The goal of our practice is not to put up with crap, but to eradicate suffering in all its forms. These were the words of the guru who taught me Mahamudra and so much else.
That said, analytical antidotes to human suffering only help us cope with the endless pains of relative reality. Using only these seven flavors as antidotes to our suffering of body and mind is like using band-aids on the deep wound of our humanity — though I’ve heard it said that a complete understanding and acceptance of the final flavor of Mahamudra (that all we experience is the result of our own past thought, speech and action, or karma) is powerful enough to transform lower into higher consciousness.
Mahamudra practice alone cannot lead us all the way to enlightenment, nor does it remove problems; what it does is lighten the sting of our suffering by revealing the true nature of samsara. Once we’ve begun to unmask samsara, we must simultaneously begin to uncover our own true nature — which, according to great sages like Ramana Maharshi, is sat-chit-ananda, pure existence-pure consciousness and pure bliss.
The real journey of the committed seeker is an inner one which intensifies when we use tools such as Mahamudra to splash great arcs of light on to our individual paths toward the spiritual heart. To borrow Hesse’s poetic translation of the Mundaka Upanishad’s golden verse:
Om is the bow
The soul is the arrow
Brahman is the arrow’s goal
At which one aims unflinchingly.