Is Rigpa Anarchy?
Rigpa is the absolute freedom of the individual.
Anarchy is the absolute freedom of the individual.
The difference is in the application; Rigpa is knowing one’s true nature, whereas ma-rigpa is not knowing one’s true nature.
If we bathe in not knowing, we think that we can do whatever we want whenever want, and act crazily.
Here, we are living on the blunt edge of a knife where whatever we do is more of the same, and there isn’t any progress. The mind is mushy.
If we bathe in knowing, then we are free from not knowing, while at the same time, we take refuge in or obey the Kayas – Dharmakaya (emptiness), Sambhogakaya (cognisance) and Nirmanakaya (unconfined compassion).
Here, we are living on the very sharp edge of a knife, as we are not free to do whatever we want: we can only work to bring about balance for the benefit of all. The mind is clear.
Anyone who wishes to be released from the dark prison of samsara (the vicious cycle of being ruled by thoughts and emotions) is therefore seen as an anarchist in the eyes of those bound in samsara. Just look back in history: how many enlightened ones have been condemned – and even killed – by the Samsara-ists?
To the conventional mind of non-practitioners, freedom of the individual to realise their true nature of pure consciousness is crazy talk.
To the enlightened mind of practitioners, freedom of the individual to realise their true nature of pure consciousness is natural to every sentient being.
From an enlightened perspective, anyone who does not obey the three kayas is an anarchist because they want their freedom to do anything they want whenever they want, which merely creates more suffering. Crazy.
Spiritual practice is about no longer being bound by conventions. Although we may play our part in humanity’s development, we are not bound.
An individual without expectations has absolute freedom, as they are not controlled by a desire for personal gain.