(from Heruka, Lhamo Dorje, Manjushri)
Bodies act as filters. The brain filters the information received by the body. It also integrates input from the mind with the physical input.
The pure and absolute mind existing in this world inhabits an etherous state, maintaining an awareness appropriate for this world, specifically. In a refined condition, the mind may travel freely, regardless of the position or state of the body.
This world manifests from the wishes of Enlightened Beings and gods; yet most of the Enlightened Beings in this world experience a very deep and pervasive amnesia regarding how their world, bodies, and experiences generate from their minds.
The ultimate mind operates independently of any constraints produced by time, bodies, or worlds. It is not confined by ether or other physical boundaries, including those established by worlds.
Defining worlds allows the mind to begin to individualize itself, and the interplay of yin and yang, light and dark, yes and no, attraction and repulsion all manifest the boredom of the individual mind. Opposites keep a world balanced and in manifestation, and all aspects and components of this interplay are completely devoid of inherent existence. They only exist in relation to and in dependence upon one another, and if, within a world, conflict, perceived difference and distinction cease to exist, then that world also ceases to exist.
Worlds truly function to provide stages and sets within which the mind manifests bodies engaged as actors. And all the actors arise from a vast web of mind that extends far beyond discrete worlds.
Bodies act as filters, emphasizing the variety of qualities that provide interest to the play.
Bodies can then be used to manifest a constructed physical world.
From the hierarchical level of World, to Body, to Construction, the Pure and Absolute Mind becomes more deeply shrouded in the illusion of manifestation.
The stronger the illusion of manifestation, the less likely the object will be to inspire wonder and awe.
This is illustrated by a familiar understanding. Mankind is easily rendered speechless and judgmental before images of the “universe” that “exists out there”. Mankind generally reveres life forms, and sometimes experiences awe at the concept of birth. But at the body level, we begin to form opinions and judge, thereby lessening our sense of awe. We tend to view constructed objects as disposable and completely subjective, and we even imagine ourselves as the creators (as individuals, races, nations) of these objects. We also imagine that having “created” something – whether it be languages, machinery, or a building, – entitles us to use these devices at whim. Our whims and opinions and how we use the world to institute them generate the driving force of our world.
What we call “creation” is really “creative force”.