The art of using the unknown to explain the still more unknown
It is human nature to misunderstand things or to distort the true meaning of phenomena in order to fit to our capacities and other delusional needs. It is imperative that the most Enlightened men and women that have come before have sunk into oblivion over thousands of years after discovering essential Truths that they intended for the benefit of all mankind. As such a man as wise as a Buddha would be absolutely aware of the fact that his universal discoveries of Nirvana and of those before him like Zarathustra, Vishnu and so on would become totally obsolete over time.
This is not because the Enlightenment they discovered was not real, but rather because the disposition of the human mind changes over time. That is why such great persons make sure that Truth will never completely disappear from the world and thereby have to keep a certain secret lineage that the unenlightened cannot fathom, otherwise they would immediately become Awakened.
Why does after some long time the essence of Awakening disappear from the world? This especially happens due to the inherent idiosyncrasy of mankind to use knowledge provided by the most Enlightened men to form systems that are eventually used for mutual exploitation. The pundit that deceives the follower is no more a liar than the follower himself. All systems created by the virtue of human mind – monetary, governance, religious et al – all exist in a closed circuit. This means that they don’t really lead to inner emancipation of the soul because if the roots of a tree become rotten then what becomes of the leaves?
Nirvana will remain to be a mystery never to be discovered by many, yet its essence is the birthright of everyone. Misunderstood, for the simple reason that it’s the only realm in which the unknown can only be explained by use of the still more unknown. And defies all the ways in which our minds are conditioned to work things out.
Illusion is very cunning for it leads men to falsely think that Reason, Faith and Virtue are to be attained through the mundane and the petty dealings that are only geared towards the continuance of a man-made religion while these gems can only be found if one can look keenly within themselves through purity, all practice aside. From the peripheral we are supposed to get the fulfillment of wealth, safety and success. But deep from the stillness of the Soul we get something more valuable than all the beauty in the world combined.