An excerpt from the book SEEMING REALITY [ https://sellfy.com/p/WTto ].
As a result of the linear mode of thought man is captured in the domain of dreams – to become better, to meet extraterrestrial (faraway, higher) civilizations, to annihilate (!) evil, to abolish poverty. As most of our real (i.e. supposed) life is actually unreal (i.e. unrealizable, not actual) most members of mankind pass their lives in illusory reality.
Example 1. Many of us make efforts to become a sports champion, top business executive, eminent politician. Only a few attain their goals. If failure was to be predictable, how many of us would really give it a try (people who live in hope do it).
Example 2. How many “shepherds of the soul” offer example by showing the accomplishments of themselves and of the “higher one”. Their followers should keep in mind the simple oriental wisdom: “Good brings forth bad” meaning that when you point to something and call it good, then the rest is consequently seen as bad. The more limited the “good” is, the more (and many times more) external “bad” is to be found.
The isomorphic or mirror system of the first intellect is the system of the second intellect that is contrary to it:
(+) (+) = (–)
(–) (+) = (+)
(+) (–) = (+)
(–) (–) = (–)
or, in other words
(being guided by) (experience) is (inhibiting)
(avoidance of) (examples) leads to (versatility)
(overcoming) (obstacles) is (instructive)
(absence of) (enemies) makes (weak)
Such mode of thinking is not accessible to everyone, and in Tibetan monasteries disciples are given much harder tasks. For instance the questions: “Why is mother’s death good for the child?” (+) (–) = (+), “How you’re damaged by enemy’s death?” (–) = (–) (–), What do you lose when you are given money?” (–) = (+) (+), etc.
Thus we are able to conclude that good and bad do not exist. Good is the same as bad and bad is the same as good even for one and the same subject, everything being dependent on the purpose. Elementary mathematics is unable to handle the facts of real life as the equations of life lack unambiguous solutions (+ ≡ – and – ≡ +, or, using the oriental ‘tao’ image – good contained in bad and bad contained in good).
Let us “dissect” the goals. When a person has a goal in his life it is considered to be a good thing, praised through the use of concepts like “purposeful”, “resolute” etc. Through habitual exercise the goals lead to the shadowing of living, expressed e.g. in emergence of stress, say, caused by a bus being late or not arriving at all. The person immediately experiences tension and the failure to attain a small goal may spoil the mood for the whole day. Notice that the more purposeful the person is, the more deeply he will get introverted (a “serious person”) and start pushing his way through life. Compare such person to an enthusiastic child who, upon finding that the initial goal is unattainable, is ready to embark on a new course of action. You will then understand why some people LIVE despite seemingly most adverse circumstances and why others with their “stable lives” keep seeking medical help for cardiac disease, radiculitis and other ailments directly conditioned by centering on oneself (we will return to the topic below).
On the other hand everyone knows the consequences of a lack of goals. Thus existence of goals as such is not a shortcoming or a virtue, but should just be seen as existence of goals.
In a crammed bus the degree of each person’s adherence to his goals becomes immediately visible. It is expressed by the degree of dissatisfaction with the lack of peace and stability. Don Men: “Have you heard somebody to exclaim after exiting a bus: ‘Oh, what a nice squeeze they gave me’. Instead of being happy people go to a massage parlor…”.
In sum, most people live as slaves of their goals, either struggling to save money for something or being held prisoner to their goals in other ways. They are losing the INSTANT which is their very own TIME. And the slave master is their own mind guided solely by examples (of what is better, more stylish etc.).
The oriental art to live in the instant and use what is enjoyable in each situation has made the lotus blossom the symbol of wisdom (not the rationality of reason). The flower blossoms even in wettest swamps.