Dana wrote:I don't remember where that saying originally came from but I do remember my teacher saying this. It is useful to me when going thru difficulties, to help settle my reactive mind.
When 'as it is' simply seems too difficult. Does that make it an escape from reality? In a way it surely does as it brings relief from samsaric difficulties and the mind's constant chasing after them in its endless repetition of old patterns.
Also when I am suffering from weather-head (ha ha) with migraines at weather changes when it allows for a step into the quiet center of the storm, so to speak.
A saying similar to the one about being the ocean, not the waves.
To the 15-year-old farm-girl Barbardom, soon a devoted disciple, one of his four female heirs:
The Guru who indicates the true knowledge from without is your Outer Guru.
The Guru who elucidates the Awareness of Mind within, is your Inner Guru.
The illumination of the self-recognition of Mind-Essence is the real Initiation.
Meditate on the Vastness with no center and no edge.
Like the ocean, infinitely great and unfathomably deep,absorb yourself in deepest contemplation.
Thus meditate on your Self-mind.
She later came to him and complained of being distracted by thoughts. Mila sang:
If you felt fine in meditating on the sky, so be it with the clouds.
Clouds are but manifestations of the sky;
Therefore, rest right in the sphere of the sky!
Waves are but the movement of the ocean;
if you can meditate well on that, why not on the waves?
Therefore, dissolve yourself right in the ocean!
The disturbing thought-flow manifests the mind;
if you can meditate well on that, so be it with the thoughtflow!
Therefore, dissolve yourself into the very Essence of Mind!