devotion is a path

devotion is a path

I think first of all devotion is an ignorance. This we must know. Because it is a path. It has to be part of that corrosive path. Right. It is not something that we keep as a souvenir in the future once we get it, once we get what we want. Okay. Therefore, like many things, devotion has a blind element. Like I think word believe is quite good to describe, this element of so called believe. Shakyamuni Buddha in the Sutra, his teaching on emptiness is just amazingly logical I would say. So much argument, so much analysis and all of that. But at the end he told Ananda, ???, this is if you want to sort of intellectually understand, this is how it goes okay in emptiness. But if you really want to realize it the only way to realize is through the devotion. And this makes a big sense because actually it doesn’t matter who you are, you could be this sycophant, devotional superstitious backward primitive gullible. Or you could be critical, scientific, objective, rational, whatever you want to call it. We all human beings, all sentient beings, not only human beings, there is only one thing we can do at the end of the day. And it is called believe. Nothing else. Even so you are not believing, even you pride yourself so being critical to this this this you are believing so blindly to this reason why you are not believing in this and that. It always goes down to, boils down to so called believe. And remember I was telling earlier, freedom from known. When you are totally free from a known, or reference, then that is quite a high level, really high level of devotion. Because, you know the trusting and not trusting has a very very, the difference between trust and non trusting is so thin line. When you do not trust something, then you are blindly believing in reason for not trusting something. You are being nihilist basically. So when both, when you shrug off both your hang up of trusting and not trusting, when you are no more trapped by a known, then you have a devotion. This is, then you have nothing to lose.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010