Q. How may we see things as they are when we can only ever see things as they appear to be?
A. Don’t think that we see things as they appear to be, but know that we see things in our own way with our own angle of view. In other words, not that we see them as they appear to be, but that they appear to be as we see them.
A good example of our seeing things in our own way is that we have a lot of conflicting views about the same things in our life. We often dislike what others like and like what others don’t like. What is worse, once in a while our views are so conflicting as to cause real conflicts between individuals or nations. All of this happens not because things deceive us but because we deceive ourselves.
In order to see things as they are, you need to see yourself as you are prior to trying to see things as they are because you can see everything as it is only when you can see yourself as you are. Ask yourself what you are when your body is not you whenever you can.
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