Cracking The Oyster
Happy Saturday! Welcome to Day 29!
Ahhhhhh! Well, Sus has been taking her time getting the articles to me the last several days, can you tell? LOL!
So, today it’s not so late (though it’s appropriately weekend late, I think), at least not so late people may not read it until tomorrow…LATE. I’ll just say, it’s been one of those weeks where you just have no idea what’s going to happen from one moment to the next (EXCITING!); it’s been up, it’s been down, it’s been…oh, yes, it’s definitely BEEN! And it is GOOD to see Sus is, how shall I say, “back on track”…even though she’s hit a block…(that IS normal here, even if it’s a bit late in the Journey…lol!). 😉
So, having said that, I’ll say this…
Grab yourself a temperature appropriate beverage, get to your favorite cushy reading spot, and as always…
We extend the Love that we are, for that is all we truly are. As we learn to be aware, to understand and to Know our own will as Love, and make choices according to that will, our life experiences become worthy of us. Expressing our Self that is wholly Love and United with All is the only choice that is worthwhile. It is the only thing that brings us satisfaction, the only choice that allows us to experience our Self—the Love that we are. My-your-our- freedom depends on our right choices, depends on our choosing what is worthy and what is not; it depends on me, depends on you, depends on us.
I was reading the Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Prayer) this morning, because I love Buddha Dharma, and I love prayers, so…I checked out this particular prayer this morning.
I started reading it and my brain shut down.
Here’s a sample from the very beginning, see if your brain doesn’t shut down too:
In its center, let there be a palace, arrayed with the seven precious things, most brilliant; emitting powerful beams of light that completely fill measureless worlds; of the limitless extent, containing infinite different, well-proportioned dwellings; of the sphere of those who have completely transcended the three realms, arisen from the superior roots of virtue of those who have transcended the world; marked by the utterly pure and dominating knowledge; the abode of the tathagatas, with a community of bodhisattvas; frequented by infinite gods, nagas, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kinnaras, great serpent-demons, human beings and spirits; (And yes, right about here, you may find yourself completely checked out) fixed in joy in the taste of the Dharma and great bliss; causing all the goals of every sentient being to be attained; free of every stain of harmful defilement, bereft of all maras, a place of the manifestation of tathagatas, excelling the manifestation of all things; a vehicle of detachment (from samsara) through mindfulness, wisdom and great realization, and quietude and insight; entered by the door of deliverance – emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness; resting on an array of kings of jewel lotuses adorned with infinite qualities, let the great palace appear.
Seventeen pages it went on like this. Did I mention I love prayers, and I love Buddha Dharma (teaching)? I can spend hours meditating, reading, praying, but dang if that prayer just wasn’t too, too much. I know this is why I am not “Buddhist”, and why I do not study and teach Buddhism–it feels too cluttered to me; it feels like the words themselves obfuscate and confuse the teaching and the understanding. This is why (IMHO), the greatest Buddhist teachers are the ones who use the plainest language (like Pema Chodron); the language of traditional Buddhism is a lot to sift through, and it’s really great when someone interprets it for me. Yet, I also know that in the language of traditional Buddhist teaching, there is real Truth, real gems. I just can’t get through it.
But I can get through A Course in Miracles. Where I can’t sit for a few minutes reading a Buddhist prayer, I can sit for hours reading ACIM. I can also spend hours reading things like the Revelations of Divine Love, written by Julian of Norwich or The Philosophy of Guru Goraknath, by Akshaya Banerjea, or even books by Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa, or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. So, why couldn’t I get through that Buddhist prayer?
A friend of mine asked me the other day what makes some teachings more “right” than others. What makes some teachers or teachings “better” than others? On the one hand, there are teachings that are more complete than others, and some teachers who are more pure (less ego, more Divine Voice), but ultimately, God is speaking to all of us, all the time, drawing us to the Divine through everything, drawing us to be our Holy Selves.
So the question is simply: What speaks to you? Investigate this. Investigate yourself, so that you get an accurate answer, so that you know what to listen for and to.
As you move through life and your search for God, listen to what speaks to you. Look for God everywhere (because God is everywhere, all the time). Depend on the Voice of Truth to guide you, and don’t rely on something because someone else tells you to. Be flexible, rather than rigid. Be intelligent and investigate teachings, don’t just blindly accept what someone is saying.
“Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It’s not in the sky or in the jungle; you won’t find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That’s why it’s important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.” -Lama Thubten Yeshe