Secrets Of Atlantis

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The secrets of the Miracle of Fatima: Alleged religious incidents which took place in Portugal during the year 1917, with supposed secrets given to a Lucy Dos Santos (one of the three children seers) by the Virgin of Fatima during six of her visits. The last of the secrets had also been in the hands of Pope John Paul XXIII, who has chosen not to reveal the message…. which was instructed by the Blessed Virgin to be released to the people around 1960.

Much of this third secret has been leaked out, and explains the fragmentation of organized religious entities, existing of the financial hardships and funds of that particular faith these days. Also mentioned is the fact, the original church was in the heart of the individual, but not necessarily the physical body of the individual. It was explained as something close to what would, in modern times, be called the spiritual body.

The meetings of the Savior and the individual was intended to be individually experienced and not necessarily in a church, as in a modern church. Churches in olden times were constructed, so as to effect the spiritual body in a person, and changes there would act on the physical body of the practitioners of the religious faith. What has happened is, due to religious perversion in modern times, individuals in high authoritative religious positions, within the modern churches, have attempted to gain spiritual power in ways dealing with society’s facades and monetary stained glass reflections, thereby developing egotistical “group souls” of the church and all religious groups associated with the group church.

In this way, the spiritual faith from the Savior is not able to reach the true spiritual body and is unable to transmit true spiritual insight to the individuals, as would have been done in ancient times, where simple buildings were built with symbolic structures and meaning to convey spirituality with individuals. The mind is known to have no text language of its own and communicates in symbols- which are then transmuted to spiritual understanding within a person’s heart.

This method has been lost due to attempts by those in authority of the religion to keep and hold secrets on their own, as the “group soul” of each church becomes competitive with one another. This situation can only cause fragmentation of organized religion – as it actually was never intended to be organized, but individualized within one’s own heart. Entering a church in ancient times was meant only to impress symbolically on each individual. Evidence of this, in one way, is by the Savior pointing at his Heart and it is also reinforced with the Blessed Virgin pointing at her Heart. * Further information on spiritual architecture of the past has been recorded on another page.
Much of this symbolic integration has been lost due to the false “group soul,” with the missing spiritual power, due to the failure of true consecration of a symbolic spirit body linked to the Holy Savior Heart. An indication of the missing link of the Divine has caused a spiritual belly flop, and the thinking that one’s physical body is to be worshipped as the true body.

Spiritual leaders in the world today have brought about their own downfall along with the spiritual sickness of today’s society. The youth of today has an inherent instinct, knowing not to follow these religious faults of the modern church, which in reality is an enormous entity of artificial intelligence that molds individuals into religious weakness.This was warned about in the last secrets of “Fatima” in 1917. The intelligent youth of today and the educated are rarely seen in the church, as there is no subtle spiritual connection to forge a link with the Divine. A false connection is made with the empty, spiritless, cold and soulless religious structures of today.
Little is known about other secrets that were passed on to another individual, at about the same time as these miracle sightings of 1917. We may only use the name Quintox Motnaph as one of the names of the holder of this additional information. Mention was also made at the same time by the Blessed Virgin of healing methods to be used in times of spiritual sickness, which was foreseen as what might be occurring in today’s society.

According to the Blessed Virgin, these were the same methods given to used by the advanced Alantean race to heal their citizens at that time in history. Merlin, the renegade magician, along with others, had escaped with some of the crystals used for healing ills before the fall of Atlantis.

The self destruction and fall, due to spiritual sickness, is caused by the Dark priests in an attempt to control all life forms, in all of creation’s folds. Yet these crystals (smaller in size than the larger crystals used in beam weapons of that time) have not been found, or shall we say, are not available to the people of this time, if they have been found.

Not much can be spoken of the crystals at this time, but specific colors were to be projected in a holographic method, and the patient was then surrounded in this color, while at the same time, the healer priest would use mental imagery to energize this color- much like the lasers today, with the exception of the current coming from the trained mind of a healing priest. The ancient Chinese used another slightly different method along with the crystal therapy, which eventually watered down to acupuncture. Acupuncture of the ancients could energize the long needles in a patients body with a similar energizing method.

The colors used in the different ills of the bodies of man is a closely guarded secret and this information is known only by those in the same order as Quintox. While healings are still done in this method, access to this type of healing is not widespread knowledge in today’s society. One usually must have an internal connection through friends to benefit from these healing methods. There has been some sprinkling of these ancient techniques within the new age and holistic arena of today, in an attempt to bring these methods to the surface where many may benefit.

The fracturing of the soulless religious structure of today (as foreseen and warned of, by the Blessed Virgin), along with the fragmenting political governing body of the medical community, has caused a surge in the search for ethical and truthful values- of which the church of today is no longer connected to or capable of restoring. Untruths and an emotionally handicapped infrastructure, has resulted in a religious muzzling of society today.

