Sunday, September 6, 2015

Samsara - or the other one

Jesus was a tantric, wasnt he?  Magdalene was a priestess, so the rumor goes...

In America, we can be buddhists, yogis, taoists, Christians, druids, and anything else we want to be all at the same time.  There are plenty of dogmas, but we are free to ignore them all.  This is category defiance.

Good riddance.

  We dont fit in categories.  Reality doesnt fit in categories, but cognition requires a self-reflexive syntax that does, so our thinking minds are perpetually categorizing the un-categorizable.  The syntax of cognition depends on the categories of either/or, but reality is both/and...

Spirituality or sexuality?  
Renunciation or gratification?
Heaven?  

Or... hell?

Religion is either/or,
Tantra is both/and...

Reality is paradoxical, so pondering 'why bad things happen to good people' leads us nowhere but headache-land.  There is some  "good" in the "bad" stuff,  and there is some "bad" in the "good" stuff... Because theyre just labels, not absolute values.  The labels are inherently empty...  just a temporary and temporal perspective, nothing more.

the map is not the territory, and language is just a map.  Language may approximate but cannot replicate truth...
(the Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao...)

Orthodox sages have concluded that the eternal is to be pursued, and the impermanent is to be shunned, for the impermanent leads to suffering. 

 Yet it could be said that this very either/or dichotomy leads to judgment and consequently craving/aversion/suffering...

...so the unorthodox viewpoint declares that the either/or dichotomy between the eternal and the impermanent is the true cause of suffering... and by embracing BOTH the eternal AND the impermanent - yang and yin, unity and diversity, father God and mother Nature, masculine and feminine, bliss and suffering, the Absolute and the relative, the in-breath and the out-breath, nirvana and samsara, form and emptiness - that we transcend dualistic opposites and experience union... 

So the heretodox movement, whether it be tantric, or daoist, or nazarite, is the attempt to weave two distinct polarities into a composite whole.

Or, as Shiva once told Parvati, "Every inbreath has its opposite, its dissolution.  Find the still point between them-"