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Memory makes you miserable!
Memory makes you miserable or wise. Memories of events and experiences of the changing finite world bind you but memory of your nature liberates you. Memories of the ever-changing relative – however good or bad – bring bondage. Memory of the non-changing self elevates awareness.
Memories of past events and worldly concerns constrict the vastness of the Self. It is all a matter of where you are, of what you are. If you are ignorant, it is because of your memory.
If you are enlightened, it is because of your memory. Forgetfulness of the infinite is misery. Forgetfulness of the trivial is ecstasy.
Question: “How do we let go of unpleasant memories and limitations?” Know the impermanent nature of the world and events. Know that past events do not exist in the present. Accept the past as it was. Be dispassionate and centered. Do service to the noble. Increase prana – the vital breath, the force of life. Be in the presence of Divine company. Go to the moon.