“….freedom from the fundamental disability of egosim.”

In his memorial to Aldous Huxley (“The Divine Within”), Huston Smith writes of getting Aldous for a series of public lectures at MIT in 1960.

Huston writes that “the audience….grew until by midpoint in the series the Boston Police Department had to augment its force on Wednesday evenings to manage traffic that had backed up from Cambridge across the Charles River.”

When he pointed this out as a tribute, “Huxley characteristically disclaimed it.”

In later years, “he [Aldous] lost his reputation with highbrows”, but this did not disturb him because “Not needing triumph, adulation, or disciples, he could bypass them for truth.”

“He could bypass them,” Huston writes, “because he had so little egoism.”

Aldous a “devotee” of Swami Prabhavananda (a monk of the Ramakrishma Order), and a friend of J Krishnamurti, held this as the aim life. In the words of Aldous, the aim of life is

“obtaining….freedom from the fundamental disability of egosim.”

Erwin Schrodinger, the Physics Nobel Laureate, contemporary of Einstein, who laid some of the deepest foundations of Quantum Theory, writes in a chapter titled “The Vedantic Vision” (in his book “My View of the World” translated by Cecily Hastings) that this freedom leads to a recognition that “this life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is in a certain sense the whole.”

Erwin goes on to give us these stunning lines. “This….is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear:Tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as ‘….I am this whole world’.”

Erwin adds — “Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched out upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you. You are as firmly established, as invulnerable as she, indeed a thousand times firmer and more invulnerable.”

Peace 😊

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