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Path to the Plateau, by cactus, scrub bushes, La Purisma volcanic cone, what a great land sculpture to enjoy, West Coastal, Baja California Sur, Mexico | by Wonderlane
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Path to the Plateau, by cactus, scrub bushes, La Purisma volcanic cone, what a great land sculpture to enjoy, West Coastal, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Plateau, the higher meaning of the Nirvana song

From the point of view of Dzogchen, Vajradharma, highest yoga tantra

 

Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau

Many people have attempted to become enlightened using that old time religion (Buddhism) and reached a plateau

 

Some belonged to strangers, some to folks you know

Some of them were Pratyekabuddhas (don't teach), some were Samyaksambuddhas (do teach)

 

Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand

over time even the most enlightened subjects tend to disintegrate into meaningless drivel

 

To beautify the foothills, and shake the many hands

these produce beautiful culture providing a sense of what is possible, and those who are helped by enlightened ones

 

nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop

in emptiness of enlightenment there is much work remaining to help ourselves and others clean up karma and deluded thinking, it's normal

 

And an illustrated book about birds

and the biographies and hagiographies of those who have become enlightened and have gone beyond before you

 

See a lot up there but don't be scared

there is a lot of information about the various techniques, but don't be frightened of all the paths and choices

 

Who needs action when you got words?

because you don't need to worry about karma or other forms of action tantra when mantrayana exists

 

finished with the mop then you can stop

once you have calmed your own mind and cleaned your karma out, you can stop

 

And look at what you've done

observe the real, observe yourself

 

The plateau's clean, no dirt to be seen

where you are is perfection itself, pure emptiness

 

And the work it was fun

self realization is fun but work

 

nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop

from the highest view there is emptiness -- pure body speech and mind

 

And an illustrated book about birds

and illusion is obvious, such as greed, hatred, and delusion (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhavacakra)

 

See a lot up there but don't be scared

there are left handed and right handed paths

 

Who needs action when you got words

but mantrayana works if you don't choose action tantra or yoga

 

Many a hands began to scan around for the next plateau

lots of seekers start to look for yet another plateau

 

Some say it was Greenland, and some say Mexico

thinking it is someplace else they will go north or south, or choose some other path

 

Others decided it was nowhere except for where they stood

but the wise and realized understand that samsara and nirvana are the same - where they stand now

 

But those were all just guesses, wouldn't help you if they could

But this is just a story, you have to have the experience yourself

 

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Thanks to Fred, Nathan, and Chris for this idea...

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Taken on May 21, 2009