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Pure Awareness

Pure Awareness

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Published by: MindStilled on Jul 04, 2011
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EMPTINESS
 
PURE
 
 AWARENESS
ajahn thanisaro
this ebook is circulated free by
 www.mindfulnest.org
 
EMPTINESS
 
 AND
 
PURE
 
 AWARENESS
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W
hen we are children we function on theinstinctual level, so that spiritual attractionbecomes focused on/sublimated by food and warmth, comfort and toys. Then, later on, that satisfaction is found with people, with activities, relationships, machines, ambitions, thedoings of worldly existence. All along, however, that pull hasfundamentally been a spiritual motivation.It gets sidetracked by the search for wealth, for material security,for permanent happy relationships. But one sees the reason why thesethings don’t complete the picture: they are not really sustainable as asupport because they are impermanent, and also because the heartknows it has not gone the whole way, one has taken a side road. If you
…one sees thereason why thesethings don’t completethe picture: they arenot reallysustainable…
 
EMPTINESS
 
 AND
 
PURE
 
 AWARENESS
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are trying to make a journey to a distant place and you take a detour,you get caught up in interesting things along the way. But it is onlywhen you get to your destination that there is feeling of, “Ahh, nowwe are home, now we are safe, now everything is okay.”Even when you are sidetracked, there is a feeling lingering in yourheart, “Well, there is a bit further to go.” Or, “This is all veryinteresting, but, mmm, there is something missing here, there issomething not quite right, not quite true, not quite final here.” Theattraction towards Truth is fundamental. It is attraction towardsreality, the basic fabric of all being. This is the primary natural law;it’s the living law that rules the universe. The gravitation whichdraws all things to Truth, drawing everything to the center, this is the
…mmm, there issomething missinghere, there issomething not quiteright, not quite true,not quite final here.

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