Song Of Freedom Breakdown, line 4
One sees the nature of ignorance
to be itself Essential Awareness,
Who sees the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
What is the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
When is there the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
Where is the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
Why is there the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
How is there the nature of ignorance as Essential Awareness?
By now it should be clear that the practitioner is the “who” and that the practitioner is the whole universe.
The nature of ignorance is Not Knowing We often crave knowing, the thirst for knowledge can be an addiction. Intellectual knowing is all well and good but it is not important and could even be detrimental to the study of the way. Not knowing has been referred to as Beginners Mind If we begin to close ourselves off to possibilities due to an intellectual understanding there will be a gap between “knowing” and Essential awareness.
The beginners mind can be cultivated by opening one’s self to it through practice. There have been also been many examples of beginners mind being cultivated through the skillful means of various teachers throughout history. Be it through the actions of shouts, blows, bells, and even cutting a cat in two.
The Beginners mind is in the present moment.
There is a beginners mind as essential awareness because of our accumulation of karma.* All of the events in our lives that make us have a sence of seperate self, an Ego. Occurances that make us think of begginings and endings. The illusions put on us by causes and conditions. It is nessesary to break free of these chains. Without beginners mind there is no essential awareness.
One must endeavor to cultivate the beginners mind through practice and experiance in order to practice essential awareness.
* My limited understanding of Karma is that our actions are like a stone cast into a still pond. Everything we do spreading outward from that action. The accumulation of Karma could be said to happen when we do something not because it is in our nature but for some other motive born of greed, anger, and delusion. The Bodhisattva path is that of reducing ones own accumulation of Karma, Not dong anything for any other reason accept that it is what must be done. I have a feeling that actions born of greed anger and delusion will wash back over the cause of the ripple. And that the actions of compassion leave no trace on the Bodhisattva.
I know that you know all of this already.
I welcome comments, but I may integrate them into the commentary.
I hope that my efforts are helpful in clearing my own delusion as well as that of others,