The Three Inverse Characteristics

This is a repost of something I wrote recently on the Dharma Overground, which is the forum run by Daniel Ingram, the author of MCTB. It therefore uses a lot of terminology from MCTB — which in turn is mostly based on Theravadan Buddhism. So, those familiar with Theravada will probably grasp most of what I’m saying here. 🙂 I’m sorry to say however that if you don’t know anything about Theravada you probably won’t know what the hell I’m talking about. 😛

For information, I got First Path, also known as Stream Entry, just after Christmas. Since then my practice has taken on a life of its own, and I’m coming up with all kinds of new stuff literally every day. The below experience happened spontaneously on Tuesday night last week. I have now begun codifying my practice of “pondering the fractal”, as I since discovered that by repeating that thought process I can enter the “right brain trance” (as I call it in the below), the “omniscient mind”, and get fruitions (cessation; “reality blinking out”; one definition of Nirvana/Nibbana) very rapidly. Once I’ve got that thought process written up, I’ll throw it up here and get your feedback on whether it has “done anything” to you.

My goal now is to get the entire process of enlightenment down to just one day so it can be taught en masse, and easily passed on.


I had four fruitions yesterday. The first was done the usual way, but the next three were done in the polar opposite way.

The usual way – noticing the Three Characteristics in every sensation – involves exploding the universe to nothing by realizing there is no self in any of it.

The new way – actually easier way, for me – involves experiencing the inverse of each of the Three Characteristics. Before I get into what that means exactly, it’s important to know that this practice arose spontaneously as a result of pondering the Fractal (the idea that everything is in everything else). The Fractal is the same at all levels – so, if I’m in Desire for Deliverance, I want the cycle to end. I want cessation. At that moment, the entire universe (the Fractal) wants to end. There is no time – reality is exactly what it is at that moment, and “you” are it. This is not as solipsistic as it sounds, when you notice that solipsism is based on the idea that there “should” be something else. There is just unity. Unity is incomprehensible to a self because it invalidates the very notion of a self.

This is why this method works. And it does work. Instead of exploding the universe infinitely to zero, you contract the universe so that, in that one moment, “everything is everything”. Please note I am not talking about samatha jhana (of which I have 8, and extensive experience), and I am NOT doing the samatha jhana process of “contraction”. I want to nip that in the bud early because I predict it will be a common objection.

An analogy you might have heard before is that of looking at your hand. If your hand was big enough – infinitely big – it would be all around you and you would not be able to perceive it, so it would effectively become nothing. That is the exact premise of this “method”. Be a “self” but be everything in that self, so it is so “big” it becomes everything and effectively nothing (no self). And it is effective. I got three fruitions doing this yesterday seemingly far easier and more consistently than doing it the other way (but that almost certainly depends on the practitioner).

I will reiterate. I was not “looking for the inverse of the Three Characteristics” in systematic fashion. I was noticing the Fractal in everything. This actually does experience the inverse of the Three Characteristics; my point is that it is not simply the “same method” inverted, even though it does end in an inversion. Here is what the process might look like:

– Notice verbal thinking.

– Instead of breaking down thinking into sensations (which will “strobe” that verbal thought), actually say the words in your body. “Enter the stream” – the nervous pathways – of those words.

At this point I noticed that all verbal thought is actually the body trying to correct its own posture. The words are an interpretation made by the left hemisphere in response to the pain being experienced by the right hemisphere. Instead, experience the pain (in reality it has you dip into it with your breathing – but words will begin to fail me here).

Similarly, rather than noticing the sensations that make up, say, fear, actually choose to experience fear itself in the body without observer but only experiencer. This is a qualitatively different experience of fear, and is non-dual.

– This usually leads to spontaneously experiencing other senses “as they are”. So, my eyes become open. It’s like I’m “drawing in” vision, and it “is me”. Repeat this on the other sense doors, as the fancy takes you (it will run on autopilot, if you let it).

Here are the notes I made after the first fruition:

thinking every thought, feeling every feeling, seeing every sight, hearing every sound

You break down duality by not ever having an observer and an observed. You experience the sensate universe as it was intended – at the time of experience, not after the fact (as it is in the regular “Three Characteristics in each sensation” schtick).

