Three mid-winter haiku.
winter in my hut
drafts shivering the rainbows
I sit with my tea
thoughts and thinker? wrong
thoughts-thinker-thinking: all one!
pop goes the poseur
zafu guru says
two thoughts cannot co-exist
I dive in the gap
Painting by Rengetsu – Uji River Teapot Scroll
Source – The Rengetsu Circle
is either ‘for’ or ‘against’
your being free
one of my teachers sagely pointed out
that everything is definitely ‘against’
then along came another who shook
her curls and laughed:
it’s all set up for your delight!
how could you bear to miss one morsel?
they were both right of course –
it all depends on whether one’s view
is from the look-out of ‘me + world’
or ‘me = world’
in their compassion and kindness
both gave me the key
to the secret of secrets:
you get to decide which look-out you’ll accept
and which version of the Game you’ll play
you get to decide
[That’s the Game in a nutshell. Which version are you playing?]
the notion that one is a dreamer within a dream
can be a subtle refuge for a self still seeking spiritual identification
self-as-dreamer is no different from self-as-‘real’-person:
self-remembering . . .
the entertainment never ends!
self is an infinitely mutating mental virus
but it’s also IT, and ‘I’ is IT to a T
(they don’t call this wisdom ‘crazy’ without good reason . . .)
“Advaita adherents are mushrooming everywhere, because it is largely an intellectual philosophy that one can embrace without changing one’s life.”
(quote probably taken from internet … too long ago to remember)
understanding of the first word renders the remainder of the statement meaningless:
Advaita means non-duality
it contends that pure Awareness is all there is – a claim that’s easily verified for oneself
and once verified, one’s left in head-shaking bemusement –
where are all these ‘adherents’ to be found?
exactly who does all this ’embracing?’
and who could exist independently, to change ‘their’ life?
it might be more accurate to say that Advaita appeals to intelligence rather than the intellect
perhaps … but idle speculation nonetheless
what ‘appears’ to happen is that even one wideawake peek into the unarguable logic of non-duality changes everything
without ‘you’ doing diddlysquat