Part 1 - Preliminaries
This text presents a systematic method of perceiving the Great
Awareness, of seeing reality and of freeing the Self of all limitations.
It shows how your awareness works.
Oh Seeker, who you gain access to this precious knowledge, - vast
understanding resides within you, - penetrate deep into this mighty
First Advice to the Seeker
May the Great Majestic Awareness open your insight into Itself.
Everything the enlightened taught, - everything recorded in 'The Door
of the Dharma' and other scriptures, all remains incomprehensible
because these texts do not describe the ONE Awareness.
These Instructions Complete What the Enlightened Taught
Even the Tirthankaras, the enlightened ones of the Jains, have not taught anything regarding this.
And the vast multitude of sacred scriptures barely contains instructions how to gain access to the Great Awareness.
This scripture provides the true key to these eternal teachings. It
shows the effective method how to apply them in practical life. It
enables you to experience this Magnificent Awareness.
Be awake !
The Second Advice to the Seeker
Listen blessed seekers ! - Highest wisdom is before you now. - Listen with all your being !
Knowledge of what is commonly called 'mind' or 'consciousness' is widespread.
The Consequences of Not Knowing the Great Awareness
The Great, Magnificent Awareness however is unknown, - or thought of
erroneously, - or known only one-sidedly without consideration for the
missing parts. Thus desire for these teachings is immeasurable. It
attracts even those who do not know the ONE Awareness and thus do not
Such people aimlessly drift throughout all
regions of the world of manifestations, continuously assume new forms
and suffer and worry.
As long as insight into the Great Awareness is lacking, such is the result.
So impressed are they by their own suffering, so overpowered, that they lack all will to give direction to their life.
And even if they long to know the Great Awareness, their lack of will to steer their life prevents this very insight.
Others follow faiths and practices that severely restrict their lives.
Fascinated by such self-imposed, intoxicating yearning, they block all
inner capacity for perceiving the Clear Light.
The Consequences of Self-Inflicted Asceticism
They allow such self-inflicted blockages to overwhelm their mind and
thus are unable to even recognize a widening of their perception.
The Middle Path (the simple path Buddha proclaimed)
certainly describes the true mechanisms of the manifested world and
even The Unmanifested, yet aimless renunciation and clinging to rigid
religious ceremonies obscure all deeper insight and real comprehension.
Such attitudes likewise obscure what course of action leads to enlightenment.
It further prevents perception of spontaneous, intense expansions of
our awareness that offer orientation how higher states of consciousness
feel like, thus indicating the path leading there.
sudden, fleeting insights into far broader comprehension that occur in
regular intervals. We all experience these insights, but as long as we
don't put attention there, they remain fleeting and thus cannot assist
in the expansion of our being).
The Transcendence of the UnmanifestedGreat Awareness
Since in reality duality does not exist, so also there exist no multiple causes.
originates in the longing of man to classify what he experiences in
opposites, e.g. good – bad, mind - body, consciousness – matter,
interior – exterior etc. Yet in the basic reality underlying our
present perceptions, such splitting is nonexistent, - though we might
currently be unacquainted with imagining anything beyond dualities and
As long as we don't pass beyond our
desire for such classification we cannot perceive the ONE, Exalted
Awareness, – will we not wake up from our current restricted state.
The material, manifested world and the Unmanifested are ONE inseparable unity. This inseparable totality IS our Awareness.
duality does not mean giving up perception of plurality, but only to
clearly see the unity behind all plural appearances.
Unmanifested – the highest reality, - is no negation of existence, it
is an unmanifested state from which all beings, properties, dualities,
characteristics etc. emerge when they assume [material] appearance.
Perceiving the ONE Unity is less far away from us as we might think.
Almost always we see the world surrounding us through tinted glasses of
our current feelings. When enthusiastic, we deem the world and our
position in it positive; when feelings are negative, the world seems
gloomy. Similar emotions even determine what sense-impressions get
through to our conscious attention [i.e. which things and situations we
focus on], and what we simply discard or ignore.
what surrounds us – that what we actually perceive, – always reflects
our interior, - our motivations, preconceptions, preferences, dislikes,
our ideas and fears.
Yet when we forego our desire for
duality, - when we begin to see the world before us as 'silver screen',
- as total reflection of our interior, of all our emotions, - when we
cease to see us as separate from what we perceive, we get nearer to
experiencing The All-Encompassing Awareness – of which we presently
perceive only a minute part.
And if we don't like some of
what we see on this 'screen', it's exactly these 'unloved' parts that
provide exquisite insight what we still carry within [with a negative
emotional tinge], but do not want to see. Would it not exist
within us, we would not focus on it, - would not [negatively] react to
it, - would not let it reach our awareness, - would not perceive it in
the first place.
It pays to acknowledge these 'unloved'
parts of our reality as integral part of our life and to dissolve
whatever negative feelings we associate with them. This considerably
widens our scope, vision and range of life.)
The Great Self-Liberation
Seen from a worldly perspective - which everyone is free to accept
or to reject - man aimlessly drifts through innumerable material forms
Therefore – find what your life has as its purpose, - realize (experience, learn)
what you intend to confront during this life, - expand your perception
to the True Nature of your Awareness, - free yourself from all (material) restrictions.
This is the core of The Great Self-Liberation. Once ultimate freedom is reached, enlightenment dawns.
Be aware ! - Stay alert ! – Let this sublime, mighty knowledge reach you deep inside !
The Third Advice to the Seeker
What is commonly called 'mind' or 'consciousness' we access through intuitive channels.
The Nature of Awareness
The Great Awareness though - though it exists - cannot be found (this way) within the manifested regions.
Yet since it is the source of highest bliss, of happiness, of all
enlightenment, as also of all burdens of the perishable world, it pays
to know and value It, - as it pays to value all paths that lead to
Innumerable are the names given to the Great Awareness.
Names given to the Great Awareness
Some call it 'The Mental Self '.
Buddhists (of the Hinayana path) call it 'The True Essence of Doctrines'
Followers of Yoga call it 'Wisdom' or 'Self'.
Those taking re-incarnation for non-existent, or thinking the lives of
man are ruled by outside influences, call it 'The Ego', 'The I', or
'The Cumulative Experiences of Man'.
Some call it 'The Means of Attaining the Other Shore of Wisdom' or 'The Vessel to Liberation'.
Some call it 'The Buddha Essence'.
Some call it 'The Great Symbol'.
Some call it 'The Sole Seed'.
Some call it 'The Potentiality of Truth'.
Some call it 'The Foundation of All'.
And common usage assigns a multitude of further names to the Great Awareness.
Next: - The Tibetan Book Part 2 - Realization
Author: Hermann Kuhn
Book-Title: 'Where NOTHING Seems To Be'
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