Responsibility, duty and enlightenment Quotes
Mind Beyond Death, by Dzogchen Ponlop, published by Snow Lion
- It is important to realize that there is nobody else who can wake us up and save us from samsara. There is no such thing in Buddhism. That may be Buddhism's biggest drawback, and at the same time its greatest advantage. This view shows us that there is nobody else in control of our lives, our experiences, our freedom or our bondage. Who is responsible? Who is in control? It is us. We are in control. We can bind ourselves further in samsara or we can free ourselves from it right now. It is all up to us. We are the ones who have to keep looking at our thoughts, looking for the nature of our mind. There is no guru, deity, buddha or bodhisattva out there to look for it for us. Although they would happily do this, it would not help us; it would only help
them. We have to do it for ourselves. That is the key point.
We cannot change anything
unless we accept it.
- Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is
but by controlling the desire.
paths to god
- "...even though you may be fully enlightened, even though you may be fully aware of the whole game, the dance will go on until the dance is done. as long as there are stored up karmic energies, as long as there are life waves present, the five skandhas, the strands of creation, will keep manifesting. the buddha got enlightened, but then he hung around for another forty years, running
off his old karma.
However, if we want get done with it all, it's clear that the first step in the process is to stop creating new waves. We're never going to be finished if we keep makiing new waves for ourselves every day! And as Krishna explains to Arjuna, the way to go about doing that is to stop basing our actions on attachment. Once we are acting purely out of dharma and not out of any desire, we're no longer making waves.
...whatever karma it is that brought you to this point, it's now your dharma to work with it. it's now your task to work with being in the situation of reading this book, and confronting these questions. You ask, "what exactly does that mean? what do i have to do about all this?" well, that's something you're going to have to work out for yourself. we each have our own path. I don't know what yours is - I can hardly figure out my own. What i can predict, though, is that for you, as for Arjuna, it will probably include giving up some cherished notions about yourself, some ideas about who your are and where you're going."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- To have a positive religion is not necessary. To be in harmony with yourself and the universe is what counts, and this is possible without
positive and specific formulation in words.
That is the whole trouble with being a heretic. One usually must think out everything for oneself.