Chapter 5: The Innate Truth
The song continues:
The practice of mantra and paramita: instruction in the sutras
and precepts, and teaching from the schools and scriptures,
will not bring realization of the innate truth, for if the mind
when filled with some desire should seek a goal,
it only hides the light.
He who keeps tantric precepts yet discriminates,
betrays the spirit of samaya.
Cease all activity, abandon all desire,
let thoughts rise and fall as they will, like ocean waves.
He who never harms the non-abiding nor the principle
of non-distinction, upholds the tantric precepts.
He who abandons craving, and clings not to this and that,
perceives the real meaning given in the scriptures.
The Tantra attitude is the very being of Tilopa. You must understand first what the Tantra attitude is; only then it will be possible for you to comprehend what Tilopa is trying to say. So, something about the Tantra attitude: the first thing, it is not an attitude, because Tantra looks at life with a total vision. It has no attitude with which to look at life. It has no concepts; it is not a philosophy. It is not even a religion - it has no theology. It doesn’t believe in words, theories or doctrines. It wants to look at life without any philosophy, without any theory, without any theology. It wants to look at life as it is, without bringing any mind in between, because that will be the distortion. The mind then will project, the mind then will mix, and you will not be able to know that which is.
Tantra avoids mind and encounters life face to face, neither thinking, “This is good” nor thinking, “This is bad,” but simply facing that which is. So it is difficult to say that this is an attitude; in fact it is a no-attitude.
The second thing to remember: that Tantra is a great yea-sayer; it says yes to everything. It has nothing like no in its vocabulary; there is no negation. It never says no to anything, because with no the fight starts, with no you become the ego. The moment you say no to anything, you have become the ego already; a conflict has come in, now you are at war.
Tantra loves, and loves unconditionally. It never says no to anything whatsoever, because everything is part of the whole, and everything has its own place in the whole, and the whole cannot exist without anything missing from it.
It is said that if just a drop of water is missing, the whole of existence will thirst. You pluck a flower in the garden, and you have plucked something out of the whole of existence. You harm a flower, and you have harmed millions of stars, because everything is interrelated. The whole exists as a whole, as an organic whole. The whole exists not as a mechanical thing - everything is related to everything else.