When Richard Sylvester met Tony Parsons, he said -“That was the end of what I thought had been my life”.
(Notes from a conversation with Richard Sylvester)
“Being is all that we are talking about today, simply being-
**** Q: When did it all begin?
There is no beginning. This is the eternal play.
Q: What about the Big Bang?
The Big Bang is an idea, it’s a thought which is manifesting in this. There’s nowhere else for it to manifest.
Q: Is there really nothing else but this?
Q: If there were anything else but this, it would still be this.
All there is, is this” is an absolute brick wall. The mind cannot get beyond it – or batter its way through it. This encompasses whatever phenomena arise. If there were anything beyond non-duality it would still be non-duality.
Q: There’s no cause and effect.
Liberation is an uncaused spontaneous arising. So is this glass of water. Everything is an uncaused spontaneous arising. But the mind always has to think in terms of cause and effect. It’s natural for it to do so. The mind has to be in control and it can’t give up control of its own volition. When the mind says “I’m giving up control now”, it’s controlling giving up control.
****Q: So this is a totally impersonal seeing?
Although liberation may be seen, it is not seen by a person. Although separation can be seen through, it is not seen through by a person. A character may be sitting in this chair reporting on this but that’s as close as we can get in language. *There is always impersonality but it is covered over by the sense of being an individual.* Liberation is seen not when impersonality is gained but when the individual is lost. This message is beyond mind or concepts or understanding.
When liberation is seen, this sense of tightness and contraction can dissipate. It can simply disappear in a moment. But what’s left is still a sense of localization unless liberation coincides with physical death. The body- mind organism still exists, complete with its character, its personality traits and its preferences. This all remains. It is Oneness appearing as a body-mind.
Q: Is there any point in being at these talks or is it pointless?
The mind thinks there must be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to that question. The mind says, It must be one or the other. Either it’s useful to be here or it isn’t.
Q: Come on Richard, which is it?”
The frustrating answer to your question is “Neither.” Perhaps that only makes sense when it’s seen that there is no choice about whether you are at this talk or not and indeed there is no one who is sitting here listening to this talk in any case. Nothing has ever happened. But you can’t expect the mind to make anything of that because it is not equipped to make sense of that statement. The mind lives in time where things appear to happen so it seems obvious to the mind that something is happening every second.