freedom’s just another word for . . .

meditation achieves nothing – our minds are already free!

Longchenpa and rose - melinda blair paterson

A few days ago I posted a drawing from The Daily Think relating to a seven year old’s perspective on recent events in Paris. In the re-blogging, and on a whim, I wrote some rather romantic thoughts on freedom.

Fast forward and I’m sitting with a friend discussing the same. She told me her perspective on ‘freedom’ was different. I didn’t think to ask her at the time what that was, however, over the next few days the question often returned to my awareness… “I wonder what her knowing of ‘freedom’ is?”

Well it seems she heard my question, floating around out there in mind-land, so I felt surprised and delighted to receive an email from her with these words on freedom by 14th Century Dzogchen master Longchenpa :

Freedom attends reality:
free at the core, any effort is wasted;
timelessly free, no release is needed;
free in itself, no corrective is possible;
directly free, released in seeing;
completely free, pure in nature;
constantly free, familiarization is redundant;
and naturally free, freedom cannot be contrived.
yet ‘freedom’ is just a verbal convention,
and who is ‘realized’ and who is not?
how could anyone be ‘liberated’?
how could anyone be lost in samsara?
reality is free of all delimitation!
freedom is timeless, so constantly present;
freedom is natural, so unconditional;
freedom is direct, so pure vision obtains;
freedom is unbounded, so no identity possible;
freedom is unitary, so multiplicity is consumed.
conduct changes nothing – our lives are already free!
meditation achieves nothing – our minds are already free!
the view realizes nothing – all dogma is freedom!
fruition demands nothing – we are free as we are!

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

Thanks friend. Mx

ps… apologies to any Janis Joplin fans to my obvious borrowing of lyrics  from one of her classics… Me and Bobby McG… for my post’s title.  Another one of my whims. 🙂



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