Q. Where is confusion?
A. It is in the conflict between essence and ideas.
Programme: coded instructions for the automatic performance of a task – pre-written.
Karmic formation: conceptual imprints in the mind that create reactions – pre-written.
Through continually calculating, we are pre-writing and encoding our destiny, creating more confusion!
As long as we think or believe that there is a heaven and a hell – a samsara and nirvana – we will remain guilty and confused, giving rise to hope and fear. These are merely ideas in the mind, contrived and misinterpreted by middlemen or intercessors, promoting ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Reality is right in the middle, neither one nor the other but resting in the unity of recognition of the reflections in the mind. The moment the reflection – the movement in emptiness – is recognised, emptiness is remembered. Gradually, this becomes instantaneous.
We are holding on to a mistaken reflection. This is a very simple, very subtle but very powerful mistake. Confusion and delusion are not ‘out there’ on big display boards: they are minute misunderstandings giving rise to subtle ideas which produce karma/programming. Pure awareness is constantly looking at reflections in the mind and calling them ‘me’ and ‘mine’. Once we do this, we are prey to mara-demons that can feed off us, blessing us with more confusion. This is precisely what the religion of consumerism is all about.
The antidote is recognition and regret. We have to stop falling into the same old pattern of behaviour, as it reveals a lack of control. Take a fresh look without comment. In the recognition of pure perception, there is no confusion: confusion lies only in the lazy interpretation.