Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Symbolism of the Sesame

The oil, which is the essence of the sesame, although known even by the ignorant to be in the seed, cannot be extracted unless it is learnt how to do so. Likewise, the innate gnosis (sahaja-jnana), though always present in the hearts of beings, is not realized unless a wise one (Guru) explains the way. By pounding the sesame, removing the husks, it is possible to extract the essential oil.

Likewise, when one attends to the Guru’s Instruction, the truth of Absolute (tathata) is revealed. This is the symbolism of the sesame. Indivisible and one is the Innate Essence (sahaja) of all that exists!

- Tilopa, credit

Tilopa (988 - 1069) was a famous mysticsaint from Bengal. An tantric practitioner and mahasiddha (one who has attained the highest), he developed the mahamudra method, a set of spiritual practices that greatly accelerates the process of attaining bodhi (enlightenment).

# Further:
. Tilopa's Mahamudra Instruction to Naropa in Twenty Eight Verses
. Song of Mahamudra
. Reflections on Tilopa - Mahamudra Pith Instructions
. Reflections on Niutou Farong - Song of Mind (Xin Ming) Pin It Now!