right action right moment
I watched as a cat sat, every muscle poised to strike and yet utterly relaxed, waiting, waiting for its prey. Can we be so silent within, so patient that we are able to wait for the right action to arise? For this we have to give up fascination with every passing whim of mind or emotion. Can we sit within stillness until stillness becomes us and then within that, without leaving that, allow action to arise from the tremendous sensitivity of mind’s vastness.
Conditioned mind has no patience. It only survives through motion, through hope and fear’s alternating play. Small mind can only live if it is occupied in every moment by distraction and fixation. But this small mind flows from a deep wellspring of wisdom vastness whose beauty is the unity of emptiness and clarity and these two in union give birth to a new form of living, a new form of action which does not stray from its ground even as it acts. The great mystic of the 13th century, Meister Eckhart, once said “God flows out from the Godhead as all things and yet never leaves the Godhead.” He also said “God is a pregnant nothingness.” These statements come from a man who has dissolved small mind into the mystery of reality.
The path is designed in so many ways to ease us from our addiction to content so we might relax into context. When we relax into context we are relaxing into Beingness itself. Content is the ever-shifting speed dharma of change in the realms of beings. Context is vast open dynamic and first experienced as the infinity of bliss which is Beingness and pure consciousness. But this is not the end.
The sufi poet Rumi said, “I am the slave of that one who does not mistake every rest stop on the journey as the end.” There are many rest stops and pure Beingness Consciousness is the final rest stop before the end of our journey. Beingness itself dissolves into an un namable mystery beyond all being or non being, prior to consciousness. Here there is only rest in the midst of ceaseless play. Here there is no high or low, no bondage or enlightenment, no self or other only mystery beyond, within and as everything and every thing. This is the great purpose of life, to come to know life within life which never strays from life even in death. This is the opportunity of those whose hearts are sincere and who are not afraid of the work involved.
In the opening words of The Gateless Gate the great zen master Ekai says If you merely seek sweets and easy living then skip this book. This is about people tremendously intent on being reborn....” The seed’s death is not easy for the seed but without this death there is no plant. As Jesus said, “Unless you die and are born again...” Buddha Nature whispers in your ear “Die to the old, die to the old, die to the old. What awaits is a marvel beyond all imagining, beyond all bargains.”