We fall down and down, until we touch the ground, until we relate with the basic sanity of the earth.
We become the lowest of the low, the smallest of the small, a grain of sand, perfectly simple, no exceptions….
If you are a grain of sand, the rest of the universe, all the space. all the room is yours, because you obstruct nothing, overcrowd nothing, possess nothing.
There is tremendous openness.
You are the emperor of the universe because you are a grain of sand.
Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
Yoga means that now there is no hope, now there is no future, now there is are no desires. One is ready to know what is. One is not interested in what can be, what should be, what ought to be. One is not interested! One is interested only in that which is because only the real can free you, only the reality can become liberation.
Total despair is needed. That despair is called dukkha by Buddha. And if you are really in misery, don’t hope, because your hope will only prolong the misery. Your hope is a drug. It can help you to reach death only nowhere else. All your hopes can lead you only to death.
Become totally hopeless, no future, no hope. Difficult. Needs courage to face the real. But such a moment comes to everyone some time or another. A moment comes to every human being when he feels total hopelessness. Absolute meaninglessness happens to him. When he becomes aware that whatsoever he is doing is useless, wheresoever he is going, he is going nowhere, all his life is meaningless, suddenly hopes drop, future drops, and for the time you are face to face with the reality… When you are not moving into the future, not moving toward the past then you start moving within yourself, because your being is is here and now. You are present here and now. You can enter this reality.
Bhagwan S. Rajneesh his comments on the Yogasutras
In addition to the mind, body, and personality, yoga teaches that the true home of the soul is also beyond time and space, in the external now of consciousness. When we live disconnected from the vast roots of the Self, We suffer. Self is capitalized here because it refers to the divine, awake, free self. Giving the yogic view of our predicament, it’s not surprising that we are often so estranged, that we feel unreal, that we feel disconnected from our center. That is precisely our condition.
The classical “scriptures” identify five “afflictions” or kleshas, five conditioned beliefs and behaviors that keep us bound to ” gross apparent reality.” They are:
Ignorance, I-ness, Attraction, Aversion, Clinging to life, and fear of death.
Ignorance is the ground from which all other afflictions spring. Out of Ignorance arises I-ness the belief in and clinging to a separate, solid, “small s” self. Out of the I-ness arise attraction and aversion, our complete identification with our likes and dislikes. And out of this inevitably arises clinging to life and fear of death, a deluded and desperate desire for life to be small, neat, permanent, and solid rather than vast, incomprehensible, impermanent, and discontinuous as it really is.
In addition to the five afflictions, the scriptures also identify four erroneous beliefs that sustain the delusion of the kleshas. These are:
The belief in the permanence of objects, The belief in the ultimate reality of the body, The belief that our state of suffering IS REALLY HAPPINESS, and The belief that our bodies, minds, and feelings are our true selves.
On the night of his final enlightenment, even the Buddha had to call on the power of the Earth goddess, the divine Shakti, for help with the forces of Mara/s, the dark powers of delusion. Buddha touched the ground where he sat. “This Earth,” he said, “is my witness.” This statement could be taken further: this Earth is my family member, my sister, myself.
Demonic Forces: The Four Maras
- To make one ecstatic (dga’-byed)
- To make one crave (sred-byed)
- To make one stupefied (rmongs-byed), which perhaps suggests making one spaced out or senile
- To make one thin, emaciated and dried out (skem-byed), which, in this context, could mean worn out, hungry, and thirsty, so that one gives up meditation. In other contexts, perhaps it is the work of Mara that we become dried out and have no moisture of compassion.
- To make one dead (‘chi-byed), which, in this context, could perhaps make Shiva worry that he will die while meditating, so being afraid of that, he would get up.
If you have to make up rules, boundaries, guidelines for another person to engage with you or others, best not to engage with them. The reason is that you would set up verbal barricades is to protect yourself.
Sometimes we are not meant to all get along.
Sometimes it is too dangerous to engage mentally, emotionally, physically, energetically for yourself, others, and for the person in which verbal barriers are being made.
And because we have made these rules of engagement, human tendencies are to tear down, break down and go against rules so what could possibly go wrong when “the engage” starts with you protecting yourself and setting up “the rules of engagement.
We spend to much time in failure energy which we are constantly using to engage.
Me, personally, in the past spent most of my waking life trying to get along with everyone. Everything outside of me was much more important than what was inside me. I spent far to much time getting along than following my inside, my dreams!
Sometimes it is better to walk away, change directions, let go, refocus, restore, regenerate then to use energy and time in ways that produce failure.
Always be kind.
Talk to yourself more.
Set the rules and boundaries for yourself, that way you will know when to disengage because YOUR matters most!
I went looking for a part-time office and this is what happened…
Today I finally got out and down to the river, a quiet section, slow-moving part of the river with my dog GIN. The fires have been keeping us in. This section of the river is out of the main area of town. It was so soothing to step into the river and wade around in the sun, looking at all the gorgeous grasses, trees, and plants on the banks. Was exactly what I and my girl needed.
We pressed down and an overgrown path to one of our favorite spots, when we got to the bank we stepped into the river and gently moved to the center. Gin swims behind me as I wade around the river, crossing from bank to bank as I look at medicinal plants, trees, and nature. It is usually a magical day when we get to go.
Today we stepped into the river, we started wading almost to the middle of the river on our way across and from upstream this huge blue heron was flying towards us, downstream and about 3 feet above the water. Gin and I just stopped, out mouths hanging open at how huge this bird come towards us is. The bird flew so close to us and a bit further downstream from us and it landed on rock piling in the middle of the river. I kept hearing myself say WOW, WOW, It was definitely a spirit bird. It stood and watched us. We continued our way across the river, meanwhile, I was connecting internally to the bird and the good spirits I wanted to speak with the bird to know what the message it was bringing me was.
I was told that the delivery is coming, when I asked for me details I was told to just be patient, live fully, relax, take care of myself and to get out more and more in nature until the delivery comes. They are also wanted to know that they are watching over me, looking out for me, and not to worry. It is on its way. Whatever it is I suspect that it might finally be the life I have been building since 2003 might be on route. Whatever it is I will be in deep gratefulness to all loving beings for their brilliant work behind the scenes for me and others.
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