The Uniqueness Of Our Path
Because of our personal fixations and inclinations, we have to confront a unique karmic obligation, bound by universal law. Our spiritual path (to knowing our absolute nature) is our own relative confusion that obscures that absolute nature. For this, we need clarity of understanding. It is we – our essential nature – who has to recognise these specific obstacles, revealed in the emotional realm or attitude in which we seem to exist.
There are six realms in Buddhism, each represented by one of the emotions: pride, jealousy, hatred, stupidity, desire and miserliness. We pass through them all on a daily basis, but one will seem to dominate.
The outer path we choose to follow is the one that comes nearest to our inclinations, and cannot be mixed with other paths as it becomes tainted. Although it is useful to compare, appreciate and respect other paths, if we choose an approach, we need to follow it very carefully. In this way, we have the opportunity to look at our own obscurations more deeply, and so move through the different levels, refining perception – while remembering that our obscurations are our path. This is important because of the unity of the two truths; one is within the other. It is the awareness of the obscuration that clarifies the obscuration, and reveals pure awareness. The experience of raw emotions is vital to wisdom.
If we are continually distracted by other approaches, we will only confuse ourself, and maybe even become angry and cause harm. I’ve experienced this; it is known as, “Trying to sew with a two-headed needle.”
Even in Buddhism, there are many approaches, and words are used in different ways throughout the various yanas or levels, depending on context. This is why we must be very careful when discussing or talking with others, as the inner wind in the subtle body can rise up like a snake and cause trouble – and we get that old feeling in the gut! Best to smile and let it be. 😀
Buddhism is unique in its approach to the unity of relative and absolute truth, of how they work as one to bring about inner and outer harmony.
This blog offers the yana of Maha Ati/Dzogchen approach.