Words Show The Way
but are not the way itself.
The way is the actual experience of reality.
When the truth of pure consciousness is experienced,
even a thousand Buddhas could not discourage us.
In meditation, what needs to be, is,
and what isn’t necessary, drops away.
Now, words only confirm what we know.
Words have many levels.
There are nine vehicles of understanding in Buddhism,
each using the same words
but the meaning of these words changes.
Each level is complete in itself.
As experiences deepen, the meaning of words also deepens.
Perception refines and clarifies,
and a thousand Buddhas could not discourage us.
The following words can be re-viewed:
“Jesus said to him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man comes to the Father, but by me.”
The ‘way’ is our confusion parcelled up in an image of “I am”.
The ‘truth’ is that “I am” has no true existence,
although there is still conscious ‘life’.
The highest consciousness is pure consciousness; the ‘Father’.
This is only realised through the experience that “I am” has no true reality:
“… no man comes to the Father, but by me.”
When the illusion of ‘me’ is recognised,
that which recognises is pure consciousness.
We therefore have to acknowledge our illusory nature first:
“…no man comes to the Father but by me.”
Words show the way.
NB Another way to look at Christ’s statement (from a Buddhist perspective) is that nobody will understand ultimate truth except via a teacher who introduces us to the nature of mind. Such a teacher must come from an authentic lineage; there is a suggestion that Jesus travelled to India and perhaps received these teachings, going on to express them in his own way. It could also be that writers of the Bible may have influenced the choice of wording which could have obscured the meaning. Of course, the reader may see this differently. 😉