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#827a

June 7, 2016

Forgetfulness is a necessary aspect of ignorance. Forgetfulness not only forgets the truth, it also necessarily forgets the fullness of the sorrow and suffering of the ego illusion.

The ego does not let us see the entire ocean of human suffering because then we would realize how necessary it is to bring the ego to its final end. If we remembered all of the pain (sorrow and suffering) of human and animal existence, we would be desperate to bring the ego illusion to a final end. Forgetting the sorrow and suffering of the ego illusion is an ego preservation strategy.

Here I sit on my purple sofa in a beautiful home in a peaceful community. Although I am not rich by today’s standards, I have more than I need. My daughter is healthy and happy. This is a good life. This life can also be a trick of the ego, because this comfortable life, which affords fewer distractions and can be used to strive for the ego’s final end, is also full of forgetfulness and so lacks the intense desire to end the ego, which the remembrance of sorrow and suffering would bring.

What a trap! In a life full of war and disease we are too distracted by our problems to strive for the final end of the ego. During a lifetime when those problems do not exist as distractions, they are forgotten, so we do not have the intense motivation to strive for the final end of the ego. We are like Jesus’ rich man in the Bible, when Jesus says ” It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

From → #820-852, Step 4

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