Relative and Ultimate Truth – Spontaneous Wisdom & Laughter

‘An idiot will do a lot of bad things and go to hell.
Another idiot will do a lot of good things and go to heaven.
The wise will transcend the good and bad and get liberated’

I heard this wisdom in the evening today from Dzongen Khyentse Rinpoche who was quoting a Buddhist master. Rinpoche is himself a great Buddhist master who, it seemed to me, was a Buddha, not a Buddhist. Also, an author and film maker.

And there were many other nuggets of wisdom, subtleties:

• Buddha said there are two downfalls:
1. Overly believing in things that are believable
2. Overly not believing in things that are not believable.

• Seeing Buddhism simplistically as just non-violence, meditation and eating vegetarian food greatly narrows the vastness of Buddhism.

• Both the relative and the ultimate truth are crucial. And the relative is as important and difficult to grasp as the ultimate. Deeply understanding the relative truth is the ultimate truth.

• He spoke of Nagarjuna who said, ‘I praise you, Buddha who never said there is Nirvana which requires abandoning the Samsara’ and in the same breath also said, ‘I praise you Gautama when you say Nirvana means seeing there is no Samsara’

• This quote of Nagarjuna summarises the 4 truths that he shared later:
1. All compounded things are impermanent
2. All emotions are pain
3. Nothing is inherently existing in nature (Shunyata)
4. Nirvana is beyond extremes

• Impermanence is not something negative but something that gives hope that we can change, evolve and thought can become richer. Renouncing what is carnal and material is not because it is evil, but because it doesn’t exist, in truth!

• Emotions create suffering. The word suffering doesn’t quite capture the depth and richness of the Sanskrit word, ‘dukha’ which has many elements- esp. the aspect of being ‘time-bound’ and anything that is time bound, is unpredictable, creates insecurity, something one cannot trust and hence painful. Have you noticed, he joked, how with your spouse one moment all is well and the next moment all hell breaks loose- Moods swing..

• Dharma, the Buddha said is required like a Placebo because we think we have a problem. The Dhamma is self –corrosive.. it is designed to ‘cancel’ itself. Which I guess prevents it from becoming actually corrosive and a dogma.

• Indians are so much receptive and understand unlike Americans and Europeans. From a young age they encounter things like Ganesha, an elephant riding a mouse. They are used to out-of-box, non-rational way of looking at things. Sadly, Indians did not have common sense because they had wisdom. Wisdom and ‘common sense’ are arch rivals. But sadly, Indians are now learning common sense. I was sad when I went to Delhi airport and saw it functioning so well. I like cows walking all around 😉

• Indians have forgotten their wisdom maters and are following the likes of Freud, Jung, Tolstoy, Kant. Common Sense is not good to understand Shunyata which Indians understand intuitively.

• ‘Logic is the most sophisticated way of making yourself an idiot’

• Naropa’s 6 Yogas is Tantric Buddhism brings the solution and the problem very close to each other. Unlike Anger (problem) vs Love & Compassion (Solution). In Tantra Body is equally important as the mind. You are the deity. Even putting on a lipstick is an offering to the Buddhas.

• To see that the deepest truth is that ‘I am dreaming you and You are dreaming me.’ In Dream Yoga you learn to be aware of the dram inside the dream.

• The Guru in Tantric Buddhism is not limited to a person. It is the nature of the mind which is reflected as someone who teaches you.

• Karma is not fixed, permanent, fatalistic. Thanks to Karma, everything is very flexible.

• Buddha was not a Buddhist.

When Nature Wants A Man ~Angela Morgan

Need more be said? 😉

Perhaps how this beautiful blessing came to me. It came through Saraswati, a very dear friend, wife of late Rajesh Dalal, one of my most precious friends and mentors – who had his awakening through J.Krishnamurti. Saraswati mentioned that this was K’s favorite poem. To share the story of how something comes about makes it come alive somehow. Enjoy.

When Nature Wants A Man

When Nature wants to drill a man
And thrill a man,
And skill a man,
When Nature wants to mould a man
To play the noblest part;
When she yearns with all her heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall praise–
Watch her method, watch her ways!
How she ruthlessly perfects
Whom she royally elects;
How she hammers him and hurts him
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay
Which only Nature understands–
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!–
How she bends, but never breaks,
When his good she undertakes….
How she uses whom she chooses
And with every purpose fuses him,
By every art induces him
To try his splendor out–
Nature knows what she’s about.

When Nature wants to take a man
And shake a man
And wake a man;
When Nature wants to make a man
To do the Future’s will;
When she tries with all her skill
And she yearns with all her soul
To create him large and whole….
With what cunning she prepares him!
How she goads and never spares him,
How she whets him and she frets him
And in poverty begets him….
How she often disappoints
Whom she sacredly anoints,
With what wisdom she will hide him,
Never minding what betide him
Though his genius sob with slighting
And his pride may not forget!
Bids him struggle harder yet.
Makes him lonely
So that only
Life’s high messages shall reach him
So that she may surely teach him
What the Hierarchy planned.
Though he may not understand
Gives him passions to command–
How remorselessly she spurs him,
With terrific ardor stirs him
When she poignantly prefers him!

