Recognition

UN : Sometimes, I feel under-recognized.

The Buddhas : We recognize you.

UN : Thank you. 

The Buddhas : It’s ok to not blare one’s trumpet. You’re doing great.

UN : Then why these pangs?

The Buddhas : What will you get from worldly recognition? Tell us that.

UN : Nothing, I see that. I can’t carry it forward.

The Buddhas : So drop it and move on. 

UN : My work is all so hidden. I’m busy all day. However, nobody sees what I do.

The Buddhas : Are you in it for the joy of doing, or for showing others that you do and what you do?

UN : I enjoy what I do. I’m thankful for it. Sometimes, I wish to show it.

The Buddhas : It’s a question of critical mass.

UN : Meaning?

The Buddhas : Once good, meaningful work reaches beyond critical mass, the Universe is compelled to show it to as many as possible.

UN : And since i’m already…

The Buddhas : …doing good, meaningful work,… …, yes.

UN : I see. 

The Buddhas : However, your focus must remain on your good, meaningful work.

UN : You mean the showing part is just a side-effect as far as I’m concerned?

The Buddhas : When you start focusing on the showing part, your good, meaningful work suffers.

UN : For lack of focus?

The Buddhas : Amongst other things. You do have an outlet, and are already using it to the max, btw.

UN : Outlet?

The Buddhas : As in pressure-cooker safety-hatch for any frustration.

UN : Chanting?

The Buddhas : Yeah, let it all out. Translate any frustration into intensity, length, stamina and output while chanting.

UN : As in shake the universe till it shakes. 

The Buddhas : Yeah, shake it and make it…

UN : …show my work?

The Buddhas : And then don’t forget to keep your focus anchored on your good meaningful work. 

UN : 🙂

The Buddhas : 🙂

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Shatter and Pop

UN : I’m afraid.

1st Buddha : There we go again.

3rd Buddha : Explain.

UN : My chanting comes out with such force, that I’m afraid that I might pop an artery.

2nd Buddha : Ha! Priceless!

3rd Buddha : I’ll take this one, you two stay quiet. So, are you loud, intense, or both?

UN : Both. Such that the walls shake. And fast. Rapid.

3rd Buddha : You do it on purpose?

UN : I can’t help myself. It comes out that way.

1st Buddha : He can’t help himself, he says! Hahahahaha!

3rd Buddha : Quiet! Your soul’s been in a corner, is it?

UN : Yes.

3rd Buddha : And you’re a naturally very intense person?

UN : Yes.

3rd Buddha : Well, you’re just coming out now, that’s the way it is.

2nd Buddha : What about his artery that might pop? Hahahahaha!

3rd Buddha : Done with your jokes? We are putting a mechanism in place.

UN : What mechanism?

3rd Buddha : You won’t pop anything.

UN : How does this mechanism work?

3rd Buddha : As far as you’re concerned, the appropriate mechanism is in place. You won’t pop anything. You don’t need to know more.

UN : So I continue?

3rd Buddha : Just let it all come out.

1st Buddha : Yeah, make sure my eardrums pop.

2nd Buddha : The walls are going nowhere. It’s your walls that are shattering.

3rd Buddha : Bye.

2nd Buddha : Bye.

1st Buddha : Bye.

UN : Bye.

“Daimoku Puts Your Engagement on Auto”

UN : What’s the issue with going inwards?

The Buddhas : No issue.

UN : Oh, I thought there was an issue.

The Buddhas : You can go in, sure.

UN : However?

The Buddhas : It’s a time to engage and not disengage.

UN : As in need of the hour?

The Buddhas : The nature of the times on the planet will need many, many spiritual people to engage.

UN : Otherwise?

The Buddhas : There won’t be a planet anymore.

UN : I see. 

The Buddhas : It’s an endgame scenario on Earth. All or nothing. 

UN : Yeah, the way we’re going, as if there’s no tomorrow.

The Buddhas : Thus you’ve got to give it your all. Sitting back and going inwards would be giving up.

UN : It would be like resigning to the situation and saying “Whatever”, right? I do see that now. 

The Buddhas : There was a time when going inwards was the normally practiced form of spiritualism. It was time-appropriate.

UN : I see that now too. With peace and harmony already existing around oneself, one wanted to give oneself that extra kicker and reach inside. 

The Buddhas : However, this is a different time, requiring emergency measures of engagement. 

UN : What’s the easiest way to engage?

The Buddhas : Chant. You start engaging the moment you chant. That’s what Daimoku does for you. 

UN : Yeah, it brings you right into the battlefield, immediately, with all systems firing, doesn’t it?

The Buddhas : Daimoku puts your engagement on auto. 

UN : Going for it. 

Status Check

UN : This isn’t complacency, no no.

The Buddhas : Well, then what is it?

UN : You tell me. You should know.

The Buddhas : Hmmm, let’s gather the facts.

UN : Let’s.

The Buddhas : You start out early.

UN : Yeps.

The Buddhas : Read spiritual literature over 25+ years.

UN : Yeah.

The Buddhas : Do various spiritual practices, again over 25+ years.

UN : Yawn.

The Buddhas : And now you’ve landed with Buddhism.

UN : Lucky me.

The Buddhas : You’ve got power. You can pull. Also, you are able to connect directly.

UN : Do I still have to do all the reading?

The Buddhas : Study has the stamp of authenticity.

UN : You’re saying that during direct connection, there might be an element of doubt…

The Buddhas : …yes, sometimes, you mightn’t realise when your mind is playing tricks on you.

UN : I’ll give you that. Study is fine, but I’d like to go at my own speed.

