This is from page 120 of Adya's "Emptiness Dancing":
So, here, at least, he is clear that samsara is not enlightenment. And samsara being unreal, can be dualistic or tri-alistic or multiple-listic or whatever it needs to be.The true self can’t be divided, but the imaginary self can be divided very easily. Most suffering arises out of this divided self, which exists only in your mind. Because it exists only in your mind and you believe it, it sends signals to the rest of the body, and then the rest of the body has an emotional, traumatic, fracturing experience. In Buddhism you hear about the wheel of suffering, called the wheel of samsara, which is the suffering that comes out of this interior fracture, this false sense of self. When it arises, it is cyclical, mechanical and impersonal. It happens whether you want it to or not. It is associated with the world, because the world, by and large, operates on the wheel of samsara.
Samsara is a completely mechanical unfolding of conditioning. One person gets triggered and triggers five other people, who each trigger five others, and it keeps moving out like the spokes of a wheel, until many are affected. Getting off that wheel of samsara means waking up to the fact that the only thing on the wheel is a misunderstanding – the idea that I am this being with these feelings and problems. We call it samsara because it’s not actually real. It only exists between your ears. In our culture we make the suffering of samsara noble. It is almost a sacrilege to imagine that who you are is not a problem to be solved. We are not expected to actually hop off this wheel of suffering and wake up from this trance of “me.”
Craig, you say:
I guess I'm reading this as saying that we are all enlightened all the time. Tell that to the victims of the holocaust...surely someone was not enlightened there.Stop and think about it- "What is my normal state of consciousness like on any given day?" Whatever state it is is the enlightened state. So too are any states of consciousness that differ from the "normal" state. So if you're busy thinking away about something, that's it. If you're focused on what you're doing at work, that's it. If you're fast asleep, that's also it.