THE MIRROR

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THE MIRROR

 

Stone: Gold Topaz (Citrine)

The Mantra: Om Buddhi Vyaakhyaa

 

The Key:

 

The world and all in it is essentially

a mirror

 

to begin finding out who you really are see how each relationship,

conflict, achievement or failure is a reflection

of various aspects of your being.

 

What have you learned from it so far?

That’s all?

 

a) The issue is introduced by noting how

 

Because of our greater or smaller dissatisfaction with our life and its rewards,

most of us are as if sighing in front of a mirror: its surface

becomes clouded and we cannot see clearly in it.

 

In one of His verses, Rumi called the body

 

dust on the mirror spirit

 

Most of us keep forgetting that

 

what a mirror reflects is not ourselves but merely our body and the false masks of tour various personalities, of our ever-changing, superficial qualities.

 

Who we really are may be called a ray of the Divine,

but has no perceivable form.

 

Wu Hsin asks:

 

What is the world other than numberless mirrors
reflecting the light from a single source?

 

The Tantric Tripura agrees:

 

What is popularly called the external is indeed only a reflection

on Chaitanya (the Divine) as on a mirror.

 

As Nisargadatta Maharaj said,

 

You can see both the image and the mirror,

therefore you are neither.

 

Dee Remy adds that

 

Mirrors are perpetually deceitful. They lie and steal your true self.

They reveal only what your mind believes it sees.

Does your mind believes all it sees?

Don’t be deceived.

Rumi goes very deep into the issue:

 

We are both the mirror

and the face it reflects.

 

This very instant we taste eternity.

Both pain and what cures it are we,

the fresh cold water

and the jar pouring it out.

 

b) The whole world is reflected in the mirror of our own heart,

 

and in the Witness state it becomes transparent, revealing the Divine

behind Maya’s veil of illusions.

 

Jackson Peterson asked:

 

Does the clear glass of the mirror ever become altered

or burdened by its reflections?Does it need

to ‘ignore’ its reflections?

 

His answer is:

Of course not. You are that changeless mirror,

 

all the rest are the stories within the reflections, that have

never impacted the transparent Clarity

that you always are.

As Allama Prabhu said:

 

For all their searching the mirror’s image they cannot see it:

in the circles it blazes between the eyebrows.

Who knows this attains the Divine.

 

Do you know this?

If not, how will you learn it?

The way that Dongshan put it is:

 

As form and image face each other in a bright mirror

you are not really it – but it is YOU!

 

Do you FEEL, not just believe, that it is YOU?

To which extent?

WHICH of your many “you”?

Ha ha ha ha!

 

c) Consider the ancient symbol of Narcissus,

 

who liked so much his own image that drowned in a pool where it was reflected in the attempt to merge with it, represents the human tendency

to identify oneself with one’s self-image and this is what actually happens to most of us:

 

lost our countless identifications time passes much more quickly

towards death and we miss out on the true life

we could have had.

To which extent this applies to you as well?

Not at all?

Are you SURE?

Machado offers a very deep observation about our human condition:

 

He is unable to see his own face in the mirror because

he has BECOME the mirror.

 

To which extent have you become the mirror?

Krishnamurti adds that:

 

Relationships are the mirror in which

the self is revealed.

 

Leibniz agrees:

 

Every soul is a living mirror of the universe.

 

According to Wu Hsin,The Final Understanding is
an intuitive apperception that

in every moment of every day,

all that is happening is thatyou are looking into a mirror.

 

How often are you aware of this?

 

d) With a silent mind the Mirror becomes clear

 

and then we can begin to perceive Reality at last,

who we truly are.

Interested?

Farid ud-Din Attar spoke of it very poignantly of what happens until we perceive Reality at last:

 

So in front of mirrors you sigh
clouding their surface

Are you still sighing in front of mirrors?

It’s a complete waste of time.

What tends to happen when you cloud their surface?

 

It is the main reason that there is so much confusion

and uncertainty in the world.

 

e) Let us emphasize it once more: each relationship,

encounter, sharing, even each conflict

 

is like a mirror reflecting the nature of our being and our state

of that moment, a great help to better understand

what we appear to be.

 

In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene the Christ says that he -or His Father, (the Divine) is

“a secret treasure that wished to be known”,

 

Therefore I created a mirror: its shining face is your heart

and its darkened back is the world.

 

And then added this observation:


The back would please you – if you have never

seen the Face.

