https://youtu.be/RdfLK5XwrQA ● Salāyatana (nose + olfactory potency) ↓ ● Phassa (nose contact with odour) ↓ ● Vedanā (pleasure) ↓ ● Tanha (craving) ↓ ● Upādāna (substantiating experience, now with another salāyatana, the gustatory) ↓ ● Bhava (seeking: again, more!) ↓ ● Jati (the natural consequence of further expedience and further being). https://youtu.be/ll53TCJxqOI ● Salāyatana (body, … Continue reading How Simple is Paticcasamuppada! (The Hedgehog version!)
For an arahant, what is a star? "It is that name given by people to that phenomenon which emits light in the night sky." Precisely and exactly what is experienced, what is perceived in experience, nothing more, nothing less! For everything in the universe is made up of the six elements, only the six elements, … Continue reading Dhamma & Mundane Knowledge
Transcendental ends are easier to reach than mundane ones. And the advantage of a transcendental solution is that it lasts. A mundane solution never lasts. And, in the first place, there are no mundane solutions. There are no mundane solutions to mundane problems.
__________________________ Only the present moment and nothing else! Why? Because there is nothing else! And because the future is not as much fearful or promising as we believe. Fear and hope are just bad habits. The future is innocent like all things that do not exist are innocent and pure! And what is it really … Continue reading Bhavanirodha (No Future!)
_____________________ More important than happiness, is Nibbana. More important than safety, is Nibbana. More important than freedom, is Nibbana. More important than comfort, is Nibbana. More important than power, is Nibbana. Nothing exists that can conceivably be more important than Nibbana. Because Nibbana is the only thing which can conceivably bring meaning, purpose, and value, … Continue reading Faith in Nibbāna
Those who believe in a consequential afterlife, Will remain patient till death. But those who do not believe in a consequential afterlife, Will rather die than to be patient!
Budho! Budho! Budho! The contacts of the body and the senses with this sensorial world, the spontaneous emotions which follow the experience of contact, the memories and impressions which such contact stirs in the mind, the spontaneous thoughts and imagination which arise on the basis of all that, and finally the fluent, loud, and torrential … Continue reading Budho!
If you want to know everything about the dark conditioned side of the human mind, closely watch a monkey that is living with other monkeys, in other words, any monkey! And whatever that evolves from a monkey must out of absolute necessity renounce the monkey! Or else he shall be consumed by life; an object, … Continue reading What Really Are We?!
1. Avijjā, may well be viewed as a true transcendental force in this world, something of a cosmological nature, an ungraspable original condition of the existence of sentient beings. Nevertheless, this view may in the end be merely the creation of the imagination, of avijjā itself! It is crucial to develop yet a down-to-earth experiential … Continue reading Bhavanirodha (There is Nothing!)
The law of kamma does not explain how or why a good or bad thing happens to you, it only explains how and why you view, feel, and respond to what happens to you as either good or bad, whereas in fact, in truth, in line with Dhamma, it is neither!
"Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Without temptation no one can be saved." _St. Anthony What the Desert Fathers recognised and taught, is that such temptation was no less than a necessary condition to arise along the path of one who is headed for liberation. For it was only through … Continue reading Upāyakusala
Power comes with life, Birth, from desire! Wholly free is the unconditioned from the prison of consciousness, and vice of will. The transcendent is without power. Its existence does not manifest. Beyond birth and death, neither entity nor identity, it encompasses even impermanence.
Like one of those really old refrigerators which make a terrible buzz that starts off only very imperceptibly but gradually grows to be louder even than a tractor! Nevertheless we don't notice the terrible sound until it actually stops. And only then do we come to realise the extent of the impact it had been exercising upon … Continue reading Grandma’s Fridge
1. Kamma has to take its course, no matter what, even if one is left alone since birth into a cave out of which there is no exit, deprived of every external stimulation and enticement; one never attains nibbana nor finds the path to attaining it "by nature"! What happens by nature is that we … Continue reading The Sacrificial Mother of Life!
The idea of the initial, primordial existence of a state of "unity", out of which there arose _somehow_ plurality or multiplicity; prominent in various religions, seem to attempt to refer to what we consider to be the difference between conditioned and unconditioned existence; and to how conditioned existence is a state of cotinual "separation from … Continue reading The Unconditioned