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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Craving and aversion - The source of restlessness, unhappiness and suffering...

Suffering, unhappiness, anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, dissatisfaction, disappointment, frustration, pride, arrogance, fear and worry are all derived from craving and aversion.

Without craving and aversion, there is no unhappiness and suffering.

When we are identifying with the egoistic mind as who we think we are, or "I", and the mind is being over-powered by craving and aversion, we'll crave for the things that we agree with, and what we like and want, and we'll reject the things that we don't agree with, and what we don't like and don't want.

When we haven't come in contact with anything that we don't like and don't want, but we are already full of aversion, tensions, negativities, fear and worries that we might come in contact with the things that we don't like and don't want... So restless and have no peace...

When we come in contact with the things that we don't agree with, and what we don't like and don't want, we'll get so irritated, unhappy, frustrated, angry, dissatisfied, fear and worry... Even after we get rid of the things that we don't like and don't want, we are still not peaceful, because we attach to the past unhappy and unpleasant experience that generates a strong aversion that we don't want to come in contact with the same things or objects again... Full of tensions of fear and worry that come from strong aversion...

Before we get the things that we like and want, we are restless and have no peace. We are full of dissatisfaction, greed and craving for the things that we don't have which we like and want to have...

When we don't get the things that we like and want, we'll get so unhappy, frustrated, angry, dissatisfied, disappointed, and jealous of others who have the things that we like and want...

When we finally get the things that we like and want, we'll attach to these impermanent objects of names and forms, generate craving and clinging onto them. We have no peace even though we get the things that we like and want, because we'll be over-powered by pride and arrogance that derived from the achievement of the things that we like and want, but at the same time, we also have fear and worry that these things that we like and want will change and disappear, and this will cause us losing the fantastic sensation of being proud and arrogant that derived from having the things that we like and want... We have strong rejection or aversion that we don't want these things to change and disappear... We don't allow them to change and refuse to let them go when impermanence strikes... This is impossible under the law of nature - the Truth of things - Impermanence... We'll be so disappointed and dissatisfied when the pleasant sensations disappear due to impermanence...

And so, no matter we get the things that we like and want or not, and whether we don't get the things that we don't like and don't want, we are always dissatisfied, not peaceful, restless, anxious, and being in fear and worry...

If we can let go of craving and aversion, we can fully enjoy what we have in the present moment now, without fear of losing it or worry about it will change... We can appreciate and enjoy everything as it is, not necessary the way that we want it to be, but we are able to accept everything to be the way as it is, from moment to moment... Without craving for the things that we don't have in the present moment now, and without clinging onto the things that we have in the present moment now... We also won't have rejection or aversion towards the things that we don't like and don't want. We allow everything to be here being in this same space of the universe of where we are, whether it is something that we like or don't like, want or don't want, agree or disagree with... We allow impermanence to happen from moment to moment... We accept the changes of the conditions and qualities of names and forms of everything as it is, from moment to moment...

This is true freedom. Real liberation. Being free from anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, dissatisfaction, disappointment, frustration, anxiety, pride, arrogance, fear and worry...

We can have like and dislike, agreement and disagreement... We don't have to like the things that we don't like, and we don't have to agree with the things that we don't agree with... But, without the attachment towards the things that we like and don't like, agree and disagree with... Without craving and aversion towards all the names and forms that we like and don't like, agree and disagree with... And thus, we will be free from all the impurities that come along with the existence of craving and aversion...

When we don't have the things that we like and want, but we are free from greed, disappointment, dissatisfaction or craving for these things that we like and want... We are fine, and still peaceful and happy...

When we haven't come in contact with the things that we don't like and don't want, but there's no fear and worry that we will come in contact with these things that we don't like and don't want... We are fine, and still peaceful and happy...

When we come in contact with the things that we don't like and don't agree with, we don't have disappointment, anger and hatred towards these things that we don't like and don't agree with... We are fine, and still peaceful and happy...

When we get the things that we like and want, we don't have fear and worry that these things will change and disappear... We will appreciate and enjoy all these things that we like and want while it is here, but we allow impermanence to be happening and able to let them go in peace when they change and disappear...

