“Today is a good day to die.” This often-heard Lakota expression of complete openness, willingness, honesty, and spiritual surrender is such a joy!
The ‘mind’ is nothing but a word for whatever you are imagining and thinking and feeling, this moment, that you know. It is just the play of memory and fantasy and bodily sensations as they interact with each other and the environment.
These processes can be used wisely and creatively to be sure, but to use them as reference points, as identities, as summations of personal or universal reality, is pathologically deluded. To let the mind’s “past” die, to let its “future” die, to let its “present” die, to let all of its strategies and projects die, to let the whole concept of “my body” die, which is to come to terms with the fact that none of them mean anything, is to be born to the vastness and clarity of what is.
But don’t make the mistake of reducing this to some philosophical or spiritual category, whether Zen or Advaita or Dzogchen or whatever. Even though these methodologies may be helpful to some at a certain point, it is important to remember that they are only as useful as the questions they pose. What is, cannot be known in advance, or shaped according to our motives, perceptions, strategies, histories, or future plans, including spiritual plans. It is mysterious, intricate, wondrous, and without boundaries or limits.
into which all sounds and sights and thoughts appear and disappear.
It is “here,” and it is “there.”
It is everywhere, and it is everything.
It is that which gives rise to everything.
But these are just so many words and phrases.
To say “infinite consciousness” or “pure being” may refer to it,
but without those words, what is it?
Is it not all you?
Without the words, “all you,” what is it?
(Scott Morrison and Robert Avalon)
With name, you are born – nameless, you will never die…