S-Functions: Handshakes

The handshake seems to be a central idea in communication, and if s-fractals are communicating with each other (brother and sister, aunt and uncle, mother and father, son and daughter— does it make any sense to think of s-fractals as having gender, or some function that is like gender) the handshake is the first (and I assume it needs to happen more than once per communication – sort of validity or message checking) thing that needs to happen.

While practicing Vajrasattva it came to me that lots of religions address the handshake between person and deity without calling it that. In Tibetan Buddhism that is lots of “calling to the guru” practice, and the assumption is that if we call, he will answer. That call and response is a handshake – and there might be more fundamental handshakes before that. It would be interesting to look at this in detail, and see if those details have any relevance to other communication systems/functions.

The particular practice I’m doing is presented in four versions, each version working with (what?) on a different level, a different subtlety. The basic form of the practice is that Vajrasattva is a pure being, the essence of enlightenment (power, compassion and wisdom) and that we think of ourselves as impure beings, so we request Vajrasattva to purify our body, speech, and mind. And he does so. The next practice has us visualize three small Vajrasattvas in front of us, and they purify us and the rest of the world, all sentient beings. The next two we visualize ourselves as Vajrasattva, and we are purifying the rest of the world and all sentient beings.

So let’s look at handshakes from this point of view, from the point of view of this practice.

Poking the dharmakaya with stick – they have to respond.

The cup analogy, Buddhist teachers often mention this before a teaching; the student is a container into which the dharma (teachings) are poured. But if the cup is dirty, or has a hole in it, or worse is turned upside down – nothing real good happens. This is not exactly a handshake, but it seems relevant. What is the equivalent in other systems to the cup being full, dirty, or having a hole in it?

In the first practice the human person (me) requests the deity to bless them, to fill them up with the amrita. The deity has to respond, and the practice works because it is an automatic handshake. Well, not really automatic. The person has to be requesting it and really open to it, and Vajrasattva has to be willing to do his part, which he is, almost by definition.

((What about flirting and gaydar?))

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