Getting to know yourself…
“Jnana is a Sanskrit word that literally means ‘primordial insight.’ That is to say, it is insight, understanding, clarity, oneness. Jnana is a state of discriminating wisdom that always occurs rather than being produced by temporary experience of any kind. It is an inherent state of being. So jnana is like outer space, which is inherently outer space. In spite of all the stars, moons, galaxies, and planets of all kinds, nevertheless, it is basic space. Outer space is inherently empty and inherently rich at the same time, like jnana, wisdom…
The basic practice of richness is learning to project the goodness that exists in your being, so that a sense of goodness shines out… It feels solid, simple, and straightforward. Then you also have a feeling of gentleness and openness, as though an exquisite flower has bloomed auspiciously in your life. Although at that particular point you might be penniless, there is no problem. You are suddenly, eternally rich…
We can experience this; it is not a myth at all.
We experience a glimpse of it, and the point is to start from that glimpse and gradually, as you become more familiar with that glimpse and the possibilities of reigniting it, it happens naturally.” ~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian
The Tibetan word for meditation, “gom” means, to familiarize oneself… Familiarizing ourselves with the glimpse of our eternal richness or wisdom is the practice of meditation.
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