be free, be happy, be peaceful

May all find the teacher within to guide oneself towards unconditional love and peace

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Take a few moments away from everyone and everything

Take a few moments away from everyone and everything.

Just be aware of the air coming in and going out from the nostrils.

No judgment.

No comparison.

No expectation.

No craving.

No aversion.

Not controlling anything.

Not achieving anything.

Not desiring anything.

Not pushing away anything.

No fear.

No worry.

No resentment.

No bitterness.

No anger.

No hatred.

Not angry with oneself.

Not angry with anyone.

Not hating oneself.

Not hating anyone.

Not trying to be good.

Not trying to be positive.

Not trying to be anything.

Not trying to understand.

Just the breath coming and going.

Being what it is.

Selfless and impermanent.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Inquire towards selflessness and impermanence that is crucial to world peace

One can inquire towards selflessness and impermanence either by observing the entire space of the surrounding environment, or the function and condition of the physical body, or the breath.

There are constant ceaseless changes.

The surrounding environment, or the physical body, or the breath, is different from moment to moment.

There are no consecutive moments that will be the same.

The sights, the lights, the sounds, the smells, the atmosphere, the weather, the seasons, the objects, the plants, the habitats, the living creatures, the sky, the clouds, the air/gas formation, the rivers and streams, the mountains, the land, the ocean, the plateau, the fields, the physical condition, the mental state, the thinking, the sensations, the feelings, the emotions, as well as every breath that comes and goes, is never the same one.

Even after the physical body stops functioning, or dies, the lifeless physical body will still be undergoing selfless impermanent changes of decomposing/disintegrating.

There is not a single permanent unchanging 'existence' or 'state' in any kind of name and form, except the limitless, substanceless, attributeless, nameless, formless, birthless, deathless, beginningless, endless, selfless space that hosts all and everything that are selfless and impermanent.

One can capture one particular photo of a particular moment with the best camera that is available and still functional, but the photo printout (the quality of a particular image) itself is selfless and impermanent, constantly changing, aging/fading, and decaying. The camera, is selfless and impermanent. The one who captures a photo with the camera, is selfless and impermanent. Even the digital copy of a particular captured image that is stored in a memory storage somewhere, is also selfless and impermanent, that is limited and conditional, which can be modified, or manipulated, or corrupted, or disrupted, or deleted/destroyed, at particular cause and pace, either intentionally or unintentionally. Not to say, the ceaseless selfless impermanent changes in all kinds of living creatures. All and everything are existing, changing, and ceased existing, or to be what they are, under the selfless support of many different selfless elements and energy.

The space never increase nor decrease, where it is not being determined, affected, or contaminated by all kinds of selfless impermanent names and forms being what they are, as they are, ceaselessly arising, changing, and passing away in the space.

The space doesn't belong to any particular name and form.

All kinds of names and forms don't belong to the space.

All kinds of names and forms don't belong to one another.

Out of ignorance and egoism, the passionate egoistic impure ignorant thinking minds claim possession, ownership, and authority towards certain 'space', 'nature', 'habitat', 'land', 'ocean', 'water', 'living creatures', 'other minds', 'objects', and etc, while ceaselessly generate unnecessary damages and destructions towards all and everything as much as possible, consciously and unconsciously, intentionally and randomly, under the influence of all kinds of mental corruption/defilement/impurity of the sense of belonging, the sense of separateness, the sense of pride, possessiveness, greed, desires, ambitions, craving towards wealth and possession accumulation, abundant pleasurable enjoyments, and comfortable conveniences, selfishness, fear, protectiveness, restlessness, dissatisfaction, anger, hatred, discrimination, offensiveness, defensiveness, and so on, on top of the basic survival instinct to be maintaining selfless impermanent life existence, or to feed hunger and thirst as well as to be sheltered from injury, disease, harshness, or extreme conditions.

Survival instinct alone doesn't cause unnecessary evitable damages and destructions unto oneself and others or the surrounding environment.

It's the presence of ignorance and egoism.

"This is our land."

"This is our home."

"This is our root, origin, culture, belief, values, and practices."

"This is our pride, identities, possessions, rights, and authorization."

And so on.

