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William Shakespeare

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:02 am
by ashley72
What was Shakespeare pointing to when he referred to a man's glassy essence?

"But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he ’s most assured,
His glassy essence
, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep."
~ William Shakespeare

The words that proceed from the conscious absence of that ape-like head come straight from the translucently clear essence itself.

Re: William Shakespeare

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 3:43 am
by karmarider
The bard clearly had the insight of the awakened. One of my favorite of his quotations is:
...for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so...

Re: William Shakespeare

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 4:44 am
by kiki
I really feel he was referring to one's true nature, and how totally unaware people are of what that is. I've loved that quote for many years and committed it to memory.

Re: William Shakespeare

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:48 am
by ashley72
Thanks for the comments. I'll leave you with this....

"To be or not to be, that is the question". ~ Shakespeare.

Douglas Harding, arguably the
Shakespeare of our time, gave the following great answer to Shakespeare's great question:

"To be and not to be: that is the answer." ~ D. E. Harding

Re: William Shakespeare

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 10:14 am
by Golf
ashley72 wrote:"But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he ’s most assured,
His glassy essence
, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep."
~ William Shakespeare
His glassy essence might have been the frailty and impermanence of man and his things; all he boasts about can (and will) just shatter one day.
But if we see it that way, if he then became not ignorant that all is impermanent... like Tolle would say, "he'd be one step away from despair, or from enlightenment".

I'm sure Shakespeare had a "grasp" on this stuff, maybe more intuitively than we who do all this logical analysis, since we now have all those books and teachings at our disposal.
"To be and not to be: that is the answer." ~ D. E. Harding
.... :o