This series will offer direct pointers to the natural state. What these pointers do is illuminate the way – revealing the cul-de-sacs or false paths. It is easy to become lost in the variety of mystical experience; yet these pointers bring you back again and again to the correct direction. The natural state can never be described, as this would make it simply another object in consciousness, splitting the unified field into subject (seeker) and object (realization). Instead, these pointers have the effect of eroding the false, dissolving the mistaken sense of self-identity and creating the conditions for the return to the non-dual state. .

The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences.
When neither love nor hate arises, all is clear and undisguised. 
Separate by the smallest amount, however, 
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth. 

If you wish to know the truth, 
then hold to no opinions for or against anything. 
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind. 

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized 
the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. 
The Way is perfect, as vast space is perfect, 
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess. 

Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting 
that we do not know the true nature of things.
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, 
nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. 
Be serene and at one with things 
and erroneous views will disappear by themselves. 


When movement stops, there is no movement— 
and when no movement, there is no stopping. 
When such dualities cease to exist, Oneness itself cannot exist. 
To this ultimate state no law or description applies. 

For the Realized mind at one with the Way 
all self-centered striving ceases. 
Doubts and irresolutions vanish 
 and the Truth is confirmed in you. 
With a single stroke you are freed from bondage; 
nothing clings to you and you hold to nothing. 

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, 
 with no need to exert the mind. 
Here, thinking, feeling, understanding, and imagination 
are of no value. 
In this world "as it really is" 
 there is neither self nor other-than-self. 

To know this Reality directly 
is possible only through practicing non-duality. 
When you live this non-separation, 
all things manifest the One, and nothing is excluded. 
Whoever comes to enlightenment, no matter when or where, 
Realizes personally this fundamental Source. 

This Dharma-truth has nothing to do with big or small, 
 with time and space. 
Here a single thought is as ten thousand years. 
Not here, not there— 
but everywhere always right before your eyes. 
nfinitely large and infinitely small: no difference, 
for definitions are irrelevant and no boundaries can be discerned. 
So likewise with "existence" and "non-existence." 

Don't waste your time in arguments and discussion 
attempting to grasp the ungraspable. 

Each thing reveals the One, the One manifests as all things. 
To live in this Realization 
is not to worry about perfection or non-perfection. 
To put your trust in the Heart-Mind is to live without separation, 
and in this non-duality you are one with your Life-Source. 

Words! Words! 
The Way is beyond Language, 
for in it there is no yesterday 
                                   no tomorrow 
                                               no today. 

 –        excerpts from HsinHsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind, 
            by Seng-ts'an. Third Zen Patriach,  translated by Richard B. Clarke

Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

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