As long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality.” Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain for decoration without being imprisoned by it, but they are deceiving themselves. As long as one’s approach to spirituality is based upon enriching ego, then it is spiritual materialism, a suicidal process rather than a creative one.
from the book The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
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Further quotes from the book The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation:
- Seeing our confusion more clearly
- No place to perch
- Total lack of inhibition
- Not seeing thoughts as simple phenomena
- Working in the soil of samsara
- Taking Our Fences Down
- The creation of space
- Relating to your daily life
- The openness of panoramic awareness
- Constant unmasking
- Discipline without ego