ANALOGIES THAT ILLUSTRATE SAMSARA
Six analogies illustrate the nature of Samsara :
- Like someone who appears in a magical illusion, none of samsara has true existence.
- Moreover, like myriad dream images, your perceptions are based on confusion.
- Like the moon’s reflection in water, nothing that manifests has an independent nature.
- Like clouds, pleasure and pain, good and bad all change.
- Like dew, things are impermanent, sometimes perceptible and sometimes not.
- Like bubbles in water, things occur naturally and disappear naturally.
It is crucial to meditate on these analogies and apply them to your own experience eh ?
ANALOGIES THAT ILLUSTRATE NIRVANA
Six analogies illustrate the nature of Nirvana :
- Like the sun’s rays subsumed within the sun, things in all their variety are subsumed within mind itself.
- Like a lotus growing out of the mud, mind itself is unsullied by flaws.
- Like the properties of a wish-granting gem, enlightened qualities are spontaneously present.
- Like the sun or moon unobscured by clouds, natural lucidity is unobscured by thoughts.
- Like clear open space, the all-pervasive state is not subject to limitations.
- Like a great ocean, relative reality is a constant presence.
Whoever understands these analogies will gain freedom in the nonduality of samsara and nirvana eh ?
IMPLEMENTING THE TEACHINGS
Six pieces of advice pertain to implementing the teachings :
- Whatever you perceive, accept it as naturally pristine in essence.
- Whatever pure awareness is aware of, rest in a naturally occurring and naturally pure state.
- Whatever stirs in the mind, maintain an awareness of how, like a bird in flight, it leaves no trace.
- Allow yourself to experience the undifferentiated state, free of limitations, as unfettered and timelessly free.
- Having looked for what is free, look at the empty cave of samsara and nirvana.
- The collapse of dualistic perception leads you to the ground of being, the way of abiding.
If you understand these things, you have grasped the significance of the most sublime spiritual approach eh ?
From : Longchenpa’s Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions