Stuck in the past.
And they advise:
Stay with the present moment.
But Thunder, Perfect Mind, asks us to move through and beyond.
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.
There is no present moment beyond the observation of a moment. No moment without an observer. Observe the observer and what do you see? Observation. It is simple. You see observation. Nothing more or less. A process of observation– its beginning: unknowable, its end: unknown. You are the universe in a process of observation– the observer has attached to a particular stream of cause and effect (you), you are observing so closely that you have become completely identified with that which you observe.
We were thrust onto the scene of endless and infinite transformation– thought-forms coagulated and settled at the bottom as matter and energy, time and space, yes and no, up and down, left and right, good and evil, me and you.
Methods in Samsara.
You pick up a method, obsess, fail and are caught back into the cyclic currents.
Who are you? Where are you? Where did you come from and where are you going? You don’t have a clue. No clue is left to you. All you have is observation and the awareness of observation. Start there. See where it goes.
It is dark. Dismal. Sad. Depressing. Tell that story. Tell that sad, sad story. It is sad.
It is bright, bright, light forever. Happy. Elating. Tell that story. Tell that happy story. It is happy.
Insight into Feelings
Ultimately, what are ‘sad’ and ‘happy’?
They must be a few things.
Sad is a bodily sensation. It is weakness and slowness and drudgery. Heavy limbs and sullen posture. It is one of three base feelings. It is also a mind-state. It is deeply encoded, embedded within the structure of reality (it is the state of being denied that which is desired, all things with desire shall at one point or another experience sadness)– sadness is a thing of fundamental consciousness, or “Dharmakaya”. Sadness is experienced by the Archetypes, too.
Happy is a bodily, emotional, mental and deeply archetypal thing as well. It is success. Buoyancy. Light on your feet, a kick in your step, cheerful in demeanor and pleasant to be in company with– there is happy.
Happy is not your true nature, neither is sadness and neither is neutrality– as the three constantly shift and take turns at the helm, “you” are neither of the three. Who are you? You have some control over when happiness, sadness and neutrality dominate your sphere, but really– not much control.
The Worldling and the Noble Disciple.
The worldling is a person who seeks to control their experience of happiness, sadness and neutrality by ‘external’ effort– by seeking to exert influence over the wider environment in which this one is nestled.
Aryajnana is the mind that realizes and does not identify with either of the three passengers. There is bliss in understanding these three states and their relation to your observation of what you’ve called “past”, “present” and “future”. Understanding them is very possible and is not as difficult as you would imagine. Watch your breath.
With alert-thought, mindfully check your in and out breathing. A bliss will arise when the thought has absorbed with its object (the breath). This is union of body and mind. The breath is one bodily process that is automatic and driven– we can forget about it and we can do it on purpose– it is a wonderful gateway between the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ worlds. In time, thought will drop and you will be with the breath. Dropping thought, there is bliss. For further discussion of this process, head over to Google and search “four Jhanas”. Ignore all the things that people have said about it within the last few hundred years and go straight to the Pali Suttas. Read. Practice. Check. Read. Practice. Succeed.