The normal Stages of Insight do occur during this. For example, upon noticing a verbal thought is literally a breathing or pain response in the body, I immediately get an impression of my body in all its sinewy, muscly, corporeal glory. It is disgusting. I then experience the disgust “directly” in the same way – in the body – and consequently get through the cycle much quicker.

When experience and awareness of that experience are overlaid exactly upon each other at the exact time of experi-awareness, the self breaks down. It is 1:1 = 1 = 0 (because it’s so much “everything” that it is “nothing”. Numbers are a consequence of dualism anyway). At this moment reality does indeed blink out. The hand has become everything and therefore nothing.

Here are the inversions of the Three Characteristics I am experiencing (but not intentionally noticing):

– Self. There is a self. It is everything. There is no separateness. So, it is not surrounded by void, because void does not exist. (Pondering a “self beyond a self” is dualism.) This is one of the Three Inverse Doors that presents itself while pondering the fractal: self. You consider the void (Misery) around the “self” (the universe/Fractal). Then you realize that that was “you” experiencing the concept of void, separateness and thus Misery, and you are back to being everything, and everything “is” Misery in that moment. Then you notice that you noticed and there’s a separate self again, but you experience the experience of pondering a separate self and are back to everything again. This regressive process eventually “gives up” trying to find no-self (void) and reality does indeed blink out through the Inverse Door of Self.

– Permanence. There is a permanence. Because there is permanent change. Therefore you stop seeking an end (whereas in the regular Three Characteristics you endeavour to NOTICE the end of each sensation). Because there is no end to this permanent changing, you stop seeking one spontaneously (simultaneously also abandoning the search for a start to this permanent changing), and exit via the Inverse Door of Permanence.

– Satisfaction. There is a satisfaction in direct experience. There is satisfaction in fruition else you would not seek it. Fruition is the moment of direct experience – the 1:1 experi-awareness ratio  that equals 1 and therefore equals 0. There is satisfaction here. In this moment you exit via the Inverse Door of Satisfaction.

Please note this is not “theory”. The theory came after the fact. I actually experienced each of these Three Inverse Doors last night, with reality blinking out each time.

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Experiencing the above combined with my knowledge of neuroscience has led me to make the following model.

The “usual way” uses the left brain as a laser to penetrate or “shoot” each sensation passed to it from the right brain – and notice the Three Characteristics in each. Its modality is primarily left-brained, as a result of left-brainers writing all this stuff with their left brain, for other left brains, and thus packaging it for the left brain.

The “inverse” way is primarily a right-brain modality. It does not work with “sensations” while in operation (though it starts out that way because you have to exit the left-brain prison to get into it). It is a process of stripping back experience (not sensations) to a point before the left brain got involved. I believe this method is only really accessible to serious “body workers” (I do incessant daily posture work, and have come to realize that problems with posture – and duality itself arising – is entirely down to the involvement/interference of the left hemisphere).

It is interesting to notice that what is packaged as “Ultimate Reality” in Buddhism is actually just the right brain’s experience of reality. It has lost its shine for me now – though noticing that in itself is a left-brain perception, and to make peace I merely have to “experience things as they are” (right brain) and we are back to that paradoxical and utterly irreconcilable swing between perspectives that underpins all of human endeavour and frustration.

Finally, duality–non-duality itself is completely normal and is a product of the two-brain system. So, animals are in the right brain primarily, and therefore experience no-self most of the time. When something jars them and requires “their” attention, the left brain zooms in on that “thing” and creates a dualistic split. Once that “thing” is dealt with, attention returns to the right hemisphere and self bleeds back out to infinity.

Humans are stuck in the left-brain mode for a few reasons. In fact, making up reasons for stuff is specifically a left-brain thing and I won’t indulge it too much right now, except to point towards culture generally encouraging and reinforcing the left-brain mode. Humans are stuck in that “do something about X” mode that is the left brain, and are failing to return to right-brain awareness. The entire “notice the Three Characteristics in each sensation” method itself is entirely a left-brain modality (no wonder it seemed long-winded and never sat right with me), as is samatha jhana (artificial creation of a permanent, separate, satisfying object – which is quite clearly also the methodology of the left brain and ALL addictions, and clearly does not sit right if you bring a moment’s sanity to it). What I would like to be able to do with all of this is to show people how to strip back to experience-before-the-left-brain and therefore beat the dualistic split before it ever arises.