Out of all these corrupted ignorant thinking, ideas, and statements, the minds discriminate and hurt one another, as well as hurt and destroy the surrounding living environment that doesn't belong to anyone or anything.

The passionate egoistic impure ignorant minds think and believe and propagate that, "We need to protect what belongs to us, that is ours, and we have the duty and responsibility to protect our land, our home, our family, our children, our next generations, our community, our country, our resources, our environment, our livelihood, our planet, our space, our culture, our belief, our values, our visions, ..." while actually hurting and damaging all and everything that they think and believe that needed to be protected by them from hurt and damage.

"Treat this house as if it's your own house." So say the ignorant wicked petty-minded protective house owners to the guests/renters, believing and expecting (threatening) that people will look after the welfare of 'the house and the things in the house', especially if they are being treated as 'ours', otherwise, the guests/renters will not look after the welfare of 'the house and the things in the house', but for sure, they will be deliberately causing damages to 'the house and the things in the house', because it doesn't belong to 'us' but 'others'.

None need to be claiming ownership/possession/identification/pride/protectiveness towards anything, in order to be looking after the over-all well-being of all and everything without the sense of belonging, separateness, and discrimination, but out of correct understanding, self-initiative, freewill, wisdom, and selfless compassion.

All minds can have the self-initiative to be looking after the over-all well-being of oneself, others, and the surrounding environment or the space that doesn't belong to anyone, that is selflessly shared among all and everyone of all kinds of diversities, without the need of the sense of belonging, identification, pride, possessiveness, and protectiveness, if the minds are free from ignorance and egoism.

Just as the selfish protective parents want to 'protect' the children that they 'love' very much, and hence, they want to 'influence', 'manipulate', 'threaten', and 'control' the children to be and not to be in certain way, not knowing that they are actually inflicting so much unnecessary hurtful damages to the physical/mental/emotional well-being of the children that they strongly think and believe that they belonged to them, that they 'love' and 'protect' very much, where the parents repeatedly 'punish' and 'hurt' the children physically/mentally/emotionally whenever they are not being the way that the parents would like them to be.

At the same time, the parents tell themselves and the children, "We are doing this (hurting you and everything that belong to us) because we love you and everything very much. We want you and everything to be 'good and right' the way that we think and believe is 'good and right'."

Let it go, if one truly loves something or anything.

Letting go of something, it doesn't mean that one will not be looking after the general welfare of something, or will be deliberately generating unnecessary hurtful damages unto something (that doesn't belong to 'I', or 'us', or 'them', or 'others', or 'anyone').

One can truly be looking after the welfare of everything by stop hurting anything out of 'love' and possessiveness.

The world will be a place of more peace and less unrest, if more minds are free from ignorance and egoism, which is nothing to do with whether the minds are highly educated/literate/intelligent/knowledgeable/talented/successful/wealthy/attractive/admirable/influential/powerful, or not, as all these qualities don't determine whether a mind is free from ignorance and egoism, or not.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The world is everything, everything is the world

The world is all and everything. All and everything is the world.

The world doesn't own all and everything. All and everything don't own the world.

The world doesn't belong to anyone and anything. Everyone and everything don't belong to the world.

They are not separated from one another.

Out of ignorance and egoism, the ignorant egoistic minds claimed ownership, possession, and authorization towards the world.

The ignorant egoistic minds desire to make or control the world that they think and believe is theirs, to be and not to be in certain way in accordance to what they desire and don't desire.

All the different ignorant egoistic minds want to get rid of what they don't like, don't agree with, and don't desire from the world that doesn't belong to anyone and anything, while they don't want to be sharing this space that doesn't belong to anyone and anything with some others, and constantly fighting against one another in order to achieve their particular vision of the world that they desire it to be.

Similarly,

The selfless existence and function of a selfless physical body is made up of different selfless components that work together that enabling the selfless physical body to be existing and functioning as what it is, under the selfless support of the selfless supportive elements and energy.

Without the different selfless components, there is no selfless physical body, and vice versa.

Without the selfless supportive elements and energy, there is no selfless physical body existing and functioning as it is.

But if any of these selfless components are not selfless, but all are functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism, where all the different components claimed ownership, possession, and authorization over the physical body, and they all want the physical body to be and not to be in certain way that is in accordance to the different desires and don't desires of all the different components, and that is exactly what is happening in this world of many diversities that doesn't belong to anyone and anything.

