Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Worthy Of The Wall

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Stuart Resnick had to know this sentence would be featured today:
If the mind is clear, then all these satsangs and gurus are great teachings (almost as great as the barking of a dog!). If the mind wants something, then all gurus speak demon words, and even Buddha can't help you.
What does this mean for us? We obviously want something, which is to see these big-gurus quit with their occluding public relations schemes. Yet it's because there's this hole in our head that we can see how far off they can be from the truth. We suppose that puts us somewhere in-between clear and wanting mind (like maybe... drug damaged?)

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At 8/29/2007 11:40 PM, Blogger gregory said...

and what if the mind is not clear? which is the usual state of the seeker. the traditional value of sadhana and of the company of saints is that the mind becomes clearer. if that is happening, there is no question. if it is not happening, then it is time for some critical analysis; whether of teacher or student may be debatable... one opinion i have arrived at is that "spirituality" can become the greatest, most iron-clad, defense against personal transformation yet invented .... i don't have to do anything or change anything, because i am being spiritual .... one can understand the prayer, dear god, please save me from your devotees ... enjoy

 
At 8/30/2007 2:29 AM, Blogger Stuart said...

and what if the mind is not clear?

Each and every moment -- this moment -- is the perfect opportunity to return to clarity. What are you doing right now?

If the mind has been unclear for 10 years or 10,000 lifetimes, what does that matter? Clear mind has already appeared just now.

one opinion i have arrived at is that "spirituality" can become the greatest, most iron-clad, defense against personal transformation yet invented...

Any concept can be useful if used skillfully... but yeah, in general, I'm with you, I usually find the use of "spiritual" vs "mundane" to be pointless.

As for personal transformation, it's OK I guess, I'm sure I do lots of stuff that's no less silly than personal transformation. If that's what you like, OK, but I'd always recommend remaining open to the question, "What exactly do you want to transform, and Why?"

Stuart
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