Zorba the Buddha

There are many different levels and kinds of wisdom.  One of the most important of these is viveka. This wisdom is most important for living sanely in our world today. This is a yogic term, which means the ability to tell the difference between the illusory/temporary reality and the absolute reality.  There are different levels to that.  We have dual, non-dual reality and prior to that, beyond the mind, is the nothing.  This is prior to the confines of the dualistic mind.  Liberation is when the glass ceiling of the mind shatters and you don’t mind, because there is no mind.   In liberation one is operating beyond the comfort zone of our mind.  Advaita is the non-dual worldview.  Sankhya, which represents the dual worldview as expressed through Zorba the Buddha.

Who is Zorba the Buddha?  You’ve heard of Zorba the Greek?   Zorba the Buddha is someone who is able to integrate the dance of the temporal reality with the absolute reality.  This appears to be contradictory but it isn’t because there’s a continuum. It is the cosmic shamanic dance of integrating the b’limah and the mah (the nothing and the something) simultaneously. Another level of that sankhya (temporal reality) is the ideas of right and wrong.  This varies according to a particular culture.  For example, in some tribes in Africa it is only the women who do the drums.  In other tribes, it is only the men.  This cultural reality is a variation of temporary reality.

In the temporary reality, which also includes the culturally derived moral reality, morality comes and goes. There is a teaching that in the temporary reality, things immerge and become something and then they go back into the nothing.  It appears as if things are real but they are really a similitude, because there is nothing real on the physical plane. It is called koach h’may do mei – temporal reality of time, space, and I am-ness that periodically emerges out of the Nothing, or absolute reality prior to time and space, and then dissolves back into the Nothing.  We have all these different levels of reality and the question is, what do we do with that?  There is a yogic term olvayasatya, which means that in the discussion, we include all of it.  We don’t simply look at one level and say it is the truth. So the first step is to understand there are different levels of reality.

Another level of that temporal reality, within the Tree of Life is the balance of chesed and gevurah.   Gevurah is boundaries, clarity, and well defined bottom-lines in relationships.  Chesed is open, loving kindness without any boundaries. Finding the balance of the play of these two psycho-spiritual forces helps one move in the world as Zorba the Buddha. An analogy would be that you are sitting in a movie theatre and all of the lights are on, so that you cannot see the movie.  A little gevurah tightens the focus.  A little darkness or a boundary creates definition so that one can see the movie.  It helps to be able to see the movie when one goes into the movie theatre.  In the world of temporary reality, this balance is necessary to be in the joyful dance. In other words, you have the perfect balance for who you are.  We call this balance tiferet or beauty.  There is a certain beauty when you find that balance.  For everybody that balance is often a little different.  We ask the question, how do we find the balance?  How do we make this flow?  The ongoing answer to that is a key to spiritual life. The balance can also be thought of as said earlier, the shamanic walk between the Nothing and the Something – the walk between the b’limah and the mah.

In spiritual evolution, it’s important to see all of those realities and not limit discussion to one level, which distorts the field. Political correctness is example of speaking from only one aspect of reality. Political correctness, at a more sophisticated level, be a deeper level of mind control because it’s single dimensional focus negates all other levels and thus attempts to eliminate the full range and nuance in discussion by the power of shame and exclusion.  When we are free to consider all angles of a discussion we are empowered to come closer to developing a more refined understanding. The current movement by the government to put forth the supporting science as illegal, especially when over 31,000 scientists around the world do not accept the theory of global warming, is a serious P.C. attempt at mind control.

From the perspective of viveka, all religions are holy lies.  How is this?  All religions are based on thought forms; all thought forms are not real as they are just what we create in our minds.  Even though they may be useful and supply and play an important role in our daily life. It only becomes a spiritual limitation when one believes any thoughtful mental production as absolute truth; it is as if one believes one’s mind as the Truth.  That is where people get into confusion because they actually think that they are right. Liberation awareness is able to hold the duality of the mind as it allows the dance of Zorba the Buddha.  At the beginning levels of liberation, the glass ceiling of the mind has broken and one is literally out of the comfort zone of the mind and beyond it.  One becomes a jnani, which is a term in yoga for one possessing a non-dual mind.

If one’s consciousness doesn’t have control of the mind, one is literally out of control. This is the chaos we see today. In this chaotic groundless mental state, one can say whatever they want to say and justify it intellectually.  One can create negative realities to suit their egocentric needs.  In this way, the mind can become a wild, self-righteous horse.  It is the basis, in spiritual life, of the politics of self-righteous hate and rage. There needs to be some ability to control one’s mind and to keep the mind focused on the Divine as revealer of natural cosmic law and as an anchor for living life. Relative reality is not an anchor to anything of value and meaning.  Complete focus on the Divine and merging with the Divine Will becomes an anchor for how to guide one’s actions when one is beyond the mind. This encompasses the dual and the non-dual simultaneously.  A most important thing we need to keep in our awareness is how not to get caught in the mind and think that our thought forms are what the truth is.  Liberation is a steady state even beyond the great mind. To be in the mind on any level of that is to be in time and space. Initially going beyond the mind is something that happens with grace.

The way of sanatana dharma, which, in the yogic tradition, is the natural way of living that brings one to liberation; it is what we are teaching here at the Tree of Life Center US; it is the dance of Zorba the Buddha.

May everybody be blessed with the ability to develop the internal qualities and perception so that we can go beyond the illusion of the mind, while living in the world as Zorba the Buddha.