THE MIRROR – THE WAY

THE MIRROR – THE WAY

 

 

Stone: Gold Topaz (Citrine)

The Mantra: Om Buddhi Vyaakhyaa

 

The Key:

 

To perceive the ultimate reality is only possible by going far beyond

the distorting mirror of the human mind.

 

Note:

Some Teachers advice throwing away the Mirror altogether and others to polish it.

Of course,

 

the contradiction between these two ways is only apparent;

one is best for some and one for others.

 

a) According to Hakim al-Tirmidhi the Way consists in:

 

Polishing, polishing the mirror of our heart.

 

By means of the Divine Light the heart become so pure that it shines like

a polished mirror.

 

When it becomes such a mirror, in it you can see the reflection

of all existing things and the reflection of His Kingdom

as they really are.

 

Is this your way?

If not, on which basis will you choose another?

Al Ghazzali agrees:

 

Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust

that has gathered upon it, because it is destined

to reflect the light of divine secrets.

 

But what is really this Mirror?

The world or the Mind?

Let us present again Rumi’s warning:

 

Do you know why your soul’s mirror does not reflect as clearly

as it might? Because rust has begun to cover it.

It needs to be cleaned.

 

Hakim Sanai agrees:

 

The road your self must journey on lies in polishing

your heart’s mirror.

 

How good are you in polishing it?

You can always improve.

Nisargadatta Maharaj also agrees:

 

It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is,

will also show you your own face. The thought ‘I am’

is the polishing cloth. Use it.

 

Are you using it?

Jami’s advice is:

 

Now that you have seen the reflection, hurry to its Source;

in that primordial Light the reflection

vanishes completely.

 

Are you hurrying to its Source?

What will be left when the reflection vanishes completely?

 

The Wonder and the Mystery.

Pure Love.

Who you really ARE.

The Divine.

 

b) As stated by many Teachers,

 

the Mirror is our mind, and until we are able to transcend it

we must constantly purify and protect it

from all negativity.

 

The visible world is only a projection.

According to the Sufi Saadi

 

We ought to never let dust settle on your mirror’s shining because

once it grows dull never it will polish.

“Never” is an exaggeration to make a very important point, but certainly it would take many lifetimes.

Shen Hsiu adds that:

 

Our body is the Bodhi’s tree, our mind a mirror bright,

diligently wipe them hour by hour

not to let any dust alight

 

Al Ghazzali agrees:

 

Your heart is like a mirror: wipe it clean of the veil of dust gathered

upon it, because it is destined to reflect

the light of divine secrets.

 

Mère’s advice is:

 

To be at once a passive and perfectly pure mirror,

 

turned simultaneously without and within, to the results of the manifestation and the sources of this manifestation, so that the consequences may be placed before the guiding will,

 

and to be also the realizing activity of that will, this, more or less,

is what a human being ought to be. . .

 

c) Rumi pointed out that

 

None ever produced a mirror

out of mud and straw,

 

What do the mud and straw represent?

They represents our superficial personality, ego and self-image.

What can be done about it then?

As already mentioned, according to Him

 

It is enough to clean away the mud and straw,

and a mirror might be revealed.

 

What do the mud and straw still covering your own mirror represent?

What’s the problem with cleaning up a bit of straw and mud?

His advice is:

 

If only for a moment you free yourself from yourself,

the secret of secrets will be revealed

and the inscrutable face hidden behind the universe

will appear in the mirror of your perception.

How will you free yourself of yourself?

Nisargadatta Maharaj went very deep into the issue by saying that

 

Having perfected the mirror so that it reflects correctly, truly, you can

turn it around and see in it a reflection of yourself which is true

as far as the mirror can reflect.

 

How will you turn it around?

What about what the mirror cannot reflect?

 

When you can see everything as it is you will also

see yourself as you are…

 

It is like cleansing a mirror…the same mirror that shows you the world as it is…will also show you your own face…

 

the thought ” I AM ” is the polishing cloth…

Use It..

