To use a metaphor of God; God out of love arranged for this planet to give life to all sorts of creatures, and that was an act of love, but the act of love that came from beyond was not part of this world. Love brought the action but then the action cannot be the same as the love that brought the action, it is secondary, it’s an extension, it’s a projection, it’s a setup that came from love. That love is all around the projection but cannot be included in the projection, otherwise the projection will disappear, and that is a terrible dilemma for people who have a feeling about love and the beauty of love and the need for love and the wish for love, the desire for love, the love for love. It’s a terrible thing yet they yearn for it. You can find it but you cannot really live it for the world will take it away from you. That doesn’t mean that there’s no love in the world, that you cannot have a great love for people, but not the essence that is love which blows everything else away. It’s like the sun, true love is like the sun, it burns everything away, and one can glimpse it, one can connect with it, one can hold its hand, but you cannot live a life that’s expressing that intense and extreme state of love which burns you up because it has such power.
'Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.' That has come to me hundreds of times and when it does I’m in that space, you know, where I do nothing and nothing needs to be done. This is what I teach but I don’t think that it can always be the case. It can’t always be the case that you can apply the teaching because we are applying the teaching to a species that has come so far through evolution, that has so many different states and has had such a turmoil in itself of past experiences, and this is what I mean by the organic state.
There are many statements that you can read, and which I’ve read thousands of, by Zen masters. One that I now recall is that somebody asked a Zen master “What is the most important word in Zen training?” The master said Yes. “And what is the second most important word?” and the master said Yes. “And the third?” Again Yes.
There was this prophet, well-known to everybody here I’m sure, his name was Jesus. He said many great things, and I’m a great fan of Jesus and his time with us a long time ago. One of the statements that he made during his time was, “When two or three of you are gathered together in my name, I will be there.” Every time I do a seminar, wherever it is in the world, then I know that something like that is there.
Living an authentic live - Prejudices about enlightenment - Finding your true destiny. An interview with "Erfüllung Leicht Gemacht". Originally posted at "Erfüllung Leicht Gemacht"
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We search, we see a glimpse of something, the glimpse becomes stronger and we jump in, maybe to that which we glimpsed, and we feel good and then we want to hold on to it, don’t we? And then when it all tumbles down, and maybe we find ourselves even so down that we are on the floor, then we feel terrible and wonder what happened to that great state we found. That’s the big trap, but what is a description of that trap, anybody knows?
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We live in this world so we are going to be touched by it, we don’t have to stick our heads in it but we are touched by it, and then some things not so gross as those things, little things or comparatively smaller things can happen in your life; with troubles, as I said before, with intimate people, you think everything is going beautifully with somebody, a friendship or a relationship, and suddenly: ‘My God, someone has betrayed me and gone off with somebody else so I feel negative,’ and then you either react too strongly or you try and ignore it, and I am saying, well, let that sink in and accept it, let it come in and let it take you out of your light into a feeling of darkness, maybe, or unhappiness, and then you sit with it. Still your light is there, it hasn’t obliterated your light, and then out of the mixing of that you suddenly find that you are capable of walking on in your life, and in a way that has changed from before the event; that negativity has in a way produced more positivity in you afterwards. Really, it gives you more positivity because you see that you have dealt well with the negativity, and that is a big plus for you and makes you joyful, on a deep level it makes you joyful: ‘I dealt with it, I thought I was going to be labouring with dealing with this maybe for a long time, but I took it in and I let it move my system and I felt my system reacting negatively to it, I took it in and allowed it to be there and I carried on with my life, and suddenly I feel that that has given me a new jump in dealing with life.
When you play, when children play, the play is out there, and they know in a way that they are playing. Even if they get lost in the play, which is a good thing to do sometimes, still in some place inside them they know that this is a play, so when you play you retain a connection with that which is beyond play, and that goes back to what I began to say this morning, to learn and realize and live the fact that you are more than your life.