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Q295. Shouldn’t I remove not only illusions but also the true-self since illusions are the true-self?

A. Of course, you should remove the true-self, too if you can. You should remove not only the true-self but also your mother and father. Only when have you removed all of them can you see the true-self and the true form of your parents.


Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way, will not be worthy of me.” Ancient Masters also said, “If you are to see the Buddha, kill Buddha.”


Why did Jesus tell people to hate their parents while saying that we should love our neighbours as ourselves? Why did Masters talk people into killing Buddha while teaching how to see Buddha? Both advised us to remove names, which are just imaginary lines.





When we say ‘the true-self’, the name ‘true-self’ is not the true-self but only a label used to express the true-self. The more important a thing is to you, the more difficult its name is to remove. So, Masters would say that the more reasonable a comment sounds, the more firmly it will stick to you.


You should remove all names, or labels, whatever they are and no matter how important they look to you.

©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

1 thought on “Q295. Shouldn’t I remove not only illusions but also the true-self since illusions are the true-self?”

  1. To try and remove all illusions including True Self is also an illusion.
    The illusions/True Self are not the problem.
    The problem is how we see them.
    When we see clearly — there is no problem.


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