Hello! Welcome to today’s post that a little different from my usual topics, but I would consider it relevant for some people to have a read through and hopefully settle any worries or concerns that they may have due to the Corona Virus.
Are you self-isolating or working from home due to the Covid-19 Pandemic? I am sharing one of Alan Watt’s inspirational messages for anyone who is feeling lost or worried. I hope it helps those it finds.
“The only way to handle danger is to face it. If you start getting frightened of it, then, you make it worse because you project onto it all kinds of bogeys and threats which don’t exist in it at all.
Whenever you meet a ghost, don’t run away, because the ghost will capture the substance of your fear and materialize itself out of your own substance.
And will kill you eventually because it will take over all your own vitality.
So then, when confronted with a ghost, walk straight into it and it will disappear.
We got to survive. You must survive. That’s the great thing, we’re all working on that and pounding it out day after day, anxiety.
Anxiety is a fear that is one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other, forever.
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And if, by any chance, by any means you find out that that is not so, you have an entirely new attitude to what human beings are doing, which may be very creative, but which also may be very dangerous.
You see through the game.
You are only just kidding that you’re just ‘poor little me’.
See the function of a Guru, that is to say a Spiritual teacher in India, is to look, giving you a funny look in the eye because you come to him and say, “Mr. Guru, I can’t control my mind, and I am miserable and depressed”, and so on.
He gives you a funny look and you feel a bit nervous at the way he looks at you because he thinks no, he is reading your thoughts.
This man is a great magician, he can read everything that’s in you, he knows right down into your unconscious and you know all the awful desires you have and you are rather embarrassed that this man looks through you and sees them all.
That’s not what he’s looking at.
He’s giving you a funny look for quite another reason altogether, because he sees in you the Brahma, the Godhead, just claiming it’s ‘poor little me’.
That’s why he gives you a funny look, why he seems to see right through you as if to say, “Shiva, oh boy don’t kid me.
I know who you are, you’re coming on beautifully in this act that you are somebody else altogether, and I congratulate you.
You’re doing a wonderful job playing this part which you call, ‘the person’, my person. So, it’s all very well, anybody can have ecstasy.
Anybody as a matter of fact, can become aware that he is one with the eternal ground of the Universe. But since that’s what you are anyway, I’m going to ask so what.
When a hero goes on an adventure and he leaves his people and is going to a strange land, he can go away and just hide himself around the corner in an obscure house, and then appear a year later and say, “I’ve been on a heroic journey” and tell all sorts of tales, and they say, “Prove it!”
Because they expect him to bring back something, something which nobody has seen before. Then they believe you’ve been on a journey. So in the same way exactly, anybody who goes on a Spiritual journey must bring something back.
Because if you say, “Oh man, it was a gas!” They often say that!
Now this is why in the doctrines of Buddhism, there is a differentiation between two kinds of enlightened beings.
They are both forms of Buddha which is to say the word ‘Buddha’ means somebody who has awakened, who has discovered the secret behind all this.
In other words, all this thing that we call life with its frantic concerns is a big act, which you, in your unconscious deaths are deliberating setting up.
So, you can do one of two things when you discover this, you can become what’s called a solitary Buddha who doesn’t tell anything, or you can become a Bodhisattva.
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Solitary Buddha goes off into his ecstasy and never is seen again. Bodhisattva is one who comes back who appears in the everyday world,and plays the game of the everyday world.
But he brings with him GU paya. He brings with him some way of showing that he’s been on the journey. That he’s come back and he is going to let you in on the secret too.
If you play it cool, and also come back to go in everyday life of everyday people, the first thing then is to discover what indeed you do love, if anything, and you will find there is something.
And then, go into the nature of that.
Now it’s said that selfish people love themselves, is something which you thought was other than yourself. Even if it is you and things as ice-cream or booze.
In the conventional sense booze is not you, nor is ice-cream. It certainly turns you into a matter of speaking when you consume it but then you don’t have it anymore.
And as you look around for some more in order to love it once again. But so long as you love it you see, it’s never you.
When you love people even however selfishly you love them, because of the pleasant sensations they give to you, still it is somebody else that you love.
And as you enquire into this, as you follow honestly your own selfishness, many interesting transformations begin to come about in you.
One of the most interesting transformations of being directly and honestly selfish in the same way, for example cats are, is that you stop deceiving people.
If what you define as you inseparable from everything which you define as not you, just as front is inseparable from back. Then you realize that deep down between self and other, there is some sort of conspiracy.
If these things always occur in combination and look very different from each other, and feel quite different. Nevertheless, the feeling of differences between the allows each one to exist.
And so underneath the opposition or the polarity between self and other or between any other pair of opposites you can think up, there is something in common, as there is, for example, between figure and background.
You can’t see a figure without a backround. You can’t have an organism without an environment. Equally you can’t have a backround without a figure or an environment without organisms in it, or without things.
You can’t have space which is unoccupied by any solid. You cannot have solids not occupying some space. This is absolutely elementary and yet, we don’t realize it because for example, the average person thinks space is nothing.
That it’s just a sort of ‘not thereness’, in which there are things, and we are slightly afraid that ‘not thereness’, than ‘nothingness’, that ‘darkness’, that the ‘negative poles’ of all these oppositions will win.
That they will swallow up every kind of being in every kind of ‘thereness’.
But when you catch onto the Game, you realize that that won’t happen. Because what is called ‘not existing’ is quite uncapable of being there without the contrast of something called ‘existing’.