I re-read something here that i read when it was first posted a short while ago.
For some reason, this time, it hit my mind like a silencing hammer.
So Im just gonna parrot and dance around it again in my own excited kitten like way.
[chref=12]'Goods hard to come by.. make our mind go wild with excitement'[/chref] - and chapter three points out the unwanted consequence of having our valued treasures. i.e a lack of them, or having them 'removed', is [chref=13]startling[/chref] = suffering.
Often this counter-balance is something we only remember in retrospect, if we notice at all, due to the blinding effects of natures myriad calls: food, sex, prestige etc - these headings are easy to see, but nature's magic trick lies in when we catch a scent and fall sure that this
particular thing is most certainly the best shiny thing heretofore.
A comment in a recent post slapped me upside my average student head, reminding me that this also mean the 'Emotional treasures,'
the ideals of self improvement and 'enlightenment' :
Any thing we feel important becomes a personal â€œtrapâ€.
Extricating ourselves from this is like attempting to see your eye with your eye. A sense of â€˜importantâ€™ (need, desire, lust, etc), is the â€œtrapâ€ living things fall into the moment they are born, and only escape once dead. This â€œtrapâ€ accounts for an ideal common to all religions (as far as I know). The Taoist version goes like this:
[chref=64]Therefore the sage desires not to desire, and does not value goods which are hard to come by.[/chref]
The â€˜goodsâ€™ being not only physical things but idealistic goods - [chref=45]perfection[/chref] of any sort, including a perfection in desiring not to desire.
What the?! read that last part again! Valuing the "spiritually" / emotionally 'hard to come by' ideals, even coveting another's 'good attitude' emphasizes its opposite; its counter-balance of dooming one's self to a life of never measuring up. Of course!! :shock:
And only when I can let go of the belief that the fleeting 'up-side' will bring me contentment can i truly and honestly settle and remain still.
Just as the key to 'fixing' our 'down-sides' is helplessly connected to letting go of the promised joyful end of it,
so is the key to what we seek
to be found in the [chref=41]'sullied'[/chref] and letting it be just that... and not fussing, meddling, or trying to do anything to
it... [chref=15]muddy and yet, settling, slowly become limpid.[/chref]