10.01.2006

Named to the Nameless



Words are like cords of rope. Words bind the mind with concepts and ideas. Words limit. Words close off. Words separate us from the original mind. Whether Zen Buddhist, Christian mystic, Hindu or Sufi, the written word is seen as a possible danger, full of pitfalls.

_____ is _____.

When the mind fills in those two blanks the conception limits us and using our limited knowledge, limited scope of science and imagination, it tells us what something is or is not.

As the Dao de Jing tells us, "The Way is eternally nameless."

The foolish human mind likes to place the world into categories. When we place our spiritual world within this same context we build up a false palace that shines brightly from our own ego, not from any attainment or awareness.

"Start fashioning, and there are names;
once names also exist,
you should know when to stop,
By knowing when to stop,
you are not endangered.
The Way is to the world
as rivers and oceans to valley streams." -Dao De Jing

This spiritual life is very hard. When we are born we take our first steps away from the nameless to the named: hard/soft. me/not me. large/small. fuzzy/smooth.

Once we are at the age that we can define our spiritual beliefs and create an image in our minds then our little plastic god lives in a box in our living room. We must all move from the named to the nameless.

Words can be a guide but they can also be a trap. Outside of this duality, without our minds, transcending subject and object, the nameless expands to infinity. Words are useless. Moral guides are useless. We will act in harmony with the universe, for our consciousness has expanded and feels as if it reaches across time and space. We are in, out, and of the formless vessel. All is one. True learning can finally begin.

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