 

What does “the back” represents?

Only all worldly things?

Or what?

Does it interest you more than His face?

Don’t be deceived.

 

The Kabuli:

It is recorded that the Kabuli’s family was very poor and He had never seen a mirror until the first time his father brought Him to a barbershop.

When He saw himself in the barber’s mirror he seemed bewildered and mumbled to himself:

 

Who is that small boy standing there in the mirror

like a mastool (idiot) with his mouth open?

 

The barber thought that he was joking and laughed at his wit, but his father, a true Faithful, understood what his son meant and gave thanks to the Merciful for having granted him such a worthy spiritual progeny.

 

The Veil:

 

It is the Veil that makes us see only a deformed mask in the Mirror

instead of the infinite beauty of our own true face.

 

The Dreamgame:

The Mirror can be a great ASSET in the Dreamgame,

 

but only if we are very sincere, accepting to see things as they really are, not imagining them differently because it is easier and more comfortable.

 

The shortest and safest way to the Divine consists in keeping the mirror

of our heart open to Him and no longer concerned

with so many inane things.

 

With how many inane things are you still concerned?

To which extent?

Why?

The Amritanubhav (The Nectar of Mystical Experience) asked:

Indeed, the word, well known as a reminder, is a useful thing.

 

Is it not a mirror that reflects the formless ?

 

It is no wonder that the visible is seen in a mirror; but, that which is invisible is seen in this mirror of the word.

 

Is it possible even for the Creator to stand in front of himself

without a mirror ?

 

The Devil’s Advocate:

All you know about yourself in the image that you see in the mirror of your choice,

but they all have one thing in common: they reflect only your own inane dreams and self-deceptions.

What is your reality then?

Of course, there isn’t one, but you don’t want to realize this, which is quite understandable, considering how dismal it is.

This suits us just fine, thanks a lot!

 

The Khdir:

 

The Mind is the ultimate Mirror, but it doesn’t reflect the world,

only its own confused interpretations of it.

 

The one thing that no mirror can ever reflect is your own Self.

Let your heart abide in your true center within,

never in the world’s mirror.

 

To which extent does your heart abide in your true center within?

It will come.

 

Words of Power:

 

May our Mirror reflect always

only the Divine!

 

Whoever is happy abides in a happy world, a negative person

dwells in an unpleasant, even terrible world.

everything is our mirror.

 

“Know the world from end to end is a mirror; in each atom

a hundred suns are concealed.”

Shabistari

 

In which world do you live?

Why?

What do you usually see in it?

Can you see everyone you meet as a mirror?

 

“But a mirror the world is, reflecting

Love’s perfect image.” Rumi

 

As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror

gets clearer and clearer.” Rumi

 

How deeply are you living in your heart?

That’s all?

 

Living it:

In Oscar Wilde’s novel ‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray”, notwithstanding his life of debauch full of excesses the protagonist remains always physically young and beautiful while his portrait progressively gets more and more old and horrible.

Although when Vijay read it was not yet on the Path he told himself:

 

somehow underneath the false image of myself in the mirror

of my life there must be my real Self

reflecting itself in me…

 

Well, the Khdir helped him to see that.

 

From Vijay’s old journals: 1995 – On the highway between San Remo and Rome.

This morning Prema told me that in all her life she had never seen even once two persons physically fighting, and I asked myself: why did I have to confront so much violence in my life?

Then I suddenly understood that the reason is that I had seen the world and most others as potentially very dangerous, while she had seen the world positively and everyone in it as an angel in disguise.

 

The mirror of the world reflected perfectly

BOTH our expectations

 

What almost nobody is aware of is that

 

we can make the mirror of the world reflect just about anything

we consciously or unconsciously expect to see into it.

From Vijay’s old journals: 2008, place not recorded

These four verses of Han Shan hit me like a thunderbolt.

I know only too well what he meant and would like to share it with those close to me, but how on earth will I ever find the words to express it better than he did?

 

“I’ve watched smoke spiral into the void of space.

In that bright mirror, I’ve seen a myriad things.

But last night a dragon gulped the shining moon

and in the blackness, I saw what I had missed. “

 

From the poem Right Living Hints:

 

If you are the equivalent of a Mirror

realize that so far

you have been reflecting

but illusions, false appearances all.

 

What are you really

meant to reflect?

 

Question/ko’han 1 and 2:

The soul has been called the image of the Divine

 

because by polishing our inner mirror

we can become one with Him.

