Chapter 4: To Return to the Root
To return to the root is to find the meaning,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
At the moment of inner enlightenment
there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
we call real only because of our ignorance.
Do not search for truth;
only cease to hold opinions.
Do not remain in the dualistic state;
avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is a trace
of this and that, of right and wrong,
the mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
Although all dualities come from the one,
do not be attached even to this one.
When mind exists undisturbed in the way,
nothing in the world can offend,
and when a thing can no longer offend,
it ceases to exist in the old way.
When no discriminating thoughts arise,
the old mind ceases to exist.
The nature of consciousness is to be just a mirror. The mirror has no choice of its own. Whatsoever comes in front of it is reflected, good or bad, beautiful or ugly - whatsoever. The mirror does not prefer, it does not judge, it has no condemnation. The nature of consciousness, at the source, is just mirror-like.
A child is born; he reflects whatsoever comes before him. He does not say anything, he does not interpret. The moment interpretation enters, the mirror has lost its mirror-likeness. Now it is no longer pure. Now it is filled with opinions, disturbed, many fragments, divided, split. It has become schizophrenic. When the consciousness is divided, not mirror-like, it becomes the mind. Mind is a broken mirror.
In the root, mind is consciousness. If you stop making discrimination, if you stop making dual division - choosing this against that, liking this, disliking that - if you drop out of these divisions, the mind again becomes a mirror, a pure consciousness.
So the whole effort for a seeker is how to drop opinions, philosophies, preferences, judgments, choices. And this should not become a choice in itself - that’s the problem.
So try to understand the basic problem, otherwise you can make this a choice: “I will not choose, I will remain choiceless. Now choice is not for me, now I am for choiceless awareness.” This has again become the same thing - you have chosen. Now you are against choice and for choicelessness. You have missed. Nobody can be for choicelessness, because “the being for” is choice. So what is to be done? Simple understanding is needed, nothing is to be done. The ultimate is achieved not through effort but through understanding.
No effort will lead you towards that, because effort will always be from the dual mind. Then you dislike the world and you like God; then bondage is not your preference, freedom is your preference; then you seek moksha, the ultimate liberation. But again the mind has entered, and the mind goes on entering. And you cannot do anything - you have to simply be alert to the whole situation.