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The Secret of Self-Knowledge .

RAMA: Lord, pray tell me: What is the nature of the self-knowledge in which all these great ones are established?

VASISTHA: Rama, you know this already, yet in order to make it abundantly clear you are asking about it again.

Whatever there is and whatever appears to be the world-jugglery, is but the pure Brahman or the absolute consciousness and nothing else. Consciousness is Brahman, the world is Brahman, all the elements are Brahman, I am Brahman, my enemy is Brahman, my friends and relatives are Brahman, Brahman is the three periods of time for all these are rooted in Brahman. Even as the ocean appears to be expanded on account of its waves, Brahman seems to be expanded on account of the infinite variety of substances. Brahman apprehends Brahman, Brahman experiences or enjoys Brahman, Brahman is made manifest in Brahman by the power of Brahman himself. Brahman is the form of my enemy who displeases me who am Brahman: when such is the case, who does what to another?

The modes of the mind, like attraction and repulsion and likes and dislikes, have been conjured up in imagination. They have been destroyed by the absence of thoughts. How then can they be magnified? When Brahman alone moves in all which is Brahman, and Brahman alone unfolds as Brahman in all, what is joy and what is sorrow? Brahman is satisfied with Brahman, Brahman is established in Brahman. There is neither 'I' or another!

All the objects in this world are Brahman. 'I' am Brahman. Such being the case, both passion and dispassion, craving and aversion are but notions. Body is Brahman, death is Brahman, too: when they come together, as the real rope and the unreal imaginary snake come together, where is the cause of rejoicing when body experiences pleasure? When, on the surface of the calm ocean, waves appear to be agitated, the waves do not cease to be water! Even when Brahman appears to be agitated (in the world-appearance), its essence is unchanged and there is neither 'I'-ness nor 'you'-ness. When the whirlpool dies in the water, nothing is dead! When the death-Brahman overtakes the body-Brahman, nothing is lost.

Water is capable of being calm and of being agitated: even so Brahman can be quiescent and restless. Such is its nature. It is ignorance or delusion that divides the one into 'This is sentient jiva'; and 'This is sentient matter'; the wise ones do not hold such erroneous views. Hence, to the ignorant the world is full of sorrow; to the wise the same world is full of bliss, even as to the blind man the world is dark and to the one who as good eyesight the world is full of light.

When the one Brahman alone pervades all, there is neither death nor a living person. The ripples play on the surface of the ocean; they are neither born nor do they die! Even so do the elements in this creation. 'This is' and 'This is not' – such deluded notions arise in the self. These notions are not really caused nor do they have a motivation, even as a crystal reflects different colored object without a motivation.

The self remains itself even when the energies of the world throw up endless diversities on the surface of the ocean of consciousness. There are no independent entities in this world known as 'body', etc. What is seen as the body and what are seen as notions, the objects of perception, the perishable and the imperishable, the thoughts and feelings are their meaning – all these are Brahman in Brahman, the infinite consciousness. There is duality only in the eyes of the deluded and ignorant. The mind, the intellect, the ego-sense, the cosmic root-elements, the senses and all such diverse phenomena are Brahman only; pleasure and pain are illusions (they are words without substance). Even as a single sound produced amongst hills echoes and re-echoes into diversity, the one cosmic consciousness experiences multiplicity within itself, with the notions 'This is I' and 'This is mine' etc. The one cosmic consciousness sees diversity within itself even as a dreamer of diverse objects within himself.

When gold is not recognized as such, it gets mixed up with the earth; when Brahman is not thus recognized the impurity of ignorance arises. The knower of Brahman declares that such a great one is himself the Lord and Brahman; in the case of the ignorant the non-recognition of the truth is known as ignorance. When gold is recognized as such it 'becomes' gold instantly; when Brahman is recognized as such it 'becomes' Brahman instantly.

Being omnipotent, Brahman becomes whatever it considers itself to be without any motivation for doing so. The knowers of Brahman declare that Brahman is the Lord, the great being which is devoid of action, the doer and the instrument, devoid of causal motivation of transformation or change.

