I once sought comfort in the seductive warmth
of convincing beliefs until my soul rose up
and kicked me out of that noxious nest.
These days, or perhaps it has always been this way,
there are scoundrels who prey on the young and naive,
who systematically squeeze all the life right out of them
to feed their own profane and ravenous hungers.
Then there are others who merely sport an inflated opinion
of their own “attainment”, imagining they have “gotten it”.
If they had a scrap of modesty at all, they’d go straight back
to the school of silence before hanging out their shingle
prematurely and smilingly reaching for your wallet.
I’ve heard it claimed that this time in which we live today
is the prophesied “Degenerate Age” when even the best
are mostly liars and thieves, lacking in simple decency.
If the leaders and lawmakers are thoroughly corrupted,
what hope is there for the nation and its people?
Likewise, if those who claim to be spiritual teachers
are bereft of true wisdom and humility, where then can
the sincere aspirant turn, in their search for self-realization?
Perhaps the first step is to simply clean the house, brush away
the cobwebs of borrowed beliefs and all second-hand knowledge.
Once we’ve discarded the accumulated junk that once passed
for some sort of teaching, the next step is obvious enough —
don’t add more stuff to the newly-cleaned room, just relax
without relying on crutch or support — you’ve always
already possessed what you need to be yourself
and to recognize your own divine nature.