The Sky of Mind Dissolves in Light
The mind is like a cave of bats. Countless eyes are suspended in darkness, with sharp feet clinging to the convolutions of the brain, hiding from light. The billions of thoughts and images swarm out in the dark night sky of mind, lusting and hungry for their objects.
What can be done? No struggle in the sky can cause this numberless herd to vanish. But if attention itself is simply turned to the light, the inward crowd dissolves, and the cave and the sky dissolve in the night-rise, passing beyond the day into Brightness.
And what is that light by which the mind is vanquished, if only attention is surrendered there? It is the All-Pervading Current of Vibratory Life, in which the body, the brain, and the world are floating. And it is the Transcendental Consciousness, from which attention and then thought both rise, the way a bat follows sound into darkness with an open mouth to be fed.
There is nothing unique to be found within. There is no independent psyche. There is no depth to mind. All is like language—a learned assembly and logic of signs we all share.
There is nothing unique to be found without. There is no ultimate answer, no ultimate fulfillment, no final satisfaction of endless desire and hope. There is no depth to the whole world.
There is only one event: Something arising. All arising is the same mysterious fascination. Only the Mystery is ever found, within and without. Therefore, all that a man or woman may confront is the process of arising, instant forever. When the valuation of one moment or condition over against another ceases by this insight, then profound sensitivity is felt relative to every instant of simple arising. And this sensitivity becomes ultimate and radical intuition of the Condition of this whole process of arising.
There is unqualified Consciousness, Radiant and prior to form. The world, the body, and every thought or presumption or perception, and even the sense of independent identity, all arise in every instant, prior to all causation or meaning, as modifications of that Radiant Field or Ignorance. There is no necessity to any of it. It is all a Play that makes its own meanings and apparent necessities. Meaning and necessity are not caused or generated by the Real Condition itself.
Once this intuition exactly flashes, all summary and eternally obvious, humor suddenly returns, and the game or process of everything is released of the burden to fulfill and to solve—and also to reveal Truth and Happiness.
The ultimate fulfillment of the Law—which is sacrifice, ecstasy, or love—is to abide as this intuition in every instant, eternally free and full. It is no answer. It is simply free. All questions are simply dissolved in it.
What of life then? It is not that it is a problem. What arises, arises. It does not merely arise to oneself. It arises inclusive of oneself and as oneself. Therefore, life is ultimately and wisely lived with humor and in freedom, allowing all to pass and also to be bright in the present. But there is no fit or frenzy of living.
There is natural abiding in every instant in the intuition of the Condition of these conditions. Thus meditation has been transcended in perpetual and tranquil Bliss, and all conditions of experience are transcended in every instant. The search falls away. There is only sacrifice of conditions into the Feeling at Infinity. Soon the transparency of everything dissolves everything in unambiguous Joy.
When the subjective order comes to rest, and also the search to stimulate it and activate a fascinated life again, then all urges cease, and there is no binding force or implication in the pattern of relations. One is no longer moved by curious patterns of desire. Simply abide in this tranquility, disturbed by nothing within or without. Feel in the Bliss of the desireless Absolute while all things pass forever.
Inwardness and the illusion of independent identity make life desirable and glamorous and threatening, as if it were all leading somewhere we need to go. But when the inward illusion is dissolved, the world of relations stands plain. There is no desire, and therefore no sign of necessity. Fascination fails. Compassion awakens. The world is to be transcended, since it is never fulfilled. At times “I” tries to create an inward realm of desiring thought again, in order to become lively at life again. But always tranquility overwhelms the inner man, and the world is relieved of its fascination. Now “I” serves, to refresh and awaken his friends. Perhaps it is useless. But the moment passes, and Truth is the only profound.
–Adi Da Samraj, Enlightenment of the Whole Body