What means should be used to allow truth to reveal itself?
Any means possible?
"Upaya," (Sanskrit for "Expedient Means"), refers to something which goes or brings you up to something (i.e., a goal). The term is often used with kaushalya, ("cleverness"); upaya-kaushalya means roughly "skill in means". Upaya-kaushalya is a concept which emphasizes that practitioners may use their own specific methods or techniques in order to cease suffering and introduce others to the dharma. The implication is that even if a technique, view, etc., is not ultimately "true" in the highest sense, it may still be an expedient practice to perform or view to hold; i.e., it may bring the practitioner closer to true realization anyway. The exercise of skill to which it refers, the ability to adapt one's message to the audience, is of enormous importance in the Pali Canon.
To make things convenient (for somebody); do (somebody) a favor". (An edited version, from Wikipedia)
An article in the New York Times tells of the aftereffects suffered by shop owners who've shot and killed those attempting to rob them. ("Storeowners Act in Self-Defense, but Scars Remain", By KAREEM FAHIM, Published: August 20, 2009).
Thieving and robbery are wrong, but even doing what might be considered right in response has its consequences.
At venues where the President Obama appears, men have taken to strapping loaded holstered guns to their legs, or, sling AR57s over shoulders. Intimidation and dread are re-introduced into the public forum. They say they are exercising freedom to carry weapons for protection. It's hard to remember if such a show of freedom was done near a Bush gathering.
The world (as it is called) is a difficult and dangerous place.
Who speaks with a voice worth listening to? Who is willing to word the madness of the human psyche? Who tells us of its loving heart?
In 1128 Bernard of Clairvaux assisted at the Council of Troyes, after which the Bishop of Verdun was deposed.
There then arose against Bernard unjust reproaches and he was denounced even in Rome, as a monk who meddled with matters that did not concern him. Harmeric, on behalf of the pope, wrote Bernard a sharp letter of remonstrance. "It is not fitting" he said "that noisy and troublesome frogs should come out of their marshes to trouble the Holy See and the cardinals".
(--from the Catholic Encyclopedia, on St Bernard of Clairvaux)
Speaking truth to power is an iffy occupation. This is perhaps why citizens shout "Heil Hitler" and call officials Nazis and Communists and Death Panelists. Rhetoric runs ahead of inane characterizations. These "angry ordinary citizens" when not shilling for corporations and graft pretend to be asking questions about health care by yelling slurs tainted with innuendo. It is a side of us that is difficult to experience.
Where is the sanity of honest presence?
The Holy Instant is the interval in which the mind is still enough to hear an answer that is NOT entailed within the question asked. It offers something new and DIFFERENT from the question. How COULD it be answered if it but repeats itself. Therefore, attempt to solve NO problem in a world from which the answer has been barred. But bring the problem to the only place which holds the answer lovingly FOR you. Here are the answers which will SOLVE your problems, because they stand APART from them, and see what CAN be answered; what the QUESTION is. Within the world, the answers merely raise ANOTHER question, though they leave the first unanswered. In the holy instant, you can bring the question TO the answer, and receive the answer that was MADE for you. [sic: caps in text]
(--from A Course In Miracles, Chapter 26, section 5 "The Quiet Answer", http://courseinmiracles.com/urtext/chapter_27/section_5.htm)
It is as through we are children given knives and guns and set out to play in the schoolyard. Someone is enjoying the sight of the present and looming carnage.
If you make subjective,
Of past and present events,
Not having been through
Of refining and purifying
This is like trying to do a sword
Dance without having learned
To handle a sword.
At mass this morning the reminder of the scriptural prayer:" Lord I am not worthy to receive you under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed." (Matt.8:8)
I wonder what the "word" is? When the holy word is spoken, presence is without barrier, beyond boundary. Is that the "holy instant?" False speech, fraught with doubt and accusation, falls away when true speech, filled with compassion and authentic inquiry, emerges whole and hospitable.
I tire of my false rhetoric.
I long for the sound of true articulation.
If we are willing to listen long and lovingly -- will not that be suitable invitation for true presence to emerge?
We will serve one another under the infinite open illimitable universe present and without end.
Who will say "So Be It"?