It's like,

The left hand doesn't agree with the right hand, and they are fighting against and hurting each other.

The feet don't like the head, and want to cause damages to the head.

The head doesn't like the hands and want to get rid of the hands.

The stomach wants to get rid of the liver.

The kidneys want to get rid of the stomach.

The liver wants to get rid of the spleen.

The spleen wants to get rid of the bladder.

The bladder wants to get rid of the lungs.

The lungs want to get rid of the heart.

The heart wants to get rid of the glands.

The glands want to get rid of the pancreas.

The muscles want to get rid of the bones.

The collar bone doesn't agree with the spine, and wants to get rid of the spine.

The spine wants to get rid of the muscles around it.

The bones want to get rid of the skin.

The skin wants to get rid of the hair.

The hair want to get rid of the ears.

The eyes want to get rid of the nose.

The nose wants to get rid of the eyes and the ears.

The tongue doesn't want to share the space of the mouth that doesn't belong to anyone and anything with the teeth. While the different senses of different flavor within the tongue are hating one another and want to get rid of each other.

The back muscles are hating the abdominal muscles for sharing the space that doesn't belong to anyone and anything.

The intestines don't want the rectum and the anus to be sharing the space that doesn't belong to anyone and anything.

The blood is being discriminating towards certain components, and only wants to supply nutrients and oxygen to certain components and not to some other components.

The upper teeth are fighting with the lower teeth, while the lower teeth are hating and fighting against each other.

The knees don't want the ankles being part of the legs that don't belong to anyone and anything.

The thumb doesn't like the fingers to be sharing the hand that doesn't belong to anyone and anything.

And so on.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Monday, June 10, 2024

The world is what it is

The selfless impermanent world is existing, and it is called 'the world', because it is what all and everything are. They are non-separated.

There is no world if there isn't any kind of selfless impermanent worldly existence of names and forms being existing here in this space that doesn't belong to anyone or anything.

Apart from the inevitable selfless impermanent changes due to the inevitable natural decaying process that exists along with all kinds of selfless impermanent names and forms since the beginning of existence, the perceived world is merely what it is (or all and everything are merely being what they are, as they are), it is nothing but the consequences of all kinds of actions/reactions of the selfless minds, where the selfless impermanent changes in the world are indeed influenced and impacted greatly by the sum actions/reactions of the selfless minds that had been, and are occupying this space of the universe that doesn't belong to anyone or anything.

Some minds justify that survival instinct (hunger and thirst) is the reason why there are so many selfishness, greed, discrimination, fear, occupation, fighting, and violence related affairs, events, or suffering existing in this world.

Survival instinct alone, if without the influence of ignorance and egoism, it doesn't cause unnecessary damages (or evitable suffering) to the world that doesn't belong to anyone and anything. The world exists along with all kinds of supportive essential elements for all kinds of existence to be catering the different basic needs of all kinds of names and forms to be existing, maintaining (surviving), and ceased existing. If without the presence of the selfless supportive elements, nothing can exist, there is no world.

Hunger and thirst (lack of energy/energy depletion) -> finding/consuming food and water that doesn't belong to anyone or anything (replenishing energy that doesn't belong to anyone or anything) -> either surviving (energy replenished) or ceased functioning and existing/dying and disintegrating (prolonged and complete energy depletion). Devoid of greed, hoarding, possessiveness, separateness, selfishness, protectiveness, fear, discrimination, or ceaseless and boundless desires for abundant pleasurable enjoyments of the senses beyond basic needs for survival. The earth doesn't belong to anyone. The space, the land, the air, the water, or nature doesn't belong to anyone. There are enough basic needs for all selfless impermanent existence of diverse names and forms to be shared among all and everything that are selfless and impermanent.

It's the presence of ignorance and egoism on top of the survival instinct in the minds that had been and are occupying in the world that is selfless and impermanent, that is limited and conditional, that is why there are many unnecessary human made hurtful physical/mental/emotional damages (evitable suffering deriving from ignorance and egoism) being generated by the passionate impure egoistic minds functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism into the world of many diversities that doesn't belong to anyone or anything.