During my above method, my experience of reality is indistinguishable from a trip on psychedelics (of which I’ve done many), despite my not being on any drugs. This is the way the right-brain experiences reality – hence the constant perception of interconnectedness and noticing the Fractal in everything. I am omniscient at this time (within human limits – I cannot escape the two-brain system and explore the nothingness). You can ask me literally any question and a moment’s glance at it will formulate the answer (which, if allowed to complete, will itself regress back infinitely and cause an exit through one of the Three Inverse Doors — the Stages of Insight are in EVERYTHING).

Some of the many notes I make during these “sessions” (which last for hours) would make your hair stand on end as they strike right at the heart of what you believe it means to be human. I get knowledge I don’t even want at times – for example I can now see, literally visually, how a human is a bigger fractal form of a DNA helix. And how the DNA helix is a winding of the contractive and expansive forces, and is also Yin & Yang. And how that becomes your left and right brains. I think you should ask me a question to test this “power”, if you want. I would prefer if you didn’t because writing is extremely difficult at these times as it is a left-brained act – and necessarily creates duality by separating an idea out of the “fuzz” that is EVERYTHING (the “unified” Fractal). The act of separating out that idea itself is paradoxical and counter to the understanding behind it (hence the “symbol” getting confused for the “thing”). I’ve written enough today so will stop here.

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25 Responses

  1. Otanocnaz says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, keeps the insights flowing.

    Thought you might like this poem i’ve found very helpful in my practice.

    “We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.”

    – Kalu Rinpoche

  2. alex says:

    If there is one thing I love about you…. Its that you NEVER get nailed down to your beliefs and are always adapting and changing your methods as you come to better insights.

    Where as a lot of people who write about things start sticking to ideas,strategies, or methods I suppose for some dull sake of being ‘consistent’ whereas they themselves and anyone who reads and tries to re-create what they are talking about then suffer.

    Burn it all.

    Cool stuff.

    This enlightenment shit has been a black whole for me. An itch I’ve been scratching for a long while but never seeming to get anywhere. My proverbial Santa Clause.

  3. Vysotsky says:

    So, are you saying you can’t see the point of the concentration meditation anymore? Or, do you recommend it just for beginners?

    • Illuminatus says:

      My model of enlightenment is falling along the following lines, currently (although these are also limitations eventually to be transcended):

      – People in the left-brain prison (99%) will benefit from left-brain techniques. MCTB is packaged for the left brain, as are most Buddhist methods I have come across. There was an historic human swing towards the left brain (as recognized by Iain McGilchrist). I believe it was no coincidence the Buddha’s teachings were only written down 200 years after his death — the need to write things down, to codify the teachings, is a sign of the swing towards left brain. Then vipassana got added as being “required” for enlightenment and this is that very left-brain investigation of sensations I have mentioned above. Then as the swing to left brain picked up pace, we had things added like “noting” — actually saying the words to describe the sensations!! So, Buddhism became more and more left-brained in lock-step with a changing human population. Most people, I feel, are so entrenched in thinking in words, seeing everything through the left brain, that the current tech — MCTB — and concentration meditation as part of that, are meeting them where they are and are going to be useful. But they will have to work on the body/right-brain side later anyway.

      – I believe the Buddha had something akin to “right-brain jhanas”. Actualism might be similar to how he experienced physical reality, and my trance in the post above might be how he got his wisdom. The Actualism website is shitty and takes forever to read. The simple method is to ask yourself continually “How am I experiencing being alive right now?” (but you’ll have to read more to get the context behind that). Daniel Ingram also tried it: http://integrateddaniel.info/my-experiments-in-actualism/
      What he describes in that post is actually identical to my experience of “enlightenment”. Notice how he got much, much better results by following that body-based method (Actualism) than he did with all the years of left-brain noting and concentration meditation etc. So I’m splitting things roughly into “left-brain enlightenment” and “right-brain enlightenment” currently. The good news is, fixing the right brain cascades and fixes the left brain anyway, because it has primacy (and we are trying to return to that primacy, whether we realize it or not). What I’ve been doing for the last several years is VERY similar to Actualism, and in fact does not bear much resemblance to Buddhist insight meditation, e.g. MCTB. In fact MCTB gave me a push by showing me the Stages of Insight, but I stayed more body-based throughout.