When this truth is not realized, it arises as ignorance in the ignorant, but when it is realized, the ignorance is dispelled. When a relative is not recognized as such, he is known as a stranger; when the relative is recognized, the notion of stranger is instantly dispelled.

When one knows that duality is illusory appearance, there is realization of Brahman, the absolute. When one knows 'This is not I', the unreality of the ego-sense is realized. From this arises true dispassion. 'I am verily Brahman' – when this truth is realized the awareness of the truth arises in one, and all things are then merged in that awareness. When such notions as 'I' and 'you' are dispelled, the realization of the truth arises and one realizes that all this, whatever there is, is indeed Brahman.”

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REALIZATION OF EMPTINESS AND ITS SIGNS

When you have truly attained the realization of this emptiness, you will be like the venerable Milarepa or Guru Rinpoche, who were unaffected by the heat of summer or the cold of winter, and who could not be burned by fire or drowned in water. In emptiness, there is neither pain nor suffering.
We, on the other hand, have not understood the empty nature of the mind and so, when bitter by even a small insect, we think, "Ouch! I've been biter. It hurts!" or when someone says something unkind, we get angry. That is the sign that we have not realized the mind's empty nature.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE PEAK OF SHUNYATA

"At the peak of the Shunyata experience, a real glimpse of shunyata, your logic wears out." You have no logic, no reference point of logic, and you become completely exposed to nothingness, or fullness. [It is] a sudden glimpse of aloneness.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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EMPTINESS IS THE BODHISATTVA'S WAY

Even if a Bodhisattva, or a person who has realized that everything is an illusion, were to become a householder, he would have no need to be concerned with negative emotions or ego-clinging. He would be like a magician who knows perfectly well the illusions he has created and, therefore, cannot be fooled by them. Understanding the void nature of worldly affairs, he would not be attracted to them or be afraid of them; he would have neither hope for success nor fear of failure. Having confidence in his study, contemplation, and practice of the Dharma, he would simply come closer and closer to complete Liberation.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE SHELL OF DREAMS

We have to give up our conceptualized way of thinking and our conceptualized attitudes. We have to learn that lesson: to become tired of the dreams, sick of them. The dreams have no root. They are purely fantasies. But then, after that, when the dreams cease to function, there is something else to relate to. That is the shell of the dreams. The shell, or the shadow, of the dreams becomes tough and strong. Having woken up, we face reality.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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EVEN THE FRUITION IS EMPTY !

In the appearance or consideration of ordinary individuals, we tend to think it is wonderful that 'kleshas' and the suffering they produce are empty. This is very encouraging. We have no problem with tat! But we find it very threatening when this notion is extended to include the qualities of the fruition, such as the great pleasure or happiness that results from liberation and omniscience. One finds this threatening if one has failed to understand correctly the teaching or practice of Dharma. If one has understood correctly, then it will not be that threatening.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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PATIENCE WITH RESPECT TO EMPTINESS

On the level of Absolute Truth, all things of samsara and nirvana are empty. This means that a table is empty. It also means that the body of a Buddha with its thirty-two major and eighty minor marks of physical perfection is empty; 'sambhogakaya' is empty; 'nirmanakaya' is empty; impure realms are empty; and the pure realms are empty. None of this has any true existence. For this reason, it s necessary that the Bodhisattvas hearing these teachings have the particular type of patience that is called patience with regard to the profundity of Dharma. If one lacks this quality of tremendous patience, or spaciousness of mind, then one will be terrified by this teachings.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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STAGES OF UNDERSTANDING EMPTINESS

At first we must gain the intellectual understanding that everything is illusory and unreal. To begin to do this, we need the two kinds of knowledge gained from hearing and reflection. After obtaining that, we can directly experience the illusory nature of all things through the knowledge resulting from meditation.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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WHY CAN'T WE RECOGNIZE EMPTINESS ?

