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Subject: Re: Re to Gilkor, part 1
From: Grigor
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001

Gerald Schueler writes:
> it is also in Tibetan writings such as THE PRACTICE OF DZOGCHEN by Longchen Rabjam (Snow Lion, 1989) which >

Short replies are still what my time currently allows. I have this book. I don't find the reference to mayayoga but maya in the contexts I've heard it is not the cosmic illusion thing. It is magic. In the form of sleight of hand, its study was requirded because it disclosed much about the dynamics of human suggestibility which is the malfunctioning of awareness (rigpa). Suggestibility is the outcome of inner ethical evasiveness (i.e., not having to listen to the little voice of prajna-conscience by inwardly being out of phase with it) that also prevents concentration. The study of sleight of hand was the study of how the processes of being unenlightened work. Mastery of even an inner trap is knowing it is there and what it is like. But there was a secondary appilication, found in Central Asian Tantric Buddhism and now, only preserved in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. If the hand is quicker than the eye (really the ordinary mind slowed down by its on-going delusional process of inner suggestibility), the whole body is quicker than it too. One aspect of the Ninja art of apparently disappearing (or instantaneous teleportation) is sleight of hand. Soviet spetnaz learned the trick, the Russian Alphas still train in it, & lately the former NVA East German trainers who joined the (west) German Army are training the elite mountain and 100th para-commando units in Germany in this technique without the moral self-study component of course. But this was making-apparitions or maya in a use of the term that does not mean the world is an illusion.

Grigor Vahan Ananikian