Enlightenment is the realization that there is nothing bad in this world, just as there is nothing good. All their joys and sorrows man comes up with himself and, therefore, can come up with, and may not come up with... This is the meaning of free will.
Once, after running three kilometers, I was so tired that I decided to put up with it and leave the race. However, after thinking about it, I decided to put up with the pain and fatigue, and continue moving towards the goal.
I thought, but the commandment "do not judge» this applies not only to negative judgments, but also to positive ones. Those who judge well fall into the sin of pride as well as those who judge poorly. One should not judge at all, but deal dispassionately with what is.
Don't believe, don't be afraid, don't ask. Don't trust the fire. Don't be afraid of water. Don't ask for copper pipes. Copper pipes it is necessary to preserve the impartiality and restraint. Copper pipes are the temptation of pleasure, vanity, power, wealth, lust, etc.
A person gets used to everything. I was full of fears back in the days, then they got tired of me and left me. Pleasant cool indifference rejoices soul like a wind. Full of cold curiosity, I look at these fears running around and think which of them will get and destroy me first.
There is a kind of sports passion in it. I neatly turn from their persistent attempts to bite or even devour me. Strictly checked movements resemble a dance. It’s a game, but who will win it? This purely rhetorical meaningless question makes me feel nothing but curiosity.
A black body absorbs all the light falling on it and, thus, accumulates a maximum of energy. A black body is a maximally cold and, consequently, motionless body. Be calm and passionless if you want to accumulate energy. On the contrary, if energy is to be extracted from objects, you should warm them up and make them move.
Buddhism teaches us that the main way to achieve happiness is to get rid of wishes. You can get rid of wishes by overfilling them, though. The more wishes you have, the weaker each of them is, taken separately. I have a huge number of wishes but they are all as small as the sand of time. I will not give up on any of them if it comes, yet I will not run after it or become it slave. Whether it comes true or not, that will not disturb my dispassion.
I lied to you about being Maitreya. After all, the one who is the Maitreya, won his desires and reached Nirvana through freedom from passion. Maitreya can only be one who does not wish to be Maitreya. But I'm not as simple as you might think, my mind is cunning and deceitful. My mind is made for lies, made to turn lies into truth. I figured out a way to trick the wishes. I gave freedom to his desires, my desires are huge and their name is Legion. I want everything, I like everything, I love everything. God is everything and I love God. I want to be Maitreya, I want to be mission, I want to be Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Taoist, Confucian, philosopher, teacher, disciple, Creator, destroyer, big, small, right, left, lie and truth... I want to be happy and suffer, I want to live and I want to die. There's nothing I don't want... I want everything. My desires are like the grains of sand of time. My desires are so small that they cannot disturb my dispassion. I am equally glad to be the first and the last, Lord and slave, beggar and super-rich, huge and insignificant. My desires are very small and weightless. I can fulfill any wish with a barely perceptible effort of thought.
Free is he who has nothing to lose, all other slaves. But a free man is not one who is poor, for poor are the slaves of things which they have not. Freedom is a non-participation in things, a philosophical position of non-possession, but of contemplation and service to beauty. You don't own stuff, stuff owns beauty and you are beauty. Freedom in the service of beauty, but indifference to things. We love not things, but their spirit, their beauty.
Do you know what the secret of Buddha’s calmness is? He is a witness, not a participant. Buddha is an impassionate witness of being. Buddha is deliberate and vigilant, yet he does not participate – he observes.
Well to bring themselves up to despair, because despair great shifts in optimism and dispassion. Humility with despair turns it into a joyful faith. But the attempt to escape from despair by self-deception and the search for external protection plunges a person into various States of chronic depression. The main symptom of depression is dependence on antidepressants and the inability to exist without external support. The problem with any antidepressant is getting used to it.