Saturday, July 18, 2020

Ajahn Chah: When we don’t want anything

Ajahn Chah ( via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
But I'm a spiritual consumer. I need experiences!
Mental activity is like a deadly venomous cobra. If we interfere not with a cobra, it simply goes its own way.

Even though it may be extremely venomous, we are not affected by it. We neither go near it nor take hold of it, so it doesn't bite us. The cobra does what's natural for a cobra to do. That's the way it is.

If we are wise, we'll leave it alone. Likewise, we let be that which is not good: We let it be according to it's own nature.

We also let be that which is good. We don't grasp at and grab on to liking and disliking, just as we wouldn't interfere with a cobra.

Relax. It's okay. Nothing is under control.
One who is wise will have this kind of attitude towards the various moods that arise in the mind/heart.

When goodness arises, we let it be good. We understand its nature. In the same way, we let be the not-good. We let it be according to its nature.

We don't take hold of it because we don't want anything. We don't want evil. We don't want good. We neither want heaviness nor lightness, happiness nor suffering.

When our wanting is at an end, peace is firmly established.

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