Wednesday, March 12 2008
The purpose of the Zen discipline is to unravel the human personality; to tear off the inhibiting, trained habit of thought and action and reveal the true self. This is the real nature before the cloak of mortality was added. This is the true identity.
It is the tearing away of a veil that has been woven thick and heavy by exposure to opinions and training. And, in the rending, much must topple.
Once students lived in a special seminary or school, but it is now being done in the very act of living in the market place; proof that it can be done for any who are ready to submit to Love's discipline and cleansing. And the Teacher is present in all.
In some you have glimpsed the lover. In others the challenger, while still in others the great disciplinarian. Look well into the eyes of all and you will see your Real Self looking back at you. Using the instrument at hand to take you one step further in your struggle to overcome the limitations of duality; to attain the freedom that is totally without fear or doubt of the goodness of your Real Self and its power to guide absolutely, unobstructed by preset patterns of thought and habit.
It will help to speed you on your way if you remember what has been said about the Teacher being present in all.
Satori! the great breakthrough is always preceded by the period known as the Great Doubt. It is in this period that doubt is so magnified it renders one almost incapable of clear action or thought --- to the point of I can't seem to do anything right! Or, everything I do, or have done in the past, seems to be all wrong!
This is the crash of all past intellectual concepts and opinions, for even understanding lies like a helpless infant before the Great Doubt. You understand nothing. You comprehend nothing. You seem to be at sixes and sevens each way you turn. Trust of the inner also seems absent, even here there is doubt. You are literally "at the end of the road." You seem to have lost the ability to function well, to laugh, to feel joy ---indeed to feel anything but fear and doubt and questioning. And the deepest doubt of all is turned inward toward yourself.
It is some time during this period that the "flip" [breakthrough] occurs. The consciousness, having been undermined and torn down in all directions, does a complete reverse, and what is known as Satori takes place; the new birth, the new viewpoint, the beginning of the new life. The wonder and awe of childhood are restored, coupled with the wisdom of experience. And all is viewed from a totally different viewpoint. The fearful, helpless attitude of the past dies, and the newborn walks as a monarch, lord of the earth.
Far from bringing immorality, this new attitude brings great self-discipline. But discipline from the center within. You choose from your inner direction, but never interfere with the choices of others. You meet the challenges hurled at you by returning deep within to seek inner prompting and wisdom. And when you find serenity there, what the Christian religion calls "knowing," you return to the outer challenges with quiet, renewed vigor and inner determination, unaffected by outer experiences.
When you can meet the lover, the disciplinarian, and the challenger with complete spontaneity of action, totally absent of fear, literally responding to the inner prompting in a perfectly natural action, free from the limitation of self-consciousness, the battle is won. Satori is very, very near.
It is coming to several of you in a very short time. Hence it is important that you understand the purpose of these experiences and discipline in your daily life. For you become a free-flowing instrument of Light, immediately responsive to the need of the one before you, capable of acting without any thought of self-consciousness. Rather, Love acts through you to give what is needed to others; a step toward their own enlightenment and awakening to their true identity.
Each of you knows the Teacher you are now facing. Therefore, each of you can now be prepared to meet this with the sure knowledge that it is only your teacher, once more challenging you to assert your true reality, once and for all, that you might take the giant step into freedom and Love's service.
Adonai, Vasu, Beloved Friends, Lactu
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