T.Trash

 

 

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05 2014

FAQs on Meditation

JBuddha4Buddha



MEDITATION WITHOUT TEARS
enjoy everything in life

Often times when people start on the path to meditation or self improvement, they seem to get burned out or some strange psychic experience happens- that stops them after only a few weeks or a month or so, leaving some with a feeling of burnt fingers, fear or panic… for no apparent reason.

Life can be viewed as an old vinyl 78 music record…the flat circular shape with the groves where the needle rides to pick up the sound.

Imagine living in this groove and every time you attempt to get out of the groove, you slide back down…unable to get out, you stay stuck in the rut. With persistent effort you can succeed in climbing up the steep grooves.

When we do the same thing everyday we create strong magnetic paths (habits) in our daily life and when we attempt to change paths, the strong magnetic currents pull us back. Persistence is needed to create a new magnetic path and change our life and future.

How many times have you heard the expression….” Stuck in a rut”…”Same old- same old”…”Same as always”…”Nothing new”

Our thoughts, actions, and deeds are in our magnetic aura and that is what we first become aware of when we start to meditate (or make a change in life).

Much of a persons life, feelings and emotions are locked in a magnetic aura surrounding the individual…and when we start on the path of improvement of any kind, especially spiritual, the first things we are forced to face is the environment we have built (through our lifetime) in the aura around us. Many of the things we experience are not very pleasant – and some are pleasant.
Things we have created in the past, that we would now like to forget are at our door wanting back in. We cannot keep these things out because they are a part us. We must confront these thoughts, admit and accept what we have done in the past.

WHEN WE HAVE ADMITTED TO OUR PAST ACTIONS, THERE IS NO BURNING IN HELL- AND OPENS THE WAY FOR THE NEW TO COME IN……………the past is now truly the past

Before doing our meditation we should admit to any mistakes or faults we may have made that day or the past, accept full responsibility for our actions and any reaction that may come from it. This being done takes away any finger pointing awaiting us (we already admitted) at the gateway of meditation.

Time to laugh and breath deeply

Someone calling our name, deceased loved ones, popping , hissing and many other sounds and sights are seen when first starting to meditate. These should be ignored, just take a deep breath and continue your meditation.

We can think of ourselves as listening to a radio in meditation and when we have tuned to the frequency we want, we receive the music we like and sometimes things we don’t like. Concentrating on the things we like, helps us to overcome or neutralize what we don’t like.

We also need to remember, everything has an opposite, and if we receive the good- we also receive the opposite. Concentrating on the good, eliminates any influence from the opposite. If unpleasant things come to mind, just observe and let them go.

*more to be added later

Jea

05

09 2013

The Demons of Defilement

The Demons of Defilement
(Kilesa Mara)
by
Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

A tape-recorded talk, dating from the last year of Ajaan Lee’s life.
Translated from the Thai by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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It’s the nature of the world that nothing is totally bad. Everything has to have at least some good to it. The same holds true with the various forms of Mara, or the demons of temptation, that get in the way of our practice. It’s not the case that they always obstruct us. Sometimes they turn into our friends and companions; sometimes into our workers and supporters; sometimes into our slaves, helping us and caring for us. This is why, if you’re discerning, you have to walk a middle course. On one hand, you have to focus on their bad side. On the other, you have to focus on their good. Their good and bad sides are realities that have to exist together. As for us, we have to take a stance in the middle, examining things so that we don’t act out of suspicion or prejudice. Once we see the good side of these things, we can get more familiar with them. We can get intimate. When we get familiar and intimate, we develop a sense of kinship with them. As the Buddha said, vissasa parama ñati: familiarity is the highest form of kinship.

Even our enemies, when we become familiar with them, can become our friends. Our companions. Our servants. Our slaves. When we can look at things in this way, both sides benefit. We benefit and our Maras benefit as well. In the time of the Buddha, for instance, the Buddha got so familiar with Mara that eventually Mara got converted and felt favorably inclined to the merit and skillfulness that the Buddha had developed. Once Mara had no more power over the Buddha, he paid homage to the Buddha and found himself transported to heaven. And that’s not all. He became a bodhisattva. In the future he’ll gain Awakening as a fully self-awakened Buddha. So he benefited and the Buddha benefited. This is the nature of people with discernment: they can take bad things and turn them into good.

As for us, we still lie under the sway of Maras of various kinds. These intimidating Maras are called Kilesa-Maras, the demons of defilement. The big ones, the really infamous ones, are greed, aversion, and delusion. These are the famous ones. As for the ones that stay more in the background, behind the scenes, those are kama-tanha, craving for sensuality, struggling to get things in ways that are offensive to the Dhamma; bhava-tanha, craving for things to be this way or that; and vibhava-tanha, craving that things not happen. For instance, once we’ve gained wealth, we don’t want to lose it; once we’ve gained status, we don’t want anyone to wipe out the edge we have over others. This is vibhava-tanha. These three forms of craving are also demons of defilement, but they’re not very well known. Only once in a long, long while do you hear anyone mention their names.

