Dharma: A study of MYSELF aided by the words of PEACE SAILORS.
As I was reading the book " The heart treasure of the enlightened ones", I felt such a feeling that I was still a child under-developed. Bettering my intellect for last many years and now when I read this book all my view of the world seems to be distorted. All I saw and cared for as mine now is told to be not mine intrinsically. Buddhism is all to do with truth. It first started from 4 noble truth. Whenever I happened to read a buddhist book I tend to get a different view of the world around me. Buddhist books are insightful to read.
I am nobody to say anything on buddhism because I am also as good as any other guy who is on the path, aweswtruck with the profound truth that this teachings reveal. Sometimes too fearfully naked truth directly related to day to day life I lead.
After having got this precious human life if we waste the opportunity then it is like going to the land of jewels and returning home empty handed. The characteristics of this decadent age is quite lemantable. It is like entering a rat race. Serving superiors cannot please them enough, looking after inferiors doesnot satisfy them. There is no reciprocity to the care that you give to others. This is infact so true.
These particular lines in the teaching had the most appealing meaning. I am quoting them as they are:
- Hide your body by staying alone in a mountain wilderness; hide your speech by cutting off contact and saying very little; hide your mind by being continuously aware of your own faults alone. This is what it means to be a hidden yogi;
- Disgust, because there is no one to be trusted; Sadness, because there is no meaning in anything; Determination, because there will never be time to get everything that you want;If you always keep these three things in mind some good will come of it.
- Even if you die today why be sad? its the way of the Samsara;Even if you live to be a hundred why be glad? Youth will have long since gone;Whether you live or die right now, what does this life matter? Just practice dharma for next life- thats the point.
They are randomly picked from the original publication itself, so it may not be sequential or exhaustive. I have used them to better express myself. They doesnt mean I have mastered them but its an indication that I have read them and got a spark of motivation, therefore, I am writing here to see how much understanding I have gained from the reading.
Let me share a story on the back page of a book on meditation by Josep Goldstein. It says that there is a monkey trap in some parts of Asia but I dont know which part. Where a hole is made in a coconut fruit with sweet food inside. The whole just big enough for an open palm of a monkey. The cononut is tied to a tree by a rope. A monkey comes to that coconut and tries to let its hand in and tries to get t he sweet food out. But the whole doesnt let the closed palm out. In his frantic stride to get the food out the hunters arrive but the monkey is trapped not by the trap but by its own attachment to the sweet food. Only thing that it can do is let go of the attachment and take the open palm out. But its attachment is too strong that it is not able to leave the food inside. This for me is a perfect example of how we have been improsoned in this cyclic existence just by our attachment. Only solution is letting go. But that is next to impossible for us. Because we are conditioned to think that way. Now at this point in time how do I let go of everything that I have taken as closely and dearly as mine own. However I am not discouraged either. I am confident that my small efforts can surely get me to that shore of complete bliss, free of pleasure!!!