A householder or a guest?

"The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every [morning] a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond." — Jellaludin Rumi

What if a self - an owner of experience - cannot be found in the stream of consciousness? What if the sense of self is just a guest that comes and goes? A guest that may have been mistaken for an owner? Every time this guest arrives its as if they had never left the scene - great wonder. Its only when their absence is sustained while life goes on that the penny-drops.

The stories we live by are a ‘made-up’ world. Personal stories can be interesting, tragic, absurd etc. but they do not give rise to Nibbanic peace, contentment with little, serenity and true happiness. We are not who we think we are?

“O house builder, you have been seen;
You shall not build the house again.
Your rafters have been broken up,
Your ridgepole is demolished too.” - the Buddha

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Avijja down through to dukkha has built the house. Little do we realize we are merely pixels on an image on a TV screen in that house!

The teachings reveal the step-by-step process. That which leads to the cessation of self-view.

The simile of the tadpole:

“As you all would know, a tadpole born in a lake lived in the lake all its life will never be able to understand what water is because it’s been around it all the time. Surely it may understand the ripples and the currents in the water, maybe the temperature of the water, some aspects of the water but not what water truly is. How can you when its been there with you all the time. But with a tadpole as we all know, one day the tadpole will grow its legs and grow into a frog and leaves the pond for the first time. But it is only when the tadpole leaves its pond when it know what water is. Can know its true nature. This is a problem with the delusion of human beings. Sometimes is needed for some astronaut to actually leave the planet to be able to get the view from hundred thousand miles away, to be able to see just what this planet really looks like and send images back to us so we can get our perspective of what it’s like when we leave our [home] and our area where we usually have our experience. …” - Ajahn Brahm