My normal state is one of well being  and often that state takes a rapid flow upwards to awe when I encounter something new in nature.  Yesterday walking into an enclosed area on one small wall of the seminary I saw the wall full of passion flowers in bloom and then midst that host I saw two new elements; two orange like balls, rather like the Chinese lanterns we hung up as kids in a birthday celebration.

They were so light they could almost it seemed be carried off by the wind.  They were the fruit containing capsules of the passion flower. I had never seen them before and my first thought was colored with that wonder that way back behind held a fine thread of dread.

How can that awe which augers great beauty and wonder also be connected with dread?  The answer was clear of course.  It was a prehistoric experience, the wonder and the dread of encountering something so undescribable that drew one towards it and yet held such mystery that could be dangerous.

And really what great mystery is the diversity of the Life Force.

There in that orange fruit was all the information that gave growth, and the exact development and ttributs of that passion flower.  Everything around me… everything around you is replete with the results of the seed that was laid with potential for pefection.

Every orchid … every daisy …every tiger … every lamb … every Saint and every Sinner came from such a seed.

Yet every orchid, daisy, tiger, lamb, in fact every single living thing I have ever enountered is perfect. Each does what the seed has determined is correct and naturl… and yet somehow the human seed fail.

How can that be? Is it that the human creature is informed by his or her seed that lying, cheating, stealing killing deceiving and the like… destroying all other life forms and he environment that supports all is natural and correct.

Is the legendary God so perverse that he or she generated a  “natural eraser”.  Perhaps he saw an error in what he had built and decided to wipe it all out slowly so he couldn’t be blamed and generated man.

Or perhaps nature itself which has the potential to generate infinate life form through evolution simply evolved a creature with so great a potential for wisdom that the natural tool of dual thought generated the mistaken idea that he really existed as an independant creature.

Now there is an interesting thought that comes to mind… perhaps nature, had its own fail safe method to prevent such a potential “total destruct creature”  and gave us “death”.

But nature knows nothing of the future so we enter in  lottery… will the human creature himself self destruct before he destroys all other life forms.  I certainly hope so.

And with that hope, and the awe of discovering that passion flower gift, I wonder what I can do, for I can expect no one else to think how I would wish them to think. Well instead of eating the pasion fruit I can plant each one somewhere and give nature a one little push more.  Without changing natures “seed” plans I can save, nurture and generate conditions for every single life form that will help its survival.

What can I do for the human creature? … I can continue to teach  the Dharma of Chan and Dao… with only the minimal thread of hope that anyone will really listen… that anyone will really throw away all mundane happiness and the stained mind in order to encounter the truth inside and liberate the continual well being that at times flows upwards to bliss, rapture and awe that says “life is most precious when one looks behind the fables of the mind… There is only one path and all one has to do is silence the mind, listen and follow the Dharma message that is available for all if they have the will to stretch out their hands to grasp it and the guts to take a chance and flow with nature not against it.


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