Egolessness & Deliverance
This 27 page booklet by Nyanaponika Thera draws from the Buddha's words to show that happiness is possible in the present, through the annihilation of craving and aversion.
"That visible Nibbana has been lauded by those who attained to it as an unalloyed and unalienable happiness, as the highest solace, as the unspeakable relief of being freed from burden and bondage. A faint foretaste of it may be experienced in each act of joyful renunciation and in moments of serene detachment. To know oneself, if but temporarily and partially, to be free from the slavery of passions and the blindness of self-deception; to be master of oneself and to live and think in the light of knowledge, if but for a time and to a limited extent - these are not 'mere negative facts,' but the most positive and elevating experiences for those who know more than the fleeting and deceptive happiness of the senses." (Aṅguttara, II. viii), 26
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