Friday, 12 September 2014

Be a Light Unto Yourself - Enlightment (Devious Hymn)

By seeing the situation as it is, you are able to act
out of Reality, not out of some mental formulation of it.
There's no rule in the end, but only the situation and the
inclination of your own mind.

Be a light unto yourself; betake yourselves to no external
refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge
You'll not find what satisfies the heartmind in a book, to anyone besides yourselves.

You won't get Truth from the Buddha, or from a venerated
or in a teaching. You'll not find it even in what the Buddha taught.

You won't get Truth from the Buddha, or from a venerated Zen master or lama, or from a priest or monk or nun or teacher or guru. You won't receive Truth-what quiets the deepest ache of the heart-from any other. The only way to see Truth is by noticing if your mind is leaning.
If your mind leans, it's because you see something "out there," apart from yourself. It's becoming lost in thought and imagination. It's being removed from immediate experience.
Notice what your mind is actually doing now. You don't have to seek to do this. You're already fully equipped. You don't have to go anywhere or do anything special. Simply make just seeing your intention. That's all.
To awaken is not to hold the idea of awakening. 
You can't practice waking up. And you can't fake it or imitate it. You have to actually want to wake up. You're the one you can count on. You're not otherdependent. Everything you need is here now. Just rely on thus-immediate, direct experience. You're the final authority. Whether you awaken or not is completely up to you...... - S. Hagen


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