How does a Buddhist order a hot dog in New York?
'One with everything.'
Many so-called gurus declare that we are already everything — God. This assertion is as mindless as saying that we don't exist at all. Yet both are true. And false. Because reality is with us always and we are attempting to find what always was, and always will, exist.
What you and the cosmos consist of can eventually be sensed — but at a level of perception that mind, body and emotions can't grasp. The problem is to make these parts passive while remaining acutely alert.
Simple and extraordinarily difficult as all profundities are.
It requires total attention.
To remain in the space before thought.
To be aware of yourself.
And that, in turn, needs energy — accumulated until the whole of you vibrates. Not emotional venting but feeling from an objective and limitless source.
It comes when we have total attention.
Attention has unique possibilities for expansion and intensity but demands death to our psychology — and rebirth. How many are desperate enough to long for that wild birth? Where is the moth, that in Attar's great poem, is willing to unite with the flame?
Do you see that the eventual role of thought is to still itself and so perceive?
Can you breathe the moment and come to formless self?
Can you reach a centre in yourself which, while doing nothing, affects all things?
Can you be so filled with energy that there is 'time no longer' — that time stops?
Can you feel that nothing but being exists? That the cosmos has nothing separate from itself and is therefore, only aware?
That the source is a dimensionless point? That there is nothing external to you? That, 'the whole cosmos is contained in one pinhole in the heart.'?
Unfortunately for us, we cannot get there from here.
And so you have this guide. Which starts at the beginning by expounding our situation. What do we know? What do we think? What do we believe? Because there is a great deal to understand before we can come to profoundly simple things.
The universe is not complex. We are. And, to reveal the unity, profundity behind everything, our complexity must die.