No one can give it to you. No one can prevent you.
No one can give you wisdom or understanding. No one can keep you from it if you are sincere and earnest and persevere. What your deepest and truest motivations are will determine what comes to you in spiritual life. Lets face it, 90% of everything in human dealings is bullshit, and that includes spiritual life. There is endless ego inflation, power tripping and games of status, uninspected dogma, enshrined hope and fear, consumerism, commodification of the sublime, sham emperor’s new clothes cons. But conventional life and suffering is no better and the heart insistently longs into the divine . . . and there are true paths, true teachers, preceptors, spiritual adepts, gurus.
Life is a paradox of suffering and joy. The Work and the teachings, in all of its 84,000 styles, is a key which unlocks the mysterious doorway into Buddha Nature. It is like Alexander slicing through the Gordian knot in one fell swoop.
Realize the Unborn and life is a play of beauty and heartbreak and always free. Perfect as one, perfect as two, perfect as many.
“Free from being one, free from being many, and
without limit or center—that is the nature as it is.”
Always your own mind is, in essence, Unborn. It is outside of birth and death. It is free from coming and going, meeting and parting, suffering and joy. It is the Love beyond love and hate. It is radiant emptiness.
From this radiant emptiness all appearances appear and yet are empty. Emptiness is untouchable vast open no-thing-ness and yet it appears! How wondrous this mystery! How astounding this wonder!
The relative mind perceiving itself, caught in Samsara must turn away from sham consolations and burn with a fire of longing to realize the Unborn. Do not be satisfied with shallow verbiage, intellectual Dzogchen, verbose Advaita. No amount of concepts about freedom equal freedom. There is so very much jaded cynicism these days due to the emperor's new clothes faddism.
To abide free from characteristics, to rest in the ease devoid of conceptual elaboration, you can recognize the freedom as one and the freedom as two. Those lost in the concepts of one or two cannot.
I am inviting you to set aside the fretful grasping after sham quick fixes and truly take up the Great Way. There are so many methods, like the variegated colors of the peacock’s tail. Find a master who can teach you and then embrace the method suited to your mind and disposition. Be willing to risk it all and dive in. Be like the heroic practitioners of old and set aside worldly concern – even if in the midst of the world.
Swallow the great question like a molten iron ball and let it burn inside your gut. The ancient way which brings freedom is not lost so long as a single realized being is alive – this is my guarantee. I speak for the efficacy of the path. I speak for the beauty of its way and the imminent possibility. I am an invitation to that possibility. I don’t want your sycophantic kiss ass dependency as devotion – that makes a slave out of you and every slave hates their master. I don’t want your money. I’m not trying to build an empire or even an organization. I don’t even want you to believe me – I am just a voice in the wilderness of conventionality proclaiming the power and accuracy of the ancient way. Out of gratitude, for it was given freely to me and should be given freely to whomsoever truly longs for it.
Your life is your question. It is yours. No one else can answer it. No one else can relieve you from the need to answer it. No one else can prevent you from answering it. Spiritual life is the ultimate meritocracy . . . no human or other agency can give or take, sell or buy, its offering. Truth is self-revealed to those who cease to keep Truth self-secret. What is important is that in all times and in all places, those who have discovered the way, walked it, enjoyed its fruit, made this offering to one and all. Now what will you do with it? - t.k., teachings 1996, Europe