 

Keep in mind that notwithstanding the appearances:

 

whatever we may perceive, the reflection has never been

and will never be ourselves.

 

But then WHAT are we?

 

d) When a monk asked Zen Master Dogen what he could do with his bright mirror, without any hesitation he immediately replied:

 

Break it into a thousand pieces!

 

Wu Hsin agrees and He also never minced words:

 

Cleaning the dust from the mirror requires time.

Throwing away the mirror requires no time.

 

What are you waiting for?

Or would you rather take care of the mirror after all and follow Genkaku’s advice here?

 

No bad fortune, no good fortune, no loss, no gain; in eternal serenity such things never seek.

 

For years the dusty mirror has gone uncleaned, now

let us polish it completely once and for all.

 

How will you polish it completely?

Farid al-Din Attar’s invocation is:

 

Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
and be the Eternal Mirror that you saw:

rays that into Darkness wide have wandered

now return and back into your Sun subside.

 

One of these rays is you.

To Hakim al-Tirmidhi it is very simple:

 

By means of the Divine Light the heart becomes so pure that it shines like

a polished mirror. When it becomes such a mirror,

 

in it you can see the reflection of all existing things

and of His Kingdom as they really are.

 

Farid ud Din Attar’s advice is:

 

If you only let your heart become the mirror then

within it your fantastic Home will be seen

and within it a splendid Form.

 

How will you let your heart become the Mirror?

Easy:

 

Visualize your fantastic Home and the Splendid Form with as many details as possible through the mirror of your heart, and then

 

manifest your Splendid Form

in your life.

 

Wu Hsin adds:

 

The mind of the person
In front of you is

a mirror;

watch the reflection of

your mind in it.

e) In the Amritanubhav Sutra there is this revealing passage:

 

When the husband (Shiva) hides himself, he is not discovered

without her (the Shakty): both are mirrors to each other.

 

What does this imply?

Now, of course Shiva – that is, the Divine in whatever form the human mind conceives of Him – is reflected in the mirror of the world that the Shakty created all around us,

 

opening the door to infinite possibilities.

 

Interested?

Rumi has a warning

 

If you are irritated by every rub,

how will your mirror be polished?

 

What is the mirror of Being? Non-being.

Bring non-being as your gift,

if you are not a fool.

 

When Mère was asked: “What mirror can reflect the Supreme?”

She replied:

 

Consciousness itself.

 

It is because that is there, without it one would never get anywhere.

If the supreme Consciousness were not at the centre of all creation,

 

never could the creation become aware

of the Consciousness.

 

Never say: “This is an objective reality, the same for all.”

But tell yourself:

 

This is merely an appearance in the mirror

of the world.

 

The Devil’s Advocate:

One of the things my client enjoys most is quoting the words of our opponent’s “teachers” – when it suits his purposes of course. I still remember how he laughed so much, stuttering with glee:

“Someone finally ADMITTED IT!” Tozan Ryikai said:

“In the mirror form meets reflection: You are not it, but it is you!

My client kept repeating it again and again:

“But it is YOU, dumb, pathetic humans! It is YOU!”

 

The Khdir:

 

The most revealing Mirror of all

is our own life.

 

What does it reveal to you?

 

Words of Power:

 

Whenever anything in the external world disturb you remember

that it mirrors something in you.

 

A mirror isn’t indispensable to discover who we really are;

it is just an old, obsolete habit.

 

“Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw, and be

the Eternal Mirror that you saw.”

Farid al Din Attar

 

“The road your self must journey on lies

in polishing the heart.” Hakim Sanai

“The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing;

it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“Clean but the mirror and the message shines forth.”

The Course in Miracles

 

How will you clean it?

 

“As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror

gets clearer and cleaner.” Rumi

 

How will you live deeper in the heart?

 

“If you can only reflect like a clean mirror
you’ll be that magical spirit.” Rumi

 

Which magical spirit?

