Friday, April 28, 2006

Love Has No Cause

"Padmasambhava describes the luminosity:

This self-originated Rigpa, which from the very beginning was never born,
Is the child of Rigpa, which is itself without any parents – how amazing!
The self-originated wisdom has not been created by anyone – how amazing!
It has never experienced birth and has nothing in it that could cause it to die – how amazing!
Although it is evidently visible, yet there is no one there who sees it – how amazing!
Although it has wandered through samsara, no harm has come to it – how amazing!
Although it has seen buddhahood itself, no good has come to it – how amazing!
Although it exists in everyone everywhere, it has gone unrecognised – how amazing!
And yet you go on hoping to attain some other fruit than this elsewhere – how amazing!
Even though it is the thing that is most essentially yours, you seek for it elsewhere – how amazing!" The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Just for fun, a dialogue between me and my Inner Voice (IV).

IV: Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

EJ: You could argue that the chicken was created first and got to lay the egg later. Or the egg was created first which hatched into a chick.

IV: Yeah, yeah, but who created the chicken and the egg?

EJ: God the creator.

IV: Really?

EJ: Who else?

IV: Who created God?

EJ: God was never created. God has always been and will always be.

IV: The topic in hand is "Love has no cause"; what do you mean by this?

EJ: God is Love. God is causeless meaning that He was never created, therefore, Love is also causeless. This means that there doesn't have to be a reason for you to feel love or be love.

IV: Hmmm! So if Love has no cause, does this apply to the chicken and the egg?

EJ: What do you mean?

IV: I mean, let's say for argument's sake the chicken and the egg are of God. If you're saying God was never created, then this must mean that the chicken and egg have always existed just like God always is, right?

EJ: Exactly.

IV: Does this concept of the ever-existing apply to all forms?

EJ: Yes. All ideas exist right now even though we may not necessarily discern them with our senses.

IV: How so?

EJ: Ideas are like music. Music appears from nowhere into the consciousness of the musician who composes the music.

IV: Yes that makes sense. So what you're saying is forms emerge from what appears to be nothingness and do their dance as forms?

EJ: Yes.

IV: Back to the notion of love having no cause, does this mean I can be happy for no reason at all?

EJ: That's right.

IV: If I can be happy for no reason at all, then surely I can feel joy for no reason at all?

EJ: That's right.

IV: If I can feel joy for no reason at all, then surely I can be in bliss for no reason at all?

EJ: Right again.

IV: If I can be in bliss for no reason at all, then I don't need anyone or thing to make me feel loved or appreciated, I can feel bliss for no reason at all, right?

EJ: That's right.

IV: This is wonderful. I can be happy for no reason at all because it is my nature.

EJ: That's right.

IV: So what is the source of bliss?

EJ: There is no source of bliss? Bliss is, love is, wisdom, is, joy is, life is, God is.

IV: Wow! Wanting to be in bliss is pure vanity, right?

EJ: Bliss is whether you seek it or not. You want to feel love just feel love. You will find you will simply have this feeling well up within you.

IV: Does this mean I am without a cause?

EJ: Yes, you are.

IV: But I seem to have been born into a particular family and have an origin.

EJ: That's impossible! There is only God and God was never born, so how could you have been born?

IV: That doesn't make sense. How can I be born and yet you're saying I was never born?

EJ: Life as a human is like listening to a song on a CD player. First there is silence, then the song comes on for as long as it lasts, then it dissolves into silence. The silence is your real essence. You were never born.

IV: What happened to the silence while I'm listening to the music?

EJ: It is still present, it's just that you're so focused on the music you are not aware of it.

IV: So, the silence is the consistent tone in the music.

EJ: Wonderful analogy.

IV: That makes so much sense. Does death exist?

EJ: Death is meaningless.

IV: How so?

EJ: Remember that silence is the consistent tone in the music. The tone is who you are. So there is no death because you have no beginning or ending.

IV: So what happens when the music ends?

EJ: The music doesn't end it just dissolves into the silence; or you become aware of the silence.

IV: So life as a human is like listening to music while my real self is the consistent silence from which the music appears to have emerged.

EJ: Yes.

IV: What if I wanted to listen to the silence all the time, is this possible?

EJ: Of course. Simply know who you are. This is when you realise that you are eternal, unborn and undying. Live with the awareness that you are spirit here and now, and all is spirit right here and now; and that there is no cause.

IV: Does this mean I can be immortal?

EJ: You cannot be immortal for immortality suggests not being subject to death. As there is no death, immortality is meaningless. Just be who you are now, the ever-existing self.

IV: This has been an interesting dialogue.

EJ: Indeed it has.

IV: Thank you for listening to the music.

EJ: Thank you for being the constant tone in the music.