May 26, 2015 7:46 AM
Note: I’m going to slip into “teacher/theory mode” for a few posts (sorry), because the BATGAP interview inspired some insights. I’ve gone back and tagged posts relating to the interview, “BATGAP“, for easy reference.
I’ve mentioned previously about why my message comes across so differently than many nondual teachers. Another, more obvious, reason is that I don’t focus exclusively on the Emptiness/Vastness quality.
Which begs the question, “Why do so many nondual teachers focus on Emptiness?”
My theory (my belief):
- Emptiness is rare, since so few people realize it deep down.
- Being rare, it is valuable.
- Being valuable, people desire it.
The assumption though, is #2: Rare = Valuable.
Imagine a beautiful brook, flowing next to a meadow up on Mt. Hood in Oregon. In the brook, two objects stick out of the water: a bar of solid gold and a large stone. A frog, cold from the water and seeking warmth, comes up to the bar of gold, climbs on and, because it is slippery and cold, hops over to the nice warm stone.
The frog could care less about gold being rare. Why? Because he doesn’t have thoughts. He only cares about what is useful (the warmth of the stone).
The frog doesn’t want to possess the gold, doesn’t want to horde it or claim it as his own. He just wants something useful (warm).
I believe that one of the reasons that most nondual teachers—and most nondual students—focus on the Vastness is because it is rare and thus seen as valuable. I certainly did during both my seeking years and the few years after the awakening. I simply never questioned the assumption. I didn’t even know I was making an assumption (kinda the definition of assumption, but there you go).
The Emptiness/Vastness quality—once you become proficient at it—is very useful at breaking the tenacious grip of thoughts, but since it is so difficult (luck/grace?) to become proficient at it, it isn’t all that practical for most people.
Do you want the experience of living forever? Practice living as a Soul.
Do you want to feel bliss and unconditional love? Practice living in Radiance.
Do you want to experience the wonder and beauty of the Divine participating in your life (Intimate quality)? Become proficient in the Eternal and Radiant qualities and it will naturally happen (the less there is of you, the more there is of Her).
Emptiness does not bring you bliss (you get that from Radiance). Emptiness feels good—unity with everything feels very good—but it isn’t all that practical. Emptiness is just a single quality of Mystical Oneness, not the end-all of it.
Still, Emptiness is rare, so people (but certainly not frog masters) are naturally drawn to it. It’s perfectly understandable.
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