Following the inspiration of a fellow blogger, I decided to ask the Sun Hermit some questions. Here are my questions and his answers. If you have any questions of your own, feel free to post them in the comments section.
Q: What is love?
A: Love is. Don’t look for love. Don’t single anything out as love. Love isn’t something special. Special means uncommon, rare. It means impermanent. Love is the most mundane, like the dirt under your feet. Love is like air, like water. It’s so common that you take it for granted.
You want to look for love. You don’t want to admit that it’s right there, right in front of you, all around you. You don’t want to admit that it’s so plain and obvious and boring. You’d rather look for love than know that love can never be lost. But you do know. It’s the simplest thing in the world.
Q: What is evil?
A: Evil is something that appears when you live in illusions. You see evil when your illusions catch up with you. You see evil when your illusions are threatened. Evil is what you believe lives behind your illusions, and that’s why you cling to them so desperately. Evil is your fear of existence and your fear of your power.
Your story can’t exist without evil, because your story needs fighting. When the fighting leaves, evil leaves and your story begins to unravel. That’s all there is to it.
Q: Is there a purpose to existence?
A: Would you like there to be a purpose? What would it mean if there were a purpose? It would mean that you either have to surrender or rebel. If you surrender, you give up your free will. Without your free will, what are you? Your essence and your beauty lie in your freedom.
If you rebel, you damn yourself. If there is a purpose and you don’t realize it, how can you expect to be happy or fulfilled? You will have your freedom but only as the pale shadow of your unrealized purpose.
What would it mean if there were no purpose? It means you have your freedom, but your freedom becomes meaningless.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your cake and eat it too? Let your actions flow naturally and the question will fall away.
Q: Why is there suffering?
A: Where there is a story there is bound to be suffering. You try to fit suffering into your story because you’d rather keep the story going than be free of your suffering.
And that’s why there’s suffering.
Q: How can we be free of suffering?
A: You are already free of suffering. Insight means to see what is already true. Those who love only Truth see only Truth.
Q: Who are you?
A: Is there any question that has created more suffering? “Who am I?” is the cross you carry though nobody forces you to do so. “Who are you?” is the cross you hang your beloved on. “WHO” is an empty syllable. The question is a broken record playing in a haunted attic.
I am not here to take away your not knowing. Your not knowing is your knowing. How could it be otherwise? Isn’t it true that you have never been satisfied by belief? Satisfaction can only come through not knowing.