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Everyone is a Universe (כל אחד הוא יְקוּם)

ספטמבר 9, 2016

את הרשומה הזו כתבתי אי-שם בשנה הראשונה או השניה של העשור הראשון של שנות האלפיים. שנה או שנתיים לפני כן עשיתי את הריטריט האחרון שלי עם שִׁיפוּ שֶנג-יֶן, חכם הצ'אן/זן הסיני שהיה המורה שלי ושבמרכז שלו בניו-יורק שהיתי כחצי שנה. באחד הימים האחרונים של הריטריט (שנערך על-פני 49 ימים!) הוא אמר לנו כך:

'אתם מרגישים בודדים, משום שאינכם יודעים מי ומה אתם באמת; כל מה שבאמת אתם זקוקים לו, אלה הם חדר קטן בגודל של מטר על מטר או שני מטר על שני מטר ולא יותר מזה. בנוסף כרית מדיטציה לשבת עליה וזה הכל. אתם תגלו שמה שאתם באמת הוא יקום גדול ושלם בפני עצמו ושאינכם זקוקים לאף אחד אחר שיאהב אתכם וישמש לכם כחברה. אם תדעו את זה, לעולם, אבל לעולם לא תרגישו אומללים ובודדים יותר.'

הרשומה הבאה נכתבה בהשראתו של שיפו היקר מכל. היא נכתבה במקור באנגלית כתשובה למישהו בפורום בינלאומי לבודהיזם שכבר מזה זמן רב אינו קיים. מצאתי את תשובתי יפה כרשומה בפני עצמה, והעליתי אותה בבלוג הישן שלי בתפוז. היום אני מעלה גם כאן, ומאחל לכולם שתהיה לכם לשמחה, רווחה, לטוב ולתועלת 🙂 ❤

כמו כן אני מודה לאָני-סוֹפָּה, הידועה גם כשילה ק. סובל, על העריכה וההגהות שעשתה לרשומה.

 

Everyone is a Universe

Shlomo S. Springer

(edited & revised: Ven. Ani Soepa (a.k.a Sheila K. Sobel

Most of our lives we live in a relatively small part of our selves, living only what we believe is essential and necessary for having normal life. Missing so much of the range and depth of our being, we functions like creatures that perceive only one or two dimensions of the Universe, not knowing the existence of other dimensions than the ones they perceive.

Not being aware that the Universe has more then one or two dimensions, these creatures wonder why they are narrowly confined in such a pity conditions of struggles and afflictions. They cannot realize that the problem is not in the Universe itself, but in their perception of it. The other thing that these creatures do not realize is that their problem can be solved. It is not an inherent mental disability, but a temporal impediment that can be removed. We, humans, live and act like these creatures. Thinking that the way and quality of experiencing our joys, sorrows, aspirations, relationships, and all the other things that our lives consist of, are all there is, we are ignorant of other ways and qualities by which we can experience our existence. Further more, other possibilities of experiencing life are evading our vision and perception; therefore we are missing many opportunities to transform our lives, hitherto hidden from us.

Centered around our narrow perceptions of ourselves, while chasing after little joys and pleasures, and escaping from suffering as much as we can, we are inflicting troubles on our fellow sentient being, and harming our environment we are all sharing and living in. Believing that we are separated from the rest of the Universe, we ignore other sentient beings aspirations for happiness and well being, thinking that their happiness and well being has to be in a conflict with our own.

While treading the path of self-cultivation toward Enlightenment and Buddhahood, meditation is not only the means we employ to cultivate the mind, but also a vehicle we use for traveling and exploring our inner worlds.

Practicing meditation for a while, few months or maybe longer, we might experience that our perception and inner vision growing wider and dipper within ourselves. After going through a kind of hard training in the attempt of settling the mind, and the stream of consciousness is flowing toward the subject (or object) of meditation in a (more or less) steady manner, our mind begins to unfold itself in front of our inner eyes and ears. We begin to perceive the intricacy of our inner dialog, how thoughts are linked one to another by associations, or else the way thoughts are crystallize around impingement of objects we perceive through the senses. At other times, we might sense a very subtle movements in the depths of our mind, and that these movements develop themselves as a verbal thoughts, or images, or sounds, sometimes even taking a complex form of more then one (or all) of these varieties together. Much like the forming of bubbles in the depths of a water stream, springing to the surface and then popping up, we can watch the way mental and emotional activities spring from within, rising to the surface of our consciousness and disappear incessantly. Continuing our inner journey, we will discover how habitudes are forming themselves, again, like little water streams, looking for the easiest and fastest way to continue flowing. Encountering the vast net of attachments, we will see our attachments weaving themselves in a kind of three-dimensional crisscross manner, one kind of attachment linked to another one, stretching infinitely to all directions within our inner space.

Keep traveling, we go through unknown regions of the mind. Wonderful lands of divine bliss, heavenly creatures, dark swamps infested by demons, the sky, the earth, the moon, and other realms of existence, all of that unfold itself before our amazed eyes.

