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THE ILLUSION OF SELF:RECLAIMING THE SELF

Each night when we sleep, we travel in a world of dreams and illusions. Some says that the dreams come to be true or we can say that the illusionistic world has come into reality.Illusion is nothing more than deceptive impressions or appearances. Most of us has an illusion of “self”.The whole day the work we perceive, the thoughts that comes into our mind and each and everything shows our internal soul how the way we are.All these gets collected into our mind and at night when we go to sleep, we try to get the things that we are not able to get into reality into our illusionary world of dreams. The next morning when we wake up ,we had travelled miles of distances from our world of “self illusion” to the world of reality which makes us conscious. The bright light of the sun, the cold wind blowing, the chirping of the birds and infact the coziness of your partner makes you fell sentient. As the dawn comes ant we feel drowsy,we get down to to awake as what we are. The unfulfilled dreams and desires of ours sits quietly in a corner of our heart and when vigilance grows,we develop the sense of having a past and the idea of “you” emerges. This includes "your joys,your sorrows,your sorrows,your desires,your identity" and this turns into "I: which ultimately turns into "me" in the sub-conscious mind. We start gathering the memories of the past that we want to live again and the plans of future are reformed. We perceive ourselves in a world of illusion until we get the realization that we have to wake up to perform our work.


While we are slept and we get nature's call,we get upon and while going towards washroom,we suddenly see ourselves into the mirror it seems that it is someone else.That else is what some people assume to be "self".But what really is "self".Does it really exist ... well I think it's not.The concept of self is nothing more than a story that our brain tells to itself.The brain creates a narrative illusionary image of being "self" in some part of the sub conscious mind and takes it to the conscious mind where the human develops the feeling of being "self".If we talk about a monitor,it is just a monitor and not a computer system. If we talk a about a mouse,it again is not a computer system, if we talk about CPU,if is again is not a complete computer system.But when we talk about a computer system,all these components automatically comes into existence but computer system as alone is nothing without these components.Same is the case with "self".We , the humans are basically a machine where our organs are the components of the machine.The machine is constituted of a body and there occur changes in body so how could it be self.The machine thinks, feels and all these are subjected to change.So without all these components how we could speak about the word "self".So self is just a story and it is "you" whatever happens in your brain .

Alan Watts once said,"FOR AS THE SNAIL AND THE TORTOISE WITHDRAW INTO THEIR SHELLS,MAN RETIRES INTO HIS CASTLES OF ILLUSION."

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