Dog Poet Transmitting.......
The elements dance within... sometimes. More often they make war. In this war, they win and you lose because you are sent on your way and the elements return to themselves. They are part of an endless repeating cycle that runs in a circle and those devoted to that process are acolytes of the varieties of nature worship as well as the occasional perversions of the same, which flourish in darker times. There are other methods of celebrating the unknown, which are attended by other forms of devotion, that manifest in the shape of a helix and others that manifest in a spiral. Maybe we are drawn to what we are drawn to because of our particular composition and maybe we are only composed a certain way because of the needs of experience to flesh and un-flesh us out. Then again, a circle is always a circle. A helix is always a helix and a spiral is always a spiral and they lead in different ways. One might say that all of these are infinite in their continuance but that not all of them repeat, or that perhaps all of them repeat but not in the same fashion. One of these processes always takes place HERE, endlessly rising and falling in seasons. There are those who are devoted to this process and they remain contained within it.
Long established religions become highly complex over the passage of time. They all start out simple and the truth has yet to be concealed in a Byzantine embroidery of dogma and cant. The teachings of the founders of their faiths were unfailingly simple in their message and it is to be presumed that there are always two specific teachings for two specific audiences. I believe Christ spoke about that; how there was one message for the public and another for the disciples, or initiates... after awhile the system (is dis a system?) turns into something that would put the Gordian Knot to shame. The Catholic religion was already a preposterous drag ball before Thomas Aquinas wrote out his laundry list of convolutions. I'm not saying that Thomas didn't have a contribution to make, although I have never yet met someone who has read him.
I would spend a great deal more time reading these various religious texts if I thought I would come across something transforming but, I've read most of them and sometimes more than once and most of everything I have learned that made a significant impression on me came via direct experience. Before I took psychedelics I was something of an intellectual, possibly even a pseudo-intellectual. I thought I knew a lot of things. I had done a great deal of reading, even though I was quite young. The first time I took psychedelics I realized that I actually knew nothing at all. There was a wonderland within and without that I had not previously experienced. It seemed to stretch on forever and... for all I know, it probably does. This was just the beginning of my new awareness and many, many more adventures in consciousness were to follow.
I'll tell you what the most important thing I have learned so far is... self control is very important. It took me a long time, far too long to learn this. I've learned that you can only get so far on the spiritual path without self control. The self can be an unruly beast. Some of us have considerably more passion and drive than others and reigning it in can be a formidable undertaking. Some of us are of a more disciplined sort to begin with. Sometimes you get that from having decent parents but getting decent parents is a matter of Karma. Sometimes you are rendered undisciplined for the purpose of demonstration and sometimes it is so that you might come more fully into control as the result of painful experience. Many don't make it and many don't care. The lack of discipline that I see these days is epidemic and frightening too. I can understand it though. I have been quite undisciplined on occasion; perhaps as a result of far too much discipline earlier on... or... once again, for the purpose of demonstration. It's hard to know why things are the way they are. That implies a knowledge of the mind of god and I make no claims in that regard. Everyone who thinks they know what's going on presumes to know the mind of god, or else considers themselves agents and emissaries of the same. Often they come into these positions through some force of 'seeming' self determinism and not because god appointed them to the position.
Self control is all about self containment. I've learned that in recent times. I've also learned that some of us can get what we want and some of us cannot. In most cases we don't even know what we want and those who do get whatever they get are not necessarily better off than those who don't. I've learned that some of us need to accept that we have passed beyond the point of personal choice in all the important ways and that acceptance is the necessary accoutrement that is required of us. Lao Tzu speaks of this. Sometimes you get to a point, one way or another, by intention or seeming accident and you've moved outside of the confines of personal will. Your life is no longer your own. Well, it never has been. It only looked that way. Yes, of course, your life was your own when you recklessly insisted on having your way with it but... how did that work out?
Here's what Lao Tzu says about it;
“Be utterly humble
And you shall hold to the foundation of peace.
Be at one with all these living things which, having arisen and flourished,
Return to the quiet whence they came,
Like a healthy growth of vegetation
Falling back upon the root.
Acceptance of this return to the root has been called 'quietism,'
Acceptance of quietism has been condemned as 'fatalism.'
But fatalism is acceptance of destiny
And to accept destiny is to face life with open eyes,
Whereas not to accept destiny is to face death blindfold.
