You Should Study Become a Child

April 27th, 2011

“You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.”

I am not a mother with child, so I cannot directly speak of this experience.  I could only imagine that this quote is referring to the fact that you are seeing and experiencing certain things for the first time, just as a child does.  I also think it refers to the fact that you begin to see the world through your child’s eyes, with complete empathy.  This is such a wonderful experience because how easily we forget the amazing experience of every little thing in the world for the first time.

We take too many things for granted, and have become so jaded that we no longer appreciate all of the little things in life, instead we look for things to complain about or desire.  This insatiable desire is never satisfied, thus leading to suffering.  This is a basic concept laid out in the Four Noble Truths.

We should embrace seeing and experiencing life as a child does, and we should study the Yin and Yang of becoming a mother, and a parent.  We are both sides at once, there is no duality.

Enlightenment is Intimacy With All Things

April 26th, 2011

“Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.”

When we are close to something we say we are intimate.  It also alludes to having close, intimate knowledge of something.  Enlightenment is an awakening to intimacy with all things.  There is a realization of the lack of true and false, good and evil, or good and bad.  There is no longer a dirty versus clean, there is no longer duality in conflict.

We cannot buy one side of a piece of paper, both sides come with, they go hand in hand.  The warm fuzzy feeling we enjoy with a familiar person or blanket will be felt with all aspects of life and all objects of the universe, even the comet that might be heading towards us at any moment to eliminate the Earth.

Non-duality is understood.  It is accepted, it is appreciated as all things are appreciated, all things are equal.  All things are of utmost importance, because none of them matter at all.  This is why we must see the beauty in all things.

Life and Death are of Supreme Importance

April 25th, 2011

“Life and death are of supreme importance.  Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.  Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken.  Take heed, do not squander your life.”

This can be considered a type of “seize the moment” message.  Do not let each day go by without taking advantage of opportunities.  Open your eyes and your mind to the opportunities around you.  You also must go out and make your own opportunities, do not simply wait for them to happen or present themselves.

It is a dangerous habit to think someone else will change your life for you, or reach your goals for you.  We need to all make an effort to accomplish what we want to, and not sleep though life.  We should truly appreciate the lives we have, and not squander them away.