As for greed, aversion, and delusion, they’re very big, very powerful, very well known. The mother of all these Maras is ignorance (avijja). Everything comes out of ignorance. Goodness comes from ignorance. Evil comes from ignorance. To call things by their proper names, ignorance is the requisite condition for fabrications (sankhara), and fabrications, when they arise, come in three sorts:

meritorious fabrications: intentions and considerations that go in the direction of giving rise to goodness;
demeritorious fabrications: thoughts that go in the direction of what is evil, corrupt, and improper, defiling the mind and making it lose its luster; and
neutral fabrications: thoughts that are neither meritorious nor evil. For instance, when we think about going to the market tomorrow, or about going to work in our field, or about taking a bath or eating a meal. When thoughts like this arise in the mind, they’re called neutral fabrications: thinking that isn’t yet either good or bad.
These forms of fabrication are also demons of defilement. They’re the children of Mara, but they rarely show their faces in public. They’re like the children of nobility, children in the royal palace. They hardly ever show their faces outside, so very few people know their names, very few people have seen their faces. Unless you develop the mind in concentration you won’t get to see these beauties. If you develop concentration, you can peer inside, using your discernment to part the curtains, and then you’ll get to see these children of Mara.

The mother of Mara, ignorance, lies even deeper inside. Ignorance means not being acquainted with your own mind — mistaking your thinking for your mind; mistaking your knowledge for the mind; thinking that your thoughts of the past or future are the mind; thinking that the body is the mind or the mind is the body; that feeling is the mind or the mind is feeling; that mental qualities are the mind, or that the mind is mental qualities; that the mind is the self or the self is the mind; not being able to separate these things from yourself, getting yourself all entangled: that’s called ignorance. In short, ignorance means getting caught up on the present.

All of the things I’ve mentioned so far are called the demons of defilement. They bother us all the time, get in our way all the time, which is why they’re called the demons of defilement. How are they demons? When you get really greedy, for instance, it gets in the way of your being generous and giving donations. You simply want to get and don’t want to give. That’s how greed is a demon. When we get possessive of things, holding on tight, and someone destroys what we’re holding onto, we get upset and feel mistreated. This puts our mind into a turmoil and gets it all stirred up. This is how greed is a demon.

The same holds true for anger. Once it arises, you don’t give a damn about anything. You see other people as nothing more than red or black ants: all you have to do is step on them and they’re done for. The explosive power of anger is more violent than anything else. Whether or not you’ll actually be able to get your way, you don’t care. You’re brazen and foolhardy. But if anyone comes along at that time and tries to persuade you to act in a skillful way, you don’t want anything of what they have to say. The anger has to go its course until it runs out on its own. This is why it’s called a demon, because you can’t do anything good while you’re under its power.

Delusion is even worse. Delusion seeps into you, the way blood seeps throughout every part of your body. When we do evil, we’re deluded. When we do good, we’re still deluded. Even though we’re well-educated in the Dhamma, we can’t yet escape from the power of delusion. No matter who we are, it stays right on our heels. We may want to make merit, but when we’re deluded we don’t know what’s right and what’s wrong. We simply want the merit. We observe the precepts because we want to be good, but we don’t know what real virtue is. It’s the same when we practice concentration. We want to get results, but we can’t tell right concentration from wrong. We simply keep on wanting. This is called delusion, in that our knowledge isn’t in line with the truth. It’s not that we don’t know anything. We know, but what we know goes straying away from the truth. We’re like a person who has lost his way: he can still keep going; it’s just that he’s not on the right path. Suppose, for instance, that we want to go to Bangkok but we get confused about the way and start heading to BangPuu. We’re off the path as far as Bangkok is concerned, but we’re on the right path for BangPuu — and we can keep on going. It’s not the case that when you’re on the wrong path you can’t go. You can, but it’s the wrong path as far as the destination you want. You’re simply going to end up disappointed. This is why delusion is called a demon.

The second level of demons are the forms of craving. There are three forms of craving, but they boil down to two sorts. We translate craving as “desire,” and desire has two types. One is desire mixed with lust, in the ordinary way of the world. The second has no lust. It’s simply a sense of inclination, affection, a liking for objects. For example, we feel a liking for certain sights. We see certain material objects and we like the way they look, so we search for them — in other words, we want to get them. This, too, is a type of craving. The same holds true for the various sounds we like. We struggle to get hold of them. Our desire pulls us, yanks us, drags us along — whether or not we’ll get what we want, we have to keep running. If we get what we want, we at least have something to show for our efforts. If we don’t, it’s a waste of time and energy, and we suffer. This kind of desire is also called craving: craving for objects, for sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations: things we like. This is desire combined, not with lust, but with greed.