He who is open-eyed is open-minded-
He who is open-minded is open-hearted,
He who is open-hearted is kingly,
He who is kingly is godly,
He who is godly is useful,
He who is useful is infinite,
He who is infinite is immune,
He who is immune is immortal.”
Yes... we have posted this before but we're not seeking to use all of the 81 sutras before we come round again, only what is relevant to the association that led to the presence of the timeless thoughts of this master appearing here. The first portion is directly connected. to our commentary.
It's a fact of life that people have a short window of time in which they are naturally inclined to seek a liberation of heart and mind. It happens as what passes for a rite of passage in these times. Then the world moves in and the window closes and the louvers go up and you're on rails for what remains of this material dream. The snakes that think they run the joint know how to make this happen. That is why there are things like economic crises, war, high rents, oil shortages, bad job markets and the list is long. All these things are manufactured to put you on rails. There's a small splinter of those who get to be on cruise control and that is a whole other kind of rails. Staying off the rails is the hardest work I've ever known, made even more challenging because I had no choice. You think you have a choice but... on the rails or off the rails, there is only one legitimate and effective choice and reaching an understanding of that is what existence is all about.
It is the seed germ idea in every lifetime and it stretches from Night of Brahma to Night of Brahma... Day of Brahma comes between the Nights of Brahma like a provolone cheese sandwich made on slices of terminally burnt toast. Conversely, it's like blood pudding between two slices of Wonder Bread. I hope this helps in terms of understanding what I'm talking about. Of course the blood pudding actually happens in the other portion of the sandwich and we are in the Day portion regardless. The whole process is called Pralaya and there's Mahapralaya as well. The rishis had it all figured out before this present brief dance of false history began. They are still around in their hidden mist kingdoms, radiating outward into the manifest, in search of resonant souls who have or are reaching the capability of being guided and rescued out of this cauldron of confusion. You are familiar with animal rescue missions. There are also human rescue missions and there are angels and other agents of the ineffable, employed at this profession non stop through all of the Day of Brahma.
That one legitimate choice is to surrender to the divine imperative or to rebel against it. That is ALL that we have here and no matter how varied the examples of us might be here, they are ALL about one or the other. Every life situation is about this. Every breath you take is about this. Every day is arranged around the choices made in either direction. Every night the subconscious works on the events of previous days. Simplify your understanding. It's only about the one thing. People who object to hearing this are in one form of rebellion or another and however long it takes, this will be worn away and surrender will occur. It cannot end any other way. Everything, in most every mind, is functioning only to maintain some status of separation or avoidance. I've been up and down the boulevard on this. I'm guessing that somewhere in this universe is some kind of alternative(s) but I'm done looking for them, not that I ever did. I'm not made that way in any case. I like the idea of surrender. I like the idea of overwhelming cosmic love, in which one disappears; is swallowed up in the vastness of an incomprehensible and immeasurable ocean of it... of Love. I believe in this and I believe it believes in me. It believes in all of us. It suffers and rejoices alongside of us. It is with us in every moment, though we... are not usually with it. That is the ultimate and enduring disconnect.
If we simplify our minds to this awareness, it becomes much more manageable. You can reduce everything in life to this and no matter how bitter your disappointments and losses might be, this understanding will keep you going when it seems like nothing will ever go right again. It will give you hope and it will sustain and grow your faith. When you know that god is the essential core element of your life, then no life situation can be too much; not when you know that the ineffable it right there with you. It doesn't matter if you cannot viscerally experience this at this moment... or as in most cases... very rarely. You have to exercise this awareness. You HAVE TO work on it. You have to remind yourself at all times and one day... and possibly soon; depending on your level of intensity, it will become known to you.
I've mentioned before that I seldom had communion with the divine, or agents of the divine, except in altered states, which is why I engaged in that so often. It was only a few years ago, maybe a decade, maybe more, maybe less, that I have been able to experience regular communications. It will come. It is dependent on your desire for it. It is the great passion. It is a divine passion and to the degree that this is happening in your heart, to that degree it resonates to the rishis and the angels and the ineffable and to every good and illumined soul who strives or serves in the same manner.
Conflicted minds can argue all they want to. What exactly are they arguing about and on the behalf of what would they be arguing? Do they want to split hairs? “Yes... that is true BUT!” Believe what you like and interpret it as you choose. I'm done here (grin)
This weeks radio broadcast is up there in the ethers somewhere.