113. His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?”
“It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it.”
– Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas (Trans. Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer)
“I had this placid mind, like a mirror lake, and all that appeared was just mirages, as there was nothing but the observing itself. Beautiful appearances of non-persons, no labels, no distinctions. Perfect discernment. A question is asked, and a response is self-logical, self-evident, is said, comes and goes … nothing to it or any it. No objects.
Then I lost it, got into philosophy with a ‘teacher’, as a ‘student’…”
What did you lose?
“A still mind.”
If it comes and goes, it’s in time. …
No, you didn’t lose anything. Nothing happened, and nothing is happening. Ever
“I don’t get it. All kinds of things seem to be happening.”
The operative word is “seem”. The sense-mind is all about change.
Be the observer, the seeing of the change.
“I feel like I’m in a Kung Fu episode…”
Maybe you are. How would you know?
“Well for one thing, you aren’t calling me ‘Grasshopper’, and for another the props are all wrong.”
The props look all right to me.
“They would to you, since you’re the one making them.”
Fair enough, but remember Grasshopper, you’re making them too …
“I am? Why is that?”
Because you are Me…
…in the Garden of Bliss