Thursday Dec 25, 2003

Face to Face

In his book, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue writes: “The Bible says that no one can see God and live. In a transferred sense, no person can see himself and live. All you can ever achieve is a sense of your soul.”

When you see your own self for the first time without the veneer of self-indulgence and ego, the old stereotypical you dies, and the soul in you emerges. To be reborn is the recurring theme in many belief systems. To see your own self as you truly are is also a theme in literature. In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka wrote a nightmarish tale about a man who wakes up one morning to discover he is an insect—a metaphor for seeing you own self as you are without the veil of illusion, which is a pillar of reincarnation and Buddhism.

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