Only when we enter as nothing
and stay as nothing,
will silence open its secret.
open your eyes and see,
you would behold
your image in all images…
And should you
open your ears and listen,
you would hear your own voice
in all voices…
The soul has been given its own ears to hear
things the mind does not understand.
to make every minute holy.
I am too tiny in this world,
and not tiny enough
just to lie before you like a thing,
shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will,
and I want simply to be with my will,
as it goes toward action, and in the silent,
sometimes hardly moving times
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone.
I want to be a mirror for your whole body,
and I never want to be blind,
or to be too old to hold up your old and swaying picture.
I want to unfold.
because where I am folded,
there I am a lie.
And I want my grasp of things true before you.
I want to describe myself like a painting
that I looked at closely for a long time,
like a saying that I finally understood,
like the pitcher I use every day,
like the face of my mother,
like a ship that took me safely
through the wildest storm of all.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
Robert Bly version
If you seek Reality
you must set yourself free
of all backgrounds, of all cultures,
of all patterns of thinking and feeling.
Even the idea of being a man or a woman,
or even human, should be discarded.
The Ocean of Life contains all,
not only humans.
stop thinking of
yourself as such-and-such, so-and-so,
this or that.
worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual,
abandon every desire, gross or subtle,
stop thinking of achievement of every kind.
You are complete, as you are...
or "What am I?"
without any script or role,
without the story about
who you are and what you are,
releasing the script of what you think
your life is about.
Every sense of identity has its script - like,
"I'm a spiritual seeker."
We each have a specific role
and our stories about that role.
But our roles and stories are not
what we are...
you wake up from the story of you.
You recognize that truth is not an abstraction,
it is not something to learn.
You discover that truth is who you
are without a script or role...
"I have no idea who I am",
because it can't find the right script.
Awakening is the realization that happens
after the mind says,"I give up.
I just have no idea who I am."
When you start to understand this,
you realize that if you put down your script
and just drop the
roles for a moment,
you are not
what you have taken yourself
is often assumed to be hidden.
So when you look past your character called "me"
for the truth of your being,
you may think there's someone to find who is
is just another role, another script.
If you drop the script, what are you?
Enlightenment is to have no script...
Give up the script, the role, the identity -
even it is to have no identity..
from - Emptiness Dancing