Somewhere along the journey, new insights dawn upon us. We begin to realize that our being, much like the Universe around us, is infinitely vast and deep. Like the Universe itself, which consist of space, galaxies, solar systems, planets and cosmic storms of energy, collision of planetary bodies, gas and dust, creation and dissolution, stillness and calmness, emptiness and void, life and death, heat and cold, different worlds- so do our psycho-physical being, consist of similar processes and objects. The mind is like the deep, vast space. Mental and emotional objects are like galaxies, solar systems and planets. Conflicts of emotions and ideas are like stars colliding, emotional upheavals are like cosmic storms. Formation, continuation and dissolution of thoughts, feelings and emotions are similar to the way stars born, live and die.

Heat, cold, emptiness, calmness, stillness, different worlds- are all within our being.

Experiencing ourselves that way, we can acknowledge our being as a real Universe, whole and complete by itself and for itself.

One might object the idea that he or she is a Universe, asking how it can be that we, feeble, short living creatures as we are, can be so vast, deep, enormous and powerful like the great Universe itself. To that I would say that it is only a matter of perspective. If you ever saw the movie Man in black, you might recall the last scene of the movie. The camera and us with it are moving out and away from the planet earth, so it becomes smaller. The camera keeps moving, making all of what we see through its lens, the solar systems, the Milky way and other galaxies smaller and smaller, and the space becomes larger and wider. Moving together with the camera, we are reaching a point when we are “coming out” from our Universe, amazingly realizing that all of what we have perceived as an enormity is but a ball to play in the hand of a giant creature.

In the Zen lore it is often said that, “a speck of dust contains the whole Universe”. We are larger than a speck of dust, and the Universe we are living in is larger than us, in a much greater way than we are larger then a speck of dust. Comparing to eternity, ten or twenty billion years are just the time it takes for an eye to blink, and like any other phenomena that comes to an end, we can assume that this Universe too, will come to its end. Since feebleness, size and life span are all relative, it does not have to prevent us from realizing what we truly are. Every sentient being, every man, every woman, old or young, good or bad, is a whole and complete Universe. Existing with other Universes, within a larger Universe, which might exists with other Universes within yet a larger Universe, and so on and on, endlessly and infinitely throughout many spaces and timelines, this is the way we all are.

Realizing that we are a Universe, causing harm to ourselves or/and to one another cannot be considered or even dismissed as a light matter. In fact, having all kinds of conflicts, whether mild or extreme, it is a cosmic event. It is a collision of worlds. Every time we harbors enmity toward other sentient beings, initiate wars, exploiting the natural resources of our planet, these actions takes affect on a very profound levels of our existence, the outcome of it can never be fully foreseen. Destroying another form of life is like destroying a Universe, so how much evil one must have in order to perform such an act?

Unfortunately, from the remote past of our social and cultural systems, we have been taught and educated differently then the way outlined above. No one knows for sure when and how our ignorance aroused. We have been taught to look at ourselves as a frail being, living under constant threats of misfortune and danger. That in living happy and fulfilling life we must posses all kinds of objects, and subdue the world and all its inhabitants. Leaving the world as it is, we think, it is too “dangerous” and “unfitting” to comply with the terms and conditions we designed for what we wrongly conceives as “well being and happiness”. “Being alone”, so the people around us say, without “soul-mates” or companions from the other sex, is a bad condition to live in. “We are incomplete as we are”, our good-hearted friends telling us- “how would you be able to overcome the feelings of loneliness, sorrows and pain all by yourself? Don’t you want to share your happiness and good feelings with other friends? How horrible it is to be just by yourself! ” So they ask-exclaim our fellows. Sticking to other beings like ourselves, we anticipate them to be the source of our happiness and well being. Laying on their shoulders and hearts the heavy burden of unfulfilled desires, fears, aspirations, dreams of what we want them to be, and the usefulness we designates to them, we are hating these people when they refuse to comply with our whimsical demands. Often we wonder, how come that our friends had turned to be such a wretched human beings. Not realizing that the afflictions we are experiencing, has been originated within each one and one of us, separately and together on the same time, creating an immense, collective hardships.

Feeling emptiness in the depths of our being, we are consuming everything we can. Emotions, ideas, entertainment, food, drugs, other being’s lives- we are throwing all this things into the wide open empty hole which lies in the bottom of our souls, trying to forget the terrifying feelings of hollowness.

Living that way, we perceive just a small fragment of our being, resigning the rest of ourselves to the sub-consciousness. How could we feel anything else then emptiness and hollowness, when the depths and vastness of our being is hidden from us?

When we come to the realization that we are a Universe, whole and complete, we no longer feel loneliness and despair. Knowing what others and we are, we no longer harbor feeling of grudges and hatred toward others and ourselves. Everything we need, everything we aspire for is with and within us, all the time, until the day we transformed to something else, for everything has to die one day and undergo change into something else. Communicating with others, we are no longer establishing our relationships on the sick, dreadful foundations of hollowness, unsatisfied emotional needs, desperately grasping anything we can lay our hands on. With the feelings of wholeness and completeness, confidence, joy and happiness, we feel free to be with others or to be alone. Exchanging without asking for anything, all that we need is already given. For all that exists are parts of the Great Whole, we must corporate together in harmonious way.

How long dear friends, it will take us to realize that we are a Universe?

Thank you all, Shantideva

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