t.k., from talks on Dzogchen’s Tögal practice - Thingness is the heart’s great sorrow. The misunderstanding at the heart of suffering.
Knowingness has two fundamental aspects – direct penetrating understanding and a quality of felt knowing that is experienced in-as-of body and “life.” There are, in our language, words for these two mysteries of knowing—wisdom and love. The direct knowing that there has never been anything other than light which is knowingness … that appearance is nothing but light, a shattering and play of light in an expanse of knowingness… this is the point of Dzogchen’s final phases - unraveling the complexity of confused mentation into the immediacy and simplicity that is gnosis.
When I say there is only light, I mean this quite literally and beyond that I mean it non-physically—a supraluminal light. The lighting up of openness is not comprised of waves or particles but of the natural spontaneity of unutterable mystery whose realization is the irrealization of materiality. The end of thingness wherein appearing and awareness become a singular word AwarenessAppearance. And AwarenessAppearance is known/felt/lived as the direct understanding of all appearance, and non-appearance, as divinity.
As I said a moment ago - Thingness is the misunderstanding at the heart of suffering. More than a mis-understanding it is a mis-apprehension. A mistake in seeing and the interpretation of seeing. An interpretation which generally involves the error of a subject who perceives and an object that is perceived.
Really the Big Bang is metaphor. Physicality is story telling, day dreaming and science is how we currently dream. In the Big Bang, there is an explosion of somethingnesss coming from density/intensity and this spreads as what appears to “us” as matter. This is a story told approximating how appearance arises using the only language we know - the language of stuff, matter, substance, thingness.
What is realized in-by wisdom awareness is that the explosion of the Big Bang is an always happening spontaneity luminescing across expanse – sudden uncaused and this light which is not matter, not substance has multiple characteristics such as knowing and appearing. Nexuses of luminescing form intensities whose bright play is “seen” by knowingness. The knowingness itself is not other than the brightness and the brightness is not other than the knowing. The union of appearing and knowing is gnosis, wisdom.
This process of coming to understand reality on reality’s terms is not intellectual it is an existential and lived knowing that transforms how the body mind lives the world. - t.k.
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