Natural State or Mahamudra
the natural state has always "been"; it is all what it is about
reality: it's intrinsically perfect and beautiful, the state of liberation.
since it has always been us, so to speak, it is nowhere to be found, nowhere
to be learned other than by stop trying to be something else.
in yoga, as we purify the veils that preclude us from experiencing
mahamudra, we learn to drop the ego and only the state remains.
mahamudra is enhanced when we go through the death
and surrender experience of luminosity or radiant light.
even though no one can teach you mahamudra, traditionally
a guru has been considered important in guiding the student
so the latter does not misrecognize mahamudra for what it is not.
ultimately the guru is within us and all the physical gurus
you may meet, even the etherical gurus of your visions and
deepest experiences, are nothing but a mirror of the guru within.
traditionally the state of mahamudra has been facilitated by
the practice and union of calm abiding (shamatha) and
insight (vipashyana) and / or by the practices of the three dharmas
or yogas of naropa. also, without any of the aforementioned
training mahamudra can be recognized spontaneously if we
could truly relax our mind. while in mahamudra, both
shamatha and vipashyana occur spontaneously.
the natural state or mahamudra is the same as full realization or
enlightenment, and when one has finally honored it as the
ultimate object of refuge then the work of the practitioner is
to relax and abandon all resistance to abide in it.
when mahamudra is recognized, compassion for all beings
or bodhichitta and the bodhisattva's vow are accomplished
instantly. paradoxically, it is realized that there is nothing to be
done and no one to be helped, as everything is already perfectly
pure and harmonious. true pure vision then arises and love is
understood as all movement of the mind-universe.
desire only arises when due to ignorance it is believed
that the movement of the mind-universe is inherently real,
thus graspable, and there is the attempt to "snap a shot" at it.
as "we" indulge in the illusion of having fixed this flow into an
understandable entity, our illusion makes us see mind's movement
as a thought that only grows and grows as we continue
attempting to grasp to it; from there illusory
reality--the world--manifests, because we have stopped
flowing with the mind-universe's ever-evolving movement
by trying to fix it into a graspable, comprehensible thing.
when mind's movements are accepted for what they
are and there is surrender to this unfathomable flow,
only pure loving movement beyond the world remains.
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