The Liberated Spontaneity Of Wholeness
Via Unbounded Wholeness, here’s a distinction worth contemplating:
“It must be understood, however, that even without the effort of “taking up [or] putting aside,” enormous perseverance is required to realize the Dzogchen view. In this regard, the Authenticity‘s distinction between artful endeavor (‘bad pa) and effort (rtsol ba) is critical. Effort (rtsol) is a great error, but practitioners must definitely employ artful endeavor (‘bad pa). Effort always involves some kind of conceptuality, a straining beyond what accords with the liberated spontaneity of wholeness. The literal translation of ‘bad pa, here rendered as artful endeavor, is “that which descends, flows, or falls downward”–in other words, that which follows a natural trajectory and proceeds without resistance.”
A Mountain Stream
A stream flowing downward, say from a mountain ridge to the valley below, naturally follows the path of least resistance. What exactly this “path of least resistance” looks like depends of course upon the unique landscape. The stream may wind and twist a bit, this way and that, as it curls around trees, rocks and boulders–but always its path will be the path of greatest ease. While the stream is persistent in its movement toward the valley, it is a persistence entirely free from contrived effort.
And so it is with “artful endeavor” in relation to our spiritual unfolding. Such activities are guided effortlessly by the unbounded wholeness which is their source–in the same way that a stream is guided by the pull of gravity.