So craving has these two flavors, distilled out of kama-tanha, bhava-tanha, and vibhava-tanha: desire combined with lust, and desire free of lust. These, too, are demons of defilement. Each of them prevents the mind from inclining toward right concentration. This is why desire — chanda — is classed as a hindrance. Desire on the level of a hindrance covers inclination, a sense of liking, without any lust mixed in. But there’s another type of chanda — called chanda-raga, or desire-and-passion — which is heavier than chanda as a hindrance. Chanda as a hindrance is light. Chanda-raga is an enemy of the precepts. Chanda as a hindrance is an enemy of concentration. This is why desire in either sense of the word is classed as a demon, a demon of defilement. This is the second level.

The next level of demons are the forms of mental fabrication. For example, meritorious fabrications: the mind’s thoughts of concocting or giving rise to merit. Now suppose that those thoughts don’t succeed. The mind sours. Like King Asoka, who ruled over the Indian subcontinent, governing in two ways. One was through his goodness as a person. His subjects respected him, honored him, and so they obeyed him. The other way was through his military power and might. This was why there was law and order among his people. In the area of the religion, he gave tremendous support and encouragement, building a great deal of goodness — so much so that it backfired on him. He gave continual donations to the bhikkhu sangha until one day, toward the end of his life, he decided that he wanted to use some money to buy donations as a form of homage to the Buddha, homage to the Dhamma, and homage to the Sangha. After he had formulated this intention, but before he had had the opportunity to spend as much as he wanted, he fell ill. So he wanted to hurry up and finish making merit in line with his plans. He sent one of his officials to draw more money from the treasury, which held both government funds and the king’s private funds. When the official got to the treasury, the treasurer wouldn’t hand over the money, because he felt that it should go only to the government.

So the official returned to inform King Asoka, who got upset. “These are my funds,” he thought. He wanted to use the funds as a form of homage to the Buddha, homage to the Dhamma, and homage to the Sangha, but when he couldn’t do it, his mind turned sour. And it so happened that while his mind was soured, he died. Now, because he died while he was angry at his treasurer for not letting him make merit, the result was that he was born as a gigantic snake, an enormous python, slithering back and forth around the royal treasury. And there he had to stay, fixated on his possessions, for many days, which prevented him from enjoying the results of the good he had done. When he was alive, he had done good in lots of ways: building temples, building chedis, planting huge numbers of Bodhi trees, giving huge donations to the Sangha, observing the precepts, listening to the Dhamma. When he died, he should have been reborn as a male or female deva, but instead he went and took birth as a snake. This is an instance of how good intentions, meritorious intentions, when they aren’t fulfilled, can lead to defilement and rebirth as a common animal. This is why thoughts of making merit, even though they’re meritorious, can turn into demons.

The same is even more true with demeritorious fabrications, thoughts of doing evil. Simply thinking evil is enough to get in the way of our goodness. When thoughts of this kind arise in the mind, even though we haven’t yet acted on them, even though we haven’t yet spoken under their influence, the simple fact of having a bad intention in the mind is enough to prevent us from reaching the noble paths and fruitions. An example of this is the story of two villagers, two friends, on the Buddhist sabbath. Early in the morning, the people in the village heard the sound of the bell and gong in the local temple, so they got up before daylight and got ready to go give food and listen to a sermon at the temple. One of the friends thought to himself, “If I go make merit at the temple, then when I get back home I won’t have anything to eat. I’d better go fishing instead.” So he cooked some rice and prepared the food for the other friend to take to the temple.

As for the friend who went to the temple: while he was placing food in the monks’ bowls, taking the precepts, and listening to the sermon, all he could think was evil thoughts: “Will my friend catch any fish for us to eat this evening, I wonder.” As he thought about this, he developed a strong desire to eat fish curry, made from the fish his friend was out killing in the stream. That’s all he could think about as he was putting food in the monks’ bowls and listening to the sermon. He wasn’t thinking about the killing. He simply thought, “If my friend catches some fish, I’ll get to eat.” As for the friend who was out catching fish, all he could think about was, “I wonder if my friend has put food in the monks’ bowls yet… By now, he’s probably taken the precepts… By now he’s probably listening to the sermon and getting lots and lots of merit.” That’s all he could think about. Now, through the strong meritorious power of his thinking, not a single fish got caught in his net. Every time he heard the gong being struck at the temple, he’d put down his net, raise his hands, and say, “Sadhu!” — all day until darkness fell. Because his thoughts were so lost in doing good, his efforts to do evil didn’t succeed.

