“Master your senses,
what you taste and smell,
what you see, what you hear.
In all things be a master of what you do, say and think.
You are a seeker.
Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet,
of your words and your thoughts.
Delight in meditation and in solitude.
Compose yourself, be happy.
You are a seeker.
Hold your tongue.
Do not exalt yourself but lighten the way for your words are sweet.
Follow the truth of the way.
Reflect upon it.
Make it your own.
It will always sustain you.
Do not turn away what is given to you,
nor reach out for what is given to others, lets you disturb your quietness.
Give thanks for what has been given to you, however little.
Be pure, never falter.
You have no name and no form.
Why miss what you do not have?
The seeker is not sorry.
Love and joyfully follow the way,
the quiet way to the happy country.
Empty the boat,
lighten the load,
passion desire and hatred.
And sail swiftly.
There are five at the door, to turn away, and five more,
and there are five to welcome in.
And when five have been left stranded on the shore,
The seeker is called oghatinnoti-
“He who has crossed over.”
Do not be reckless.
or you will swallow fire and cry out: “No more!”
If you are not wise,
how can you steady the mind?
If you cannot quieten yourself,
what will you ever learn?
How will you become free?
With a quiet mind come into the empty house, your heart, and feel the joy of the way.
Beyond the world.
The rising and falling.
How sweet to be free!
It is the beginning of life,
of mastery and patience,
of good friends along the way,
of a pure and active live.
So live in love.
Do your work.
Make an end of your sorrows.
For see how jasmine releases and lets fall its withered flowers.
Let fall willfulness and hatred.
Are you quiet?
Quieten your body.
Quieten your mind.
You want nothing.
Your words are still.
You are still.
Be your own efforts,
waken yourself, watch yourself,
and live joyfully.
You are the master,
you are the refuge.
As a merchant breaks in a fine horse,
How gladly you follow the words of the awakened.
How quietly, how surely you approach, the happy country,
The heart of stillness.
However young, the seeker who sets out upon the way,
shines bright over the world.
Like the moon,
Come out from behind the clouds!
Five at the door… And five more…
The first five: selfishness, doubt, false spirituality, passion, hatred. The second five are longing for birth (both with a body and without one), vanity, mental restlessness, ignorance. The third five are faith, vigilance, energy, meditation, wisdom. The five left behind are greed, hatred, delusion, pride and false teaching. (Citation: Paths to the Divine (Ancient & Indian), George McLean).
By practicing the Moral Path, The Seeker aims to break habitual patterns of behavior to be able to act more deliberately; however the key aim of reaching ‘Enlightenment’ is no real target at all. One can be self-aware without getting hung-up on the trappings of demonizing sense of self (Poo-pooing the ego-centered way of being). These platitudes beckon the Seeker to dissolve his selfishness, to produce more acts of altruism which would give rise to inner-peace and freedom. By what? Deluding yourself into believing that there really is a pure act of altruism? That these things aren’t directly centered on self? It’s no wonder these people aren’t truly ‘free’, when the very words attributed to Buddha create conflict. Perhaps the whole thing is a ruse to trick you into swallowing the fire over and over again, until you burn your internal analysis to ash.
Enlightenment is often described as genuine freedom from the body, feelings, moods and thoughts. No mind, no body – is what precisely? To me, a state of foolishness. I mean, what’s the point other than to provide the weak with a coping skill to deal with the material world as it is.
Analyzing passing feelings, moods and thoughts can certainly lead one to understand them but the fact that these things have already come to pass, isn’t deliberately responding to events/things/people – No. This activity over a period of time could trick your mind for a time but in the moment you’ve forgotten yourself – all that effort is for naught. You just keep reacting, maybe one day you can hope to achieve a personal discipline that allows you to ignore your impulses but I don’t think your natural state will ever be transcended.
The way, the work. etc. it’s all a constant exercise reaching for the ‘happy country’. This presumes that you’re in a personal Hell, and that conflict is the least desired activity as it leads the Seeker further and further away from Nirvana. In other words, these mind tricks can lead you to deny your nature, deny your desires, and break you of any life aspirations. I mean what would be the point of reaching for anything when Nirvana is the ONLY thing you should be striving towards?