 

Where is your inner mirror?

How will you best polish it?

Question/ko’han 3:

 

The Mirror becomes clear when we look in it

with the eyes of a small child.

 

Can you?

Question/ko’han 4 and 5:

Malcolm de Chazal said that

 

Monkeys are superior to men in this:when a monkey

looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

 

What do you usually see in your own Mirror?

Considering that it depends only on you,

what would you like to see there?

Question/ko’han 6:

Rumi said:

 

Body of earth, don’t talk of earth;

tell the story of pure mirrors.

 

Which is the story of pure mirrors?

If you don’t know it, IMAGINE it right now.

Question/ko’han 6:

as already mentioned, Rumi called the body

 

dust on the mirror spirit.

 

What does this tell you?

Question/ko’han 7:

Hakim Sanai asked:

 

When the Divine wants to reveal His true nature to us,

through which mirror shall He enter?

 

Through which mirror in you shall He enter?

There is only one which is real.

 

Hadewijch has the last word with the best advice:

 

You who want knowledge, the Oneness within you seek:

there the clear mirror you will find, always

waiting for you

 

Practice:

 

1) Consider these words of Lahjiri:

 

Man is the eye that looks in the mirror, and just as the mirror reflects the face of the person looking into it, the reflection itself has an eye:

 

at the same time that the eye looks in the mirror its reflection

looks back at God, who is the eye of man;

He looks at Himself through man.

 

2) Meditate on his passage of Shabistari:

 

Know that the whole world a mirror is:

 

a hundred suns in each atom are concealed. If of a single water droplet
the hear you pierce, a hundred clear oceans from it will flow; if at each speck of dust intently you gaze, a thousand beings in it will you see…

a drop of water in name the Nile resembles; in a barleycorn heart’s a hundred harvests abide.

A whole world in millet-seed lays; in an insect’s wing an ocean of life; in the pupil of your eye a heaven is hidden;

 

small is the core at heart’s center, yet the Lord

of both worlds enters there.

 

– Then tell yourself:

 

In the Mirror in the world are reflected all my “natural” impulses, regrets and guilt, inspirations and enjoyments, everything which my mind classifies as “good” or “bad”,

 

what shall I do with all this?

 

3) Meditate also on these words of Vivekananda:

 

The Self, the Knower, the Lord of all, the Real Being, is the cause of all the vision that is in the universe, but it is impossible for Him to see Himself or know Himself except through reflection.

You cannot see your own face except in a mirror,and so the Self cannot see

Its own nature until it is reflected, and this whole universe

therefore is the Self trying to realize Itself.

 

Contemplate:

 

1) These verses of Rumi:

 

To a mirror-like finish metal can be polished,

but what polishing

might the hearts’ mirror need?

 

Between the mirror and the heart

but one difference is there: unlike the heart

no secrets the mirror conceals at all.

 

Do you know why the mirror of your soul

does not reflect anything?

Because from its surface

the rust was not removed.
If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust

has not been cleared from its face.

 

How will you remove it?

To which extent?

 

Every second into a mirror he is bowing.

If for just a second one molecule could he see

of what is there without fantasizing about it

he would explode.

 

Both his imagination and himself

with all his knowledge would vanish

into a rebirth obliterated, a perfectly clear view

and a voice saying “I Am God”

 

2) This passage of Zenkei Shibayma

 

The mirror is thoroughly egoless

and mindless.

 

If a flower comes it reflects a flower, if a bird comes it reflects a bird. It shows a beautiful object as beautiful, an ugly object as ugly. Everything is revealed as it is.

 

There is no discriminating mind or self-consciousness

on the part of the mirror.

 

If something comes, the mirror reflects; if it disappears the mirror just lets it disappear… no traces of anything are left behind.

 

Such non-attachment, the state of no-mind, or the truly free working

of a mirror is compared here to the pure

and lucid wisdom of Buddha.

 

3) These verses of Tozan Ryikai:

 

At midnight truly it’s most bright
by daylight it cannot still be seen.

It is the principle that regulates all,

relieving every suffering.

Though it doesn’t act it is not without words.

In the most precious mirror
form meets reflection:

you are not It,
but it is all you.

 

What does this imply?

Haiku:

 

The clearest mirror ever made the world is

reflecting all that is and ever was,

but then why in so many reflections

are we still lost?

 

 

 

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