a reply to: ancientthunder
Belief is not needed where there is truth in the three worlds... Body/Speech/Mind the Triratna later termed the holy trinity through the mud over the
course of time.
The poison of envy/jealousy is in the realm of Amaghashiddhi 64 siddhas reside there... meaning 64 temptations of demons to conquer in challenge to be
in that Northern paradise.
Twice a month a horn is sounded and the four kings send out their charges to see where balance exists or does not; who is worthy to rise and who falls
due to abuse of those siddhas bestowed as a boon of kammic purity.
The main residence of Mara is basically what those challenges arise and fall as experience... forms and sounds assail one in hordes to move one off
the tried and true.
Abusing siddhas is easy for the fool... clear seeing when not abused? Opens a window at the exact right and proper moment to capture what needs to be
seen. Holding that door open? Only causes the dream to continue and allows hell to follow or usher in without proper guardians at each gate.
Traveling warily and wearily through all of them without time as a bondage? It is house builder after house builder trying to make ones old wreckage
into a house into which to dwell.
The silence of knowing nothing and yet there it all is? Is what earth bound Buddhas/Arhats and pratyekkas and other enlightened beings face.
Like the yin and yang at the center... each of those has a time period before the center sinks. See Buddhist cosmology in the Abidhamma for those
levels and "times".
Four realms of the "wheel of life" should not even be bothered with... many siddhas like to blend and twist with animals as seen in the mythos of
greece and rome... Bullheaded men, Goat legged men bird bodied women etc. that just means a bad spin of grasping occured at the time of an
enlightenment on the human wheel.
Some say that is a guide to how spirit rolls or goes through... no it was what caused Rome to fall. Letting baby animals suckle breasts and genitals
that sort of hell that many saw as a paradise men having their way with children and boys etc.
Honestly from a stand point of truth? That is the "womb" realm experience of rebirth... and such is to be avoided to ascend into the higher realms.
The trial of the trees is spoken of like the link of the monkey or man picking fruit... if you are the tree? The last one as an Anagami... it hurts
and very very painful all your fruit is picked, plucked, eaten and then when it produces no more? Hacked chopped and cut down then thrown into a
ravine... thats just ones corpse however... although tree is a good simile for the experience.
This occurs over and over hell trying to stack a holy corpse up to heaven... sad business so of course teachers teach and all they really can do is
point the way of those already thus gone.
If a torch could be passed thats what the Olympics tries to suggest... one teacher one passed lineage and then each eventually start handing it all
right back to you, that rightful place... while others keep trying to take it away.
Of course in truth this is how it has always been... in that myriad of things that are essentially nothing. Best to use siddhas to quench the thirsts
of those unquenchable attached but do not know how to let go of their greed, hate or delusion they trick themselves and each other with.
All I can do is point to where I have been and that means the very same path countless others have gone... being such as this? Not an easy thing in
what many drag along as a corpse called past with eyes aflame, ears aflame, nose aflame, tongue aflame, skin aflame not cutting them in one swoop at
the link called contact.
The age of darkness is not a time... it is a place. It is ruled by Kali and her chosen consorts... the same with the other "ages" Satiya the golden
one? Has never ended. I had a jackass show up to yell at me for walking on "his" streets of gold... it would be comical to say where this sworn to
follow til the end of time character got it from... however that would be just as evil as his my street and my gold comment.
Gods/titans and their children... as a hearer; hearing them requests someones death out of greed? How could any tears of sympathy fall in such a place
they term as heaven when one knows it is really hell they and those consenting are surely to fall into?
An aeon not very long the life of a human? As the historical buddha said... about the same as a bubble to pop or basically the attention span of a
gnat flapping a wing of course all of them trying to ride one's back? As a world elephant... they forget it is only turtles all the way down because
it is also turtles all the way up.
Hen in the midst of sho is the same as nirvana in the midst of samsara yin in the midst of yang good in the midst of evil...
Rightly self awakened means the illusion of help when since the beginning ignorance is the first chain out of the demons mouth whatever demon that may