As for the friend who went to make merit in the temple, his thoughts were lost in eating fish with his friend, so he ended up getting hardly any merit at all. The returns on his merit weren’t worth all the time and effort that had gone into fixing food for the monks, taking the precepts, and listening to the sermon with his hands folded in respect. In other words, his state of mind canceled out his goodness, so he ended up no match for his friend who was out doing evil without really wanting to. Thus his state of mind turned into a demon and harmed him in two ways: The first was that he wanted to eat fish but didn’t get a single bite. The second was that even though he did gain some merit from the donations he had made to the monks, it was only a little bit. He simply went through the motions of putting food in the monks’ bowls, taking the precepts, listening to the sermon, but his mind was focused on eating murrel-fish curry with his friend. So he didn’t get any of the good results that he should have from his actions. This is why it’s said that evil thoughts cancel out our goodness. Even if we’re doing good, thoughts of this sort cut off our goodness, like a palm tree or a coconut tree with its crown cut off. Or a banana tree that has borne fruit: it won’t be able to grow any further, to bear flowers or produce any more fruit. People who think in ways that are evil, even if they do good, don’t meet with any progress in life. They meet with nothing but failure. This is called demeritorious fabrication, another kind of demon that prevents us from succeeding at giving rise to goodness.

The third kind of mental fabrication is thinking that’s neutral, that isn’t yet good or evil. This kind of thinking can also be a demon of defilement. Say, for instance, that we plan to work on our farm. “We don’t have time to go to the monastery,” we tell ourselves. “We don’t yet have enough to eat.” Or if we plan to go selling things. “If we go to the monastery, we won’t have time to get a good return.” Or we spend our time thinking about some important business we have to do, that we’ll have to do this and say that. Or we think about going out to cruise around and relax a bit. When we think in this way, it takes up the time we can use to develop goodness within ourselves. We keep putting it off. In what way? When we’re children, we tell ourselves that we can wait until we’re older. We’re not going to die anytime soon, so we should take the time to study instead. When we become young adults, we tell ourselves that we can wait until we get married. Once we get married and get ourselves established in our career, we tell ourselves to wait until our children are grown and they get married. Going to the monastery can wait until we’ve aged a bit. We keep on putting it off and turn ourselves into nice sweet pigs for Mara to swallow down easily without our even realizing it.

Finally, if we really do survive until old age, our children get worried and try to dissuade us from going. “Mom, don’t go to the monastery. You’re old. You’ll suffer all sorts of hardships.” And we believe them. “If you feel faint or get sick, it’s going to be hard for you.” Your eyes get so that you can’t see, your ears get so that you can’t hear. You can’t hear the sermons, can’t hear when they’re giving the precepts. Your eyes, your ears, every path for doing good gets closed off and sealed up tight.

This is what happens to people who get all wrapped up in their work — worried about how they’re going to eat, sleep, and live; worried about wealth and poverty to the point where they can’t develop any skillfulness and see it through. These ways of thinking are a type of mental fabrication that fools us, trips us up, pulls us back, ties us down. That’s why they count as a type of Mara, as demons of defilement.

The demon of defilement on the fourth level is ignorance, not being acquainted with things. We aren’t acquainted with suffering and stress; aren’t acquainted with the cause of stress; aren’t acquainted with the cessation of stress or with the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress. Our not being acquainted with these four noble truths is one aspect of ignorance. Another aspect is not knowing which affairs are past, which ones are future, and which ones are present. These three, plus the four noble truths, add up to seven. And then there’s not knowing ignorance itself, which makes eight. These forms of unawareness are called avijja, or ignorance.

What this all boils down to is not knowing the path. For instance, when we practice the four frames of reference: kayanupassana — we focus on the body in and of itself, but we don’t understand the body. We think that the body is the mind or the mind is the body. This is ignorance. It’s dark. It closes off the body and closes off the mind, so that we think that they’re one and the same thing. We can’t separate the body from the mind or the mind from the body. This is called not knowing our path.

Vedananupassana: we focus on feelings in and of themselves, but we aren’t really acquainted with feelings. “Feelings” here means the act of savoring sensations, which sometimes are pleasant, sometimes painful, sometimes neither pleasant nor painful. We think that the pleasure is the same thing as our own mind, or that our self is what has pleasure. Or we think that the pain is the same thing as our self, or that our self is what has pain. We can’t separate the pleasure and pain from the mind, so they get tightly tangled up together. We can’t separate them, can’t tell what’s what. This is called ignorance, not being acquainted with the path.

