Death And Awakening.

Via on Dec 22, 2010

The Cloud Of Unknowing.

Descending through a dark cloud,

Into a region of the mind that speaks in a strange tongue,

The five gates are over run by legions of provocative beasts.

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Day in and day out,

I am cast down,

Again and again,

Into a violent world of my own design.

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The shadows that populate the scene,

Both putrid and seductive in manner,

Are but bags of skin dangling from the distant past.

The tone self-conscious,

The rhythm anxious and barbaric,

Dancing with these hallucinations has become claustrophobic.

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Trembling with fear,

A tearful incision is made.

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Cutting through the womb of appearances

-Both the gorgeous and grotesque-

There is but one embryonic thought to be found.

Forgetting it was the answer,

This question became afraid of birth.

Incubated by self-deception,

It lost touch with the ground of being.

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Like settling the surface of water with the palm of my hand,

My words scream back at me,

Reasoning sews only cloaks of sophistication,

And try as I might,

Its face cannot be seen.

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Utterly defeated by this simple fear,

I surrender and cease to be.

Merging with the space between this and that,

At once the fear dissolves,

As it was but a reflection of me.

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The void is filled with my original face,

In a realm beyond time and space.

Not many nor one,

It does not end as it never begun,

A perfect Truth which cannot be undone.

About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and is the editor & chief for Henry Harbor--an online magazine concerned with art, culture, spirituality, & politics in the deep South. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....

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7 Responses to “Death And Awakening.”

  1. Linda Buzogany linda says:

    amazing

  2. fandango says:

    hate to be picky…but dude, it's spelled "Dalai" Lama, not "Dali." Check the bio at the end of the article, Lol.

  3. tamingauthor says:

    Ben, another wonderful contribution to Elephant. I'm enjoying being allowed to be an observer on your spiritual journey.

  4. I really like this poem, thank you. Unknowing is underrated these days. :) The Cloud of Unknowing–in terms of the Middle Age Christian mystic work– was something that Father Thomas Keating talked about (the few times I saw him talk) and it always sounded really intriguing to me.

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