      – Concentration meditation — the samatha jhanas — is the extreme left-brain. It does suppress pain extremely well (with a fair bit of effort at times). It will also allow people to see sensations that they probably couldn’t before. At the level most people are coming into this game, concentration meditation is going to be a God-send. It is only at my high level that I will tend to instead opt for a “right-brain jhana” which puts pain into a context whereby it is understood and seen as a completely normal part of the fractal. Such a trance will also tend to initiate the exercises required to ease that pain, e.g. tai chi–style exercises, since most pain is actually things like muscle tension from sitting at a computer too long!

      • Vysotsky says:

        Thanks for your detailed answer!

        Anyway, are the prayers based on left or right brain?

        And a question about the Fractal: Is the thankful attitude, too, the part of it? I think this behaviour implies something else than the “unity”. E.g. I can’t be grateful to myself. Because my gratitude cannot directed towards me.

  4. alex says:

    I really appreciated Vysotsky’s question and your answer I’d love for you to dive in deeper whenever you can. I think you might really be on to something. Funny thing I just join the Jed Mckenna forum and he pretty much advocates who-ever is asking him a question in their journey. He always turns them to ask these contemplating questions.

    ‘What is experiencing this?’ ‘Who chooses this’ ect.

    I think he’s talking about the same thing although I could have my head up my ass.

    If so…Talk about synchronicity batman. I just started reading about this.

    Quote: Jed Mckenna Create a Forum

    http://jedmckenna.createaforum.com/general-discussion/

    “I’ll just hold onto that without expecting an answer, just spend a few days or weeks playing with it, like those three silver balls that weirdo down the street keeps rolling around in one hand. I’ll just let it roll around and around without expectation.’ I call it contemplation without expectation. But you must be sincere. Do not expect and answer. If you get an answer, I suggest writing it down in order to get it our of the way and then go back to the task at hand.

    The point of contemplation is precisely for you to realize the shear stupidity of contemplating. Now, you can realize that intellectually in a moment, but get it in your belly, ahh…. that’s different. So sit back and spend all your energy trying to find out who the hell you are. When you explode with your drive to find out, it will be there. But, just saying, ‘Yeh, sure jed, got it’. is wasting time YOU DON’T GOT IT, but you might, by contemplating.

    would suggest that the only thought worthy of attention is the one that says, ‘what’s aware of this thought?’. Folks think that looking at thoughts is looking inside, no, it’s looking outwards. Look back at the awareness. Turn around.”

  5. alex says:

    So excuse me if I’m getting you wrong but are you saying

    start with concentration meditation as a newbie then bypass insight meditation (MCTB practices) and focus on

    ‘What is experiencing this?’ Contemplating level of insight (I.E instead of noting practice?)

    • Illuminatus says:

      No. My advice would be:

      – Master concentration meditation anyway. My guide still stands, and it is an excellent string to have in your bow. The human world is very swayed towards the left brain, so you may as well MASTER the left brain, which concentration meditation achieves.

      – Read MCTB and learn its map, and see whether you have a “pull” towards practising in the style he recommends — or just give it a go and see what happens. Maybe you will like the extra structure such a map brings to your practice. I did. It was just about the most powerful thing about having a resource like that. It was also nice to have people to ask about things, since I’d been on my own with all this pretty much since day one.

      – Follow your gut and have total faith in your innate, natural ability to figure this all out — and for “it” to reveal to you the methods to do so. I always had the sensation that I could be anything, but there was some part of me standing in my own way. That became more and more clearly true as I went along. I began entering “trances” where I was no longer in my own way, and would spontaneously figure a lot of things out. And that has now picked up pace. I would also say, to be prepared to slip into such states, by saying to yourself as it approaches, “Okay, I’m ready.” The state is nothing like you can conceptualize in your “normal” (left brain) way of thinking. There is a strong element of “allowing” it to happen.

      When in this right-brain state, suddenly knowing everything about everything is not like “realizing” or “figuring it out” or even “contemplating”. The word I have written for it in my notes is: REMEMBERING.

      I remember in the original forum post someone asked to test my “omniscience” by having me unite gravity and quantum mechanics. My reply was that he’d made both of those fields up then forgotten about it.

      I’m not sure how much “useful knowledge” (useful to the left brain) can be brought back from such a state. But I’m willing to explore it further.

