RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- The teachings tell us what it is we need to realize, but we also have to go
on our own journey, in order to come to a personal realization. That journey
may take us through suffering, difficulties, and doubts of all kinds, but
they will become our greatest teachers. Through them we will learn the
humility to recognize our limitations, and through them we will discover the
inner strength and fearlessness we need to emerge from our old habits and
set patterns, and surrender into the vaster vision of real freedom offered
by the spiritual teachings.
We are so addicted to looking outside ourselves that we have lost access to
our inner being almost completely. We are terrified to look inward, because
our culture has given us no idea of what we will find. We may even think
that if we do, we will be in danger of madness. This is one of the last and
most resourceful ploys of ego to prevent us from discovering our real
So we make our lives so hectic that we eliminate the slightest risk of
looking into ourselves. Even the idea of meditation can scare people. When
they hear the words egoless or emptiness, they think that experiencing those
states will be like being thrown out the door of a spaceship to float
forever in a dark, chilling void. Nothing could be further from the truth.
But in a world dedicated to distraction, silence and stillness terrify us;
we protect ourselves from them with noise and frantic busyness. Looking into
the nature of our mind is the last thing we would dare to do.
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If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.