It’s like the story of the Buddha. He was sitting under the Bodhi tree for thirty days and he made up his mind he was going to sit there until he dies or until he awakens. And his disciples were sitting all around him, watching. On about the thirtieth day he opened his eyes and he was shining, he was smiling. His disciples asked him, “Master, what happened to you, did you see God?” He said, “No,” “Did you become self-realized?” “No,” “Well what happened,” and he simply exclaimed, “I am awake!” Therefore all these words, self-realization, illumination, awareness, they’re just words. You just wake up from the dream. Right now you feel your body. You feel your emotions. You feel pain. You feel hurt. You feel all kinds of things going on in this world. You watch TV, you watch the news and you get upset, all these terrible things, these dastardly things that are taking place in this world, but when you wake up all these feelings are gone. You realize the illusion, the dream, and you are no longer that.
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