and I don’t want to let go. What if letting go was the only way to Awaken?
Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you. Also, the unknown is often scary for people, but there can be no assurances given. You have to be willing to take the chance…come what may. Otherwise, fear will always stop you at the edge of the cliff…unwilling to jump into the void. Continue reading I’d like to Awaken, but I don’t want to lose my interests or friends.