Originally posted by buckky
It seems that the ego keeps many of us trapped in defending our position. If I'm involved with a certain mind set or religion then it must be the correct one. The ego creates an illusion that blinds us to real Truth.
"I","me","my" are words that represent the predominant obstacle to Recognition because they continually re-inforce the concept of a bounded permanent "self" that is actually non-existent*. It could be said that until an absence of self (ego) is accepted we cannot begin to recognize the Reality.
But here words and concepts begin to fail, for if there is no self, who or what accepts the absence of self? Effort to let go of self only again re-inforces the problem. The Tibetan Dzogchen sages (and reflected also in Zen, Daoism, Shamanism and other mystic paths}, tell us it is best to neither cling to or reject such concepts, to abide in the Middle Way, and do nothing at all, not trying with moral improvement to reach anything, or practising sacred vows, rituals or meditational attainments on some gradual ascending path. Similarly, cherished self-binding conceptual understandings, of whatever degree of truth, prevent complete Recognition by the very cherishing.
This that we are is already That which embraces all polarities, including the personal and impersonal, and it has been thus from the beginningless beginning. Whether we even recognise it or not does not effect the Reality of it either. But it is nice to find out, very nice indeed.
But then "who" finds out?
The sound of laughter echoes through the Emptiness.
Nirvana means to finally and ultimately "let go",
as stepping out into the
Openness of the Infinite Spaciousness,
being the moment of Now.
[*We do have a functional,conditioned,relative "self" in the sphere of manifestation.]