trapped by rationalism

trapped by rationalism

Recently I spent some time with my father. And my father is considered a great Mahasandhi master. And for so many years I didn’t really formally received teachings but I went there this time to ask some teachings. Of course most of his teachings are in form of scolding and criticism and all of that. But something what he said really struck my for days, for month, really put me into another world and really made me think for days. And after that I really really appreciate his words that came out of his experience. You know not just being scholar. You know in Tibetan we call it ???, scholar or learned, disciplined, kind. I think many of us are attracted to a learned scholar. I mean that is already quite admirable, please go ahead. But we should be more admired to those who are disciplined and learned. But this two qualities can still be forgotten, we can still bypass these two if you meet someone who is kind. And kindness comes through experience. So anyway, one thing that my father said was. He said, pointing at me: “You will never achieve enlightenment in this life.” And I was sort of surprised and you know, stunned. And he said: “Do you know why? Because you are so rational. Rational, you are trapped by so called rationalism.” And that is so true. Because all the time, every time what I do, I do so that people will not be upset. So that people will like me. Almost so much so that sometimes I do things that people will praise me. Discipline, you know we try like, somebody points a camera at you and then you go like this. Because that is what the Rinpoches are supposed to do. Smile a little bit. You understand. And if you are bare chested, you immediately try to cover it. All this is called ???. ??? means, it is basically a vanity. It is a vanity. It is no difference the legs and the breast we were talking yesterday, remember cosmopolitan type. This is a spiritual cosmopolitan. It is a complete show. It is hypocrisy. Nothing inside, all you are trying to do is to behave nice so that people will like you. You are deceiving yourself and you are deceiving others. And do you know were this comes from? Thinking that Dharma is a good discipline or a good morality. Or a fixer of a problem in our life. We have to transcend this. So what do we do. Well use any teachings such as the great Mahasiddha Virupa, the great Sakyapa masters pith instructions which in this case is snang sum.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003