VI. Authenticating the Real
- Eventually one will reach many milestones in perfecting the technique of turning-around-the light. Even so, one must not become haughty and filled with vainglory, for there always remains innumerable sentient beings who will be led to the Light through your efforts in this spiritual-discipline.
- When one experiences continuous continuity in quietude, one’s spirit becomes exuberant as if immersing in a soothing bath of hot sparkling springs; this is a sign that the Golden-principle of Unborn Light is becoming harmonious within every aspect of one’s being.
- Sweet solitude in transcendent-silence also becomes more pervasive; it’s also as if the surrounding ambiance is becoming colored with the Golden-Light. This is the beginning of the Luminosity of Mind and Spirit that is indicative of the Pure Mind, a sure sign that the Unborn Light’s clear and golden-hue is being set free to permeate and liberate all.
- Furthermore, one’s whole being becomes strong and impervious to the elements of extreme heat or cold. When you encounter others who are afflicted with a desolate spirit, your own spirit is not affected by them. It’s as if one is now living in a house of gold with white jade as its supports. You even have the strength to breathe new spirit into the rotten things of the earth. Red blood becomes milk. The fragileness of the body seems to be supported by gold and diamonds. This is a sign that the Golden Light of the Unborn is becoming crystallized.
- There are further stages of development. The first stage is in reference to the Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra’s symbols of the setting sun, the great reservoir of water, and the mystical-rows of trees. The setting sun represents the undifferentiated infinity of the All—a foundation laid before chaos reigned; water is representative of the “higher-good”, THAT which is ultimate and flawlessly pure; the trees are in rows of seven, highlighting the seven celestial-openings in the heart—thus radiating Unborn Light throughout the corpus.
- The second stage is likened to a world of ice-crystals, resilient with jewels wherein the Light crystallizes. In subsequent meditation stages the Light appears to solidify into a Golden-Buddha; thus all practitioners arise in Buddhahood when they reach Ultimate Realization in this technique.
- There now issues-forth three confirmatory signs. Firstly, when one’s spirit (through meditation) enters into a state of unequivocal openness the Shining One’s are in the valley. Now when one hears people conversing it’s as if the sounds are mere echoes in the valley. All is heard but it’s as if you are not hearing them by oneself alone. This is called standing on the shoulders of the Shining Ones in the valley. Secondly, while in Deep-Samadhi, the one-pointedness of light flares-up as one now totally identifies with the Light alone; it’s as if the Body-Consciousness has totally dissolved-away like a passing-cloud. In the third sign, one’s body is suffused with the Golden Light of the Unborn and the sensation now is that one is floating upwards. This is marked by the siddhis of levitation.
- Even though these three confirmatory signs are revealed, one cannot explain them in an absolute-sense. They are each conveyed according to one’s development in Undivided-Bodhipower and upgraded-spiritual capacities. In essence, it’s when the Real begins to look at the Real and no-thing else.
- Adepts can only accumulate such Bodhi-Pearls one at a time, thoroughly mindful that each pearl has its own dynamism; above all, it requires resiliency in spirit and fortitude in one’s practice.
always remains innumerable sentient beings who will be led to the Light through your efforts in this spiritual-discipline: this is indicative of the Bodhisattvic-Resolve to liberate all sentient beings.
Red blood becomes milk: Cleary states that this “is a common Taoist symbol of sublimation of passion.”
The fragileness of the body seems to be supported by gold and diamonds: referred to as the Diamond-Mind body in Buddhism.
Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra: a Pure-Land Sutra. When Taoism encountered Buddhism there was often an exchange of spiritual nuances.
highlighting the seven celestial-openings in the heart: this is in reference to the Heart-Chakra expanding the Golden Light of the Unborn to the other six Chakras. In Unborn Mind Zen the seven Chakras are highlighted in the Lankavatarian Book of the Dead.
In subsequent meditation stages the Light appears to solidify into a Golden-Buddha: a sure-sign that the Bodhi-seed has matured within the adept; the Golden Buddha appearing is the supernal-sealing of this Transcendent-Realization by the Tathagātas.
The Shining One’s are in the valley: a mystical-sign that verifies the (imageless) spiritual-presence of the Shining Ones, right in the midst of samsaric-affairs.
standing on the shoulders of the Shining Ones in the valley: one’s spiritual-hearing now becomes acute—in unison with the heightened Spiritual-Magnitude of the Shining Ones.