When we know the Truth of things as it is, that everything is emptiness and impermanent, we won't have strong attachment towards all these names and forms... We won't have fear and worry, craving and aversion towards all the objects of the senses and the qualities of things... When we know what is non-duality, namelessness, formlessness and attributeless, there is no attachment towards all the qualities of names and forms, whether they are good or bad... When there is no attachment, there is no need of "letting go"... There is no craving for something "good" and there is no aversion towards something "bad"... There is no "good" or "bad"...

Changes, impermanence, being with the things that we don't like, separation from the things that we like and love, old age, sickness, discomfort, pain, injuries, weakness, decay, death or decomposition of this physical body are not something "bad" or "horrible"... When we stopped judging or labelling all these things as something "bad" and "horrible", we will have no craving for something "good", and have no aversion towards something "bad" and "horrible"... And thus there is no fear, no worry... There's no anxiety or restlessness that comes from craving for the things that are being labelled as "good" and aversion towards the things that are being labelled as "not good"...

Without craving and aversion, there's no fear and worry... Absence of fear and worry is peace...

We accept ourselves and other beings in this present moment now as we are, as they are... We are contented and peaceful... At the same time, we perform actions for the well-beings of ourselves and other beings out of selflessness and compassion, and allow the results of our actions to come naturally and allow improvement to happen... Without attachment towards our actions and the result of the actions... Without selfish desires or intentions, judgment, comparison and expectation... Without the influence of likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements that come from our impure mind...


We don't need to depend or rely on doing something "good" or not doing something "not good", to have peace... We don't need to be in specific "good" place or "nice" environment, to have peace... Peace is there, when there's no craving and aversion, fear and worry... Wherever we are, whatever we do and don't do, peace is already there in us...

When we realize the real peace in our true nature, we don't need to do something or go somewhere to be in peace... We don't need to depend on doing the things that we like to do to have peace or to enjoy some momentary good or happy feelings... Whatever we do or don't do, wherever we go or don't go, we are always peaceful...


This real peace never increase nor decrease, never change nor disappear... This real peace is unconditional and unlimited by the condition and ability of this physical body, the state of the mind, the energy and elements, the actions and inactions of this body and mind... Neither does it conditioned or limited by the qualities of names and forms that we come in contact with, nor by the condition of the environment that we are being at... It is beyond all the perception of names and forms and the qualities of good and bad, positive and negative...

Nothing can make us happy... Nothing can make us suffer... Nothing can give us peace... Nothing can take away the peace in us...

Letting go of attachments, craving and aversion in our everyday life whenever the mind comes in contact with the objects of the senses, is our yoga and meditation practice to realize eternal unconditional peace... This is nothing to do with whether our body is strong and flexible or not, or in good health or not, or whether we can perform the yoga asana poses perfectly or not, or we can chant the Sanskrit prayers in perfect pronunciation or not, or we know all the asana poses and their names or not, or know about all the bones and muscle tissues in the physical body or not, or whether we can speak, read and write perfectly or not, or whether there are many people like us and agree with us or not, or whether we have went through many courses, retreats and workshops or not, or whether we have an "international affiliation" recognized certification or not...

There is no need a piece of paper to qualified and certified us to realize the peace in us and to share this peace and the wisdom with all other beings... There is no need a piece of paper or many pieces of papers to show anyone that we are peaceful and we want to show loving kindness to other beings, if we know selflessness and compassion...

There are people who have never come in contact with yoga asana practice or meditation practice or yoga philosophy, but it doesn't stop them from realizing the peace in them and be selfless and compassionate, if they know what is non-attachment, and letting go of the ego, craving and aversion... Peace, love and compassion doesn't belong to certain religion or practice or believe... Spirituality, peace, compassion and wisdom is in everyone, disregards what are the differences of conditions, qualities, names and forms... A very weak and sick, or paralyzed person can also have peace and be free from "suffering"...

Even if we practice yoga asana and meditation everyday, and name ourselves "yogis", it's not necessarily that we will be peaceful and be free from anger and hatred, if we do not know what is non-attachment and letting go of the ego, craving and aversion...

Realize this real peace and be free... Be truly content and happy...

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