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Old 01-16-2010, 06:57 PM   #18
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Re: I am the universe

Words that help me understand O'Sensei's "I am the Universe" realization come from one of my favorite novels, Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf:

"...if ever the suspicion of their manifold being dawns upon men of unusual powers and of unusually delicate perceptions, so that, as all genius must, they break through the illusion of the unity of the personality and perceive that the self is made up of a bundle of selves, they have only to say so and at once the majority puts them under lock and key, calls science to aid, establishes schizomania and it protects humanity from the necessity of hearing the cry of truth from the lips of these unfortunate persons."

Hermann Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this work and such other classics such as Siddhartha. That was back when the prize meant something, and - not that I'm too concerned - hopefully will again.

I would like to open this for discussion before saying much more, but could it have been O'Sensei's obvious and complete positivity, his aura of love, that kept him from going "under lock and key?"

I am excited to hear other's thoughts on this.

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