Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fear...

Fear comes from embracing violence. Looking at people quarrelling I became agitated. Seeing people floundering, like fish floundering,when hauled out of water, seeing them opposing others, made fear and consternation arise in me! The world was without safety anywhere,in all quarters conflict tossed about. Yet I wanted to find a safe peaceful dwelling-place for myself, I could not... Dissatisfied,seeing opposition itself, I realized that the barb is here within,hard to see, not out there in the world, but in here nestling deep in the mind. Injured by this barb, one runs in all directions. Having pulled that barb out, one neither runs, nor stands still... That relief requires purifying training: One should be truthful, and neither mischievous, nor deceiving, rid of gossip! One should overcome lethargy and laziness, be fully aware, and not negligent. One should not bestow affection upon any external form, and give up all pride over any internal form. Neither longing back for the past, nor liking any new, one will not grieve, when something is vanishing. One should give up whatever fascination attaching to any given object. Greed is like a great flood. Desire is like the current. Sense objects are like the shifting tides. Sense pleasure is like vast stretches of deep entrapping mud, which is very hard to cross over.. Not deviating from the Dhamma, crossing by that truth, the sage, a recluse, comes to stand safe on high ground. Having given up everything, he is calmed!

Sutta-Nipāta 935-946 Edited excerpt.

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