It's not survival instinct, but it's the presence of ignorance and egoism that gives rise to the non-existing individual and community existence, separateness, fear towards unknown/death/ceased functioning and existing/non-existence/extinction, craving towards the absence of hunger and thirst (pain and unpleasantness), aversion towards the presence of hunger and thirst, clinging towards continuous supply of supportive elements for desirable comfortable enjoyable elongated life existence, hoarding, possessiveness, selfishness, greed, protectiveness, discrimination, personal and group identities, pride, ideas, beliefs, visions, aspirations, ambitions, desires, politics/power of control, ungratified desires of craving (wants) and aversion (don't wants), dissatisfaction, disappointment, frustration, irritation, anger, hatred, defensiveness, offensiveness, humiliation, retaliation, intimidation, fighting, invasion, occupation, violence, and so on.

Inquire the truth of everything. Attain self-realization towards selflessness and impermanence, and be free.

One will stop generating hurtful action/reaction unto oneself and others, or the world of many diversities in this space of the universe that doesn't belong to anyone and anything.

This (non-violence) is nothing to do with the passionate possessive impure egoistic limited and conditional loving kindness/sympathy/empathy/protectiveness under the influence of ignorance and egoism, where all and everyone are fighting against/hurting one another trying to possess and protect what they think and believe is them and theirs, that they love very much, while all and everyone are indeed hurting all and everything that they think and believe that they love very much, that they think and believe are them and theirs.

None can remove the ignorance and egoism in others for others, but only by the mind itself, alone.

The mind that knows, the mind that is devoid of ignorance and egoism, the mind that is devoid of attachment and identification/possessiveness and protectiveness/craving and aversion/fear and greed/anger and hatred/separateness and discrimination/desires and visions/intention and expectation, the mind that lets go and unattached towards all and everything, the mind that respects cause and effect, nature, or selfless impermanent changes/decaying process, the mind that is resting in silence, is free.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The self-inquiry and direct realization towards selflessness

Ignorance is about not knowing the truth of selflessness via direct realization.

Ignorance is not about low intelligence, or low education, or lack of knowledge.

Being highly intelligent, educated, and knowledgeable doesn't necessarily mean that the mind is devoid of ignorance.

Ignorance, or not knowing towards selflessness, gives rise to egoism, that gives rise to fear, that gives rise to many kinds of corrupted thinking, beliefs, values, reasoning, understanding, aspirations, visions, desires, comforting or threatening stories telling, and justification for damaging hurtful behaviors, that give rise to all kinds of corrupted action and reaction or behavior, that give rise to the consequences of all that, where all kinds of unnecessary disturbance and suffering arising in oneself, while ignorantly inflicting unnecessary disturbance and suffering unto others, and generating unnecessary damages into the surrounding environment.

Selflessness is not a belief.

Selflessness is not a philosophy, and is nothing 'spiritual' or 'religious'.

Selflessness is science, or what things are, as they are.

Selflessness is not about unselfishness or self-sacrifice.

Selflessness, is the non-existence of an infinite unchanging permanent individual self-existence of 'I'.

It doesn't mean "Non-existence of the selfless impermanent body and mind that are limited and conditional", or "All and everything don't exist at all, just like dreams or imaginations, where none and nothing is real, and everything is non-coherent".

All and everything of all kinds of diverse living species and non-living objects, exist selflessly and impermanently in this space of the universe that doesn't belong to anyone or anything, without a permanent individual self-existence that exists infinitely unchanging, where all and everything that had existed but are no longer existing in the present moment now (or are existing in the present moment now), were (or are) under going inevitable process of selfless and restless changes and disintegration from the very moment of coming (or forming) into existence in particular name and form, governed and influenced by the nature's law of cause and effect, inter-depending on and being determined by all kinds of elements and energy to be existing, changing, and ceased existing.

