Any ordinary family house in the city suburbs that it is presided over by a Spiritual Master takes on a new quietness, a holy stillness, a synthetic sacredness. It must become an exclusive and open channel for Her or His Holiness.
It is no longer a domestic niche for family and status: door lentils for measuring growth, carpets for wearing out, furniture for rearranging, beds to replace cots or wallpaper to be replaced to match recent trends. And it is not for her or his disciples to put down roots there as was intended, for their roots are already set in the Beloved who resides in paradise. They are pilgrims you see, and their residence, wherever it is, is a tent. They barely graze its structure.
It is not safe now for precious Masters to be outside the crowded tower blocks and urban sprawl. Gone are the…
Excessive rituals and doctrine are a sure sign that an organized religion is dying. They are beautiful and even alluring and we may be tempted to believe that they will make deep changes in us. But we are of the natural world and this kind of transformation brought about by exterior influences is completely unnatural. Some practitioners convince themselves that they are changed beyond their control. But the reality is that only we can make changes in our view because the world does not exist if we do not view it. Real change must come from inside and radiate outwards into the physical, material, visual world.
Nothing happens in the outside world, the world beyond our skin as we perceive it, without some inner root cause or change. Consequences. Shadows. Effects. All of these are the result of a stimulus in the unique consciousness of an individual.
We each have our unique ancient religion: that of the individual.
Why do humans lay such store by what they believe? ‘Belief’ seems to be the ‘real thing:’ it has the weight that makes ‘opinion’ flippant.
It asserts that something is true or exists, even in the invisible or unknown, which is converted into ‘faith.’ Then, you are forced to choose between faith and no faith, and each has its social consequences. This is the paraphernalia of belief.
But what you believe is of the Mind, born from thoughts which die the moment they are thought. It is a complex delusion because there is no ‘I’ to believe, and no other ‘I’ to believe in.
￼ Belief is fretted with arguments and comes from ignorance: it is actually hiding what you do not know.
When you know something, you just-know.
￼ The moment ‘you,’ the ‘believer,’ disappear, the divine enters because reality is One, not two.
5. Settle in the Nature of basic Cognition, the essence. Relax. Do nothing.
Above are the first 5 points covered in previous daily posts. Read them calmly and swallow them into your unconscious mind. It is of no matter if you cannot ‘recall’ them or feel you ‘understand’ them completely: ‘recall’ and ‘understanding’ are functions of Mind and as we can see above, Mind is Barrier. Instead, just inhale the fragrance of them.
Those are Atisha’s Points so far. Keep these gems close to your heart not in your memory like knowledge! Feel the effect they have as you read them once more.
Point 3: Examine the Nature of Unborn Awareness
You have experienced going beyond subject and object now. Now you know there is more to existence than just knowledge and thoughts. You have a tiny glimpse of your higher mind, your consciousness, your full awareness – an unaccustomed feeling of awe, of the unknown perhaps.
Your awareness is a crystal mirror, so look deeply into it pushing yourself to be as aware as possible, and you will speed away from any habitual thinking…