Originally posted by dragonsmusic
The desire to alter one's state is inherent in every human being.
IMHO it's because we all want to hit that metaphorical "refresh" button within us.
We humans are a restless race. We are not getting satisfaction unless we are constantly changing our states regardless of the means.
People seek a change of state because they are suffering. The paradox is that seeking causes separation, which is fear, which causes more
seeking,which causes emptiness, which causes more seeking.
Reality is NoSeeking in the Heart as LOve-Bliss-Fullness
6. Suffering: suffering is your own activity.
Your suffering is entirely your own,
It is your own activity.
And it is a radically present activity,
Not caused by something else.
You are not suffering
What is happening
Or has happened
Or will happen to you.
Your suffering is your own activity.
Nobody put you into
Your present state.
No one is keeping you in it.
It is a present activity.
It is your present activity.
Something has already happened.
You are already suffering.
Suffering is not your symptom,
It is your activity.
That is the paradox.
In every case
There is one fundamental activity.
One thing is the suffering.
It is an activity, this activity.
Our suffering is our own activity.
It is something we are doing
Moment to moment.
It is a completely voluntary activity.
What are you doing?
What are you always doing?
What are you doing now?
Fall into truth
And grasp onto nothing after that.
Throw away everything but that,
And continually know that.
Fear is the very mood
Of the ego.
Fear is your creation,
Not something happening to you.
If you are troubled
By what arises,
You are not in your proper
Relationship to things.
You are not existing
In relationship to what arises
The drama is unnecessary.
What has all of that
Got to do with you?
When you enjoy truth,
You are already free.
And if you are free,
What has all of this
To do with you?
Why are you conditionable?
Why are you suffering
It is your own action.
When this contraction
Does not occur,
No conditioning occurs,
No thought binds.
There is only bliss.
All of this
Is already bliss.
Bliss is the nature of this.
Bliss is the nature of consciousness,
Bliss is the nature of this event.
There are lots of someplace elses,
But they will be no more blissful for you
Than this if you are not
If you were already free of suffering,
It wouldn't make any difference to you
Whether this room appeared,
Or a ballroom in vienna,
Or a seventh plane party!
The fact that suffering is gone
Would be the thing
That makes you happy.
When suffering no longer distracts,
You see that you are already happy,
That you are happiness.
It is your own activity.
In every second,
See that it is not only
That you are disturbed,
But you are disturbing everybody else.
You are disturbed!
You are asking questions.
You have this dilemma.
That is true.
That is the whole point.
You are suffering! Yes?
Since you are only suffering,
Why are you defending
All of this nonsense?
It is time to be rid of all of that.
It is utterly unnecessary.
It can be abandoned!
All of that i want surrendered.
I want to see all the beards, all the hair,
All the mantras, all the clothing, all of
The suffering, all of the sorrows, all of the
Long faces, all of the yoga, all of the visions,
All of the beliefs, all of the philosophies,
All of the religion and spirituality,
All of your racial and personal history,
I want to see your birth and your death.
I want all of it.
Such are the implications of truth.
To relieve the life of suffering
By various means, remedies,
Do not produce truth.
They may heal disease.
But only truth produces truth.
Only the most radical approach
To a man's suffering
I see men suffering.
While they are being truth only,
I see them suffering.
The fact they are suffering
Doesn't make them any less the truth,
Any less the same thing
That is all beings, all things.
It simply means that they are suffering.
If you look at all beings
From the point of view of truth,
There is only truth,
And truth has this
Little chronic problem!
It is not that truth is absent.
Truth is always already the case.
It is simply not obvious to men.
Truth is not absent.
Men are suffering.
Wherever we are
We are also
Fundamentally in conflict.
The you who does all of that
Is itself the suffering.
It knows nothing.
It is itself the suffering.
The man having an ecstatic vision
Is in the same condition
As the man watching a tv commercial.
The state of the ordinary yogi
Is as much an illusion
As the state of the
Dying, suffering man.
The only ones
Who are not suffering
Are those who are living truth.
We are mad.
The ordinary state of our existence,
Although it is usually kept intact
And relatively calmed
By the politics of human society,
Is founded in the madness of a prior logic,
continued at link above
[edit on 21-2-2010 by RRokkyy]