Sunday March 5, 2017
Common seriousness is a disease.
Spiritual seriousness is a curse.
Beyond common and spiritual seriousness one finds the laughter of the Buddhas.
Mind is always serious about something. It is always on the becoming line. It is never here and now and only in the now and here all is always well.
The last game the mind can play is the search for enlightenment. This search brings the mind to its limit, because there is no way to reach, to become. It can only be realized, because it’s everybody’s intrinsic nature. The realization of one’s Buddha nature is a happening of grace. For most of the seekers the first glimpses of awakening, also known as satoris, happen through the grace of their gurus or masters. Grace cannot get created through a method, technique or meditation. It’s a happening beyond explanation. It’s a happening beyond the dualistic mind. These happenings are always individual, according to one’s state of ripening. It will happen, but one needs to patiently wait, just wait. As long as one waits for grace to happen, it will not happen.
So friends, please forget about awakening or further more enlightenment. Just enjoy the waiting and be open and ready to receive an unknown guest without knowing when the guest will come.
Years ago I made a joke by saying that a group enlightenment could be possible, to motivate the group present in those days to go on moving to open up and to stay open. For whosoever has heard this: it’s a joke. It’s all nonsense. Please do not take it serious. It’s not possible.
Everything has its time of ripening and remember it’s grace. Grace cannot be made a goal, neither for individuals, nor for a group.
Many things I said in the past are outdated. The grace of my master is still moving me on. I’m learning through trial and error and that way the ripening is happening.
So please friends, don’t be in a hurry with awakening, enlightenment or even further being an enlightened master. These things are in the hands of grace. One can only prepare the house to be always aware and ready to receive the guest called grace. All the beings down the ages who received the grace of awakening and further on the grace of crystallizing in enlightenment stay humbly faithful to their masters and gurus, just to make sure that not some left over of some ambitious mind comes back and creates some fuck up. Like making wine, there is a time of fermenting and a time of ripening and many things can go wrong before the wine is filled into the bottles, ready to be celebrated as a great drink. In all these processes an experienced wine maker, the cellar master, takes care that all goes well. Similar to this is the spiritual journey through this life. One needs to stay alert, aware and humbly ready to learn and listen to the universal laws, which are available through the people who have ripened to share the understanding, known as the dhamma, the teaching of the dharma.
In the past I went through a phase that I call spiritual puberty. Naturally in such a phase I made a few not so ripe statements, caught in the concept of ‘I am a rebel’, a typical puberty concept, which is just a misunderstanding of rebellion.
Howsoever, I never have taken my whatsoever self too serious. I’m still following the advice of my master, which says “be a joke onto yourself”.
So beloved reader, forgive my imperfections, I’m always willing to update the mistakes I find. Thank you for your trust and I’m grateful to everybody who allows me to share the ripening. I have no doubt that all is going well and after coming out of the spiritual puberty, a more poetic expression would be ‘fire phase’, I apologize to my master for being a crazy disciple with an unshakeable willingness to move on and to learn to expand in compassion.
Alright friends, let’s stay easy and humorous. Life is a great hilarious divine happening and I feel blessed to celebrate it with all of you together.