If Eckhart Tolle “seeks to reconcile God and his Creation”, why does he not include animals, the dead bodies of which he obviously eats? He also quotes the Dalai Lama, who “eats meat when he is away from home” because he is “used to it”. If there is an inconsistency in morality there, this might also explain why the questioner wanted to know the following: Is there an inconsistency in Eckhart Tolle’s “God is undifferentiated consciousness” as compared to “Consciousness is part of a sangkhara involving a sense organ and a sense object. If either the sense organ or the sense object is missing, so is consciousness.”A: Issues about “Eckhart Tolle” and the “Dalai Lama” and their eating habits are best raised with those human beings themselves.
What “Eckhart Tolle” understands by “God is undifferentiated consciousness” should be asked of him. Viññāna (trans. “consciousness”) as part of a sangkhara containing a sense organ and a sense object is best understood as the image of a physical object in a mirror. No object, no image. Vijjā means “seeing”. It can be understood as the mirror itself, which exists whether or not it reflects objects. Its significance, when it is not reflecting objects, can be pointed to by words but it needs to be experienced, for example by going in through the centre of the body, through all the spheres which appear —one inside the other— until the stage is reached when there are no more spheres. Entering into this state of “no more spheres” results in the state of Awakening, Vijjā. Although there is no longer any separate being who can claim to be awake.
In Vajras Dorjes you mention that Indra uses a dorje (the deva counterpart of it) to create thunder and lightning. Do you mean lightning on a deva plane or does it include the thunder and lightning on earth too?A: “Thunder and lightning on a deva plane” is entertainment. Similar to us watching the film of the Titanic from an armchair. When it reaches the material plane, it is similar to sitting on the deck as the icy arctic water rises. There are innumerable planes of reality where the conditions vary enormously. Also there are links which enable passage between them. A church, a saint’s bones, a dorje, an antique, a photograph. Even a plant. Think how an acorn pushes out from its exit point from the Centre all the way out into the material world and then stands enormously looking down at you disguised as an “oak tree”.
So Indra uses thunder and lightning to entertain (himself and) other devas, knowing that his lightning might hit living beings on planet earth? That doesn’t sound very compassionate. What I also meant is whether all thunder and lightning comes from the deva plane down to earth or is there also thunder and lightning caused by the natural phenomena described by science? Do Zeus and Thor/Donar also still do the same?A: You are stirring up so many waves that you are in danger of forgetting that you are a wave yourself. All this speculation is just a smoke-haze of thoughts.
Thank you for all your answers, especially the one on Viññāna. I’m deeply sorry for stirring up so many waves (and for their effects). One may compare this body and this mind to a wave. Often, especially in meditation, there isn’t an “I”. The questions arise on the level of thought and there they seem justified. Some things I see, some things I find easy to believe and with others common sense seems to say: Indra, Zeus and unicorns, that’s a bit much – please help me believe. I’ve experienced things many people wouldn’t believe, so I know that much more is possible than one might have thought.A: “…please help me believe.”
“Seeing is believing” but believing is not seeing.
I know. Then help me see the things I cannot yet see.A: Everything is to be found within you. Outside, there is only an infinity of “things” which mask the transformations of the One. No matter how many waves you count, they will never amount to the ocean. This is why the Buddha put as his keystone, the First Noble Truth – Suffering and not knowledge.
Thank you. Everything, everywhere, up to the highest realms is dukkha, even deeper states of meditation, although one sees that they lead one closer to the source and thus less suffering and then no suffering because there is no sufferer. I forget that only when I get into things, which is a terrible mistake. I’m deeply grateful for Buddha-Dhamma and for being reminded of it. Thank you.
After an enthralled read of ‘VAJRAS DORJES’ I wondered is Christ/Jesus more a position than an individual – achieved through the accumulation of merit like Indra to eventually run out?A: Is anyone more an individual than a position? If any camel doesn’t get through the Eye of the Needle, unrelinquished luggage will continue to result in an endless succession of camels.
GATES OF EDEN
It is now two millennia since
the Security Seraphims were withdrawn
and the Gates of Eden reopened
to the General Public.
to all children,
(before their parents succeeded
in banning them).
to those adults
who agreed to leave their baggage outside
(as strongly recommended by JC)
and successfully passed
the Camel’s Eye of a Needle Security Check.
This will detect even your bikini
and any other thoughts
left over from heavy addiction
to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.
It is surprising and chastening
how few (excepting children)
have availed themselves of this
especially as it is rapidly approaching
its Expiry Date.
Outside the gates
are innumerable camper vans
over-flowing removal lorries
and the charred remains
of dead animals (holy sacrifices),
together with a jostling crowd
of fashionably robed Bishops and priests,
some of them artificially bald
some of them with original designer beards.
They are selling genetically modified,
original cuttings from the Tree of Knowledge
together with heavily translated
each with its individual Stamp of Infallibility.
These guarantee they will give you
instant and privileged entry
via a back door (with donation box)
to the Garden of Life
(as soon as you are safely dead).
Once the Expiry Date is reached
(determined by when Planet Earth
can no longer cope
with man’s inhumanity
to man and nature),
The killings by man
will be replaced with
the cullings of man,
controlled, systematic cosmic.
