~ “Then there is no fear, there cannot be, because now there can be no death – how can there be fear? The death has already happened, that which could die has died. Now you are in the world of immortality, you have found the elixir. This is the nectar we will be talking about again and again in these sutras of THE SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER. This is the nectar, AMRIT. This is the elixir, the philosopher’s stone. Once you have tasted of it, all death has disappeared, all time has disappeared, all distinctions have disappeared. Now you will see the tree as your extension, the cloud as your extension, or you as the extension of the tree. Now the centre is everywhere and nowhere. The ’I’ does not exist anywhere anymore. The very word has become utterly false.
Once a Christian missionary asked a Zen Master, ’Isn’t the end-point of man’s journey the union with God?’
The Zen Master said, ’The end-point of man’s journey is NOT union with God, because there has never been a separation. All that is needed is the flash of insight that makes one see it.’
Tao, Zen, Tantra – their insight is far more deep than the so-called market-place religion. Christianity thinks in terms of joining with God, of being one with God, but the Zen Master’s insight is far more penetrating, and deeper. He says: But where has there been a separation? When? It has not happened at all, you have been dreaming that you are separate. Just come out of the dream! There is no union, you have ALWAYS been one with existence. Not for a single moment has there been a separation, there is no possibility of separation.” ~ Chandra Mohan Jain
In order to awaken we must first ‘shake’ ourselves loose from the sleep, we must demand and push ourselves to wake up to an expanded perception. This is like a bad dream, if we want out we merely scream and shake enough until we emerge in our beds and our free from it; the same must be done in our sleepy lives.
The first step is taking action, to build awareness, to find it, to hold this state. Then once we have emerged non-action takes over. Then we are free from the bondage of the sleep and we see things with new eyes.
Action leads to Non-Action - this is the Tao, the Way.