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  • “So then, here’s the drama. My metaphysics, let me be perfectly frank with you, are that there is the central Self, you could call it God, you could call it anything you like. And It is all of us. It is playing all the parts of all beings whatsoever, everywhere, and anywhere. And It is playing the game of hide and seek with Itself. It gets lost, It gets involved in the farther out adventures, but in the end It always wakes up, and comes back to Itself. And when you’re ready to wake up, you’re going to wake up. And if you’re not ready you’re going to stay pretending that you are just a poor little me. You won’t wake up until you feel you’ve paid a price for it. The guilt one feels, the anxiety, is simply the way one experiences the guilt of keeping the game of disguise going on. You say to yourself, ‘I won’t wake up until I feel I deserve it. I won’t wake up until I’ve made it difficult.’ When I feel it has been sufficiently arduous, then I may at last admit to myself who I really am, draw aside the veil, and realize that after all, when all is said and done, I am that I am. Which is the name of God. As they say in Zen, when you attain satori, nothing is left you but to have a good laugh. So it’s a question fundamentally, do you define yourself as a victim of the world or as the world?”

    -- Alan Watts

    Alan Watts comes very close to Indian Philosophy on Self and the Universe.
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