The minds that didn't attain (or haven't attained) direct realization towards selflessness, where they thought and believed (or think and believe) that selflessness means "All and everything don't exist at all ...", it's normal that they had (have) intense disagreement, aversion, worry, and fear towards the teachings and practice that leads towards the realization of selflessness, where all kinds of worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, stories telling, values, inspirations, aspirations, visions, and practices were (or are) continuously being created and empowered to give certain degrees of comfort, justification, and influential power to the minds that are functioning, perceiving, thinking, reasoning, understanding, desiring, acting, reacting, and behaving under the influence of ignorance and egoism, that are being conditioned by all kinds of corrupted passionate egoistic thinking, beliefs, values, desires, aspirations, visions, and practices, under the influence of survival instinct, fear, greed, selfishness, possessiveness, protectiveness, pride, and all kinds of impurities (or restlessness), to be influencing, interfering, and controlling all and everything (or the world that doesn't belong to anyone or anything) to be and not to be in certain way, in accordance to their likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, desires and don't desires.

Quiet the selfless impermanent impure restless modification of the mind, perform self-inquiry, attain direct realization towards selflessness, and be free.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Acceptance - Accepting the perceived reality in the present moment now as it is

There's neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad, and neither normal nor abnormal in the many different minds with different conditions of the different functions of the physical body having different personalities, desires/don't desires, and experiences in different ways.

Some minds prefer to be alone most of the time, and would feel unease being surrounded by some others.

Some minds prefer to be surrounded by some others most of the time, and would feel unease being alone by oneself.

Some minds prefer to be balancing the time of being alone and the time of being surrounded by some others, and would feel unease when that is off-balanced.

Some minds have no problems with being alone, or being surrounded by some others, and it doesn't matter whether the time of being alone and the time of being surrounded by some others are being balanced in certain way, or not.

The moment the mind has intense attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, and expectation towards itself, its life existence, its functions, its conditions, its abilities, its achievements, its way of living, when/where/how it spends its time, effort, and energy, its activities, its experiences, its connections and interactions with some others, and the surrounding environment to be or not to be in certain way, there will arise 'problems', 'disturbs', 'unease', 'dissatisfaction', 'disappointment', 'frustration', 'unhappiness', 'joylessness', 'loneliness', 'left-out', 'exhaustion', 'fatigue', 'burn-out', 'meaninglessness', 'fault finding', 'blame', 'self-blame', 'guilt', 'regret', 'fear', 'worry', 'anger', 'resentment', 'bitterness', 'jealousy', 'admiration', 'aspiration', and etc, particularly when the mind rejects or doesn't accept the perceived reality of the experience in the present moment now as it is, that is not the way that it expects, likes, and desires. This mind is restless, or peaceless. This mind is not free.

If the mind is free from attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, or expectation, and it can accept the perceived reality of the experience in the present moment now as it is, even if it is not the way that it likes and desires, then there won't be any 'problems', 'disturbs', 'unease', 'dissatisfaction', 'disappointment', 'frustration', 'unhappiness', 'joylessness', 'loneliness', 'left-out', 'exhaustion', 'fatigue', 'burn-out', 'meaninglessness', 'fault finding', 'blame', 'self-blame', 'guilt', 'regret', 'fear', 'worry', 'anger', 'resentment', 'bitterness', 'jealousy', 'admiration', 'aspiration', and etc, arising in the mind.

This mind is at peace, unconditionally, being undetermined by the selfless impermanent changes, the selfless impermanent states of mind, the selfless impermanent physical and mental conditions and limitations, the surrounding environment, the ups and downs, the actions and the fruit of actions, the abilities and disabilities, the achievement and non-achievement, the pleasant/unpleasant and desirable/undesirable experiences. This mind is free.

Accepting that, "In this present moment now, this is the state of the mind, this is the condition of the physical body, this is the possibility and impossibility, this is the ability and limitation, this is the experience and non-experience, this is what the body and mind can do and cannot do, this is what the body and mind can achieve and cannot achieve, and this is the result of the action and effort. Regardless of whether it's something desirable or undesirable, pleasant or unpleasant, and agreeable or disagreeable, it is impermanent, it's not 'I', and there is no 'I'. It's merely some selfless impermanent changes/activities governed by the nature's law of cause and effect."

It's okay, and there's nothing wrong that there are some defects, or dysfunctions, or abnormal functions, or limitations, or disabilities, or illness, or injuries, or imperfections existing in this selfless impermanent function of the selfless conditional and limited physical body with the selfless conditional and limited perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking faculty.

