Walking In Darkness
There are Dzogchen teachings everywhere;
it all depends on how we see.
In the New Testament, Corinthians 13 was written around 1,720 years ago, and is as true today as it was then – and even further back in time, as it’s timeless. Here, we are looking at line 12:
“For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part;
Dzogchen teachings clarify this:
‘Through a glass darkly’ is seeing through our confusion of ideas.
‘Face to face’ is seeing directly = non-duality.
‘Now I know in part’ – we only know a part of our reality.
When we realise our true reality of pure consciousness,
we will know as the realised ones know.
When we do not recognise the light of wisdom – our natural clarity of consciousness – we walk in darkness. Everything that we do, say and think takes form within this darkness, as we are ignorant of our first reality. We’ve become so used to this confusion which creates chaos that we are expert ‘Samsaric gods’ living in darkness, with no time to stop and find the switch, which would illuminate the lamp that dispels darkness.
Beautiful words about the switch
are not the same as switching.
The switch is purely meditation, where we just stop doing and being something. There is, in fact, no meditator as there is no relating, and no reference point. It’s that simple. The darkness lifts, and our fixating thoughts drop away to reveal the self-existing light of clarity that has been present all the while. In darkness, we mistakenly take sides which fogs reality, and so we see darkly. Meditation is light, whether we experience the pleasant and unpleasant.
It is because we consent to just believe that we remain in darkness. We become predictable, as we are continually bumping into the same obstacles. It all depends on how we see; when we know we are walking in darkness, the light is on! It’s all about realising that we are this light. When we walk in light, we stop stumbling into fixations and doubts.
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity (TB – unconditional love without expectations of gain), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (TB – unconditional love without expectations of gain).
What more are we looking for?