*“ON SEEING through the illusion of the ego, it becomes impossible to think of oneself as better than, or superior to others for having done so. In every direction there is just the one Self playing its myriad games of hide and seek.
Birds are not better than the eggs from which they have hatched. Indeed it could be said that a bird is one egg’s way of becoming other eggs. Egg is ego and bird is the liberated Self. There is a Hindu myth of the Self as a divine swan which laid the egg from which the world was hatched.
That’s not to say that you should break out of your shell. Sometimes, somehow, you (the real you, the Self) will do it anyhow, but it is not impossible that the play of the +‘Self of the world’ will be to remain unawakened in most of its human disguises.
Another Hindu myth says that as time goes on, life in the world gets worse and worse until it is destroyed by fire. There follows, says the myth, 4,320,000 years of total peace during which the Self is just itself and does not play hide and seek.
And then the game begins again, starting off as a universe of perfect splendour which begins to deteriorate only after 1,728,000 years, and every round of the game is so designed that the forces of darkness present themselves for only one third of the time, enjoying at the end a brief but quite illusory triumph.
Remember, this story of the cycles of the world’s appearance and disappearance is myth, not science, parable rather than prophecy. It is a way of illustrating the idea that the universe is like the game of hide and seek”…
Dan’s Quote: “Should we then strive to awaken from the ego illusion and save the world?
______________No! It’s just a game of hide and seek….. remember?”
*Edited excerpt from ‘The Book on The Taboo against knowing who you are’ – Alan Watts 1966.
+Alan Watts’ more user friendly term for ‘God.’