Cittanupassana: we focus on the mind in and of itself, but we aren’t really acquainted with the mind. What is the mind? Actually, there are two aspects to the mind. There’s mental consciousness, and then there’s the mind itself. We think that consciousness is the mind, that the mind is consciousness. Actually, consciousness is what goes. Say that we see a sight in Bangkok. Cakkhu-viññana — eye-consciousness — is what goes to the sight, but the mind doesn’t go. The act of going is what’s called consciousness, but there’s no substance to it.

Sota-viññana: Sometimes we remember sounds from the past. Thoughts of sounds appear in the mind and we focus on them, so that we can remember what this or that person said, how beautiful it was. What we’ve remembered is sota-viññana, consciousness at the ear. Then there’s consciousness at the nose. We can recognize what smells are making contact. We can remember what smells there were and what things we smelled in the past. The mental current that goes out to know these things is called ghana-viññana. Then there’s kaya-viññana, consciousness at the body. We can recognize hot air, cold air. We can recognize that, “This kind of coolness is the coolness of water; that kind of coolness is the coolness of wind; this kind of heat is the heat of fire; this kind of heat is the heat of hot air; that kind of heat is the heat of the sun.” We can recognize these things clearly. We could even write a textbook about them. Knowing these things is called kaya-viññana.

Mano-viññana, consciousness at the intellect. Our thinking goes out: to Bangkok, to the forest, to the wilderness, all around the world. Our knowledge of these thoughts is mano-viññana, while the mind is what stays right here in the present. It can’t go anywhere. The part of the mind that’s awareness itself can’t go anywhere at all. It stays right here. It goes out only as far as the skin. There’s awareness of things beyond the skin, but that awareness isn’t the mind. It’s consciousness. There’s no substance to consciousness, no substance at all, just like the air. So we don’t have to get entangled with it. We can separate consciousness out of the mind, separate the mind out of consciousness. The mind is like a fire; consciousness, the light of the fire. The light and the fire are two different things, even though the light comes out of the fire. When we don’t understand this, that’s called ignorance. We conceive consciousness to be the mind, and the mind to be consciousness. When we have things all mixed up like this, that’s called ignorance.

Dhammanupassana. We focus on dhammas in and of themselves, i.e., the mental qualities that arise in the mind. When unskillful qualities arise in the mind, we don’t know how much harm they cause. That’s ignorance. As for skillful qualities: which ones give only small benefits, which ones give medium benefits, and which ones give overwhelming benefits, we don’t know. This means that we aren’t acquainted with the qualities of the mind. When we don’t know the qualities of the mind, we can’t separate good from evil or evil from good, we can’t separate the mind from its qualities or the qualities from the mind. Everything is firmly stuck together in a big, thick mass so that we can’t pry them apart. This is called ignorance. Ignorance is a Mara, a demon, a demon that stands in the way, preventing us from attaining the highest good, i.e., nibbana.

All four of these types of defilement are called the Maras or demons of defilement. The mother of Mara is ignorance. The children of Mara are mental fabrications; the grandchildren of Mara are the three forms of craving; and the great-grandchildren of Mara are greed, aversion, and delusion. Sometimes these members of the Mara family help us develop merit and skill. Sometimes they get up and sit on our heads, lording it over us, ordering us around. Say, for instance, that greed gets really strong. We grab hold of whatever we can get our hands on, with no thought for who it belongs to, or whether taking it is right or wrong. When greed gets really strong, it can pressure us into doing evil. When anger gets really strong, it puts pressure on our nerves to the point where we can hand down a death sentence and commit murder. The same is true with delusion.

Each of these things is an enemy, blocking off our goodness, but each can also benefit us as well. If we have any discernment, greed can help us. Anger can help us. Delusion can help us. If we have any discernment, craving can help motivate us to develop goodness. Don’t look down on it. We’ve come here to listen to a sermon. Who talked us into coming? Craving, that’s who. When people ordain as monks and novices, what forces them to do it? Craving, that’s what. We shouldn’t focus only on its bad side. As for meritorious fabrications, if we didn’t have any of them at all, we wouldn’t be able to develop any goodness. Everyone who develops goodness in any way has to start out with the intention to do it. Ignorance is also good. When we know that we have ignorance, we hurry up and find some way to overcome it. Ignorance is what leads us astray, but ultimately ignorance is what will have to lead us back. Knowledge never led anyone to study. Ignorance is what makes people want to learn. When people already know, why would they want to look further? Delusion is what makes us look for knowledge — by joining society, by associating with people. Our knowledge grows broader and broader from the first impulse born in ignorance.

So when dealing with the demons of defilement, you have to look for both their good and their bad points. Only when you see both sides can you be said to be discerning and wise. When you can take bad things and make them good, that’s when you’re really outstanding. If you take good things and make them bad, that’s no good at all. Even when you take good things and make other good things out of them, that’s not really special. There are three levels of goodness: good, excellent, and outstanding. A good person does good. An excellent person takes something good and makes it better. That’s excellent, but not outstanding. An outstanding person takes bad things and makes them good, takes good things and makes them excellent. So these are the three levels of goodness: good, excellent, and outstanding.

