The Heart-Essence & Its Play
“Even though unbounded wholeness cannot be solely “this”or “that,” existent or nonexistent, the bon-nature itself, “heart-essence of that definite base,” is unchanging. The appearances that arise from it, however, are indefinite: they are nirvanic for the realized, samsaric for the unrealized. Indefiniteness, then, is not a statement about external objects. Authenticity‘s fundamental concern is with subjectivity; its description of “objects” thus points to subjective fluctuations that are part and parcel of the base’s dynamic display, and thus sourced in the perceiver of that display.”
~ Anne Klein and Tenzin Wangyal, from Unbounded Wholeness (p. 73)
Embracing The Paradox
We’ll return to this passage in future posts, to unpack it a bit more. But the basic point, and its radical invitation, is to fully embrace a paradox: How the (definitely!) unchanging nature of the “base” (i.e. Pure Awareness apperceiving unbounded wholeness) gives rise to phenomenal appearances that are indefinite, in the sense of being “nirvanic for the realized, samsaric for the unrealized.”
In Hindu traditions, this indefiniteness is represented in the difference between Maya–appearances rooted in ignorance–and Lila: the dance of phenomena within the perception of those who realize their dreamlike nature.
Melting The Mind
This is a paradox that can never be resolved via conceptual reasoning. It can only be dissolved into a directly experiential knowing/understanding–like an ice-cube melting in a bowl of warm water. Reasoning can perhaps orient the mind, rendering it more pliable and susceptible to this kind of surrender. But reasoning will never “cause” the understanding–the nonconceptual resolution of the paradox–any more than an ice-cube “causes” the water that it melts into.