“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
― Ramana Maharshi
Everything is so ordinary, but we insist on making it complicated.
Even our thoughts have a habit of starting out small and becoming extraordinarily important.
Of course, this ‘Is-ness’ message is beyond the ken of most people.
But when there is no thinking, what else is there?
I know it’s easy to get drawn into an argument about the words used but, trust me, the deeper you go, the harder it gets to maintain the facade that ‘me’ is something different to everything else. Of course, the ‘me’ — that contraction of self-centred energy — doesn’t want to hear this message; it knows where it will lead, i.e. the end.
For sure. I mean who would wish for a miracle that’s so ordindary? Oh, the sweet-smelling paradox.
I don’t suspect any of this means a damn thing.
Try this for size (taken from the Heart Sutra):
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
What does that mean to you?
In the end, as I’ve said many, many times, you’re either drawn in this direction and have this sensibility or you’re not. For my part, I’m not on a mission to do anything or get anything.
Being…is enough for me.