Actually, it is not definition but logic.
As long as I am still subjected to the delusion (ie. not enlightened), the illusion will still be seen as real by me. Knowing so, it means that I need to get on a path that will take me out of the illusion.Which I must say, you've picked apart magnificently.
But you still haven't answered the question I posed (a very similar question also posed by path_of_one).
Assuming that everything is illusion, how does it change the way you live your life? If you got fired from your job yesterday, even though that was an illusion, you're still unemployed today.
As long as I am still subjected to the delusion (ie. not enlightened), the illusion will still be seen as real by me. Knowing so, it means that I need to get on a path that will take me out of the illusion.
Buddhism does not teach ontological non-duality. It merely says that the real reality that one "experiences" as a completely enlightened being is something that has no referent and therefore cannot be spoken of. Words like dual and non-dual, real and unreal, existing and non-existing, etc cannot be used to describe that reality.But then, does it follow that once you (or I, or anyone) is enlightened and "out of the illusion," we then experience non-duality ontologically? Or are we ever stuck in our cognition, in which case enlightenment is only meaningful as a shift in perspective, but not in any actual knowledge of true reality?
Does all that make any sense? I'm trying to say... if one is deluded, but it is possible to move beyond delusion and into enlightenment, then reality is knowable... at least by someone sufficiently awake.
As long as I am still subjected to the delusion (ie. not enlightened), the illusion will still be seen as real by me.
Simply stated, we must take care of our responsibilities in this world, but try to be emotionally unattached to those very responsibilites at the same time. The day will come when we leave this world, and the more we are emotionally attached to this world, the more likely we come right back here again (when our true goal is to move up to the next level).
Another version of that story is that we were taken hostage so as to animate the genetic creations of the "alleged gods" which they weren't able to get working properly without "living souls" within.The Soul is "active" by nature.
The soul was originally in the presence of God in Heaven ---when one time we thought to ourselves, "I'd like to be lord of all I survey" ---thus, we fell from the (internal) spriritual realm of 'Sat-Chit-Ananda' [Eternity-Knowledge-Bliss] where time does not exist; and entered the exterior Material energy [cyclical Created-Mantained-Destroyed].
The first birth in the material world is a the "Brahma", the first progenitor & engineer that is the head Demigod of each universerse, such as ours is.
At the end of Brahma's Life time, he attains emancipation/liberation ---or enters into the cycle of births and death [known as, samsara] ---and that is how we all took our first birth in this material world where time exists.
Here's a thought:
Truth frightens man.
So he plants illusion in the debris of his mind to hide himself from the light she brings.
His arguments defeat her wisdom.
In his preconceptions and prejudices he dictates, in advance, what form she must take, what garments she must wear; and because of this he often does not recognize her when they meet.
His illusion drives her from him.
Yet man still yearns and seeks for truth.
Which is the inherent nature of man, the inherent nature of intellect, itself.
It seeks to know.
But man is still frightened of truth and so takes solace in the false light of misconception (or myth-conception).
A good example of this is in the myriad of religions which we have.
Certainly, the fact that we have different ways of looking at the same thing will produce different reports, but to have radically different, even opposing and contradictory reports of the same thing show that man is subject to illusion.
So the I that experience existence as an illusion is not an illusion?But it's not the world, or existence that changes when you lose your delusion... only your understanding of it.
Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.Instead of saying "existence is an illusion" it would be more accurate to say "I experience existence as an illusion."
~ Ch'uan Teng Lu, (The Way of Zen)
I see a kiosk full of useless stuffMadison Avenue Advertisment Copywrighters Industry brainwashes the dull lay-abouts ---not the National heros that fought:
So the I that experience existence as an illusion is not an illusion?
The body that experiences existence is very real.
It's a tenuous, ever changing combination of physical and mental aspects that's only here for a brief period of time. But that doesn't make it an illusion. It just makes it transient. Delusion comes when we try to see this combination of cells, chemistry and mind as something more than that. But for this moment at least, while "I" still have some semblance of perception and cognition and physical presence, "I" am as real as anything else.
Nagarjuna's Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning
"Those who imputes arising and disintegration
With relation to conditioned things,
They do not understand well the movement
Of the wheel of dependent origination."