"The essence of all eastern philosophy
is that suffering comes from
being focused on the ego,
the sense of an individual separate 'I'  

By remaining focused on this 'me'
with all of it's desires,
fears and problems,
you lose touch
with the infinite peace, bliss and love
that exists beyond the ego.  

That is why all Yogas
(all paths to realizing the Absolute)
have to do with focusing away from the ego.  
Bhakti Yoga focuses on God
through devotion.
Karma Yoga focuses on serving others.
Kriya Yoga focuses on prana
using breathing techniques
just to name a few.  

While western philosophy
places it's importance on the individual 'me'
through self analysis and self improvement,
eastern teaching points to dropping all of this
to focus on that which is beyond ego.  

Even western philosophy agrees
that you become whatever you focus on.  

So if you are focused on 'my problems, my desires,'
then this will be your world.  

But if your focus was totally on the absolute,
then the absolute would be your world.  

Saying this,
then the fastest and most direct method
to self realization would be
to completely focus on a technique
that awakens in you the experience of peace,
bliss and freedom
and then to focus so completely on this bliss
that there is no room for you as an ego to exist.  

Someone coming from a western perspective
tastes the bliss but goes no further than the experience
'I am blissful, I have bliss.'  

But if you were to be so humbly devoted
to that bliss that it consumes you,
then you would melt into that bliss,
you would realize the truth
that bliss is what you are.

The technique is not so important
as long as it awakens the bliss
that exists beyond yourself.  

While many are busy analyzing 
all techniques methods and teachers,
there is a woman
who sits by a river somewhere in India
chanting one word repeatedly
that to her means the absolute.  

And simply by repeating the name
over and over in complete devotion,
she realizes the absolute.  

Rather than looking to get bliss
she gave herself to bliss
and so for her enlightenment was inevitable.  

There really is no secret to it,
it is simply where you put your attention.    


Blessings,    


Kip"


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