As for the actual significance of emptiness, sentient beings are prevented from recognizing the true nature by two forms of obscuration. These are the 'obscuration of defilements,' such as desire, ignorance, and aggression, and the 'obscuration of cognition,' the artificial discrimination of subject and object and a connection between them. In order to purify ourselves of these two types of obscuration and recognize the two truths, the conventional truth and the Ultimate Truth, we must realize the lack of reality in individuality and the lack of reality in cognizable objects.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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AT THE MOMENT OF LOVE

A famous quote says: "In the moment of love, the nature of emptiness dawns nakedly."

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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TWELVE SIMILES DESCRIBING THE PHENOMENAL WORLD

A magic spell, a dream, a gleam before eyes,
A reflection, lightening, an echo, a rainbow,
Moonlight upon water, cloud-land, dimness
Before the eyes, fog, and apparitions;
These are the twelve similes of the phenomenal.

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TWELVE SIMILES DESCRIBING THE PHENOMENAL WORLD

A magic spell, a dream, a gleam before eyes,
A reflection, lightening, an echo, a rainbow,
Moonlight upon water, cloud-land, dimness
Before the eyes, fog, and apparitions;
These are the twelve similes of the phenomenal.

~ Naropa

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WHAT ARE PHENOMENA EMPTY OF ?

When we speak of a phenomenon as being empty, we are referring to its being empty of its own inherent existence...Further, it is not that the object of the negation [inherent existence] formerly existed and is later eliminated, like the forest that existed yesterday and is burned by fire today, with the result that the area is now empty of the forest. Rather, this is an emptiness of an object of negation [inherent existence], which from the beginningless time has never been known validly to exist.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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EMPTINESS MEANS ABSENCE OF INHERENT REALITY

[The Buddha] demonstrated that not only in ordinary sense there is no ego, but no inherent reality can ever be found in anything, no matter where we look. The Buddha taught emptiness as being a function of appearance, that is, the highest quality of appearance - the lack of true existence. The fundamental nature of all appearance is empty. There is no unitary, essential quality, no single identifiable reality, in either the external world that appears to us or the subjective mind. There is no single real nature to anything. There is no self in any appearance, no self in any dharma, no essential nature to anything at all. All dharmas or occurring events do not arise out of an inherent real nature but rather arise from a cause and secondary conditions that permit this cause to yield a particular effect.

~ Thrangu Rinpoche

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THE MINDS OF ALL BEINGS ARE MAGICIANS

The minds of all beings are magicians whose magic is a deceptive trick through which Truth is made untrue and untruth made true for pleasure or for suffering.

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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ULTIMATE AND RELATIVE TRUTH

One may wonder if realizing the Absolute Truth doesn't make everyday life and ordinary things meaningless. It does not, because when one gains realization into the absolute nature of things, everyday life does not become contradictory in that sense. This is called the realization of the two truths. This means that one studies on the absolute level the way things really are, and on the relative level one studies the way things take place according to the strict laws of interdependence.
The relative world has it's relative truth and the absolute truth also has its truth. If it weren't like that, the absolute truth would be called the truth and relative truth would be called lies. But it is called the Absolute Truth and the relative truth, so it is seeing the way things really are whether one looks absolutely or whether one considers the ways things seem to manifest.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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“The entire universe appears in the one ocean of cosmic consciousness; in that universe dwell fourteen types of beings. This universe has already had Yama and others as its presiding deities. They have established the tenets of right conduct. However, when the people become predominately sinful, Yama, the god of death, sometimes engages himself in meditation for some years, during which the population increases and explodes.

The gods, frightened by this population explosion, resort to various devices to reduce it. All this has happened again countless times. The present ruler (Yama) is Vaivasvata. He, too, will have to perform meditation for some time. When, on account of that, the population of the earth will multiply very fast, all the gods will appear to lord Visnu to come to their aid. He will incarnate as lord Krsna, along with his alter ego named Arjuna. His elder brother will be Yudhisthira or the son of Dharma, who will be the embodiment of righteousness. His cousin Duryodhana will fight a duel with Bhima, Arjuna's brother. In this battle between cousins eighteen divisions of armed forces will be killed; and thus will Visnu dispose of the burden on the earth.

