Originally posted by josephw
Are you confused by the scriptures beetle?
I had selected a line from Taoman's post above, and I simply addressed its assertion that looking outside for meaning would make one confused. I said that on the contrary I wasn't confused at all, that by looking outside my self I saw Jesus, and as a result I am whole. It's not all that complicated.
What is co ...[text shortened]... tance or meaning.
Adherence to this "philosophy" is nothing short of mental suicide.
"What is complicated is Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Instruction. It's all about ones' self. It's about looking inwardly and discarding all thought and meaning. That is confusion. The entire instruction reeks of mental annihilation. Each line is devoid of substance or meaning while trying to deny the very existence of substance or meaning.
Adherence to this "philosophy" is nothing short of mental suicide."
Maitripa is seeking to free us from our dependent mind-constructed "self" that in the second verse he states quite clearly does NOT really exist as a fully independent entity.
He indeed seeks your "mental suicide", the final and utter annihiliation of any solid concepy of a "self". And by so allowing this "death of "self" ( a theme not unheard of in the Christian faith) a liberation into the Light of the Non-Dual.
The Mahamudra means the "Great Seal", the final "Great Seal" and the document is utterly empty!
Thus indeed in shocking confusion a question arises in the mind - ????
What does this mean?
It means You are the Great Seal, You, this moment are the dharma-body, the embodied truth of all existence - right now. 'Letting go ('nirvana'
of' means letting go of any opinion or clinging that you have a totally independently existing "self or soul". You are a part of the definition of everything and everyone around you; and they are undeniably part of what your constructed self is.
As such "Jesus" and your mind's view of him (as well as others) is an aspect of your current "self". And that's ok too. But Maitripa invites to see the full picture and to do so you must let go of the finality of clingingly needing to define everything, including yourself and Jesus. "You" are, but in a very conditioned dependent way.
Who or what are "you" when all those conditioned defining supports are taken away?
You, and "Jesus" (which portrayed Jesus are we talking about?) are much, much more than your limited definings.
Was it not this Jesus that said " Die unto yourself that you may live"?