Carmel wrote:Our sensory and mental perceptions are most definitely relevant.
We can only experience what is within our own consciousness.
Yes, but the method for understanding how things truly exist is not by looking for evidence through the senses, nor by religious instinct, but through logical thought.
I have no intention of worshipping "Ultimate Reality" like a god.
Why do you consider that statement relevant, given that you know the religious mindset is sans logical thought?
In fact, that was, in part, the point of notion of neither affirming nor rejecting any concept.
Well, this is fine so long as you accept that this cannot occur in practice without having driving with uncompromising rectitude against unreason. Only with that exacting, single-pointed will to truth
(the bias against untruth, the affirmation of truth alone), can there be real understanding. Enlightenment is not about simply floating passively with a random acceptance or tolerance of any thoughts, like allowing the absurd or total nonsense to directly steer one's progress.
I would liken a mental state that is conducive to "experiencing" "Ultimate Reality" metaphorically to holding sand in one's hand. If one grasps too tightly, the sand falls away, but if the palm is relaxed, neither grasping nor letting go completely, the sand remains.
The thing is, there is nothing to grasp. The very act of grasping means one hasn't yet cottoned on. ;-)
Equanimity, too, is a subtle delusion, for the same reason. One is trying to still, or clean, or control.