If we go all the way back to the. sperm and the egg for wisdom, we can see the problem: Sperm are sacrificial beings. They die into the egg. The compete to see which one will be the chosen One, to die into the egg. The egg eats the sperm and then begins to grow, as if it is trying to get rid of this grain of sand by creating a pearl.
So even in the male, there is an inherent fear of the female that will consume him, and so he resists by maintaining his center outside of the Egg. And of course this center is artificial because it is outside of the ground of existence itself. Which is the Egg or the Mother Goddess. In order to maintain identity and not die into the Mother Ground, the male maintains his identity through pride, pride at all costs, pride to the extent that it is better to destroy the whole world of relationship than lose one’s identity as a unique separate being…..but alas….in the end there is surrender, for even death is dying into the Mother.
So the liberated male is the one who willingly embraces surrender, not to the woman, but to Life itself…to the Great Goddess that holds the man and woman.
The whole cosmos is contained in a grain of sand. Sperm competing for the right to mate with the singular egg seems to be at ground zero. The Queen comes down the Nile once a month. Only the best become her king. “If a seed falls to the ground and does not die, it stands alone; If the seed dies, it bears fruit.” (JC)
You also have the cosmic theme of dying and resurrection here. The sperm dies and is resurrected or reborn in a lager whole, a new world that is self generating. When opposites unite and their polarity is sustained, new life is created the grows by creating new wholes that contain the preceding parts.
The Eastern theme has been the birth/death until the One without a second is attained and liberation happens, one transcends the cycle of karma. Buddha kind of brought an end to that.
When Buddha met the Jains, which was an ascetic tradition that took the souls migration to an extreme end, he saw no use in it. This idea was that through denial of the body you would eventually reach the escape from form, from the body and no longer go through death and rebirth. All religions have this theme of the end of time and rebirth/death. Christians just put the end in Heaven. The Jains in the end of reincarnation, but the Buddha did something different.
Awakening is the end of Karma and the cessation of old age, sickness and death…but not the death of the body, but psychological suffering of the mind. The Jains by the denial of the body were still attached to the body, and suffering through identification with form. But Buddhism is not the denial of form or the world, but making the world of form transparent to the transcendent…and this was also the message of Joseph Campbell. Life is not mind or matter, but mind/matter…the The that is two…which brings us back to the egg and the sperm…the Two that become One in a living cell that evolves through transcendence of itself.
I’ve been watching the Netflix Buddha (a great Indian series on the life of Siddhartha, the Buddha. So Buddha’s on my my mind, not to mention that he has been on my mind, in my mind, transforming my mind from the inside out. Buddhism, and my preference Zen Buddhism, is a life teaching that is both objective and subjecting. You can work on it from the outside like one would a philosophy, or you let it work on you from the inside. In the former you are separate from the teaching; in the latter you become the teaching. In the former you are aware OF the teaching; in the latter you become aware AS the teaching. But the inner Dharma is not set in form, it is creative. The inner Dharma creates itself and is free from the reincarnation of the past into today, or Ground Hog Day (the movie).
Well, here again is the objective and the subjective view. From the objective view, Buddha didn’t bring an end of karma, but from the subjective view….Oh, what an awakening! (the end of my karma of being caught in the conditioned mind that repeated itself in time).
The world view of the Western world is Objective..everything is an IT…Buddhism make no sense from this view, nor does any non-dual system…but the non-dual is the Subjective view. So when Buddha awoke, he said: “Throughout heaven and earth I alone am the honored One.”….no that makes no sense in the objective view, because tin that view there is only the many…there is no One without a second, no one form that is the One.
It is the Objective view of the mind that sees the world as objects, the Many…that is the Maya, it’s Maya because this view can’t perceive the ONE that holds the many, that has no second. Only the Subjective Awakening of the Buddha Mind is the ONE…When there is the One, there is no Maya, no illusion because there is no division of the One I AM—that is prior to the many or what I am—This is the Buddha Nature of potential with each of our moments.
As Campbell says: The Ego (or objective view of the world) becomes transparent to the Transcendent…which is the I AM or One as First Person. Ego speaks only in Third Person. Everything is an IT. In First Person everything is the One I AM…..Where can I go that I am Not? But this is not ego speaking…because the One is not an IT.
The confusion with both Jesus and Buddha is that these are Subjective teaching that we try to understand through the objective view. The tension created by the incompatibility of these views drives us to make the leap from being an IT to being I AM…BAM! You say with Jesus…I and the World (father) are One….This is transcendence of the duality of the world.
These two views in the teaching of Jesus get confused when we try to mix the historical story of Jesus with his First Person teachings. Jesus is speaking from the outside and the inside but we try to read it all from the outside. I am not Jesus speaking as me, I am separate from Jesus who is an IT. But I remain untouched as the observer of Jesus.
The sperm. must die into the egg…not as an object but as I.