Met een zwaar geblinddoekte mol
de mist in -.
(Ik voel hier niets voor).
What is there essentially is the Self, the reality in which appears you and the world. And so long as you imagaine that you’re in a body looking at the world you’re going to suffer. … Once you get rid of the person inside who looks outside at something, then you find your own natural state. [47:19]
Documentary on the great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi. Released publicly on 25th May 2018. If you enjoyed the film donations can be made via www.jnani.tv to fund future productions.
The first time I heard this English expression, “good for nothing,” I was living in Massachusetts. One summer, to support our practice, we worked for a farmer harvesting blueberries. There were some high school students working there too, as a summer job during their vacation. There was a part of the field were another kind of berries were growing, called dogberries. The students were not very careful, so sometimes they mixed dogberries in with the blueberries. The farmer was always shouting: “Stop picking those good-for-nothing dogberries!”
I really liked this expression, “good for nothing,” and I thought, “What’s the difference between those good-for-nothing berries and the blueberries?” Dogberries are not edible, but they are pretty. Blueberries are pretty, too, but they are also edible, so they have market value. That means they’re “good for something.” Dogberries have no market value so we consider them “good for nothing.”
But when we put aside our human evaluation, then blueberry and dogberry are the same. They are both pretty and just live to continue their lives. So I thought, dogberries are good but for nothing. That’s why I translated Sawaki Roshi’s expression that way: “Zazen is good for nothing.” To me, this means zazen is good—but not for something. It is good in itself. I think this is very important. It is the same as what Bodhi-dharma said when the Emperor Wu told him he [the emperor] had helped Buddhism by creating hundreds of temples and monasteries and asked what karmic rewards he could expect. Bodhidharma said, “No merit at all.”
All that you are attached to, all that you love,
all that you know, someday will be gone.
Knowing this, and that the world is your mind
which you create, play in, and suffer from,
is known as discrimination.
Discriminate between the Real and the Unreal,
the known is unreal and will come and go.
So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth.
A human being is an effect of consciousness. They are not the operators of consciousness. [01:10-01:14]
Ego … is just a very contracted form of consciousness. A modification of consciousness. It’s like you’re not firing on all engines.
You’re working with very restrictive consciousness. When it’s in the modification, ‘I am a person,’ it is still consciousness. But it’s in very restrictive zone. When that is seen, then the consciousness opens up again. It’s depersonalized, and again it now it becomes universal, the consciousness.
You are universal consciousness! Dreaming itself as individuality. But we are not just to learn this, you have to recognize it. Discover this. Something gets somehow, cleansed, through your own seeing. [03:12 – 04:12]
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.