The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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124 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGand negativity on your whole being, the wisdom of insightcan slowly dawn. And in the all-revealing clarity of its sunlightthis insight can show you, distinctly and directly, both thesubtlest workings of your own mind and the nature of reality.THE WISE GUIDETwo people have been living in you all your life. One is theego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other isthe hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom youhave only rarely heard or attended to. As you listen more andmore to the teachings, contemplate them, and integrate theminto your life, your inner voice, your innate wisdom of discernment,what we call in Buddhism "discriminating awareness,"is awakened and strengthened, and you begin todistinguish between its guidance and the various clamorousand enthralling voices of ego. The memory of your realnature, with all its splendor and confidence, begins to returnto you.You will find, in fact, that you have uncovered in yourselfyour own wise guide. Because he or she knows you throughand through, since he or she is you, your guide can help you,with increasing clarity and humor, negotiate all the difficultiesof your thoughts and emotions. Your guide can also be a continual,joyful, tender, sometimes teasing presence, who knowsalways what is best for you and will help you find more andmore ways out of your obsession with your habitualresponses and confused emotions. As the voice of your discriminatingawareness grows stronger and clearer, you willstart to distinguish between its truth and the various deceptionsof the ego, and you will be able to listen to it with discernmentand confidence.The more often you listen to this wise guide, the more easilyyou will be able to change your negative moods yourself,see through them, and even laugh at them for the absurd dramasand ridiculous illusions that they are. Gradually you willfind yourself able to free yourself more and more quickly fromthe dark emotions that have ruled your life, and this ability todo so is the greatest miracle of all. Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetanmystic, said that he was not really impressed by someonewho could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water. Areal miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just onenegative emotion.More and more, then, instead of the harsh and fragmented

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