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What do you think of Buddha's quote "He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings.."?

“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings and all beings in his own self”
What do you think Buddha meant when he said this? Have you ever gotten an extreme sense of peace when realizing you are not separate from everyone and everything, realizing you and everything are completely interdependent upon each other, and realized everyone and everything is a part of you?

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  1. you know what, I am really curious to see how many atheists angrily answer this question. Not to hijack your question, but it seems to me that the angry atheists on here don’t bother insulting buddha by likening him to the tooth fairy or santa clause…but rather only jesus in christianity.
    To actually answer your question: I think it means that all things/beings are connected. Once you understand this you will GET that YOU are the centre of the universe, as well as the universe being the centre of you. Everything is connected.
    BTW I LOVE buddhism!!!!

  2. This is one of the quotes that I think is a bit off. What I take from it is that once you begin to understand the nature of a human being and of the world we live in, many people begin to have value to you, and you can pursue your self-interest by helping them. I don’t, however, think that this applies to everyone. That odd sentiment probably springs from some of Buddhism’s more dubious premises.

  3. I think Buddha’s quote means nothing, nice but totally void of purpose.
    I received peace when I accepted Jesus as Saviour, I became one with Christ, Christ in me and I in Him.

  4. I think he meant exactly what he said, and I’ve known for some time that feeling and that unity. I think you’d have to be blind to live with Nature and close to Nature and not feel it in everything and in yourself. Even though this is the first time I’ve ever read that quote I know exactly what it means, I feel it all the time. I think I answered a question of yours a while ago where I tried to explain how it makes a difference in someone where compassion is concerned. Unity breeds empathy, separation breeds sympathy.

  5. I read the Secret and around page 166 I got this weird feeling that I was the ONLY person here and then the book went on to prove it. The fact is that we are ALL running our own worlds and that we are the Gods of our world. And yet, at the same time, we ALL solve things in roughly the same manner and when we do things we all do them similarly. So the word namaste is very fitting. I am you and you are me … we are one.
    When I see a deer or a coyote out here in the desert I like to look at them and get a feeling of what they are thinking at the time. I once saw a butterfly flying around in my backyard and i went close to him and put my arm out. He landed on my hand and was twisting his antenna all over the place, probably trying to communicate with me I figured. I got the feeling that he was asking how I was doing and exactly what I was and I told him I was fine and a human but I would not hurt him. He hung around for a bit and then said goodbye and flew off.
    I should also mention that I’m an Empathic Shaman so speaking with animals has always been easy for me.
    I AM
    dartagnon

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