THE ORIGINAL MIND
Once you recognize your blissfully still and miraculously aware nature, yours is the mind of all Buddhas or supremely enlightened ones. Buddhas of the past, present and future only talk about transcending the ordinary mind. They teach nothing else. If someone sincerely understands this teaching, even if he’s illiterate, that person becomes enlightened. On the other hand, those that don’t see this – their miraculously aware nature – cannot discover their true Self even if they were to break their bodies into atoms.
Pure awareness is your real nature, your original mind. This mind has no form or characteristics, no cause or effect, no tendons or bones. It’s empty like space – you cannot hold it. It’s not the mind of the materialists or the nihilists. Except for a perfectly enlightened one, no one else – no mortal, no deluded being – can fathom it.
Yet this mind isn’t somewhere outside of the material body. Without this mind we cannot move. The body has no awareness of its own. Like a plant or a stone, the body has no intrinsic nature of its own. So how does it move? It’s the mind that moves. This is an important point. Through it, we can see the futility of remaining attached to the body. Many remained trapped in the body for countless eons without a slight ability to attain liberation of the Self – enlightenment.
The concept of motionless motion
Language and behavior, perception and conception are all functions of the ordinary mind. All human activity arises from the motion of the mind. Motion is its function. Apart from motion there is no mind, and apart from mind there is no motion. Yet motion is not the mind; and the mind isn’t motion. Motion is basically mindless; and the mind is originally motionless.
Go beyond language. Go beyond thought
Hence, the wisest and most enlightened men of the past, present and future tell us to move without moving, drive without driving, to see without seeing, to hear without hearing, to laugh without laughing, to know without knowing, to be happy without being happy, to walk without walking and so on. Basically, all these actions are empty – this is the concept of the original mind or the enlightened mind.
This same concept can be interpolated upon to help gain the understanding that your anger, joy, pain, pleasure et al are completely empty, just like that of a puppet that has no feeling or thoughts of its own. You can search all your life and you will not find a thing. Once you realize that the nature of all these human attachments and inclinations are empty – in likeness to foams or waves on water – and you slowly let them go, you free yourself from unerring inertia of karma (cause and effect).
If one cannot realize their true nature quoting famous or renowned men or scriptures is no help. I could go on but this brief discourse will have to do.