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Q. Some people who experienced the true-Self still encounter many problems afterwards. Does this mean that the initial experience was not genuine?

Q. Some people who experienced the true-Self still encounter many problems afterwards. Does this mean that the initial experience was not genuine?

A. To experience the true-Self doesn’t mean to change the world itself where you live but means to change your view of the world. So, in other words, you still can encounter a lot of problems afterwards but the way you see them is different from how it used to be after experiencing the true-Self.

For example, the classical music from your neighbouring house is a very irritating noise to you when you know nothing about classical music. However, the same music sounds so beautiful that you come to admire it once you have an ear for classical music. The music that used to be a problem is now a pleasure.

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In the same way that music which sounded noisy when you couldn’t understand it now sounds beautiful to you after mastering how to appreciate it. Likewise, the same world around you looks different after you experience the true-Self because your view is changed.

So, if they still have the same view of things as they did before the experience, the experience they had was not the experience of enlightenment but that of a minor change.

©Boo Ahm

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