So today I’ve talked about the demons of defilement, after the talk the other day on the demons of the aggregates (khandha-mara). We should all learn to think, to consider things, to ponder things over, so that we can find goodness on every side, in every corner we look. This way, if we look beneath us we’ll find treasures. If we look above us we’ll find treasures. Looking beneath us means looking at the things that are our enemies. We’ll be able to gain treasures from them: goodness on the outstanding level. When we look at the things that are our friends, we can gain excellence from them. We should try to develop all three levels of goodness. If we have discernment, we can gain all three levels of goodness from the demons of defilement and the demons of the aggregates, and we’ll gain all three of the benefits I’ve mentioned.

For this reason we should develop our mental faculties (indriya) until they’re strong, capable, and mature, so that they don’t fear Maras of any sort. A person who has studied snakes can pick them up with no fear of their venom. A person who has studied tigers can catch them and they won’t bite. In the same way, if we have any discernment, we can capture and tame the demons of defilement so that they support us in being outstanding, all the way to the paths (magga) and fruitions (phala) leading to nibbana. Whoever doesn’t have the ability or discernment will get carried off by the demons of defilement to get tortured and killed. So we should use our sharpest discernment to consider these things. That’s what will lead us to the noble paths and their fruitions.

So when we’ve heard this we should consider what we’ve heard and take it to heart, bringing it inside to see the ways things actually are inside us and then practicing accordingly, in line with the way of right practice. That’s when we can be at our ease. Evil people will help us. Good people will help us. We’ll be free of danger. Thieves will be our servants, helping us in our various tasks. Wise people will help us in our work — so how can we fail? If we look to bad people, they come and help us. If we look to good people, they come and help us. If we focus on the Maras who are our enemies, they turn into our friends and companions. When we reach this point, we won’t know what’s a Mara — because nothing’s a Mara in any way at all. Everything’s neutral, the common property of the world. Whoever can see things in this way has no more suffering, no more obstacles. Everything is bright, beaming, and easy. If you go forward, you don’t get stuck. If you go back you don’t get entangled. You can go as smoothly as a boat over water. That’s why this sort of person is said to be sugato: someone who goes well, who’s well-gone.

So all of us who are developing our perfections should practice in this way.

And now that I’ve explained the demons of defilement, I’ll end right here.

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09 2013

Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

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A MEDITATION TEACHER IN THE THAI FOREST TRADITION



………NIGHTSOIL FOR THE HEART………1952 Thailand

TAKEN FROM THE TALKS OF PHRA AJAAN LEE DHAMMADHARO “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”

Beautiful things come from things which are dirty,and not at all from things which are pleasant and clean.

Crops and trees , for instance, grow to be healthy and beautiful because of the rotten and smelly compost and nightsoil with which they’re fertilized. In the same way, a beautiful mind comes from meeting things which aren’t pleasant. When we meet with bad things, the mind has a chance to grow.

“Bad things” here refers to loss of wealth, loss of status criticism and pain. when these things happen to a person whose mind is rightly centered in concentration, they turn into good things. Before, they were our enemies, but eventually they become our friends. What this means is that when these four bad things occur to us, we can come to our senses: “Oh. This is how loss of wealth is bad. This is how loss of status, how pain and criticism are bad. This is how the ways of the world can change and turn on you, so that you shouldn’t get carried away with their good side”.

When meditators meet with these four kinds of bad things, their minds develop. They become more and more dispassinate, more and more disenchanted, more and more detached from the four opposites of these bad things – wealth, status, pleasure and praise — so that when these good things happen, they won’t be fooled into getting attached or carried away with them, and can instead push their minds on to a higher level. When they hear someone criticize or gossip about them, it’s as if that person were taking a knife to sharpen them. The more they get sharpened, the more they grow to a finer and finer point.

Loss of wealth is actually good for you, you know. It can teach you not to be attached or carried away with the money or material benefits other people may offer you. Otherwise, the more you have, the deeper you sink — to the point where you drown because you get stuck on being possesive. Loss of status is also good for you. For instance you may be a person, but they erase your good name and call you a dog — which makes things easier for you , because dogs have no laws. They can do what they like without any constraints, without anyone to fine them or put them in jail.

If people make you a prince or duke, you’re really in bad traights. All of a sudden you’re big: Your arms, hands, feet and legs grow all out of size and get in your way wherever you try to go or whatever you do. As for wealth, status, pleasure and praise, there’s nothing the least bit constant or dependable about them. The more you really think about them, the more disaffected and disenchanted you become, to the point where you find that you’re indifferent — neither pleased or displeased with them.

