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140 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING

ordinary mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, all

the great wisdom traditions have told us, is through the heart.

This path of the heart is devotion.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote:

There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the

omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.

He is the guide that will help you to cross the ocean of samsara.

The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still water

instantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are always

present for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun's

rays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focused

through a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire. When

the all-pervading rays of the Buddha's compassion are focused

through the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flame

of blessings blazes up in your being.

So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It is

not mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibility

to yourself, nor undiscriminating following of another's

personality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity

to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent

gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.

When the master is able to open your innermost heart and

offers you an undeniably powerful glimpse of the nature of

your mind, a wave of joyful gratitude surges up in you toward

the one who helped you to see, and the truth that you now

realize the master embodies in his or her being, teachings, and

wisdom mind. That uncontrived, genuine feeling is always

rooted in repeated, undeniable, inner experience—a repeated

clarity of direct recognition—and this, and this only, is what

we call devotion, mö gü in Tibetan. Mö gü means "longing and

respect": respect for the master, which grows deeper and

deeper as you understand more and more who he or she

really is, and longing for what he or she can introduce in you,

because you have come to know the master is your heart link

with the absolute truth and the embodiment of the true

nature of your mind.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche tells us,

At first this devotion may not be natural or spontaneous, so we

must employ a variety of techniques to help us to achieve this.

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