Master Charles Cannon
“I have met the builder and broken the ridgepole.
I shall not build that house again.”
~The Buddha, Upon His Awakening
Now what do you suppose the Buddha is really saying? He is supposed to have said this upon his awakening. After all, the word ‘Buddha’ means ‘awakened one’, so it is plausible that he would have said something along these lines. Yet, from our modern perspective, what is he trying to convey?
The Buddha is speaking from the state of unified witness consciousness and using this metaphor to describe his experience. The true builder is obviously source consciousness, yet the illusory builder is the one that is herein encountered or revealed. The illusory builder is the ego. The ego always builds a fraudulent house of limitations. To break the ridgepole is to break the illusion of separation that is the basis of the ego and all its illusory manifestations. Once we have awakened to the trans-egocentric truth, the illusory house of cards begins to fall. Yet, it is constancy in unified witness consciousness that totally breaks the ridgepole and prevents the illusory house from ever being built again. The Buddha is speaking from this constant state of unified wholeness. He is anchored in truth and forever free. Yes!