posted on Jul, 29 2009 @ 06:44 AM
Losing enlightenment is kind of the point of gaining it in the first place. Tied to the concept of impermanence, enlightenment is fleeting and
formless. Like water. What shape does water have? If you pour it into a bowl, it'll be bowl shaped. Toss that bowl in the air and it will be
droplet and splash shaped. As it evaporates it becomes the shape of the atmosphere.
Enlightenment is like water, it has no form or definition and even using the term itself to define it is only putting it into an enlightenment shaped
container. If you're aware in the present tense of your "enlightenment" then you're probably just telling yourself.
The reason why, since the beginning of the concept in writing and practice, that no words can define it, is that by defining what just "is" you're
setting limits. Words are limits, and to achieve beyond the imposed restrictions of them you must abandon not only the words, but the "form" of
the concept behind the words.
Like nothing. You can say the absence of any state of being is nothing, but by declaring it as nothing, you recognize it as an entity itself,
everything else that is not nothing becomes the container for nothing, and you end up with an "everything else shaped" block of absence, and nothing
ends up having form and boundaries. The realization of this concept that leads one towards enlightenment is important because it exposes the truly
free mind, where there is no everything, no nothing, but only one thing, which is our awareness.
Thus the detachment of only one thing is required. No need to let go of a myriad of vast everything and nothing mixed together, or to pick out the
everything from the nothing.
And as far as claimed enlightenment, for one to speak up and announce that oneself is enlightened is pure delusion. For oneself to even make the
claim of enlightenment is putting "it" in your enlightenment shaped container.
The path. One day a monk decided after many years of seeing a distant mountaintop from the temple grounds, that he will visit the distant peak. He
walked across the valley, through rain, through sun, through darkness. Through rivers, and forests, through hills and plains, the monk wandered.
Through rocks, and through the sky, moving upwards, he suddenly finds to his surprise that there is no more upwards, and the place left to go is back
the way he had came. As quickly as the monk arrived at the peak, the monk turned around and took one step downhill, and became "enlightened".
"It" is fleeting, it's seemingly intangible, for wherever you look, for whatever "it" you grasp for eludes your grasp. One hand clapping.
Try this, take your right index fingertip and use it to touch your right index fingertip. Those who have yet to walk the path will say nonsense,
that it's not possible.
Those who THINK they're enlightened will expend energy trying to meditate on touching the fingertip, and say that it's possible but it requires
discipline, concentration, meditation, and mastery.
Those who have truly attained will laugh and say nonsense, it's not possible to commit an act of touching one's own finger, because the
"enlightened" one realizes that there is no way NOT to touch the finger.
That's one hand clapping, the only thing that changes is one's awareness, and to hear the sound of one hand clap one merely has to realize that the
sound of one hand clapping is eternal, ceaseless, and all encompassing. So much that we forget what it sounds like, and block it out of our
Or, you could say that the final step to "it" is realizing that you need to abandon and cast off your enlightenment itself in order to complete
Ever heard how the wise souls claim "I know nothing!"? It's the opposite of not knowing anything. Taken in the literal sense, it's kind of an
"inside joke" and a play on words. Never will one claim "I don't know anything" as the uninitiated and as yet unaware will seem to believe
that's what is meant, but here's the punchline: Knowing nothing means literally, KNOWING the THING that is NOTHING, in other words, total
detachment. VERY few of those who tread the path understand, and i suspect even a few arrogant "masters" don't understand that. To put it in
layman terms, it would be having knowledge of what is defined as nothing, that the recognition of that brings awareness full circle.
Be mindful, and you can one day "know nothing".
[edit on 7/29/2009 by DezertSkies]
[edit on 7/29/2009 by DezertSkies]