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rong: the all-embracing

Discussion in 'Mysticism DIR' started by Raymond Sigrist, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Raymond Sigrist

    Raymond Sigrist raymond sigrist

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    (this is the postscript from a book I wrote)

    It is my experience that the ability to be all-embracing, (what the classical daoists called "rong"), is spontaneously generated when a person realizes her own total and immutable innocence. In this realization one senses that there is no fundamental sin, and that there never has been any. Apparently everything has been made precisely to work as it could best be done, by whatever power created this world of experience that surrounds us: the things of this world are made so that they work well for us at times, and also functionally designed such that they fail miserably for us at other times. Gain and loss are the animators of this world. Without gain and loss nothing could move.

    Despite what some folks think, the realization of immutable innocence does not entail antinomianism (doing absolutely anything one can and desires to do). This is because love, the most self-beneficial thing I can engage in, requires a trusting intimacy. I cannot get close to you if I am only focused on meeting my own self-limiting desires. What is in my interest is of a much wider scope than what I am able to imagine.

    Immutable innocence means that whatever I do and have done, no matter whether it has caused healing or injury to others, I sense that it was the best I was capable of doing at the time, given my scant understanding of what I thought was in my best interest at that time. When I have gained enough wisdom, I will realize that what is most often in your best self-interest is also in my best self-interest.

    If we realize our immutable innocence, if we love ourselves as unconditionally as we are able, our love will flood forth from our hearts effortlessly, saturating each of the moments in which we encounter another being. Loving ourselves unconditionally allows us to love all others unconditionally. That does not mean I will not hurt you if I think that you are needlessly hurting someone else. It does mean that I will love you no matter what you do.

    “Your preciousness lies in your essence; it cannot be lost by anything that happens.” Zhuangzi Chapter 21

    When I understand that, I will be free. At that moment there will be no one who I will not love.
     
  2. Scarlett Wampus

    Scarlett Wampus psychonaut

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    So, something critical to Rong as you find it is having a deterministic worldview. Is this correct?

    I have a more or less deterministic worldview. This is an example of how it influences my thinking: If my actions and the actions of others are conditioned then whatever arises is, in a sense, inevitable. There is no point struggling against dissatisfaction or struggling to stay happy indefinitely. There is no point not struggling either, but at the least there is some kind of existential angst that dissolves with accepting unsatisfactoriness, Dukkha. If I can't improve or worsen my life then I'm following my nature. This is a like being innocent.
     
  3. Raymond Sigrist

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    Thanks for your insights Scarlett. I am not sure about the question of determinism, and so I don't deal with it. I am only interested in happiness, and it seems that my happiness does not depend on whether or not I believe everything is determined. The innocence you mention is important. My happiness depends on a sense of innocence; my own and that of every other creature. I will kill a shark if it attacks me, but I have no sense of the shark being guilty of doing anything wrong.
     
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