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Illusion And Reality

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“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”
— Voltaire
Many of us have heard of the saying that “Life is an illusion.” It is casually declared by many, and with such certainty I might add, as if to imply an understanding of reality. But what does the saying really mean? Is everything really an illusion or is it wishful thinking on the part of humans? Or is it because as T.S. Eliot says, “Humankind cannot bear very much reality,” that we cling to our illusions even if they contradict the obvious?
Illusion And Reality – Poem by Kabir

What is seen is not the Truth
What is cannot be said
Trust comes not without seeing
Nor understanding without words
The wise comprehends with knowledge
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Some worship the formless God
Some worship His various forms
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
That music cannot be written
How can then be the notes
Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion

“There’s more to us than the snivelling, snarling organism that craves power and approval. The clarity and contentment we seek lies deep inside us all.’
Kabīr was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement. The name Kabir comes from Arabic al-Kabīr which means “The Great” – the 37th name of God in Islam.
Kabir’s legends describe his victory in trials by sultan, a Brahmin, a Qazi, a merchant and God. The ideological messages in Kabir’s legends appealed to the poor and oppressed. David Lorenzen describes primary purpose of his legends as a “protest against social discrimination and economic exploitation”
Christopher Rivas

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