Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On the Awakened State

by the great Dzogchen teacher Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798)

"Maha-ati is of the greatest simplicity. It is what is. It cannot be shown by analogy; nothing can obstruct it. It is without limitation and transcends all extremes. It is clear-cut nowness, which can never change its shape or colour.

When you become one with this state, the desire to meditate itself dissolves; you are freed from the chain of meditation and philosophy, and conviction is born within you. The thinker has deserted. There is no longer any benefit to be gained from "good" houghts and no harm is to be suffered from "bad" thoughts. Neutral thoughts can no longer deceive.

You become one with transcendental insight and boundless space. Then you will find signs of progress on the path. There is no longer any question of rampant confusions and misunderstandings."

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