 

Living it:

From Vijay’s old journals – 1993 – Kanchipuram, India

 

I and Dee just read The Collector of Fowles, in which a psychopath kidnaps a girl and keeps her prisoner and although he doesn’t rape her makes her submit to various sexual indignities until she get ill and dies.

These days I am struggling to get rid of my ego, and therefore my interpretation was that the collector, the psychopath, is the ego and the girl represented our soul when it is dominated by the ego.

Dee is passing through some extremely difficult times, and because of that her interpretation was that the psychopath is God and the girl represents our soul!

 

Question/ko’han 1 and 2:

Are you using the Mirror to understand yourself?

If yes, what has it shown you so far?

Question/ko’han 3 and 4:

A very cool trick is

 

to place our mind before the mirror of Eternity.

 

Where is the mirror of Eternity?

What do you expect to see in it?

Question/ko’han 5 and 6:

The Turkish Sufism affirms that

 

Whoever has the privilege to live in a mirror like a dervish turns his heart

from all worldly cares and is forever free.

 

Is tuning one’s heart from all worldly cares really enough?

How does one live in a mirror like a dervish?

Question/ko’han 7:

According to Edith Wharton,

There are two ways of reflecting the light; to be the candle,

or the mirror that reflects the light.

 

What does this imply?

 

Tozan Ryikai has the last word:

 

Neither reject nor cling to words, both are wrong; like a ball of fire,
useful but dangerous. Merely in fine language expressed

the mirror will tarnish.

 

What happens once it is tarnished?

 

Practice:

 

1) To block the flux of automatic reactions,

visualize a mirror in which everything confronting you is reflected and ask yourself:

What do I expect to see in it?

 

– To use the mirror properly

have a great detachment and equanimity, otherwise you will distort and misinterpret just about everything you perceive.

 

2) Meditate on this passage from the Yoga Vashista:

 

The mirror of the intellect perceives the pageant of the world, in the same manner

as the mind sees the sights of things in dream.

 

As the mirror shows the reflexion of the hills within itself as they are without it, so the reflector of the intellect presents the whole creation inwardly as if it was outside of itself.

The mirror of the intellect perceives the pageant of the world, in the same manner, as the mind sees the sights of things in a dream.

 

The mirror of the mind being cleansed by the knowledge of the sastras

and the dispassion of the understanding receives the reflexion

of Brahma as a clear crystal reflects the images of things.

 

3) Meditate also on these words of Mère:

 

To be at once a passive and perfectly pure mirror,

 

turned simultaneously without and within, to the results of the manifestation and the sources of this manifestation, so that the consequences may be placed before the guiding will,

 

and to be also the realizing activity of that will, this, more or less,

is what a human being ought to be. . . .

 

Contemplate:

 

1) This poem of Hakim Sanai:

 

It is not by rebellion and discord

that the heart’s mirror is polished free

of the hypocrisy and unbelief’s rust:

 

by your certitude your mirror is polished,

by your faith’s unalloyed purity.

If the mirror to reflect the face you want,

hold it steady, brightly polished keep it;

 

although the sun its light begrudges not,

when seen in a mist it just looks like glass;

and creatures comelier than angels even

to have Devils’ faces seem.

 

2) These verses of Farid ud Din Attar

Who in your fragments of myself behold
myself within the Mirror held, gazing

at myself in it, and of myself each part seeing

itself as well, though drowned, ever shall see.

To your true Centre all your lost fragment draw
and
be at last the Eternal Mirror you saw: of yourself
all rays that into unending Darkness wandered

now return, and back into your Source merge.

 

3) These verses of Gharib Nawaz:

 

Lord, whose face is this

in the spirit’s mirror reflected?
Such beauty on the inner screen

painted, who is he?

Every atom in all space is filled…
Who transcends the galaxies,

in every molecule revealing himself,

who is he?

The Sun, in the costume
of various specks of dust

sparks forth various rays

who is he?

 

Haiku:

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

what’s the meaning of it all?

In a mirror, what do you want to see?

Without any mirror, what would you BE?

 

 

 

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