Talking with a young man who was railing against Dick Cheney
'The yogi’s body and mind are an abode of unborn bliss, a staircase of suprasensual light but they are also an abode of the most crushing heart broken sorrow. Each of these are so great and powerful that, if it was not for abiding in equanimity, the yogi would be undone by their intensity.
These two together, hand in hand, is how the yogi becomes a sage. The brightness ennobles but it is the pain of heart brokenness that burns the life spirit so deeply that only daring is left. In that daring the sage understands how it is that Rav Levi-Yitzak of Berditchev could say, without ever leaving perfect humility, that Yom Kippurim was also the time when he was called to forgive God.
It is in unbearable sorrow…. literally weeping, shaken, in the feeling that one can not bear the terribleness of this realm and yet remaining within the intention to never abandon beings … any beings - even politicians, slaughter house owners and defense contractors ….. that the space of awakening is burnt from the dross of reason, intellect and other such shabby metaphors.
And, by never abandon, I mean ... Love Them! Love them as deeply as your own precious mother or beloved girlfriend or child or God ... not - love them in some condescending way. This does not mean accept wrong actions but it means never stray from seeing the absolute preciousness of each being.
Heartbreak for all beings is the stronghold of the yogi in this world and, if this is not appealing to you, then avoiding the path altogether is my best advice.'
~ tk, talking with a young man who was railing against Dick Cheney