The Secret of Secrets Vol 2 ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 4 Sep 1978 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SOS209
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Master Lu-tsu said: When the silence comes, not a single thought arises; he who is looking inward suddenly forgets that he is looking. At this time, body and heart must be left completely released. All entanglements have disappeared without trace. Then I no longer know at what place the house of my spirit and my crucible are. If a man wants to make certain of his body, he cannot get at it. This condition is the penetration of heaven into earth, the time when all wonders return to their roots.
When one is so far advanced that every shadow and every echo has disappeared, so that one is entirely quiet and firm, this is refuge within the cave of energy, where all that is miraculous returns to its roots. One does not alter the place, but the place alters itself: this is incorporeal space where a thousand and ten thousand places are one place. One does not alter the time, but the time alters itself. This is immeasurable time when all the aeons are like a moment.
As long as the heart has not attained absolute tranquility, it cannot move itself. One moves the movement and forgets the movement; this is not movement in itself. Therefore it is said: if, when stimulated by external things, one moves, it is the impulse of the being. If, when not stimulated by external things, one moves, it is the movement of heaven. But when no idea arises, the right ideas come. That is the true idea. When things are quiet and one is quite firm, and the release of heaven suddenly moves, is this not a movement without purpose? Action through non-action has just this meaning.
The deepest secret cannot be dispensed with from the beginning to the end. This is the washing of the heart and the purification of the thoughts; this is the bath. Its beginning is beyond polarity and it empties again beyond polarity.
The Buddha speaks of the transient, the creator of consciousness, as being the fundamental truth of religion. And the whole work of completing life and human nature lies in the expression 'to bring about emptiness'. All religions agree in the one proposition, the finding of the spiritual elixir in order to pass from death to life. In what does this spiritual elixir consist? It means forever dwelling in purposelessness. The deepest secret of the bath that is to be found in our teaching is thus confined to the work of making the heart empty. Therewith the matter is settled.


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