Sep 28

The Mystery

(This piece is just a snippet from the introduction to one of the two books I’m writing at the moment. It’s called: “Tranquility’s Secret — The Autogenous Resonance of Selfless Naturing” The practice alluded to is the one I spontaneously started using as a 5 year-old child.)

avalokitesvaraAnd yet, the mystery is why? Even though it was praised as the most effective meditation technique of all by Manjushri, and was the one that Gautama Buddha himself used to reach full enlightenment, as well as Avalokiteśvara—the embodiment of compassion in Buddhism—it isn’t practiced anymore.

Perhaps it is because, as Manjushri himself explained, this one is the only practice that succeeds even in the absence of all Dharma, because this technique works directly with the original source of all such teachings—in fact, is the source of everything—the Dharmadhatu—so no teacher is needed. The support used is not a contingent or compounded evanescent phenomenon. This is why all Buddhas reach enlightenment through this technique alone—in the absence of any (true, uncorrupted) Dharma, how could anyone reach enlightenment using a technique that is dependent upon its presence? Given this technique’s self-supporting nature then, what tradition should be built upon it? What teacher would be in demand to teach it, beyond a brief introduction?

Or perhaps it is because we have been so turned away from believing in our own experience, in having faith in our own heartfelt wisdom, that we can’t fathom the idea that we can actually transform ourselves—literally—by turning toward something so close to us that we don’t even notice it anymore, or if we do, we think there is something wrong with us and seek out medical assistance.

I feel that the only thing that will save humanity from the inevitable end it has orchestrated for itself, is for this practice to be available to anyone willing to make the effort to free themselves from the tyranny of believing that we are nothing more than an accident of material processes, or the plaything of a ruler in some heaven above us—images inculcated into us by masters of manipulation masquerading as the conduits for heavenly knowledge.

The world needs a cohort of compassionate people to show us a different way forward, to inoculate us against the diseases of greed and egotistical uncaring—we need to rise above the sociopathic behaviors that are expected of us by our society—and we need to learn how to manifest self-less loving compassion.

We don’t need to become fully enlightened buddhas to do that. This practice transforms you. It changes even your DNA (all meditation does). And you have no control over that. Use this practice and your focus will no longer be centered within your self-concerns, and indeed no longer confined within your self. It may take you a thousand lifetimes, as the Buddhists say, to reach buddhahood; but in the meantime, in this very life, you can become a being of light and loving compassion to everyone around you.

Blaming man for the creation of “God” is terribly misleading. Humanity is the victim, not the perpetrator—because along with the concept of “God” came the authorities who elected themselves to speak for “God”.

I’ve heard it said that once we were free to grow and transform ourselves while living in accordance with the rest of nature. Today, we are enchained to the idea of leaders, authorities, and experts who we must listen to and whose wisdom we must defer to, while internalizing our own impotence to do the right thing, because anyone who follows their heart is a fool, we are told. Look at history; look at the world around you; look at the news tomorrow—we all know where following authorities gets us!

So where did this idea of “God” come from? Every human heart contains a seed of the truth in the form of wonder and awe. Humans can look out upon their world and the greater universe and understand completely that there is something greater than themselves, without listening to the intermediaries telling them they are wrong. We can feel the awe in “awesome.” We can stand in wonder at it and seek our own answers, stirring that seed in our heart into life.

But people like that are hard to rule; hard to manipulate; so the very idea of self-transformation was first demonized by organized religion, and today ridiculed by scientism, forever stuck in its mechanical view of the universe. What was once deemed “demonic” is today seen as “misinformed nonsense” by the authorities—even as they are forced to recognize some aspects of ancient transformational practices because their positive results are just too visible. Yoga is ok, as long as it is only practiced for physical well-being and not its original purpose of reaching enlightenment. Meditation is great for reducing stress, managing pain, and obtaining “mindfulness”; but whatever you do, don’t talk about the transformational power of meditational experiences and insights. In fact, today, it is those very real meditational experiences that are the focus of scientific studies on the “dangers of meditation”.

You may think humanity has made progress because we are no longer ruled by fear; but today we are still ruled by it—all the old fears still lie in wait for us, wielded by some authority or other against us, as well as the new fear of ridicule, wielded by the ‘experts’.

Rather than facilitating a focus on self-transformation, our time—our lives—are directed to fighting for everything. For food, for comfort, for “truth”, and for “happiness”—we are sacrificed in the internecine wars and conflicts of the authorities who speak for God, or Science, or Truth, or Justice…

But God doesn’t need a spokesperson, and it doesn’t matter if your understanding is that “God” and “Nature” are the same thing, or that there is a “greater force” at work in the universe. Look around you, feel what’s in your heart. What need is there for cheap human words in the face of such awe and wonder, once we free ourselves of doubt?

Nor is Science an authority—“science” is a method to find practical truths, the little brothers of the Absolute Truth which lies always just beyond our grasp. And that is the wonder of it.

And that Absolute Truth? It’s signature is everywhere. We are that Truth too. So why would we need any intermediary to spin us some illusion as they send us on the way to our deaths? Isn’t it enough that we nurture the seed that is already planted in our hearts? Why is that a scary thought for most people today?
So, paraphrasing a Buddhist aphorism, if you meet an authority on the road one day, kill them—it’s a metaphor for the process of transforming ourselves, leaving behind the fears and illusions that we have been taught to live by, forgetting all the ideas that limit us, and the idols we have been told to honor, and turning our attention to what is in our heart, feeling the awe and wonder that is our gift.

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