  6. William says:

    I can’t say I understand this post at all. Maybe one day. I don’t understand the “Fractal” stuff. Really it’s all flying over me. I did read the Ingram book but I had trouble “making that real” as well. That Actualism stuff resonated with me a bit, and I plan to explore that soon.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Yeah, Bliss dropped me a text after he read it. He gets all this stuff intuitively and said he understood it, but that he felt most wouldn’t. It’s a pity. To me, this is all straightforward and I’ve written it as best I can. I am writing up one of the fractal methods soon so hopefully that will get more people on the same page. It might be one of these things that can only be understood… if you already understand it.

      There was a moment about 4 weeks ago when I knew I was about to get enlightened. I stopped right there because it was all laid out for me, and decided to just think it through before making a decision. It felt like I was about to say goodbye to something that had been with me forever. It kind of felt like contemplating my own funeral. Another major reason I stopped was that, at that moment, I felt I could better serve people as a “bridge” between the two worlds (what I later came to understand as dualism/non-dualism). I could still write clearly from a dualist perspective at that point, and felt (rightly so, it seems) that that would be lost once I “crossed over”. At that moment I fully understood the Bodhisattva vow.

      I think it was about a week later I just kind of naturally drifted into the cycle again and felt a strong pull towards completion, and just let it take me. Even just in normal everyday conversations now I have to filter myself back into “dual speak” for any topic vaguely beyond “hello”.

      One thing I never expected, but which is incredible, is that my internal voice is now OFF by default. That suggests to me my prime locus of awareness is the right brain.

      • Illuminatus says:

        I forgot to ask — can you tell me where my post lost you? Maybe I can clarify it.

        • Illuminatus says:

          Shit — I thought your comment was on my “Psychology, Philosophy & Non-Dualism” post. So the above reply by me pertains to that post.

          Regarding this post, “The Three Inverse Characteristics”, yes, it’s pretty specialist. It was written for the Dharma Overground, and at least one person understood it immediately. You do have to have experienced Fruitions etc. to understand this stuff properly. I have been emailed recently by people asking me to explain all the terminology etc. My upcoming post, which will be called something like “Emotions and the Stages of Insight” will explain basically all of it, and contain one of the core fractal methods — so that should clear everything up in one post! (Which will no doubt be thousands of words long). Hell, I’ll practically have enough for a coherent book soon. I can just stick all the posts together and tack on a “Good luck!” note at the end and Bob’s your uncle. 😉

  7. William says:

    Thanks for responding. My internet access has been sporadic but I plan on purchasing a Chromebook soon. Intringuing comments nonetheless. my internal voice has definitely decreased over the past few months, but it’s definitely not off. Yes, we’ve come a long way since The End of Social Anxiety.

  8. Robi says:

    This all sounds so interesting, but how do I practice this method in a practical way? a practice like noting is easy because you note whatever arises… but how do you practice this in a continous way? what am I suppose to “do” the whole time while sitting on my cushion?

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hi Robi,

      I haven’t practised any of that since writing the post, basically, and can’t even really remember how I got that stuff to trigger. It involved pondering fractals — e.g. the fractal nature of the universe, what “my” place is in the fractal, realizing that’s a nonsensical question, and getting on loops which break the “everyday mind”. So, much like pondering koans.

      Sorry I can’t be more specific — I really can’t remember.

      Regards, Edd

  9. haig says:

    The 3 inverse characteristics look identical to the 3 qualities of Brahman, Sat Chit Ananada, in Hinduism, which I always felt more inclination towards over the Buddhist conception of reality, taking Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts as the pinnacle so far.

    • haig says:

      (Followup)

      It seems that the Buddhist 3 characteristics are a negative theological description of Maya, and the Hindu Satchitananda is the positive theological description of the One outside of Maya. Buddhism attacks the problem of liberation through tearing down Maya, while the Hindu notion is to try to go directly towards Brahman. This difference could be a historical necessity, Buddha’s teachings being a reaction to Hindu decadence at the time, which carried forward through history, but it does seem that the Mahayana and especially Vajrayana ideas eventually start to rediscover the Hindu Brahman and Satchitananda.

      • Illuminatus says:

        Thanks for the interesting analysis.

        I hadn’t looked at this post in years till I received your comment. But since I wrote it, I actually went over to the Hindu model of reality. My current meditation method is “I am”, also known as “awareness watching awareness”, which as you say tries to go directly towards Brahman.

      • Illuminatus says:

        I looked up the name: my method is related to Self Inquiry by Ramana Maharshi.

