The Sutra of Wondrous Sustainability

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Written by Gritfish

The Sutra of Wondrous Sustainability

 

This is what I heard:

 

                                            Beginning part

 

There was no light and no darkness

Nor space nor void nor any dimension;

There was no matter and no anti-matter

And no energy nor anti-energy;

 

There was no nothing nor non-nothing;, no universe

Until a Voice sang “Let there be Light”—

Instantly then there was Light;

Speeding outward in every direction,

It dispelled non-darkness and non-space.

 

Then the Voice began to sing a universe into form:

Shaping swirling clouds of nascent matter

And anti-matter;

Swirling clouds of nascent energy

And anti-energy

The Voice sang into incomprehensible nascent structures.

 

Then proto-galaxies were sung into galaxies;

Within galaxies solar systems were sung into being

And within solar systems, planets circling a Central Sun—

Each structure corresponding to a note

Of the incomprehensibly beautiful song.

 

The Singer assigned a note to each created and yet-to-be created thing,

Every comet, every sun, every creeping, flying, swimming thing,

Every mountain, every harmony, every discord, every sentient

And non-sentient thing was included in the Song.

 

                                       Middle part

 

Then I heard Drumming:

 

A rhythm was introduced:

A great rhythmic heartbeat contrapuntal

To a great rhythmic respiration;

Syncopated and interlocking base and top lines,

Ragged off-beats, grooves—

The Song became a Dance.

 

Each created and yet-to-be created thing,

Every comet, every sun, every creeping, flying, swimming thing,

Every mountain, every harmony, every discord, every sentient

And non-sentient thing had a part and partners

In the incomprehensibly beautiful Cosmic Dance.

 

Then, in the outer end of an average arm

Of an average spiral galaxy

Orbiting an average Sun,

On a small pale blue dot

 Dancing in the Cosmic Dance,

There arose an incomprehensibly complex and beautiful

 Interdependence between all the created and yet-to-be created things.

 

But a dominant species developed on the pale blue dot,

Some members of which accepted the Interdependence

And some of which did not.

 

                                             Ending part

 

Then a vast gathering of partially awakened, partially enlightened

Intensely concerned, yearning-to-serve, partially-evolved seekers,

Communicating telepathically and through the Internet, asked:

 

O Most Fully Awakened One,

One who is worthy of offerings, truly awakened, fully clear in conduct, well gone, understanding of the world, unexcelled leader, trainer of men, teacher of heavenly beings and people, Buddha, Christ, Auspicious and World-Honored One:

Tell us, we of this Dharma-ending age—

Will the Song, the Rhythm and the Cosmic Dance continue eternally?

 

                                               *

O partially-awakened, partially-enlightened, intensively concerned,

Yearning-to-serve, partially-evolved seekers and world servers,

What do you yourselves think?

                                                 *

O Most Fully Awakened One,

One who is worthy of offerings, truly awakened, fully clear in conduct, well gone, understanding of the world, unexcelled leader, trainer of men, teacher of heavenly beings and people, Buddha, Christ, Auspicious and World-Honored One:

We are concerned. 

Why?

 

Because the Rain of the Dharma falls equally on all:

Equally the blessings,

Equally the responsibility,

Equally the consequences.

 

There are those among us

Who do not accept the Interdependence,

Who reject the interlocking relationships of the small pale blue dot,

Who do not accept the fragility of the Balance

And who would exploit the resources of the small pale blue dot

Without regard to the perturbations to the Interdependence,

Without regard to the Cosmic Dance,

Without regard to the Balance of Nature,

Without regard to the consequences

Which fall equally on all:  equally on the millions of billions of worthy and beautiful living things, on all of the millions of creeping, crawling, flying, swimming, climbing, running, burrowing, breathing, thinking things; on all the sentient and non-sentient things; on all the grasses, algae, small and large plants; large and small trees—the consequences fall equally on all.

 

                                                *

O partially-awakened, partially-enlightened, intensely concerned,

Yearning-to-serve, partially-evolved seekers and world servers,

How did this Dharma-ending corruption arise?

What do you think?

