5 przyczyn ignorancji (5 Causes of Ignorance) cz. 4 z 5 - Siostra Ananda Shubhashisa

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5 Causes of Ignorance
Attraction to Pleasure and Repulsion to Pain
by Didi Ananda Shubhashisa
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Then the third or the fourth facets or aspects
are closely related to each other.
One is the, we can say,
the attraction to something that gives pleasure,
attraction to pleasurable experiences.
And the fourth one is
the repulsion to painful experiences
because human beings are very greatly motivated by desire for happiness,
by desire for harmony, for inner peace,
by desire for a condition
that is beyond affliction.
So mind generally moves towards the objects,
and the situations, and the entities
that it thinks can grant pleasure,
and moves away from those
which it decides will give pain.
But of course, the judgment of pleasure and pain is flawed,
is disturbed
because in the first phase one aspect of this negative force,
as we said,
is that it confuses the mind,
so the mind is not able to understand
what is pain and what is pleasure.
Like the addicted person takes the indulgence and the addiction as pleasure,
but actually, it will be better considered to be pain.
It is pain in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end!
There is no pleasure really there.
So the mind becomes confused
with regard to what is pleasure
and what is pain.
And due to that confusion
it moves towards the objects that it thinks
will grant it pleasure,
and it stays away from what it thinks
will cause it pain.
There also is irrational behavior:
if the person is told
that in order to overcome her illness
she has to follow a certain diet,
and she is not ready to follow that diet
because she considers it a pain,
you know, a disturbance to go through that,
then she will not become well.
But she considers it a pleasure
to do certain things that gratify her senses
and so she will go towards them.
Mind is confused.
It is so obvious
to a person who is not enslaved
by the same propensity
it is so obvious to detect it in others,
it is so easy to detect it in others.
But try to make that person reason things out,
it will be very difficult for them to understand.
And maybe we may experience that in our personal life also
some people have tried to make us understand something,
and we were so resistant,
and we were totally convinced
that we were correct,
and maybe years later,
it dawned on us
that what was told to us was not incorrect.
But we did not have the capacity,
mind did not have the openness
to accept it.
It was so entrenched in its own ways.
But we have a tendency
to move away
to run away from things which are not beautiful,
for example, if you look at the picture,
the photograph of dead bodies,
if there is a calamity or a massacre,
somebody takes a picture of something that happens in the war
in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Gaza...
and you see all these mutilated bodies,
or in pools of blood,
the immediate reaction is
it is difficult to look at that-
you do not want to see that
because mind has a natural propensity
towards what gives it pleasure,
and that does not give pleasure.
And so many people just block their minds,
they do not want to know
what is not pleasurable,
they do not want to consider it.
If you talk to people about how much people suffer in the world,
and if you tell them again and again,
they will not want to hear it.
either they will do something about this,
or they will not want to hear it.
Because they are unable to accommodate
that pain exists in the world.
You know, just like we have two eyes,
we live in the world of duality,
there are opposites:
light and darkness,
day and night,
cold and hot.
We also have two eyes,
and the two eyes
óeach of the eyes
takes a picture and conveys a picture of what it sees.
What I see with this eye
is different from what I see with that eye.
But we look at something with both eyes
whether or not they are working well.
If they do work well,
then the two pictures are perfectly equilibrated,
but inside our mind
we get only one picture,
that means that somewhere a synthesis takes place
óof the two.
The two overlap, merge into one, and we get one.
But if we were compelled to see only through one eye,
the picture would not be complete.
It would be narrower!
It would not be as wide,
it would be narrower.
So when we focus only on one thing,
and we refuse to see the other side,
we are only looking from a certain angle,
we are only looking at the partial picture.
But if we do not have the broad picture,
if we do not allow the full spectrum
to come to us,
if we cannot accommodate the full spectrum,
the synthesis cannot take place properly.
It cannot take place perfectly
because we are excluding one part of reality.
But it is very important to know
that something very beautiful,
something very noble, uplifting exists,
and also something very degrading.
It is good to know that.
It is good to know how uplifting a person's actions may be.
It is also good to experience and to know
how degrading and damaging a person's actions may be.
Because between those two we have to find our truth,
our reality,
our balance.
If we only look in one direction,
because it is more convenient for us,
we lose the breadth of the reality,
and our balance will somehow...
our stand, the platform that we stand on
will not be as solid
as if we had allowed the whole picture to come into us.
So just like our eyes are open to see beautiful things
as well as ugly things
so our minds should also be open
to admit the existence of what is positive
and what is negative,
what is degrading
and what is uplifting.
Beyond these feelings,
the confusion that is caused by a natural sense of proclivity,
or inclination towards what gives instant pleasure,
and rejection of whatever does not give that.
This is the fourth of five parts.
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