Nothing Emerges without a
What causes Greed and Lust to arise?
Contacted by an attractive object,
pleasurable feeling arises. If unaware then the
pleasurable feeling instantly
makes craving towards the object
This pleasant feeling
thus causes greed and lust to arise.
What causes Ill-Will and Anger to arise?
Contacted by a repulsive object,
painful feeling arises.
If unaware and
then the painful
feeling instantly makes craving away from the object arise!
This unpleasant feeling thus causes aversion, ill-will
and anger to arise.
What causes Delusion
and Ignorance to
Contacted by a neither attractive, nor
repulsive object, then a neither pleasurable,
nor painful, neutral feeling arises.
unaware and untrained, then this pale neutral,
feeling makes craving for neglecting the object arise...
This neutral feeling
thus causes delusion and ignorance to arise caused by neglect.
What is the prevention
of this emotional causation of greed, hate and ignorance
If AWARE of the feeling arising, AND
4 Noble Truths in that very moment THEN:
feeling will NOT cause desire, lust, and greed to arise.
feeling will NOT cause aversion, anger, and hate to arise..
feeling will NOT cause neglect and ignorance to arise...
Awareness (sati) is thus the
advantageous and preventing KEY here also!
As the Buddha often noted: "All mental states
converges on feeling.."
Beings causally create future states by
What is the relationship between the
Mental Defilements and Craving?
Craving is the
growth force and
also media for the mental defilements:
Because of craving this state (e.g. wealth), aversion for the opposite state
(e.g. poverty) arises. Possessiveness,
envy and jealousy soon follows, which
again enables violence and cruelty. Pain is the
result of all such defilements.
What is the relationship between the Defilements
(egocentrism) is the glue holding together all mental
defilements. Eg: How to ever be possessive, if there is no ego
to be an owner? ;-)
What is the absolute absence of
all Greed, Hate and Ignorance?
Nibbāna reached at the
completion of the Noble 8-fold Way
is the absolute and irreversible absence of all greed, hate and ignorance!
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