"Somehow ,if you really attend to the real, it tells you everything."
Robert C. Pollock
"Few people have the imagination for reality."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"People cannot stand too much reality."
"Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane."
-Philip K. Dick
"We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."
"The ego loves its resentment of reality. What is reality? Whatever is. Buddha called it tatata-the suchness of life, which is no more than the suchness of this moment. Opposition toward that suchness is one of the main features of the ego. It creates the negativity that the ego thrives on, the unhappiness that it loves. In this way, you make yourself and others suffer and don't even know that you are doing it., don't know that you are creating hell on earth. To create suffering without recognizing it-this is the essence of un-conscious living; this is being totally in the grip of the ego. The extent of the ego's inability to recognize itself and see what it is doing is staggering and unbelievable. It will be exactly what it condemns others for and not see it. When it is point out, it will use angry denial, clever arguments and self-justifications to distort the facts. People do it, corporations do it, governments do it. When all else fails, the ego will resort to shouting or even to physical violence. Send in the marines. We can no understand the deep wisdom in Jesus' words on the cross: "Forgive them for they know not what they do."
A New Earth
"Reality is more Fantastic than any fantasy."
-Erich von Daniken
"After all, what is reality anyway?
Nothin' but a collective hunch."
"I am afraid of this word 'reality," not constituting an ordinarily definable characteristic of the things it is applied to, but used as though it were some kind of celestial halo. I very much doubt If anyone of us has the faintest idea of what is meant by the reality or existence of anything but our own egos."
Sir Arthur Eddington
"....all knowledge about reality begins with experience and terminates in it."
"The distinction between what is real and what is imaginary is not one that can be finely maintained....all existing things are ....imaginary."
-John S. MacKenzie (1860-1935), philsopher
"We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word 'reality' is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly."
"The stupendous fact that we stand in the midst of reality will always be something far more wonderful than anything else we do."
"Pay less attention to kings and troop movements, the squabbles for power. Let big outer events go by without much notice. What's real is your friendship with mystery, the intuitive communion there."
-Bahauddin (The Father of Rumi)
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Philip K. Dick
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
"If you listen carefully
now you will hear....
Things are not the way
they used to be,
Don't tell no lie;
One and all got to
face reality now."
"The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed. A man must stay sober: not always, but most of the time."
"attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached."
"Only when all the crutches and props are broken....and there is no hope for security, does it become possible to experience....the archetype of meaning."
"Set up as an ideal the facing of reality as honestly and cheerfully as possible."
Dr. Karl A. Menninger
"Reality in our century is not something to be faced."
Our Man in Havana
"Once you are real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."
"To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them."
""How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one’s senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality!
"Reality is the name we give to our mistakes."
"Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself."
"This is most people's reality: As soon as something is perceived, it is named, interpreted, compared with something else, liked, disliked, or called good or bad by the phantom self, the ego. They are imprisoned in thought forms, in object consciousness.
You do not awaken spiritually until the compulsive and unconscious naming ceases, or at least you become aware of it and thus are able to observe it as it happens. It is through this constant naming that the ego remains in place as the unobserved mind. Whenever it ceases and even when you just become aware of it, there is inner space, and you are not possessed by the mind anymore."
A New Earth
"We should tackle reality
in a slightly humorous way;
Otherwise, we miss its point."
"We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that."
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)
"When we have seen the vision of Reality our world is changed, utterly and almost beyond recognition, and yet nothing has changed in things as they are, it is but that we have gained a new vision....It is the new vision, which is born when man is freed from the tyranny of illusion, that the whole world is changed and appears radiant with love and beauty, apparently utterly changed, though the change really is in man himself alone."
J.J. Van Der Leeuw
The Conquest of Illusion
"Reality is simply the loss of the ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. It will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. This is the direct method.
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be on the day you laugh is also here and now."
"Sham and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous. If men would steadily observe realities only, and not allow themselves to be deluded, life, to compare it with such things as we know, would be like a fairy tale and the Arabian Nights' Entertainments. If we respected only what is inevitable and has a right to be, music and poetry would resound along the streets. When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality. This is always exhilarating and sublime. By closing the eyes and slumbering, and consenting to be deceived by shows, men establish and confirm their daily of routing and habit everywhere, which still is built on purely illusory foundations. Children, who play life, discern its true law...."
Henry David Thoreau
"I stick my finger into existence-it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How came I here? What is this thing called the world? What does this word mean?
""In an age of synthetic images and synthetic emotions, the chances of an accidental encounter with reality are remote indeed."
"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion."
Democritus (400 B.C.)
"We discover that the universe shows evidence of a designing or controlling power that has something in common with our own individual minds."
-Sir James Jeans
"That consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown; that there is only one thing and that, which seems to be a plurality, is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing."
"Facing the bluntness of reality is the highest form of sanity and enlightened vision....Devotion proceeds through various stages of unmasking until we reach the point of seeing the world directly and simply without imposing our fabrications....There may be a sense of being lost or exposed a sense of vulnerability. That is simply a sign that ego is losing its grip on its territory; it is not a threat."
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
"When we are unhurried and wise we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence-that petty fears are but the shadow of reality. This always exhilarating and sublime."
-Henry David Thoreau
"How reality feels. People addicted to busyness, people who don't just use their cell phones in public but display in every nuance of cell-phone deportment their sense of throbbing connectedness to Something important-these people would suffocate like fish on a dock if they were cut off from the Flow of Events they have conspired with their fellows to create. To these plugged-in players, the rest of us look like zombies, coasting on fumes. For them, the feeling of being busy is the feeling of being alive."
-Thomas de Zengotita
"Everybody wants to know
What can I do? We all want to save the planet
pick up the garbage. Free our brothers and sisters
stop war and bring the millennium
but what can I do, seriously?
get to reality,
get to your own reality
become incredibly high and real and influence
everyone around you with your vibrations,
no matter how difficult it is.
drop everything else and
start doing the most fantastic, real things you
can think of-
get to your own reality."
"What is reality? Answering this superficially simple question is like trying to eat porridge with your fingers. It has occupied the minds of the greatest philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, whose opinion was that the solution to the mystery of space and time 'lies outside space and time.' Emmanuel Kant referred to 'reality' as the 'Ding-an-Sich' or 'Thing in Itself' which is intrinsically unknowable and perceived dimly through our natural senses.'
Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry
"One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures,
One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities.
"Man is wiser than his intellect....his whole organism has a wisdom and purposiveness which goes well beyond his conscious thought.....I think men and women, individually and collectively are inwardly and organismically rejecting the view of one single culture-approved reality. i believe they are moving inevitably toward the acceptance of millions of separate, challenging exciting informative individual perceptions of reality. i regard it as possible that this view-like the simultaneous and separate discovery of the principles of quantum mechanics by scientists in different countries-may begin to come into effective existence in many parts of the world at once. if so, we would be living in a totally new universe, different from any in history."
"....We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. and while you are studying that reality-judiciously, as you will- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors....and you all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
an unnamed aide to President George W. Bush in 2002
New York Times magazine
Book: "The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality" by Brian Greene
Book: "The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe" by Roger Penrose
Book: "The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe" by Roger Penrose
Book: "Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry" by Frank Close
Book: "Reality Check: What Your Mind Knows, But isn't Telling You" by David L. Weiner
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