by Joseph Raffa
Understanding flows effortlessly out of enlightened beings. It is not intellectual but it uses this as a means of conveyance.
Truth is always truth – always consistent. The means of expression changes but not truth.
As the early means of mechanical conveyance and flight were one thing in the early stages, only to be superceded by later models, so the means of intellectual conveyance change to keep in tune with changing concepts of language.
The nature of what is being conveyed is eternal. It is not of the mind, not of concepts.
Encouragement is given through thought, through written and spoken expression. The intention? To awaken desire and give a focus to those who aspire.
The seeker creates the approach. Understanding guides the approach. As understanding develops and deepens so the approach changes.
When understanding is what it should be the approach ends. It is not needed any more.
The journey undertaken is created by thought, continues while given impetus by thought and ends when thought ends. It is a journey through the maze created by thought in its desire to come to a culminating point.
Thought projects a mental Mt Everest to give its movement a greater emphasis. The mountain withdraws only when thinking withdraws.
Thought and what it sets out to do go hand in hand. There is not one without the other.
Lodged in explanations, ways and means, thought stays there. It exercises itself at will, admires its own movement and reassures itself as to the importance of effort and endeavour.
Right understanding deals with all of this and cleans out the confusion thought creates.
Thought then abides in right understanding, becomes its willing servant, a pliant extension of that understanding.
It’s like the rising of the sun. When the world of thought turns and sinks out of sight, the sun of right understanding shines through and lights up the way to clearer, saner, enlightened living.