does Sense-Desire Muddle the Mind?
Priest once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause of being
unable to remember something
that has been memorized over a long period,
and also that which has not been?
the mind is obsessed, beset, and dominated by sense-desire,
and one does
not understand any safe escape from this arisen
in that very moment, one neither sees, nor understands, what is advantageous,
neither for oneself, nor for others, nor for both...
On such occasions, even texts, that have been long memorized, cannot be
recalled by mind. Why is this neglect so? Imagine a bucket of water mixed
with dyes or paints: Yellow, blue, and crimson
red. If a man with good eyes
were to inspect the reflection of his own face in
it, he would neither see, nor
recognize his own face in it! So too, Brahmin, when the mind
is obsessed, beset,
and dominated by sense-desire, on that occasion
those texts, that have been
long memorized, does not recur to the mind, not to
speak of those texts,
events, phenomena, concepts, and things, that have not been memorized at all...
The Garden of Earthly Delights...