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Monday, December 14, 2009

No Good No Bad



Non-dualism teaches us that there is no good, there is no bad, all are same and no differences. But many people either can’t understand about it or misunderstood about what does “neither good nor bad” really means?

In this world of diversities and temptations, everything is created by the mind to satisfy its characteristic of greed and craving for sensual pleasures and material enjoyments.

The mind is such an incredible machine that could create the internet, the electricity, the phone, the television, the microwave oven, the air-conditioner, the airplane, the space rocket, and all other stuffs.

When the first thing was being invented, it was just one type, one name, one form and one price. But very soon, the mind is bored with just one. And so, it had created different models, names, forms and prices. A car is not just a car. It is BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Renault, and others. And within BMW itself, there are many different series of models. It is the same thing for all the other names. And then within one of the series itself, there are many different colours and accessories.

This is not just happening in car industries, it is the same thing happening in all industries, from food to computers, from fashions to yoga. All the endless diversities exist trying to satisfy the greed and craving of all the minds of the consumers. And for the minds of the producers, diversities, greed and cravings of the minds of the consumers are the great opportunity for them to make money or take advantage out of it. All these high-tech products not necessary a good thing for the environment, just to give some conveniences for the human beings, but at the same time all these products are creating lots of damages to the environment as well whether directly or indirectly.

Since there are so many choices, there are lots of comparisons. And there isn’t something came out as the most perfected one, because there never will be one. Because there will be more and more new inventions coming up unceasingly. And even though there are so many choices to choose from, people are still not satisfied with what the entire market already have.

Why?

Because all these are the creation of the mind. The creator itself is never satisfied. And the minds of the consumers are just the same, will never be satisfied. It is the characteristic of all minds to be not satisfied and keep looking for new things and new excitements. The minds get bored easily. The minds change its likes and dislikes easily and regularly. The minds cannot sit still, not moving, not talking, not being curious, not expressing, and not thinking. Today the mind likes something red and fast but tomorrow the mind might like something blue and slow. How can we ever satisfy the mind?

Everything in the world that were produced by the mind, there is no qualities and no intentions of good and bad. Good and bad are the products in the mind. The mind projects into all the things out there with its good intention, the things are having the quality of being good. If the mind projects all the things out there with its bad intention, the things are having the quality of being bad.

All the judgments, comparisons, competitions, criticisms and expectations are coming from the mind, and all these habits in the mind have created lots of dualities of positive and negative, good and bad in each different individual with different types of conception and perception.

For example, sweating and heat produced in the body while doing some physical activities. Some people like these sensations very much but some other people dislike them. Some people like the feeling of soreness after exercise while some others dislike the same type of soreness. The sweating, heat and soreness themselves have no intention to make people feel good or feel bad. They don’t have the quality to be good or to be bad. They are just being what they are, and it is up to the mind to perceive them as good sensations or bad sensations, as comfortable or not comfortable. And then the ego will generates likes and dislikes, craving for the sensations that the ego likes and feels comfortable with, and aversion towards the sensations that the ego dislikes and feels not comfortable with. It is the same for tastes and smells, sounds and sights, touches and thoughts, every single mind has different conception and perception about which type of tastes, smells, sounds, sights, touches, and thoughts that they think is good and which type is bad. But all those things themselves have no intention to be comfortable or not comfortable for anybody, and they don’t have the quality to be good or bad. It is the intellect categorized them into comfortable or not comfortable, and labeled them as good or bad.

In fact the mind itself is just a projector. It doesn’t has the intention to be good or bad. It is the intellect and the ego that creating all the differences of good and bad, negativity and positivity in the mind. Once the mind is purified where the intellect and the ego don’t have the power to influence the mind anymore, then this mind is a great tool for us to attain self-realization, to learn what is selflessness, love, peace, compassion and wisdom. In fact we are the love, peace, compassion and wisdom. They are not something to be gained from outside or from studies. We just need to realize and recognize them in our hearts.

When we are having so much of negativity in our mind, we need to have positivity to conquer these negativity. When there is no more negativity, we will realize that there is no positivity either, because there is no need to have positivity when there is no negativity. Positivity exist only when there is negativity. Or negativity exist only when there is positivity.

There is no such thing being recognized as big if there is nothing smaller than it to compare with. And there is no such thing being recognized as fast if there is nothing slower than it to compare with.

It is the intention of the mind that had created so many good and bad in the world. People abuse drugs and alcohols, and thus drugs and alcohol are being labeled and recognized as something bad. But when come to medical field, drugs and alcohol have become something good and helpful in surgeries and medical treatments.

Good and bad exist only in our mind, not in the objects outside that we perceive through our senses.

That’s why to deal with the mind and heal our mind first, purify the mind until there is no more impurities, and then we will know what does neither good nor bad means, and what does transcend both negative and positive means.

We will know that dualities exist in the mind only. Names and forms also exist in the mind only. Happiness and unhappiness also exist in the mind only. And thus we will stop giving values or meanings to all the things out there or what is happening in our body. Maybe the body is experiencing some illness or injuries or weaknesses. But we don’t see these phenomena as something negative or bad anymore. We accept everything as they are, and accept the nature as it is. Not trying to change anything or try to control anything out there, except for our own thoughts, actions and speech. We can’t even own or control our own body and mind, how can we own and control others body and mind? When impermanence strike, we will lose our youthfulness, memories, strength, flexibility, mobility, functions of the senses and the nerves, good health and existence of life.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful we are, how rich we are, how successful we are, and how knowledgeable and intelligent we are, no one can escape impermanence. And we don’t really own these things. They are just temporary being with us. Everything and every beings in this world have to go through impermanence and depending on the elements to be exist here. Without the sun, the space, the earth, the water and the air, we all won’t be here. We can’t even promise anything or judge anything because everything is undergoing changes all the time. The condition of the body and the mind of everyone is changing all the time. Every moment our body is experiencing different sensations and the mind is experiencing different thoughts and feelings. In one minute we could be feeling so good. In another minute we could be feeling so bad.

Know that all these are the creation of the mind. Watch the mind and be the witness of all these phenomena and not identify or associate with them, and not give any values or meanings to them, and stop generating likes and dislikes. Without likes and dislikes, there is no more craving and aversion. without craving and aversion, there is no discontentment, irritation, frustration, disappointment, fears and worries. And thus we are at peace and contented at all time.

May we all attain peace at this very moment by understand what is neither good nor bad.

It doesn’t mean that since there is no bad, we can do whatever we like and hurt or kill somebody without any emotion and eat poisonous food, drink alcohol and take drugs.

It is when bad doesn’t exist anymore, good also doesn’t exist as well.

Om shanti

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