Then the Gates of Eden
will be closed once more.
Seraphims will be reinstalled
with suicide bombs (pick your own),
missiles and drones
instead of flaming swords.
The discarded cuttings from the Tree of Knowledge
will grow up into a concealing forest
peopled by a race of test-tube originated primates.
And God will try again elsewhere.
historical events. This raises logistical considerations.
“Consciousness is part of a sangkhara involving a sense organ and a sense object. If either the sense organ or the sense object is missing, so is consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle says: “God is undifferentiated Consciousness.” Sabbe sankhara anicca; Sabbe sankhara dukkha; Sabbe dhamma anatta… Ergo, God is dukkha? (When thinking stops there seems to be no distinction between consciousness and no consciousness. Does that resolve it and the rest is a question of using certain words and definitions?)A: There are no sangkharas in Nibbana. Therefore, there is no Viññāna:
translated as “consciousness” but involving an object and therefore part of
a sangkhara. The Sanskrit root of Viññāna means “know”. There can be no
knowing without something to be known. In Buddha’s ” Dependent Origination” (q.v.) Vijjā means “seeing” (cognate
with “vision”) and implies the simultaneous arising of understanding
(Wow!!). You quote Eckhart Tolle when he is using “Consciousness” in a way which
seeks to reconcile God and his Creation – the Undifferentiated and the
Differentiated. The Buddha’s Three Characteristics is Buddha’s attempt to enable the
thinking mind to let go of it’s grasping after phenomenal existence (and
with it thinking itself) and revert to the state of no-suffering. (Compare
the “red hot poker”). It is not valid to string the two together and then “deduce” that “Ergo, God
is dukkha”. This is just an unrelated thought which provides no entry point
into Buddha’s Teaching for the salvation of beings. When thinking stops, this needs to be the preliminary step to Vijjā.
Otherwise, the egoic-forming stream of thinking resumes with all its
karma-forming consequences, over and over, again and again. This week’s project is: The Less I Name, the More I See.
Can you say more about centering meditation comparing it with vipassana? With both teachings being so clear what is Eckhart Tolle’s contribution?A:Vipassana is for those who cannot see that thinking is thinking and cannot visualise the sphere and enter the Centre all the way back into Nibbana… E.T. is for those who cannot do Vipassana AND cannot visualise the sphere and enter the Centre all the way back into Nibbana. E.T. is particularly valuable for those who have previously formed a strong link with Jesus’ actual teachings, but have lost sight of them because of the distortions which the “official” churches have subjected them to. ‘Jesus’ actual teachings are the actual things he himself said. These appear in my copy of the New Testament in red. Everything not in red is of interest but not germane.
Why would ‘they’ “like to relate their aqueous situation with basic Buddha-Dhamma and the Centre”? Is it because ‘they’ are trying to make Truth An Add-On for the Ego?A: No-one tries to MAKE TRUTH AN ADD-ON FOR THE EGO.
It is the phantom Egoic mind, the offspring of false identification with mind and body (remember Genesis: “they saw that they were naked”?). This it is that will grasp after anything it perceives as food for itself so that it can continue its phantom existence. Its relationship with the Real Self is a bit like that of a tapeworm with its host.
For a better understanding, could you please answer the following question on human evolution? What could one say about human evolution, the development of homo erectus, homo sapiens, the development of the number of humans that inhabit this planet in accordance with basic Buddha-Dhamma and the Centre?A: Consider a line of waves rolling across the ocean. They are raised a little higher than the troughs in front of them and behind them. They are crowned with shining white foam. It is a magnificent sight! In the midst of all this splendour, they are discussing among themselves: the evolution of waves. the development of unda erecta, the development of the number of waves that inhabit this vast ocean. (On this miniscule planet, in this tiny solar system, in this small galaxy in this very modest HLGQ in this moderately-sized Cosmic Web in…in….in….in this infinite, boundary-less Universe. In this Centre, which is incomprehensible to the largest wave (and reflected in the wave’s smallest subatomic particle). They would like to relate their aqueous situation with basic Buddha-Dhamma and the Centre.
Basic Buddha-Dhamma offers a way out from Suffering and an explanation of its origin in false identification with mind and matter. This has given rise to an illusory phantom, the Egoic Mind, which perceives itself as separate and is responsible for all the evil in our world.
Centre offers an explanation of the One and the Many and methods by which the wonders of the Centre can be accessed and experienced and the goal of Basic Buddha-Dhamma achieved.
Another way of putting it:
runs like a crack
through the universe.
Between each step
Between each movement
Between each breath
Between each heartbeat
Between each living cell
Between each thought
Between each impulse
Through the crack
that runs through
the universe Now.
No-one who grasps after
even a speck of dust
can squeeze through this crack.
“What is the practice for someone “WHO WANTS TO DEVELOP THE POWER OF ERADICATING ALL DEFILEMENTS…” and liberate the mind from suffering?”A: It always begins with basic morality. If you want to eradicate suffering you have to start with not causing it. That’s the foundation stone. If you miss that out or if it is defective, any “practice” which you build will be defective and will let you down at some point in time. The magnitude of your suffering will then have become proportionately greater.