wisdom wrote:Greg, the scarf was just a plain scarf, made of a fine material. It had no special symbols on it and such like prayer scarfs. It was very much like the white scarfs that people give to Gurus for blessings, but rather it was red.
What I was trying to say (and failed miserably
)is that the entire situation is merely a construction of your mind, that it only has as much meaning (or the meaning) that you give it. Maybe it should be dealt with like all other thoughts: liberated into their natural state, and maybe you should spend less time clinging to it and trying to give meaning to something which, ultimately, has no meaning?
It reminds me of a zen story:
A monk goes to his teacher and says: "Teacher, every time I sit down to meditate a demon appears and distracts me."
The teacher gives the student a brush and some ink and replies: "Next time the demon comes to distract you, take this brush and draw a circle on its belly. It will banish the monster."
The monk leaves with his new tools and goes to meditate. During his meditation the demon appears again, so the monk takes the brush and paints a circle on the monsters belly and the demon vanishes leaving the monk to sucessfully complete his meditation. Having completed his session he rushes off full of joy to his teacher to tell him the news: "Master, master, I did what you said and it worked, the demon disappeared!"
To which the teacher replies: "And what is that I see under your robe?"
The monk, lifts his robe and, to his surprise, finds a circle drawn on his own belly.
(or words to that effect)
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master