        • haig says:

          Very cool, I have known about Ramana Maharshi, but haven’t looked into his practice (I believe he never wrote anything down, there are just compilations of what he has said to students). I’ll look into Self-enquiry. Thanks!

    • Arpan says:

      Indeed Sri Aurobindo explicitly talks against common conceptions of Mayavad(it was here he differed from Raman Maharshi) and Buddhist nihilism, in thid extract from Yogic Sadhan:
      […] Again if you think with the Buddhists that all life is a misery and extinction of some kind the highest good, or if you think with the Mayavadin that we came into this world with no other object but to get out of it again as soon as possible, like the famous general whose greatest military exploit was to march up a hill in order to march back again, you had better pass me by. I am a Tantric. I regard the world as born of Ananda and living by Ananda, wheeling from Ananda to Ananda. Ananda and Shakti, these are the two real terms of existence. Sorrow and weakness are vikaras born of ajnanam, of the forgetfulness of the high and true self. These are not universal or eternal things, but local and temporary, local mainly of this earth, temporary in the brief periods of the Kali yuga. Our business is to bring down heaven on earth for ourselves and mankind, to eliminate sorrow and weakness from the little corners of existence and time, where they are allowed to exist. I do not give any assent to the gloomy doctrine which preaches a world of sorrow and inaction and withdrawal from it as the sole condition of bliss and freedom, which thinks, contrary to all reason and knowledge, that God in himself is blessed, but God in manifestation accursed. I will not admit that the Brahman is a fool or a drunkard dreaming bad dreams, self-hypnotised into miserable illusions. I do not find that teaching in the Veda[…]
      I am not ignorant, I am not bound, I am not sorrowful: I only play at being ignorant, I only pretend to be bound; like an actor or like an audience I only take the rasa of sorrow. I can throw it off when I please. Who calls me degraded and sinful, a worm crawling upon the earth among other worms? I am Brahman, I am He; sin cannot touch me. Who calls me miserable? I am God, all blissful. Who calls me weak? I am one with the Omnipotent. He, being One, has chosen to be Many. He, being infinite, localises himself in many centres and in each centre He is still infinite. That is the mystery of existence, the uttamam rahasyam, God’s great, wonderful and blissful secret, a secret logic rejects, but knowledge grasps at, a knowledge not to be argued out but realised, but proved by experience, by the purified, liberated, all-enjoying, all-perfect soul.[…]

      https://sanskritdocuments.org/surasa/aurobindo/yogic-sadhan.htm

      This is one of the best books I saw, for the purpose of bringing the fundamentals of yogic endeavour to a beginner, though it is one of his earlier writings.

      • James says:

        that’s in the same line of how shamans see the world also. I tend to agree with this interpretation of exsistance.

        • Arpan says:

          Well, philosophies like Buddhism can only appear in very secure and prosperous societies with a thriving intellectual culture. Shamans usually lived in harsher conditions and a nihilistic worldview is not what would help them or their tribe survive.

          As Haig wrote: Buddhism in form of Mahayan(especially Vajrayana) has come close to Hinduism. Concept of “Dharmakaya” or the “Dharma body of Buddha” is almost exactly same as Hindu Brahman. They also have prayers, deities abd heart based approaches, the bodhisattwa ideal in place of the dry Arhat.

          As a Vajrayana nun in Himachal(India) told me: Buddha being an enlightened being could be looked at in many ways. Some were drawn to his fiery courage, some to his cool compassion, some to his psychic powers. Thus, as these different attitudes got transmitted down the lime, the resurfaced on concrete forms of different kinds of Buddhas in Vajrayana. To incorporate the inclination of some people towards Feminine aspects of Reality abd Tantra, innocent Buddha was tied up with a female buddha: Tara, quite similar to Hindu Shiva and Shakti. Buddha was against sentimentality and ritual, yet even theravad worships certsin symbols and vajrayan has moved to proper buddha idols.
          Buddha himself told Ananda when the latter asked if Buddha had given all his knowledge to them: You see this autumn leaf fall ? I have only transmitted a single leaf worth out of the forest of knowledge that I have perceived.

          I guess, an enlightened being is limited by the constraints of Human body and mind and further by limited understanding of his disciples, in conveying what he knows and thus tailors his message to some essential points. From the seed of his message, over centuries, erupt countless branched tree that expresses the vastness of his Realization in lesser imperfectness.

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