Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The First Principle - What's your perceptual framework for meaning?

Once a novice asked a Zen master, “Master, what is the first principle?” Without hesitation, the master replied, "If I were to tell you, it would become the second principle.” The first principle cannot be said. The most important thing cannot be said, and that which can be said will not be the first principle. The moment truth is uttered it becomes a lie; the very utterance is a falsification. So all the scriptures of all the religions contain the second principle, not the first principle. They contain lies, not the truth, because the truth cannot be contained by any word whatsoever, the truth can only be experienced. The truth can be lived, but there is no way to say it.
Osho Rajneesh, an Indian mystic affirms that silence is the only door, the only approach to the heart of the first principle. The primordial state of our being can only be reached when we "get out of our head,"  ending the tyranny of habitual thought that causes are monkey minds to grab on vine after the other. 

Thinking is secondary, existence precedes thinking. First you are and then you start thinking, on average 80,000 a day. Osho calls thinking a shadow activity that follows you, unable to exist without you, yet you cannot exist without it. To quote Osho, "Through thinking you can know secondary things, not the primary things. The most fundamental is not available to thinking; the most fundamental is available to silence. Silence means a state of consciousness where no thought interferes. The first principle is not far away, it is not distant. Never think for a single moment that you are missing it because it is very far away. It is the closest thing to you. It is the obvious thing. It surrounds you.  It surrounds you just like the ocean surrounds a fish. You are in it. You are born in it and born out of it. You live in it, you breathe in it, and one day you disappear in it. It is not far away, not that you have to travel to it. It is there. It is already there around you, within and without. It is your very existence, that first principle. All the enlightened people have passed through a very strange experience: They cannot remain silent because now they know something which they would like to share, but when they try to share they find that it is not the same when you say it; it is something else. The real thing is left behind, only the word reaches the other person"

The moment we divide reality, it becomes the second principle. AS Osho says, "The second is a shadow; the first is the original. Zen has made one of the greatest leaps of human consciousness when it says that the world is God and there is no other God. The creation is the creator, there is no other creator. The very creativity is divine. It is not like a painter who is different from his painting. It is like a dancer who is one with his dance. God is one with his existence. God is his existence. In fact, to say "God is" is tautological, it is a repetition, because "God" means the same thing that "is" means. God is isness. All that is divine."  

1 comment:

  1. One of the most powerful points of the Lord of the Rings is when Goldberry, when asked Tom Bombadil's origins, simply states..."He IS." That's the is-ness, but it is not an explicit God metaphor like the more heavy handed Chronicles of Narnia - Bombadil is linked to Eru Iluvatar, the non-interfering God equivalent in Middle-Earth, but he is a living manifestation of Nature. The Ring - the symbol of temptation, evil, and as you say, shadow and DIVISION, affects him not, but he would perish were Sauron to regain the Ring as the Earth would perish. The creator lives in his creation, independent but linked. This is the best kind of literary spirituality - one that comes as a subtle message in a larger package.