When Nature wants to name a man
And fame a man
And tame a man;
When Nature wants to shame a man
To do his heavenly best….
When she tries the highest test
That her reckoning may bring–
When she wants a god or king!–
How she reins him and restrains him
So his body scarce contains him
While she fires him
And inspires him!
Keeps him yearning, ever burning
For a tantalising goal–
Lures and lacerates his soul.
Sets a challenge for his spirit,
Draws it higher when he’s near it–
Makes a jungle, that he clear it;
Makes a desert, that he fear it
And subdue it if he can–
So doth Nature make a man.
Then, to test his spirit’s wrath
Hurls a mountain in his path–
Puts a bitter choice before him
And relentless stands o’er him.
“Climb, or perish!” so she says….
Watch her purpose, watch her ways!

Nature’s plan is wondrous kind
Could we understand her mind …
Fools are they who call her blind.
When his feet are torn and bleeding
Yet his spirit mounts unheeding,
All his higher powers speeding
Blazing newer paths and fine;
When the force that is divine
Leaps to challenge every failure
And his ardor still is sweet
And love and hope are burning
In the presence of defeat….
Lo, the crisis! Lo, the shout
That must call the leader out.
When the people need salvation
Doth he come to lead the nation….
Then doth Nature show her plan
When the world has found–a man!

~Angela Morgan (1875 – 1957)

My need or their need or ..

I noticed how I often go to someone with my need to ‘help’/ rescue without sensing whether there really is a willingness for someone to learn and receive.

To learn to sense if that is what life wants… is an art.

To see that which is not easily visible
To listen to that which is not ordinarily ‘audible’
To feel that which is not normally feelable..

Isn’t that the profound invitation of life?

INKing what is DEEP while it is RED still..

I have often felt that blogging can happen on the go. Just cut-pasting a chat. A mini blog on some insight as one stepped into the shower, a conversation with a friend.. and so many such moments of aha! and truth.. worth capturing.

Just a little while back, I pinged a dear friend, Sashank on google talk and we had a spontaneous chat and as you read it, you will see the genesis of this blog.
I was with Deep Red Ink for 2 days over the weekend where Sashank is a Partner. DRI is a precious part of the CoEvolve ecology. The idea was to examine and explore what is required for them to move to Level Next. Even that came out of a in-the-moment phone call that I made to Santhan, co-founder of DRI after I discovered that some mutual friends, also his customers, were exasperated in some ways.

I have also been grappling for many years how to sustain the momentum of any initiative. And I guess, its happening finally- though baby steps, but something of an enduring nature is being born.

So this is the chat. Unedited.. well almost! Tell us if it spoke to you!
I have found that chats have such a ‘now’ quality about it that sometimes they are more ‘real’ and authentic than face-to-face conversations which are over rated, I feel.
Minus the body language, with enough space for allowing pauses, one tends to be oneself more. No need to wear any masks! You will see what I mean- hopefully!

me: hey sashank!
Sashank: hey, howz you K
me: all well
did u see tof glimpses on youtube?
Sashank: i wanted to but not yet
in case u want to!

how are things.. are u guys working today?
Sashank: interesting actually
everyone was on time today, like for the first time
me: wow! thats something.
now to make it last!

Sashank: we had a big conversation today, which was of much higher quality
me: hmmm
Sashank: in a meeting with Apoorva, krishna and D facilitating (D is Deepti ;-))
me: awwwwwwesome!
so guess u cant be here with me much!

Sashank: anil was super proactive
i was speaking my mind more

me: kya baat hai.. iss rate se coevolve will also have to become a part of DRI 😉
Sashank: well K.. its a sign of things to come

me: hmmm
tks for this update. means a lot to me.. gently appreciate people w/o making a big deal of anything
Sashank: i was anyway going to share with you… esp from a personal context
the appreciation is from deep with in
atleast Im excited at the output
me: and keep yr feet on the ground

Sashank: yes
me: do a blog! if it feels right
Sashank: but seeing how I must reinvent my blog also…
to not make them actual posts but like simple elevator pitches…
will keep you posted on that

will do

me: yes.. i often feel that also.. mini blogs
Sashank: yes like Seth Godin
me: he writes very short ones?
Sashank: ya… some times its only Title +1 line

me: like we could just cut-paste this chat and it cd become a blog post, hai na?- sthg like that!
Sashank: exactly
me: with a few lines edited and added!
Sashank: exactly
me: chalo- i will attempt it and even u can.. lets see
Sashank: lets see

me: on the go.. here-now.. chal bye now.. and convey my hug to all at the rigjht time.. which could be suddenly in the middle of a seriosu meeting when it is least expected! – lol

Sashank: 🙂
you are on a roll!
have fun!

me: chal.. u all make me rock.. and then i must roll
Sashank: indeed
me: chalo- any famous last lines for the benefit of the blog? some one minute wisdom!
9:06 PM
from Venkata the Sashank..

Sashank: Let the tao flow!
me: kewl..bye now!

Am glad I could ink what is deep and light.. while it is red..before it turns orange or green!
What say?

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