Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Finding Our Inner Freedom

Egret in Flight

My teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said that if death should happen to strike us down today, now, right in this moment we should be ready to leave, and furthermore, leave without any sadness or regrets or clinging to what we have or have had or expect to have...

Can any of us say that we are ready? Can we say that we have this kind of inner alertness which is always present and always free? Can we live in this moment looking outwardly but remaining ever focussed and unattached inwardly?

There is such a freedom in being able to live this moment without hope or fear, without expectation or desire.

This kind of awareness places us in a state of inner preparedness for whatever may or not come. It gives us a crucial edge over determining the quality of our lives where-ever we may be and whatever we may be doing.

There are a thousand ways to say just one simple thing and also a thousand way to hear it. Truth does not need to be explained in volumes and treatises when just a few words will do and yet volumes and treatises exit and have their place.

But when all those words and writings, thoughts and expectations, learnings and un-learnings have had their time and fulfilled their usefulness, the simple truth will remain just as near or just as far as we ourselves remain near or far from knowing what and who we really are...

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