Liberation from Dependency
To be able to ‘read between the lines’ means to perceive or deduce a meaning that is hidden or implied rather than being openly stated.
‘Independent’ is being free from outer control, not subject to another’s authority, and capable of thinking or acting for oneself. In other words, genuine liberation.
We are not hungry ghosts, sinners or stupid creatures; we just haven’t met with the right inspiration to realise our own reality.
We are born into confusion. The paradox is that, in desperately trying to find a way out of this confusion, we find a way to fit into this confusion. The result, of course, is confusion. This is samsara – the vicious cycle of existence that keeps us in a tender trap of absurdity.
But the fact still remains that we are not stupid. We have just become dependent on ideas – others’ ideas. Let’s be honest; we don’t have an original idea of our own, and nor does anyone else. Everything comes about by causes and conditions. Nothing comes out of the blue, but a cause may be hidden for a while.
Answers come about through questions – our questions. True insight comes from personal experience, rather than from language, scripture, philosophy or higher authority. We have to be honest and willing to leave behind convenient truths in order to find what we are looking for – even if it means discovering something unpleasant. That unpleasantness – the cause of suffering – is our path to vanquishing all obstacles. There are no certainties except pure consciousness – the final observation, the final resolution, the loosening, the final release!
We are not stupid. We have just become needy and dependent, and we need to question our dependency, even though that may be uncomfortable. The right inspiration is our teacher. A ‘teacher’ is not a named person: it is anything that inspires us not to be dependent, because that right inspiration is within and all around us – and has been all along. Funnily enough, the person who really annoys us is that inspiration, because it is showing us our type of emotional reactions (pride, anger etc) that obscure pure perception. It’s that simple.
That is what the human teacher is; a guide to realising the inner teacher so that we are not dependent on the human teacher. The outer human teacher cannot be with us all the time but serves as a reminder, and a psychological support. That is what the basic (read between the lines 😀 ) Buddha’s teaching does – precisely.
If a teacher needs students for their ongoing credibility and sustenance, then we may find ourselves in a tender trap. The basis of the Buddha’s teaching is natural, observable and free. All the teachings on reality are within us. “Don’t take my words for it…see!” said the Buddha 😀
The teacher-student relationship can create heightened perception of both what we are and what the world around us is – or these can remain just as ideas.
The teachings and inspiration come from our own questioning, rather than from being nicely entertained.