I was looking at this lovely vase of roses before I moved them to the window for a photo, and observed that the red of the rose is not absorbed by the rose petals, and therefore the red is reflected back to me as the color of the petal.
We see and identify as our object of perception that which can never be absorbed by the object itself. A perfect model of non-attachment, built into everything we see.
In 1980, I earned and learned the TM-Siddhis program, and then moved to Santa Barbara, where I first glimpsed the head and bust of Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev, reliably activating Divine sight. Such perceptions grew as I continued a regular program of the TM-Siddhis program for another 12 years, until a continuous relationship or companionship was established with Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, and the TM-Siddhis program was no longer necessary. With His presence, the siddhis have continued to manifest and ripen, including many not tied to any sutra taught in the program.
However during this time of practice, I found myself doing a group program in Frederick, Maryland, in a comfortable old farmhouse, with five or six other sidhas. We always did our TM first, and coming out of that particular meditation, I saw as I first opened my eyes, a person seated in a chair, across and to my right.
Except that my sight was tuned one layer down, finer perception, so that the surface texture and color of the objects was missing. The precise form was there, except the consistency was that of infinitely small but distinct shiny dark grey metallic spheres, each a series of atoms constructing a molecular structure; a very dynamic, granular surface, both solidly in place and rapidly in motion.
After a short time, my eyes adjusted further to the person in the chair, and soon the surface of appropriate color and texture was visible, of fabric, skin, hair, and wood, covering the molecular mass underneath. Any light not absorbed by the clothes, the person, or the chair was now reflected back to me as identifiable objects, each a verifiable example of the non-attachment that underlies even our physical laws.
Each rose is also an example of non-attachment. Though the rose still has the responsibility for being itself, growing through the stages of blossoming, beauty and dissolution, inevitably reflecting this in outer appearance and inner reality, all changes driven by the unattached and ever untouched source within.
So are we also unattached expressions of the source of ourselves, responsible for yet impossibly separated from, all that we show of ourselves.
The nature of Reality becomes obvious, once we spend enough time looking for it. 🙂