The Buddhas : You’re letting it come to you, aren’t you, in a pre-digested fashion?

UN : Bottomline is, that I’m assimilating. In a different manner, but learning nevertheless.

The Buddhas : Also, you’ve always been unorthodox, so we’re not surprised.

UN : Let’s plane out the complacency angle, can we?

The Buddhas : Lingering and not doing Gongyo and Daimoku, what is that?

UN : Fear of overdoing.

The Buddhas : You fear that even this might go away, like your other spiritual practices?

UN : Yes. I want this to stay. So, not overplaying the card. Going with the flow.

The Buddhas : Hmmm, you can go all out but aren’t, we see.

UN : As of now I’m just happy taking whatever time windows open up.

The Buddhas : And you’re not pushing to create extra windows.

UN : Exactly. I know my game, and I know my game’s pitfalls.

The Buddhas : So you’re steering clear of the pitfalls.

UN : Yes.

The Buddhas : Ok.

I Enjoy Being a Nobody

The Buddhas : Are you sure about this one?

UN : Why? You think otherwise?

The Buddhas : You have that streak in you. The one wanting fame, sometimes, indirectly, maybe.

UN : Hmmm. Yes, sometimes there are pangs.

The Buddhas : But mostly, better sense prevails.

UN : I’m glad you see that.

The Buddhas : Let’s harp a bit on this hidden craving for fame.

UN : I’m not craving for fame. I enjoy being a nobody.

The Buddhas : Ok, lets put this another way.

UN : Go ahead.

The Buddhas : You are noticed. Your work is noticed. Eventually, you get acclaim in what you do.

UN : Is that a bad thing?

The Buddhas : We’re not finished. This leads you to subconsciously crave for more. It’s a natural tendency.

UN : I watch out for this tendency.

The Buddhas : Yes, but sometimes it’s there and you don’t know it.

UN : Continue.

The Buddhas : You only get to know after then committing an action that is driven by a latent craving for recognition.

UN : Hmmm. True. You’ll need to concede, though, that once I realize such an action has been committed, I immediately correct myself.

The Buddhas : Ya, you correct your action then and suppress the pang for recognition.

UN : You don’t like the suppression bit, is it?

The Buddhas : It’ll just explode that way.

UN : I see. You’re trying to say that upon explosive emergence, then, things will be uncontrollable.

The Buddhas : Better is to let it come out, recognize it, and then, let it move on.

UN : Without acting on it, you’re saying, right?

The Buddhas : Yeah. Just don’t act on it. Have that much self-control.

UN : So what it’s boiling down to is this : I need to recognize fame-related thought processes as they emerge…

The Buddhas : …and then let them pass, without acting on them or reacting to them.

UN : That’s it, is it?

The Buddhas : Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

UN : I’m sure you’re going to say otherwise.

The Buddhas : Well, let’s see you do it first.

What is the Gohonzon? (a mental conversation)

UN : What is the Gohonzon?

The Buddhas : It’s a matrix.

UN : What kind of a matrix?

The Buddhas : Where each chanting soul, each chanting soul’s each chant, is connected.

UN : How is this connection made?

The Buddhas : Through the principle of resonance.

UN : So each one’s chant has similar vibrational frequency, and all such vibrations intermingle and start swinging together?

The Buddhas : That’s not all. During the intermingling and swinging together, there’s huge give and take.

UN : Meaning?

The Buddhas : Surplusses nullify deficits in a flash. You’d be surprised at the level of surplus in this matrix.

UN : Where is the surplus coming from?

The Buddhas : Amongst those connected are also souls with mountains of good Karma. They give willingly of it without expecting return. Good Karma keeps flowing towards them because of their exemplary existence, so they know they’ll never be in deficit. Thus they keep giving and giving.

UN : So anyone connecting to the Gohonzon is sure to receive?

The Buddhas : As sure as there’s a sky above your head.

UN : Currently, there’s no place for a Gohonzon in my house, owing to my environment and circumstances.

The Buddhas : What do you need one for? It’s already in your mind, and now also in your heart. Just connect to it through sheer vibration. If and when your environment and circumstances change, even a physical Gohonzon will manifest. However, currently, just keep doing what you are doing.

UN : Thanks 🙂 .

The Buddhas : Bye.

A Push in the Right Direction

The Buddhas : We want to discuss those 10 minutes of your Daimoku session.

UN : Those 10 minutes when I was chanting for the success of the Buddhist movement towards world peace, right?

The Buddhas : Yes. The imagery was quite original, dude.
 
UN : I’m me. Do you think imagining multiple reins in one’s mouth and carrying their weight forward with the sheer force of the chant is a bit bizarre?

The Buddhas : It’s different. We don’t get that too much. What were these reins supposed to be connected to?

UN : Multiple facets of the kosen rufu movement.

The Buddhas : And how much forward did you push the movement in those ten minutes, do you think?

UN : A femtometer, perhaps. A femtometer would be good. I’ll take it.

The Buddhas : And what made you do this?

UN : I could hear you. You were asking when I was going to chant for you.

The Buddhas : Yeah, you were so busy chanting for your family that we thought you might forget us. 

UN : Well, you asked, and I did.

The Buddhas : And again you didn’t chant for yourself.

UN : But I did. Chanting for others causes vacuum in one’s own system because of energy outflow towards others. This vacuum attracts positive energy from the Universe. It’s win-win.

The Buddhas : That’s indirect. 

UN : In between the mind would wander to my own issues. That’s natural. These then too got registered with the chant.

The Buddhas : We see.