Give up that business that has no lasting scope.
Listen you old donkey, get yourself a Guide…
The devotee of darkness sees the light directly
When he places himself under a Guide.
What’s needed is self-surrender, not endless effort.
it comes back to impermanence….to absence, to change, to expectation, to the illusion of control….this life calls us again & again to shift from changing & improving to embracing & accepting…..always in-between moments….hanging out in doorways….
I think it is enough, at times, to go without knowing where the end is, what the beginning– so long ago.
Perhaps you have friends who can whisper such things in your ear, hear little bits of messages in the laughter of children.
But mostly we just proceed ahead, not remembering how it all started, where it is leading, not sure if we are the waiting animal or the animal’s passing shadow in the grass.
attachment & immersion in life go hand in hand…..we can celebrate our tears as the beautiful essence of our love…..it all moves on…..this beautiful essence of what it means to be alive allows the transcendence of authenticity….a white purity of vanishing…
In our yearning for enlightenment, we might hope that it’s a state of unfluctuating perfection that solves the problem of the constant change that roils our lives. But if we see what we’re doing as awakening, something that unfolds over a lifetime, we understand that each of us is somewhere in the middle of a long walk through varied terrain. Then our task is to stay alive to the changes in that terrain & to trust the path as it appears before us, rather than try to impose our map on it…Joan Sutherland