This is where your mind develops equanimity and can become firm in concentration so that it can grow higher and higher in the practice — like the lettuce and cauliflower which chinese farmers plant in rows: The more they get fertilized with nightsoil, the faster more beautiful and more healthy they grow. If they were fed nothing but clean, clear water, they’d end up all sickley and stunted. This is why we say that when people have developed mindfulness and concentration, they even better of when the ways of the world turn ugly and bad.

If the world shows you only it’s good side, you’re sure to get infatuated and stuck, like a seed which stays buried in its shell and will never grow. But once the seed comes out with its shoot, then the more sun, wind, rain and fertilizer it gets, the more it will grow and develop — i.e. the more your discernment will branch out into knowledge and wisdom, leading you to intuitive insight and on into the trancendent, like the old Chinese vegetable farmer who becomes a millionaire by building a fortune out of plain old excrement.

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05

09 2013

A Self Test

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Jea has in the past ( to test myself ), meditated at nite in the bottom of cremation pits in the jungles of N.E.Thailand.

A good test for centering the mind.

When you leave this life, only your heart will be with you.

05

09 2013

The Heart Repair Kit

By popular demand, now available (attorneys need to wait a while longer for an industrial strength repair kit) the do it your self, heart rebuild kit- consisting of faqs, read me instructions, along with the necessary prayers and meditation guidelines to insure success. Have fun!

Download the Heart Repair Kit

05

09 2013

Thoughts and Feelings

Why not add some thoughts with our feelings of new found happiness and non suffering.

When preparing for meditation a few precepts may increase the benefit of meditation.
and add to your health and happiness.

the following is just some suggestions or you may want to make your own.

To refrain from :

    Taking life
    Taking what is not ours
    Speaking what is not true
    Sexual misconduct (usually considered sex
    with another’s wife or husband)
    Becoming intoxicated from eat or drink

05

09 2013

In the Seemingly Darkest Hour

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Even in the seemingly darkest hour, we are never alone, our heart is with us- guiding us, if only we look within.

Everyone feels like they are going insane at times, when actually, the truth of the matter is, we are living in an insane world and the only thing that will save us is to practice centering the mind with the heart and the breath.

When we come into this world we have the heart and breath centered…due to our environment, they become unbalanced and no longer function together… thus causing disease, of the body and the mind.

05

09 2013

Some Thoughts To Ponder

Provocative views…
arrogant views……..
delight in argument
wrongly held views..

just some examples of, perhaps, what may be observed through meditation

Some thoughts to ponder in one’s spare time

Strengthen and inspire me O lord of life
that my will and my heart,may ever aspire to thy truth and stability
help me to realize that fear is failure
and therefore to be without fear
for in the heart of the coward
virtue, abideth not

05

09 2013

Yoga of The Mind and The Heart

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defilements attacking the heart
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Meditation feels sometimes like the jungle of the universe, where it seems as if all eventually must enter (drop in), and silence is the cry of those who have succeeded and returned, and the world knows of them no more, except by deed.
A journey (or going forth) where all that is near and dear is lost, or so it seems.

When one begins a new way or path, as can be observed in the opening scene, a heart under attack by defilements, and the defender attempting to save himself with man made weapons. A very noble battle but, he is out numbered, they are stronger and have the ability to attack when not seen and from any angle. Defeat seemingly at any moment.
Defilements live in the heart and can attack (from within) at any moment and when least expected.

Controlling the mind is not in any way easy. It does not want to be still as it would rather explore anything and everywhere, just try sitting still for 5 minutes and you may discover, your body itches, it hurts, you become thirsty, need to use the restroom, and you are bombarded by all kinds of excuses to get up and continue meditation later . “quintox”

Life on this planet has a divine spark within…and when integrated in the personality, all obstacles may be overcome…never to experience defeat .
The mind lives in the heart, and is unable to see clearly, when the heart has become clouded with defilements and wrong thinking during everyday life. How can this be proven we ask ourselves.
When a child enters this world, grows and develops in their environment, when questioned about anything, they most always respond with complete honesty and openness but, as the child grows they are influenced by their environment…and if it is such as to frighten the child, or no proper bonding with playmates, or parents, or no true love from parents, often times the environment becomes unfavorable and along with other elements the child may begin to change. Now if the child learns not to be truthful, as he/she grows older, these develop into bigger and more frequent non-truths- this along with other wrong thinking may become so clouded with un- truths that the heart can no longer see the truth and happiness in life – as the mind is clouded by wrongly held views, blocking the truth and outside world.

A condition that may surround many individuals, never giving an indication of what has happened, due to, the heart being strangled by defilements and thoroughly blinded by an unhealthy aura, insulated from happiness by suffering.

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Superstition and fear belong to the earth, and not of the heart.

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09 2013