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October 1, 2010 032

 

Sunyata

is that incommensurable element of metaphysical reality

which, in contrast to its phenomenal or formal elements,

can only be circumscribed as

“emptiness from all conceptual designations,”

similar to “space”

which includes and contains all things and movements

and is at the same time contained in them.

 

Sunyata is, so to say,

the spiritual space

whose emptiness

(this is the literal explanation of Sunyata)

makes possible

the wealth of forms and activities

and the freedom which exists prior to any law

(“at the first step we are free,

at the second we are slaves”),

the purity and liberty of action of the Origin.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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August 3, 2014 butterflies 089

The part receives meaning from the whole,

but not vice-versa.

If we detach the individual

from his relation with the totality of the universe,

he will be reduced to a meaningless illusion,

a non-entity.

If we see him in relationship

to the whole universe,

he becomes an exponent of cosmic reality

(the Atman of the Upanishads).

And if he becomes fully conscious of it,

he becomes an Enlightened One, a Buddha.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

July 29, 2014 garden 030

 

It is the deadly sameness of machine-made things

and of a life governed by technology

which perverts the mind and kills the spirit.

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Infinite variety is the hallmark of the creative genius;

sameness the hallmark of mediocrity and decadence.

The symbol of the machine is the wheel.

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The machine-wheel is the symbol of Samsara,

of ever-recurring birth and death,

of the inescapable law of existence. ..

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But there is another wheel, an invisible one,

which does not revolve

but which radiates and pervades every form of life.

It is the Dharma-Cakra

and he who realizes it,

realizes his universality and the infinite relationship

of all things and forms of appearance,

without denying their relative existence and value.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

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july 25, 2014 beach 042

 

A high degree of culture and insight

are required to experience

the eternal in transient forms,

to see the timeless harmony

in the momentariness of phenomena,

to feel the infinite rhythm

that pervades

even the most insignificant forms of life.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

july 25, 2014 beach 024

 

Life means giving and taking:

exchange, transformation.

It is breathing in and breathing out.

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It is not the taking possession of anything,

but a taking part in everything

that comes in touch with us.

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It is neither a state of possession

nor of being possessed,

neither a clinging to the objects of our experience

nor a state of indifference,

but the middle way,

the way of transformation.

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We are transformed by what we accept.

We transform what we have accepted

by assimilating it.

We are transformed by the act of giving,

and we contribute to

the transformation of others

by what we are giving.

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He who opposes this process of transformation

will die the slow death of rigidity …

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014