It's okay, and there's nothing wrong that all the different minds have different characteristics, personalities, desires/don't desires, beliefs, values, reasoning, understanding/non-understanding, way of thinking, way of living, way of doing things, choices, actions and reactions, and the outcomes/consequences of all that.

All are selfless and impermanent.

Even if the mind can't let go of certain things or everything, and it is restless or peaceless, being determined and disturbed by the perceived reality that is not the way that it likes and desires, and it's okay, too. Accepting that, "In this present moment now, this mind can't accept the perceived reality being what it is, and it is restless or peaceless. This is also impermanent. It's not 'I', and there's no 'I'."

The perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind might be perceiving and acknowledging the selfless existence and function of the physical body is suffering from certain form of physical and/or mental defects or illness, however, the mind can have or develop the awareness of being aware of the existence of any form of physical and/or mental defects or illness without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, and expectation towards the presence and absence of any form of physical and/or mental condition. All kinds of physical and/or mental condition is not 'I', and there is no 'I'.

Be able to make any necessary adjustment to adapt and accommodate any conditions and situations, to stay away as much as possible from connections, activities, and affairs that are under the influence of ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, and perform actions (including inaction) in accordance to the possibilities and impossibilities in the present moment now, without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, and expectation towards the actions and the fruit of actions, is the essence of the yoga practice. All are impermanent.

Need not wasting life existence, attention, effort, and energy into dealing with connections, activities, and affairs that are under the influence of ignorance, or fighting against the minds that are functioning under the influence of ignorance.

Allowing all and everyone (including one's dearest family members, parents, children, siblings, partner/spouse, and friends) to take responsibility towards themselves, their states of mind, their thinking, their belief and disbelief, their understanding and non-understanding, their desires and don't desires, their actions and the consequences of their actions, their aspirations and ambitions, their duties and responsibilities, their choices, and for being what they are, where they are, and how they are.

Not being determined nor disturbed by the ignorance and the consequences of ignorance of others.

This is not selfish at all. It is indeed compassion and wisdom.

The mind that realizes this, is free, and peaceful, as it is.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Guru?

The mind that identifies itself as a 'Guru' to some others is not really a Guru.

The mind that identifies an external 'Guru' as its greatest Guru still hasn't found the Guru yet.

The one and only greatest Guru is the selfless mind itself.

The external Guru is anyone and anything or any experiences that enables the mind to see the one and only Guru from within (of knowing Thyself), or to see the truth of selflessness and impermanence in all and everything, where all and everything are the teachers and the teachings or Dhamma, transcending all kinds of names and forms or duality.

Be free.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Selflessness, impermanence, cause and effect

The core teachings of yoga and/or buddhism are indeed very simple and straightforward.

Selflessness, impermanence, cause and effect.

The mind will see the truth of selflessness and impermanence governed by cause and effect in all and everything under a purified modification/function of the mind that is opened, that is calm and quiet, that is unattached towards any particular worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires/aspirations, and practice.

It's the entire prolonged mind purification process under certain disciplines that all minds have to go through in order to free the modification/function of the mind from being conditioned by any kind of worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires/aspirations, and practice, to render the mind calm and quiet being free from restlessness and impurities, that appears to be quite complicated and challenging, or even discouraging for many minds.

It's like, the mind understands that, and is aware of "This is highly important and needed to be done the sooner the better," but, there are many 'excuses', 'justifications', 'obstructions', 'distractions', 'rebelliousness', 'bitterness', 'hesitations', 'procrastination', or 'pride' arising from within the mind itself that hinder the mind from doing whatever that is needed to be done in now.

The minds that don't know, or the minds that think and believe that they know, but they don't really know, or the minds that refuse to know, and they don't respect while aspire to challenge or go against the truth of selflessness and impermanence governed by the nature's law of cause and effect, will only end up in great disappointment, dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, or meaninglessness, and are peaceless. Meanwhile, out of such disturbed peaceless state of mind, the minds would be generating lots of hurtful damaging actions and reactions unto themselves and others, and into the world.

The minds that know and respect the truth of selflessness and impermanence governed by the nature's law of cause and effect, are resting in unconditional peace, devoid of fear and worry, regardless of whether in action or inaction, regardless of all kinds of selfless impermanent changes governed by the nature's law of cause and effect that are happening ceaselessly in the body and mind, and in the world of ignorance and egoism and the consequences of all that.