Krsna and Arjuna will play the roles of simple human beings. When Arjuna sees that the armies on both sides are composed of his own kinsmen, he will become despondent and will refuse to fight. At that time, lord Krsna will instruct him on the highest wisdom and bring about a spiritual awakening in him. He will tell Arjuna: “this (self) is neither born nor does it die; it is eternal and is not killed when this body is killed. He who thinks that it kills or that it is killed, he is ignorant. How, why and by whom is this infinite being, which is one without a second and which is subtler than space, destroyed? Arjuna, behold the self which is infinite, unmanifest, eternal and which is of the nature of pure consciousness and untainted. You are unborn and eternal!”

When the lord will thus instruct Arjuna, the latter will say: “Lord, my delusion is gone. I have attained an awakening of intelligence through your grace.” Arjuna will then engage himself in the conduct of the war, as if in a play.

Equip yourself with such an attitude. O Rama, and remain unattached, endowed with the spirit of renunciation and with the realization that whatever you do or you experience is an offering to the omnipresent being, Brahman. Then you will realize the truth, and that is the end of all doubts,

That is the supreme state, it is the guru of all guru,, it is the self, it is the light that illumines the world from within. It is the reality in all substances, that which endows the substances with their essential characteristic. The notion of 'world' arises only when the spirit of inquiry is absent. But, 'I' am before the world was. How then do the notions of world, etc., bind me? He who has thus realized the truth is free from all beginnings and all endings. He who is thus equipped with the spirit of non-duality (as if he is in deep sleep, though awake) is not disturbed though actively engaged in life. Such a person is liberated here and now.

What appears to be the world here is truly the magic (the work) of the infinite consciousness. There is no unity here, nor is there duality. My instructions, too, are of the same nature! The words, their meaning, the disciple, the wish (or the effort of the disciple) and the guru's ability in the use of the words – all these are also the play of energy of the infinite consciousness! In the peace of one's own inner being, consciousness vibrates and the world-vision arises. If that consciousness does not vibrate, there will be no world-vision.

The mind is but the movement in consciousness. The non-realization of this truth is world-vision! Non-realization of this truth intensifies and aggravates the movement of thought in consciousness. Thus a cycle is formed. Ignorance and mental activity are perpetuated by each other.

When the inner intelligence is awakened, the craving for pleasure ceases: this is the nature of the wise. In him this cessation of craving for pleasure is therefore natural and effortless. He knows that it is the energy of the self that experiences the experiences. He who, in order to please the public, refuses to experience what is to be experienced, he indeed beats the air with a stick! One attains self-knowledge by sometimes using appropriate means.

Desire for liberation interferes with the fullness of the self; absence of such desire promotes bondage! Hence, constant awareness is to be preferred. The sole cause for bondage and liberation is the movement in consciousness. Awareness of this ends this movement. The ego-sense ceases the very moment one observes it, for it has no support any longer. Then who is bound by whom, or who is liberated by whom?

Such is the nature of the supreme being, which is infinite consciousness. They who are endowed with macrocomsic forms like Brahma the creator, Visnu and Siva, are established in that supreme being; and they function here as the lords or the kings of the world. Established in it, the perfected ones roam the heavens, Having attained it, one does not die nor does one grieve, The sage who dwells even for the twinkling of an eye in that one being, which is of the nature of illimitable and infinite consciousness and which is also known as the supreme self, is not again afflicted, even though he continues to engage himself in the activities of the world.”

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ALL APPEARANCES

All appearances, inner and outer, are the creative display of mind's intrinsic radiance.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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EMPTINESS AND INFINITE POTENTIALITY

Why do we say that the [Buddha-Nature] is empty ? Because when we search there is nothing to find. We always reach the point of emptiness; our real condition is emptiness. Reaching this emptiness, we discover our condition.

