.....and yes (very cute)....it is not a thing which may be attained bought nor sold on the common market. It is not a objecf.
Eventually for those of the western culture that may perhaps be familiar with the movie groundhog day (forget the sappy hollywood ending---romantic love will only bring another rebirth as a human) you will, after billions of lives become so sick and tired of being sick and tired of the me...it will be quite finally put aside. The me's ruses to maintain will become so old tired and worn they will after all become simply unworkable and unuseable like a worn out hoe in a spring garden,broken handle and all, left to rot in the weeds discarded.
We have in our mindstream the tendency to be born into a realm where it is thought this thing must be ferverently worked upon by various means. And that is true to a extent but as the notion we will never attain enlightenment is true to a extent(no we exists to do such a thing)...it is a bit misleading.
A path leads somewhere but it is not the object to which we walk.
So that aside, and said.... the me self other concept is simply untenable. It is not self sustaining. It is false a falsehood. As such as a birth calls for a death suchly the me must dissolve. A progression of sorts occurs. Part of this progression is of course faith devotion and all the rest. The spiritual. Eventually all notion of seperateness become so firmly disinclined in our mindstream it becomes not possible to start the reconstruction of self and other.
It may take billions upon billions of lives.And we may consider ourselves so very special to be where we are presently able to know such great things and reach such perceived great heights, truth be told there is no height at all.
WE can't force these things, we cannot as prisioners attempt a forceful escape by killing oneself, making oneself into the greatest of prisioners such as perhaps a trustee who can walk where they will and do great things normal prisioners do not.....no those things are but the same. Me me me. It is the me that is our prison. Intellectual understanding of this thing...a ruse by me to reaffirm the me in the end not productive at all. This must be experienced, not read about.
Eventually our time, our sentence to me, will flat plain and simple be...up.
So yes endeavor the spiritual path. It is quite necessary here and now.
Have no fear. We as humans simply do not understand the largeness of it all. A billion worlds a billion realms a billion universes, there simply exists not the numbers known to us to approximate the size of this thing we are part of. Yes we are unique and singular but any aware thing is unique and singular, in a comparative sense to that which is inert. The understanding is simply so much larger it draws us continually away from self and other. We must work almost continually to maintain such a thing as self and other. In the end it becomes quite exhausting. The evidence exists quite continually and abounds all around us at every moment things are not as we want them to be. It is greatly tireing to maintain such falsehoods for more than a billion years or so.
So no fear my fellow friends, it is that large and the time frames(if such a thing can be called to exist)so enormous, there is not a single possibility in the scheme of things as they are, that the eventuality for this awareness composite that appears(what we call I), ...eventually very eventually this thing will not become aware of things as they are.
It is unescapable. We are awareness composite. WE are perhaps as a brain cell to a body, the thinking think which understands. Compassion is the flip side of understanding. As we understand we express compassion....it is as things are. They are no other way.
With compassionate effect comes happiness. With happiness comes a self produced environment conducive of more understanding. With more understanding comes liberation from the me.....our jailer.
We will get tired of noncompassion and deevolution. The teacher Buddha was after all a hell being at one time.
The question may become important to us....at what stage in this thing are we.
Important it may be in a way but unimportant as in the sense our reality speaks of where we are, no better guidepost may be found.
So no fear my friends. It is pathless, it is formless, it is above and beyond and found to be nowhere at all but it is inevitable.....
I must respond. It is simply so sad that one may think a thing that is aimed at may not be reached, when while not reached in a conventional fashion such a thing is quite inevitable.
To be not confused I am not stateing I am enlightened in any fashion being a layperson with little understanding of things, and certainly not the sharpest tool in that shed. But though I may not be any such thing at all I fully understand I have little toleration of crap, being thrown about leading peoples to loose faith in things as they are going to be.
Enlightenment is inevitable. Prehaps relax into it. It will come.
The idea it will not...my personal take....another mind ruse to sustain self and other. If we allow this will come, it spells doom for the thing called me. Me can simply not allow such to be entertained. So me developes various subtrafuges to make that not so. I could go on and on about me and the various means to a end which is simply sustance of the concept of me...but it could quickly get quite tedius. As the various lives produced by me no matter how happy filled how sadness filled how godlike demonlike painful or blissful all in the end become quite tedius.All things of this me produced since they are not real in the end become quite tedius. Suffice it to say. me will never allow a notion to exist that me does not exist. So it will employ any method to see this is never found to be so.....me is not. It greatest and only threat.
The jailers only threat being.....those he guards will seek not escape nor respect that they are in a thing that approximates a jail. The jailer if such a thng does happen becoming then the jailed.
Respond as you may, say what you will, it does not matter. Remember you were told this thing if you care to.
Quite forget it suddenly if that is your direction. Be mad call it a great egoism a great fault a hidden thing which rightly must be kept secret from all to prevent destruction....I don't care a whit.
That's it......for me(a personal note) simply to enjoy this thing this me has wrought. Every singular sensation perception pain joy bliss suffering a dance with my pulsebeat the very blood that circulates a song the best most empathetic song one may have ever heard. Meaning quite unequivocally......I don't care a whit. I personally will relax into it and come what may.
This has been said.
Demons....read or sense this thing as is your inclination.
It is your fate as well.
Longer though you may tread that path. I may not be found.....only this worthless husk of puss and blood. Effect your change upon that....what is nakedly that no I may call other.
Your fate it is the same, long though may be your stay....perfect enlightenment you cannot allay.
And what is courseing through my blood at this very moment is....
Rancid....simply nothing can cause us to fall back down. Padmesambhava, others, reality itself.... brings us back up, or back to understanding which is what we are.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O0ivJfqG_E
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.