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In previous part 20, we demonstrated how superimposition produces a genuine response in the world.

Despite the value-neutral status of rope – the victim jumps in fear, mistaking it as a snake.

Thereafter, whatever conclusions the victim makes, are based on a false projection.

Victim will even write a story and post it on social media. If it's captivating enough, story is shared by thousands through the decades.

Some stories even turn into a New York Times Best Seller – read by millions. Passing it on to the next generation.

In course of time, one false projection has become the new-normal in society.

Ignorance indeed is most contagious. Beginningless.

But what causes ignorance? This is students next inquiry…

“Why do we project? What is the cause of the many superimpositions?”

” Partial knowledge and partial ignorance are the causes for our projections.

If there is total ignorance, no projection is possible.

When you know a certain ‘something' IS, but do not know exactly what it is. This is the point where error occurs.

The ‘something' is the base for projections to take place.

The rope was the base. Snake, a projection.

If we look at ourselves unwittingly, we commit this mistake.

For example, what is this upon first glance…

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Suppose it's a cowboy looking to the right, then you superimposed the grandma on the cowboy. And vice-verse if the base is grandma, but you projected the cowboy.

When amplified to daily circumstances, projection is a fatal flaw that binds us to the never ending loop of life.

From total freedom to bondage, from light into darkness — is just a step away from knowledge — into a world of not-knowing-ness.

We do not know who or what we are.

I know that I am, that I exist, that I am a conscious being.

But I do not know I am Limitless Consciousness – identifying with my physical-mental self.

I am the body-mind, and the body-mind is I.

This is the beginingless misapprehension of our identity.

We take the subject (consciousness) as an object (body-mind). And the object as the subject.

Scientists are in the same boat — attempting to understand consciousness, as though it's an object of thesis.

We take the real as the dependent. And the dependent as the real.

In all cases, our not-knowingess limits the Limitless.

A potent mixture of knowledge and ignorance is indeed the cause of all projections.

For example…

We label ourselves to suit the body-mind status.

I am fat, thin, tall, short.

I am happy, sad, angry, calm.

I am successful, a failure.

All false identifies!

Maya's two-fold power is at work.

Veiling the truth and projecting the empirical world of duality.

Mesmerizing by it's magic, we take the world to be real.

Until serendipitous we cross path with a sage, a master who opens our eyes to what is real and what is not. ”

 

Conversation continues in part 22, naturally student is going to ask about nature of māyā's projecting power…

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