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All the way home

“I am wiser than this man; it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he to this small extent, that I do not think I know what I do not know.”

Was Socrates a Buddhist? Or does this just prove my theory that all roads to illumination lead to the same, universal place of truth and light? Every religion, every poet, every philosopher, every artist, has been tapping into the same timeless wisdom that some Buddhists refer to as the “Big Mind” and some mystics refer to as enlightenment. I looked it up on Wikipedia…

Differing religious traditions have described this fundamental mystical experience in different ways:

Enlightenment or Illumination are generic English terms for the phenomenon, derived from the Latin illuminatio (applied to Christian prayer in the 15th century) and adopted in English translations of Buddhist texts, but used loosely to describe the state of mystical attainment regardless of faith.Entheogens have been traditionally used by many from various religions and cultures throughout the majority of every region of the world to help assist one with Mysticism.

It appears as though it’s not my privately held belief that all paths lead to the same way home.

Socrates was indeed a mystic, if you research his work and the testimonies of his associates and disciples of the time in which he existed. He, like the Buddha, was a seeker of truth, and a lover of wisdom. He, like the Buddha, firmly espoused testing and challenging the subtlety of experience and truth, probing beyond the superficial and truly piercing into the heart of what was truly being experienced. He also pointed out that the things we feared most lay in the future or had roots in the past, but that the present was neither fixed and always changing. Most of us have heard at least this quote, even if we never read Plato’s Republic or Symposium (which I dimly recall reading in my first philosophy class, igniting my love of the subject): “…the unexamined life is not worth living.” Does this not seem strikingly similar to the methods of Shakyamuni Buddha?

Or, in my everyday tongue:

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried…
“Wee wee wee” all the way home…

The more I learn, the less I know, but I do know this: All paths will take you home. Good luck on your journey, my friends.

I love you all.

Love,

S.

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