Depressing as all hell. I can't stand to see it.
My dear friend, Listen to that still voice which is you. It has always been there. It used to and still does to some extent disturb me to see the animosity on certain forums. It's a challenge not to become caught up in the negativity which is a complete waste of time and precious energy. I'm not sure we can ever rid ourselves completely of the baggage but I know one thing. When I go offline I "leave the girl here."
Rest and recuperate.
14. Muddy Road
Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road.
A heavy rain was still falling.
Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash,
unable to cross the intersection.
"Come on, girl," said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried
her over the mud.
Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple.
Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We monks don't go near females," he told
Tanzan, "especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"
"I left the girl there," said Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?"
From...Zen Flesh, Zen Bones...(14)...page 18.
Are you still carrying the girl?
(Quotations from Sogyal Rinpoche)
Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical,
calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely
heard or attended to.
...you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide. Because he or she knows you through and
through, since he or she is you, your guide can help you, with increasing clarity and humor,
negotiate all the difficulties of your thoughts and emotions...
The more often you listen to this wise guide, the more easily you will be able to change your
negative moods yourself, see through them, and even laugh at them for the absurd dramas and
ridiculous illusions that they are...
The more you listen, the more guidance you will receive. If you follow the voice of your wise
guide... and let the ego fall silent, you come to experience that presence of wisdom and joy and
bliss that you really are.