Our mind is like a mirror, which reflects the universe and we watch the reflection. We take these reflections for reality so that we become entranced, repelled or indifferent to them. In meditation, we observe that all these reflections are changing conditions. We begin to see them as objects rather than as a self, where as when we’re ignorant we tend to seek identity with them.
Our image reflected in meditation, reflected in The Mirror of Dharma, is a reflextion of truth. It is undistorted and shows us everything as it is. One can become aware of one’s true self by reflecting in The Mirror of Dharma and being in meditation.
The perfect Way (Tao) is without difficulty.
Save that it avoids picking and choosing.
Only when you stop liking and disliking
Will all be clearly understood.
A split hairs difference,
And heaven and earth are set apart!
If you want to get the plain truth,
Be not concerned with right and wrong.
The conflict between right and wrong is the sickness of the mind.
“God, creator of all things.” Say it aloud or listen: in Latin, eight syllables, alternating short and long. “Each of these latter lasts twice as long as each of the former,” Augustine wrote. “I have only to pronounce the line to report that this is the case.” Yet how do we manage to make this measurement? The line is composed of syllables that the mind encounters in succession, one by one. How can the listener consider two syllables at once to compare their durations? How can one hold the longer syllable in mind? Its duration can’t be defined until it’s completed, but by then both syllables are gone. “Both have made their sound, and flown away, and passed by, and exist no more,” Augustine wrote, asking, “So what now exists for me to measure?”
Our “digital natives” may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped.
This fit in my own observations, and for me this report does not come as a surprise. It becomes harder and harder to find people who are able think for themselves, who don’t follow the herd mentality and don’t have the habit to be opinionated by all the crap they are reading online, on Facebook or whatever consumer channel they choose. It is plain horror. News and information should be more then a 145 chars headline from a single commercially controlled source. Luckily there is still an other side to the coin: http://www.slow-journalism.com/
“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.” – Rod Serling
“What is your contribution to society?”
“I mind my own business and I always know when to shut the fuck up.”
If you are reading this, then this warning is for you: Every word you read of this useless print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Move away from your screen. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Go out and fuck, move, run, breath in. Define your character. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. Find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. Test and define your character. Be who you are and not that copy of a copy of a copy. It’s all in your head. Be without mind. Explore solitude. Take away all clutter and distraction. Don’t try to blend into the world. Be on fire. Do not conform or live a life of false consistency. Be silent, be god, be a devil. Claim your humanity, prove you’re alive. Don’t become a statistic. You have been warned.
/ You should each individually Clarify \
| your own mind, Getting to the root |
| Without pursuing the branches. Just get |
| to the root, And the branches come of |
| themselves. If you want to get to the |
| root, Just get to know your mind. This |
| mind is basically the root Of all |
| mundane and supramundane Phenomena; as |
| long as the mind Does not become |
| obsessed with Good and bad, you will |
| realize that All things are basically |
\ just so. /