There is a story about an old Zen monk who was dying, who had finished everything and was about to get off the wheel. He was just floating away, free and in his pure Buddha-mind, when a thought passed by of a beautiful deer he had once seen in a field. And he held on to that thought for just a second because of its beauty, and immediately he took birth again as a deer. It’s as subtle as that.
It’s like when we begin to see the work that is to be done, and we go to an ashram or a monastery, or we hang out with Satsang. We surround ourselves with a community of beings who think the way we think. And then none of the stuff, the really hairy stuff inside ourselves, comes up. It all gets pushed underground. We can sit in a temple or a cave in India and get so holy, so clear and radiant, the light is pouring out of us. But when we come out of that cave, when we leave that supportive structure that worked with our strengths but seldom confronted us with our weaknesses, our old habit patterns tend to reappear, and we come back into the same old games, the games we were sure we had finished with. Because there were uncooked seeds, seeds of desires that sprout again the minute they are stimulated. We can stay in very holy places, and the seeds sit there dormant and uncooked. But there is fear in such individuals, because they know they’re still vulnerable.
Nothing goes under the rug. We can’t hide in our highness any more than we’ve hidden in our unworthiness. If we have finally decided we want God, we’ve got to give it all up. The process is one of keeping the ground as we go up, so we always have ground, so that we’re high and low at the same moment – that’s a tough game to learn, but it’s a very important one. So at the same moment that if I could, I would like to take us all up higher and higher, we see that the game isn’t to get high – the game is to get balanced and liberated.
Have a balanced weekend my friends, love life, be in peace and be thankful for who you are 🙂
Namaste with Love
Lovely post. In my desire to surrender to the spiritual path I have always been determined to never lose sight of our human condition. There has to be awareness, acceptance and full embracing of both.
I fully agree with that Sarah 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend _/\_ Mark
Thank you and same to you.
Be Happy. Love, David
I’m very happy my friend 🙂 You too 🙂
Well written Mark. Like all in this universe there is always opposites. Being one or the other creates that unbalance. Finding that balance is our journey.
Enjoying my see saw with the hope of finding that balance in my heart. Namaste
The balance is there Mark, sometimes I think we look too hard, when we learn to really let go of the quest/search, the jewel is revealed 🙂
True. I’ve tripped over my nose looking too hard on many occasions 😀
Me too my friend 🙂