 

O Most Fully Awakened One,

One who is worthy of offerings, truly awakened, fully clear in conduct, well gone, understanding of the world, unexcelled leader, trainer of men, teacher of heavenly beings and people, Buddha, Christ, Auspicious and World-Honored One:

 

There are those among us

Who do not accept the Interdependence,

Who reject the interlocking relationships of the small pale blue dot,

Who do not accept the fragility of the Balance

And who would exploit the resources of the small pale blue dot

Without regard to the perturbations to the Interdependence,

Without regard to the Cosmic Dance,

Without regard to the Balance of Nature,

Without regard to the consequences;

They  imagine that they have complete control over the universe,

That they can manipulate Nature (Gaia)

And use the resources of the small pale blue dot

Without regard to the perturbations to the Interdependence that they cause.

 

There are those among us

Who deny that Nature (Gaia) is an active force that cannot easily be controlled,

That Nature (Gaia) doesn’t take sides,

That Nature (Gaia) doesn’t favor the currently dominant species,

That no species is the premier danseur or ballerina forever,

That dominant species have come and gone before

As the conditions on the small pale blue dot have changed,

Who deny that the actions of the mundane self-interested among them

Are changing the conditions on the small pale blue dot,

Who deny that Nature (Gaia) will adjust to the induced perturbations

In ways that will not favor the dominant species.

 

                                              *

 

O partially-awakened, partially-enlightened, intensely concerned,

Yearning-to-serve, partially-evolved seekers and world servers,

What is the Diamond that cuts though all?

 

O Most Fully Awakened One,

One who is worthy of offerings, truly awakened, fully clear in conduct, well gone, understanding of the world, unexcelled leader, trainer of men, teacher of heavenly beings and people, Buddha, Christ, Auspicious and World-Honored One:

 

We see that there is tension, magnetic attraction and repulsion

Between the participants in the Cosmic Dance;

For the Dance to hold together unperturbed, no participant—

None of the millions of billions of worthy and beautiful living things, none of the millions of creeping, crawling, flying, swimming, climbing, running, burrowing, breathing, thinking things; none of the sentient and non-sentient things; none of  the grasses, algae, small and large plants; large and small trees—

Can use more than their share—none can be a ballerina or premier danseur

Without risk of causing the Cosmic Dance to collapse into tribulation.

 

O Most Fully Awakened One,

One who is worthy of offerings, truly awakened, fully clear in conduct, well gone, understanding of the world, unexcelled leader, trainer of men, teacher of heavenly beings and people, Buddha, Christ, Auspicious and World-Honored One:

 

We think that the Diamond that cuts through all is Compassion:

Compassion not only for those others of the dominant species

But Compassion for all of the millions of billions of worthy and beautiful living things, all of the millions of creeping, crawling, flying, swimming, climbing, running, burrowing, breathing, thinking things; all of the sentient and non-sentient things; all of  the grasses, algae, small and large plants; large and small trees—

Compassion that recognizes the magnetic tension that holds the Dance together,

Compassion that recognizes existence on the small pale blue dot

As a balanced Interdependence;

Compassion that doesn’t allow a dominant species to hog the dance

And perturb the rhythm to tribulation.

O Most Fully Awakened One,

The Diamond of Compassion

Is the tool by which we can accomplish the Great Work.

 

                                          *

O partially-awakened, partially-enlightened, intensely concerned,

Yearning-to-serve, partially-evolved seekers and world servers;

You of this potentially-Dharma-ending age:

Your words are true

 

But forget not that the small pale blue dot is innately self-sustaining;

The Song, the Rhythm and the Cosmic Dance will continue with Wondrous Sustainability

But on the small pale blue dot the form that it will take

Will be determined by the participants in the Dance.

 

                                                                                    Gritfish

                                                                                    © 2010

 

(Gaia—the theory proposed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis that the Earth functions as an organism modifying the environment in such a way as to promote its own well-being.  In this context, current humanity is a detriment which Gaia may choose to eliminate.)

 

(Dharma—a Buddhist concept that is hard, even for scholars of religion, to define.   It includes duty, service, time, right action, compassion and adherence to spiritual principles.  Dharma is what we should do from day to day.)

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