Living the Paradox
Apparently in quantum physics a certain ´thing´ can (in one and the same place and time) exist ánd not exist! This strikes me as quite a good metaphor for how I view ´the stuff´ we are dealing with in our search for truth.
Some time ago I read in a magazine a nice answer to a question in regard to the weird realities of modern physics. The journalist asked something like: ´Do you actually understand what you are dealing with here?´
The professor answered: ´Well understanding...it´s not really understanding, it´s more like you get used to it somehow.´
Not understanding, but getting used to it. The words of a hard-scientist. How refreshing.
The most interesting thing when I look at the words of teachers is the paradoxical nature of them ,which to me seems very appropriate since we are talking about Reality, just like physics.
I think really seeing/feeling the paradoxes can be a gateway to Reality.
Krishnamurti: ¨Truth has no tradition, it cannot be handed down.¨ (true!)
Osho: ¨ Krishnamurti is right when he says no Master is needed. Yes, one day you will also know that no Master is needed, but you will know only when somebody has awakened you or you have become awakened in somebody's presence. Then you will know, you will say 'Krishnamurti is right.' But if you listen to Krishnamurti right now and believe that no Master is needed, you will never come to know that Krishnamurti is right. You will remain unawakened.¨ (true also!)
Again Osho: ¨Krishnamurti has his way, and I am happy that he is in the world. He is at the other extreme. If he is gone, I will miss him more than anybody else in the world. But I can understand your question, Henk Faassen. This is not the only question; you have asked many more about the same thing. It seems it has hurt you deeply that I criticized Krishnamurti. You don't understand me yet. This is my way of paying respects to him. This is my way of declaring that there exists another enlightened person in the world.¨ (Nice!)
Paraphrasing Ramana: ¨To attain enlightenment you´ll need the intensity of a drowning man fighting for air.¨ (true)
Papaji: ¨Call off the search!.¨ (true)
But also the teachers contradict themselves. Because I can also remember that Ramana apparently said that enlightenment was the most simple thing.
When the zen-master Hui Neng was dying he allegedly said to his students (future teachers) something like: if someone makes a positive statement, you answer with a negative statement. And if someone makes a negative statement, you answer with a positive statement. (hardcore zen, haha)
´Form is emptiness. And emptiness is form´
The past two weeks I´ve been revisiting this enigmatic paradox. It came to me that people in the seeker realm (at least I did) will probably find it not so hard to integrate the first part of this paradox: form is emptiness. In essence there are no things (not even awareness, since that also is dependent on other things that don´t exist. Awareness may be the ultimate concept, but still it´s a concept like a cup or a thought...) Everything flows and even the ´flowing´ is a form that in it´s essence is empty (it does not exist.) The Buddha even spoke of the emptiness of emptiness.
But it is very essential to not forget the second (to me more mysterious) part of the paradox, which completes it: emptiness is form. So while there are no things, and even emptiness is a thing which in itself is empty, there still is the matter that emptiness is full of potential. For we could say that there is nothing, but this still is the opposite of something or everything, which is in the realm of duality. So emptiness is beyond the dual idea of nothing. It is totally Free potential (even free of freedom) that has no problem with contradicting itself. SO IT´S FORM AND NO FORM AT THE SAME TIME. It´s a pulsating paradox!
I think the result of looking only at the first ´form is emptiness part´ can for example lead to the typical buddhist monk who smiles all day, says very wise things - but with whom you don´t feel really safe. Something is missing. A certain true enjoyment that goes deeper than that superficial smile.
Everyone who is really honest feels it, but it´s hard to describe. I wonder whether it has to do with living the full paradox. So also the juicy part where emptiness is form.
Both at the same time.
The flux pulsating...
Reality has no problem with a paradox. Living the Paradox...is a kiss.