(picture: Adi Shankara – “Early 8th century philosopher and theologian from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.” -Wikipedia)
Happiness is freedom from all objects, including who you think you are
“What I need is an object that contains limitless happiness that I could possess and enjoy every minute of my life.” –James Swartz
MICHAEL: James’ quote highlights why no object can ultimately get the job done, i.e., give us what we are all looking for: unalloyed happiness. Note that this includes “yourself”, i.e., the person you think you are. Why? Because who you think you are, this idea, is an object to You and thus incapable of bringing abiding peace and happiness.
The veil is illusory
VEIL (noun): something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals. –dictionary.com
MICHAEL: The eternal light of our being remains veiled from us as long as we take ourselves to be limited to a time-bound body.
You have never come, gone or changed
“The knower of experience is not affected by experience. You don’t modify when any experience happens.” – James Swartz
MICHAEL: You, formless, changeless, unlimited, eternally free awareness, remain ever-present and untouched by all fleeting appearances/experiences. Note that you cannot think about awareness. Why? Because thought appears IN awareness as an object. Without awareness, you cannot have thought as what would be aware of thought??