We Need To Know

Before we can have action or devotion – bhakti yoga and karma yoga – we need to know jnana yoga (the path of knowledge) which ask questions such as “What or who am I”?

Knowledge leads to wisdom. This is the Dzogchen approach of direct seeing and dropping into emptiness. Emptiness is uncontaminated, pure consciousness. It is then that we can truly engage in devotion and action.

When emptiness is realised, the dualistic patterns of ordinary consciousness are no longer able to function. Without this realisation, ordinary consciousness continues to express itself in a dualistic way. In emptiness, nothing lingers. Everything that arises in the mind is not frozen, and so, is liberated.

The substitute for emptiness is ego – a memory bank of automatic programming that comes into play at every moment. Constantly referring to memory creates dualism which, in turn, creates reactions. These reactions reinforce the memory bank, building a fixated personality.

Without the realisation of emptiness, there can be no freedom, because dualism means that the mind is focusing on something else, reacting to it and adding to the memory bank, thus accumulating a source for further reactions. That is karma at work; we do this to ourselves.

With the realisation of emptiness, karma cannot be reinforced because, for karma to be created, there needs to be a reaction.

As we progress, Samsara (this crazy cycle of existence) is emptying, and the memory bank of reactions is becoming bankrupt! In non-duality, the programming is not being supported; we have time and space to simply stop and stare.

William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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