August 25, 2007
Mother Teresa Misinterpeted Once Again
TIME magazine is reporting on Mother Teresa’s "Crisis of Faith" , misinterpreting her private writings to her confessor and reporting that she could not find Jesus in her life: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1655415,00.html
One such quote is as follows:
"Jesus has a very special love for you," she assured Van der Peet. "[But] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear — the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have [a] free hand." In her letters, Mother Teresa often bemoaned the "dryness," "darkness," "loneliness," and "emptiness," she suffers. Naturally, it all started once she gave herself over to a life of selfless charity work in India.
This is all very simple to explain, and once again proves my point that (1) Christians don’t know the stages of the spiritual path, so misinterpret things as they do here … BIG TIME … including the religious officials and the rest of the establishment. If they don’t know this stuff, how can they guide you? What are you going to them for?
Also, as I have often pointed out, (2) Christian cultivators (Mother Teresa) have failed to get the Tao or scale higher spiritual heights time after time throughout Western history because they lacked good teachers. That’s a major reason. In the East, however, practitioners had good teachers available whereas most Christian cultivators did not. Had they had good teachers, they would have known how to jump through this phase to reach samadhi and the Tao along with experiencing inner joy, physical bliss and all the characteristics of samadhi-dhyana I always talk about. Why did Mother Teresa not achieve this?
Once again — Why have there been fewer saints in the Christian tradition getting the higher stages of the path? For lack of good teachers and proper teachings. Why are there no saints appearing in today’s Christian (or prophets in today’s Jewish) traditions? Because of that and no practice!
People memorize the Bible but they never investigate the principles of spiritual cultivation, match it with the autobiographical or biographical accounts of saints in their tradition, and then match those ("Investigate") with those from other traditions to see the common WAY. That’s what Sunday school should be about, but God forbid…"there isn’t a common way; only our sect is right."
So let’s look at Mother Teresa…
There are two things you need to get the Tao– merit from performing selfless charity in service of others, and realization (attained through meditation of shedding thought) that thee is no such thing as an ego, being or life…those are just thoughts. For more information, go read the Diamond Sutra. If you just cultivate empty mind as the route to the Tao, it’s easy to get. If you just cultivate charity, it’s harder to get in that it takes longer, but you can also use that pathway to get there….only it may take an eon. My teacher always says it takes almost forever to get there by charity alone, which is why you must practice meditation, but it can be done.
Just by practicing selflessness, charity, offering you will start to realize minor stages of emptiness, especially if you have religious practice on top of this, together with this. But if you don’t know the principles of the path, you will still be clinging to thoughts and crimping your chi channels even as they are struggling to open and propel you into samadhi-dhdyana. So on the one hand you’re making progress, and on the other hand you’re fighting it. Your chi channels are starting to open, and on the other hand you’re crimping them shut.
So what happens? You’re not letting transformation take place by ignoring the body, and stay in a sort of limbo land transformative period FAR LONGER than you should. You feel empty inside because thoughts are gone, but you don’t know how to let go … your chi doesn’t circulate smoothly so you cannot give birth to physical bliss and only attain a small view of dry emptiness wondering what’s going on and what’s wrong.
If you read the story of Suzanne Segal, Collision with the Infinite, you’ll find the same thing!
On the other hand, if you knew how to let go because you had the right teachings, you could be free and happy instantly. It’s the clinging that puts you in torture — clinging to the old mental echos wandering what’s wrong. You keep trying to cling to thoughts and images of some expectation that isn’t there… it’s never been there. For regular people they cling to thoughts and emotions and then feel loved, etc. but you’re stuck in limbo land between real freedom and real bliss and regular mentality, so you feel cut off.
It’s like a couple that marries and then has kids. For years they busy themselves and their thoughts taking care of their kids, and one day wake up when the kids are gone out of college, and realize there’s a big emptiness there. That emptiness was there all along, but they just masked it by busying themselves with distractions. Now without the daily concerns, they realize it but cannot solve it. Result? Pain, suffering, loneliness, a search for meaning.
Now to explain more about Mother Teresa’s case, especially to someone without any knowledge of spiritual cultivation, would take more time and energy than is possible in a blog. All I can say is what ‘ve consistently said all along: (1) even the scholars and academics cannot recognize the Tao or stages to the Tao or common meditation techniques and methods of cultivation. This new book on Mother Teresa and the articles written about it are just another bit of proof. These guys know nothing about the spiritual path, and they’re the ones in charge.
Second, (2) poor Mother Teresa needed a good teacher, but didn’t have one. Even when you read the story of Ramakrishna, he had to wait to find a teacher who could teach him how to realize emptiness and the fact it was the goal (non-duality), and then he got it immediately. Prior to that he just flayed around here and there with this cultivation method and that one.
She just needed to have someone to teach her to turn her awareness around and see what was behind it. Then just let it all go, and let the mind function and not cling to any thoughts or emotions. How great would it have been for her to be in the world doing her charity (grand mercy) and to see the wonderful function of mind but not be that function in itself.
CONCLUSION – YOU NEED THE PROPER TEACHINGS, and poor Mother Teresa didn’t have access to anything.
Now there’s something interesting …
There is something you can expect if you were to cremate Mother Teresa’s body. When you cremate the body of a samadhi master or sage, you usually find sariras – the relics of saints. If you cremate the body of regular people, you won’t find any because they only form in the body of cultivators. However, if someone was a virtuous, selfless person, like Mother Teresa, if you cremate her body you will likely find very crude sariras. They won’t be smooth and shiny like those for samadhi masters, but you will ind crude versions nonetheless.
Just another interesting fact about spiritual cultivation.