Tuesday, April 30, 2013
On Knowing the "Don't Know"
Kilesa, unknown activities that are identified with unknowingly: powerful for as long as they remain unknown.
Asava, essentially outflows, though occasionally useful to see as other renderings, such as biases, influxes, chancres etc.
Tanha, craving. This kind of craving is inclusive of aversion, the two toggle together, successively conditioning one another; successive, serial alternation, eternally changing. Collectively - attachment.
Conventionally - a quiet mind is an inactive mind immersed in white noise, inefficient activities, all cancelling each other out, with no net effect: Zero Point Energy, the ultimate inefficiency. "E=MC²",that is to say, mentally active energy manifests as bodily sensation: a sensation experienced within the physical body, robbing the practitioner of ultimate peace. It is fully knowable, but what is it that knows?
Reality is thus seen to be serial, successive, linear. The "here and now", an eternal infinity or infinite eternity: nothing other than this present moment.
Space being a physical thing, bodily sensation due to mental process. For a practitioner in the midst of practice, space is a mental construct that is readily believed but with no actual reality, robbing him of the total stillness that rewards genuine practice.
These aspects of subjective activity conspire, as it were, to rob the practitioner of his goal. They only know conventional realities: rewards of bodily identity, pleasure. So that total stillness threatens their continued existence, since they would have become fully knowable - objectified - as a direct result.
Thus the equation of total stillness with perfected, remainderless knowing. Knowing being the ground level of zero mental activity.
Knowing the knowing develops into the ground state of mental activity where consciousness itself comes to rest. Nothing can be said about this state, it is beyond conventional terminology. All that can be said is that anyone can know this for himself.
"Don't Know", the starting point for knowing the most subtle of subjective activities. Cultivating the "Don't Know" mind brings Knowing to perfection.
This Knowing has no substance, mental or physical: is beyond change, and thus eternal.