It seems we only find emptiness, but our real condition is emptiness with infinite potentiality. This is emptiness that can have infinite manifestations. We can observe the emptiness of space, and the infinite manifestations of this dimension. When infinite clouds arise, those manifestations of clouds cannot be separated from space. They manifest in the same dimension as space. In the same way, we have that emptiness with infinite potentiality.

~ Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

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Every-time you visualize and don't make it into reality. Every time you hold a space for something. If there is an in completion, the reality you created collapses. So again you have to complete with in-completion and hold the reality back. You have to re-create the whole space again. Only then it gets its own individual energy, inspiration. When you complete the in-completions and drop, along with it the visualizations you created also goes away.

Science of space creation is a self kundalini awakening process. You can awaken your kundalini on your own right. Your own intelligence.

Many people are depressed not because of a reason but because there is no other state to be in. Learning the state to be in is the science of space. When the science of space creation becomes effortless in you, you become a mano siddha. Go on completing. Go on holding the space. With authenticity you will always achieve mano siddhi.

Space creation can be achieve in three ways. If you continuously live around the master you will see how he holds the space. If you are directly doing the Guru seva you will pick it up. Or continuously doing perpetual completion you will get it. Tirelessly completing. Perpetual completion leads to living Advaita. To enlightenment. To the life of the ultimate.

Bidadi, 02 June 2014

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MIND IS EMPTY, YET NOT NONEXISTENT

Mind is empty, but does this mean it is a complete nothing ? No,it does not... Although the essence is empty, at the same time it is not utter nonexistent. It is not comparable to a physical void or vacant space. Mind is not like the horns on the head of a rabbit - a traditional Tibetan example for something that doesn't exist at all. There is a luminous or cognizant capacity to mind that is naturally present. Even though mind is not a concrete entity, still there exists an unobstructed ability to cognize, to experience. The nature of mind is luminous, clear light, meaning that it possesses this ability.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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EMPTINESS AND THE RELATIVE WORLD

In the relative world, things continue to manifest to us, even though there is absolute emptiness. This means that suffering and all things happen on a relative level. Yet, when we really search, we can never find the suffering, only the emptiness of suffering.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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IT DOES SEEM AS THOUGH SOMETHING HAPPENS

There are two types of reality. One is the truth as it seems to be for most people, while the other Truth is how it really is. The first type, how things seem to be for many people, is called the shared karmic phenomena of the same species. This means things look as they do for those who have the karma to be born as a particular class of sentient being. Concerning how it really is, though, everything is no more than a seeming presence , an apparent mental event. Look closely, and ultimately there is no arising and nothing really taking place. Nevertheless, superficially or relatively, it does seem as though something happens.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE GROUND IS EMPTINESS

The nature of the ground is that all things, however they may appear, are without inherent existence. They are not established in being what they appear; they are empty. While they may appear to have an external existence of their own, this is merely the implication of a confused cognition. What is meant by emptiness of the ground, or emptiness as the ground as it is stated in the 'Prajnaparamita Sutra', is that everything from from up to cognition is without inherent existence: it is empty. This means that everything lacks inherent existence, starting from what is experienced by ordinary individuals up to the omniscience and qualities of a Buddha.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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MISPERCEIVING THE ORDINARY WORLD AS SOLID

If we look at the nature of worldly views and activities, we find that they are caused by a lack of proper investigation. We operate under the illusion that the relative truth is something solid and truly existent, but this is the definition of delusion. If we look carefully, we find that the world is like a rainbow: vivid and colorful, but without any solid existence.

When a magician creates the illusion of horses, oxen, chariots, and so forth, although they [appear and] can move, they are actually nonexistent. In the same way, a person who has realized the emptiness of all phenomena recognizes the activities of the world as an illusion. Nowadays, this is a very difficult thing to do - delusion is heaped on delusion and it spreads like monkeys imitating each other. We are so deceived that it is hard to find a way out. Having lost sight of the true nature of things, it is easy to waste one's life.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS OF EMPTINESS

The Buddha, the completely omniscient one, said that all phenomena are empty and devoid of self-entity. Normally, however, we perceive everything to be concrete and possessing individual identity.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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