Prajnaparimita: Wisdom of the Yonder Shore
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(Wisdom of the Yonder Shore)
"You say you want a revolution, well, you know, you better free your mind instead"
-"Revolution" by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Krishnamurti states that we cannot argue with "what is." Krishnamurti was an Indian born speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects, and was widely considered as a world teacher. His subject matter included: psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being, and emphasized that such a revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.
Perhaps at this juncture in human history, it is not our political organizations (including the church) that need to change, it is us. Change is not going to happen by our change in politicians, or in business practices that destroy the earth and poison our children. Indeed, it needs to be us who stop using the products that are destroying the environment, and it is us that needs to stop supporting the corporation and its subsidiary governments. In like fashion, institutional religion needs to fall the way of the dinosaur, while the term religion needs to ground itself in its etymological roots, which is religere literally meaning to connect.
Religion is an experiential sense of wholeness that is not to be preached about by men standing on a stage and behind a pulpit like an unreachable movie star. Much of what we in the West call religion is the exact opposite, for what we have are divisive philosophies put forth by corporate institutions.
It would be easy, habitual, and tempting for me here to go off on a rant about the divide-and-conquer mentality of the powers-that-be. This is the modus operandi of our political pundits and religious control freaks that are manipulated by the corporate elite. Get the puppets on the left beating up on the puppets on the right and right puppets beating up on the left. But then "they" would have me! By vilifying them, I too sink into adversarial thinking and create more conflict. Better that I should rout out this tendency in myself and otherwise, "let it be," as Mother Mary so wisely advised the Beatles.
In order to foster our sense of connectedness in spite of this divided world, Krishnamurti tended to accept and initiate all changes by contemplating and accepting "what is'. According to author and contemplative Tomas Qubeck, "This perspective asks us to drop all preconceived notions and desires for how our life should be, and to look the reality of the present moment in the face. Acceptance of what we see includes an opening up to what is and actually embracing it in knowing that it is an expression of Existence itself. This radical acceptance then leads to the realization that this is a truly benevolent force that recognizes Itself in us, wanting only to give us what we ask for in every moment. It is at that moment that change is possible."
Instead of pitting ourselves against the divide and conquer motive, we need to become aware of it in the world and within ourselves. Otherwise, we continue to fall into the same trap. We can't continue going around in circles while ensnared in this trap. We must fully confront it through our awareness.
Meditation can help with this.
In deep meditation, the primary objective is to empty ourselves of our conditioned minds. It is in our conditioned minds that we remain stuck in centuries old patterns of judgment, condemnation, and hierarchy. We come to see that we give the powers-that-be their power over us and can withdraw our power into ourselves. In going deep within ourselves, we find that the ground of this moment is ultimately found to be the Genesis of creation. This Uncreated Place is the womb of a new world.
As the Orientals so beautifully teach, in our ground we are no-thing. This state is described throughout the world in spiritual texts and teachings. Thus when the Bible says, "and the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep," it speaks to the foundation of this Now. In Hindu and Buddhist meditation, this is the objective to be reached and experienced. This Ocean or Deep is simply That which is below (or above) the waves and currents comprising our modern world. The Ocean could simply be seen as the Eternal Now with the waves and currents reflecting the illusory movement of time and space.
Knowing this means one knows the place of real change. Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching realized this when he stated, "be newborn, be free of yourself." In essence, he's saying we need to let go of conditioning. Christ expressed this teaching when he gazed upon a newborn suckling his mother's breast and taught his followers to be like that baby. In our modern day, this being newborn means being transcendent of the conditioning of our institutions and our life's history which speak falsely to us of what is real and not real.
Being conditioned into a world that is past/future directed, the life and power of our being in this world is sucked out of us. Thus, because we fear for the future, we of the labor class are akin to abused women dependent upon their abusive husbands. But we can file for a divorce and proclaim a new husband...if we dare to question our need to be dependent upon a cheating and abusive husband. Perhaps we should choose a lover and not an abusive provider? But to move away from our abuser means we need to empower ourselves and not move into the bed of another corporate man who is simply the same wolf dressed in sheep's clothing.
To confront this stuckness, Merry and Burl Hall interviewed Tomas Qubeck on their on-line radio show called "Envision This". Qubeck beautifully states that we live in a condition that entails a deadly dynamic of feeling separate from and therefore fearful of the "other." I would add that this fear is deadly for it allows us to easily be manipulated by the industrial/military complex into war and blind consumerism, while also resulting in a deep alienation for us and our children. Furthermore, our being alienated and fearful in our dependence makes us easy to manipulate.