Ascension from the Pit

Evan posited that the mind bears resemblance to a well-trodden path, akin to the grooves on an antiquated LP record that causes the needle to skip along its tracks. The navigation of these paths can prove arduous, particularly when the mind is fueled solely by the intellect. However, through unification with the Unborn, one can emancipate themselves from these grooves and truly delve into their Authentic Self. It is almost as if one can leave their [body] conscious self behind and explore the depths that the Unborn Mind exclusively offers. Evan once likened this to an iceberg, with only a small fraction visible above the watermark. However, he now realized that the conscious mind is merely a minute fraction of our essential beingness, and that there is an abundance of uncharted territory within ourselves to explore and discover. Within this realization there existed within him a glimmer of joy. The recognition of the void in all things elicits its own sense of elation.

“Indeed, quite a profound epiphany,” someone exclaimed, as the recognition and resonance of the Primordial’s voice reverberated within him.

“Yes, Evan replied; however, it merely touches the surface of a more deeply profound matter.”

The Primordial responded, “Recall the teachings of your former Ch’an Master from a distant past. Samsara represents a journey of the mind, an endeavor mostly focused on the physical aspect. It embodies a composed longing that arises from within oneself. This longing drives us to constantly escape one obstacle only to encounter another. The interconnectedness of these obstacles forms the essence of samsara, while the obstacles themselves are known as karma. Without understanding who or what exactly desires this perpetual journey, the obstacles will continue to deepen and darken. However, if we choose to change our ways and strive for a deeper understanding of our true nature, the obstacles will gradually become less significant. Eventually, our mind will rise above them, allowing us to observe samsara as a mere illusion, filled with fleeting shadows on a bright surface. It is in this profound reality that we can clearly differentiate between the superficial manifestations of the physical body and our own authentic selves. In that timeless moment, we begin to experience the first glimpses of nirvana, like heavenly droplets on our tongues.”

The Primordial proceeded to place his hands upon Evan’s head, causing his brain to experience convulsions that transported him to distant galaxies, as if he were being enveloped by a million points of light. Evan’s senses were gradually becoming desensitized by the dazzling display of light, which subsequently transformed into an abyss of darkness. “What is the significance of all this?” pondered Evan. An inner voice appeared to suggest that the point of origin is devoid of any physical location. Lacking any point of reference, Evan was succumbing to unconsciousness as he descended into the abyss of boundless emptiness.

“Have you had enough?” snapped the Primordial. Evan was gradually emerging from the tumultuous phantasmagoria that had been vividly presented in his mind. It was as though he was descending back into a realm of creaking wooden wheels, emitting an unprecedented agony.

“I am uncertain as to which is the more distressing: the burdensome weight of samsara or the haughty commotion of the ethereal realm.”

“Both of these are the extremes of the enduring question of how to surpass them both. It is observed that, at their core, these apparent realities are exclusively creations of the mind, lacking in the attainment of Self-realization through the acquisition of Noble Wisdom.”

“Is it safe to assume that Noble Wisdom holds a pivotal role?”

“Undoubtedly, it is the fundamental element for comprehending all enigmas of existence, which ultimately are not tangible but rather illusions of the perceptual consciousness.”

“It is truly remarkable how the Lankavatarian adage rings true. It means that the way we think and reason has caused us to exist in three different ways. This has been happening for a very long time. But if we remember that we can be like a Buddha without any image or form, we can understand ourselves better. We can control our thoughts and actions easily, like a gem that shines in many colors. We can also change our form and understand the thoughts of others. By believing in the truth of Mind Only, we can become a Buddha over time. It is truly a beautiful journey to witness.”


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