Regardless of how strong and powerful, or how good and kind, or how selfish and evil, or how prideful and arrogant is the mind in this present moment now, it will change and pass away.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The limited and conditional mind perception of a subjective personal reality

None can argue with one another about the mind perception of a subjective personal reality that is unique and different from one another.

All minds have their own unique and different personal reality in certain way, perceived through the limited and conditional function of the senses via the sense organs, based on the personal likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, or desires and doesn't desires, under the influence of the limited and conditional personal way of thinking, belief, reasoning, understanding, values, practices, actions, reactions, way of doing things, desires and aspirations.

There is neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad, in all the different minds perceiving their own different personal reality.

The different mind perception of different personal reality are not necessarily the truth of what things are, but it is still the truth of a personal reality for each mind, as that is what and how the mind perceives everything through the limited and conditional senses of the sense organs.

None can argue about what they see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and feel with their own eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin that are limited and conditional, where the same sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations can appear to be different for one another. Upon looking at the same object, at the same time, from the same angle, different minds perceives the object differently from one another. The different perceptions towards the same object might not be the truth of the object, but it is still the personal truth for each different mind.

That is what the mind perceives, sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches, feels, thinks, recognizes, reasons, and understands, even though it is being perceived differently from all the others.

That is what the mind thinks and believes what things are, even though it is being perceived differently from all the others.

Whenever the mind perceives and recognizes 'this is good' or 'this is bad', 'this is positive' or 'this is negative', 'this is right' or 'this is wrong', 'this is beautiful' or 'this is not beautiful', 'this is pleasing' or 'this is disgusting', 'this is meaningful' or 'this is meaningless', 'this is joyfulness' or 'this is joylessness', 'this is auspiciousness' or 'this is inauspiciousness', 'this is pleasurable enjoyment' or 'this is painful suffering', and so on, it is not the truth of what things are.

All and everything are just what they are, and all are selfless and impermanent.

There won't be any problems if the different minds understand and respect that all minds have their own unique mind perception towards everything of a subjective personal reality that is different from one another.

Different minds see things differently. Different minds understand things differently. Different minds behave, act, and react differently.

There will be unnecessary problems and conflicts when the minds think and believe that their own personal reality deriving from perceiving or experiencing the world of names and forms via specific limited and conditional 'lenses' under the influence of specific way of thinking, belief, reasoning, understanding, values, ideas, desires, and aspirations, is all true, correct and right, or it's the truth of everything, while thinking and believing that the other different personal realities of the other minds, that are different from their own personal perceived reality, are untrue, incorrect and wrong, or it's not the truth of everything, and they have the desire and aspiration of want to prove to the world that their perceived personal reality is all true, correct and right, while all the others are untrue, incorrect and wrong, where they want to interfere with the others, under the intention or desire to convince, or convert, or change the others to have the similar perception of everything as one's own perception towards everything.

Inquire the truth of everything, including the existing belief, understanding, ideas, values, desires, inspirations, aspirations and practice in this mind, as well as upon coming in contact with all kinds of teachings of yoga and/or buddhism coming from anyone and everywhere, including all and everything that is here.

Inquire towards "Why did Siddhartha Gautama Buddha insisted on not having the dhamma or his teachings to be 'recorded' or 'preserved' in any forms, and to have the term of 'Thus have I heard' (如是我聞) in the beginning of all kinds of buddhism related teachings or dhamma that 'claimed' to be coming from him authentically, reminding that all kinds of 'buddhism related teachings' or 'dhamma' that the mind comes in contact with are not necessarily 'what they are' or 'as it is', where all and everyone must perform self-inquiry to inquire the truth of everything to attain direct self-realization, without blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing and blind-propagating, including all kinds of 'buddhism teachings' or 'dhamma' that the mind comes in contact with, where his teachings or the dhamma is based on impermanence (無常) and selflessness (無我), as well as he never commented on 'the creator of the universe/world' (創世者) or 'the soul' (靈魂)."

The highly importance of the term "Thus have I heard" -

This 'buddhism teaching' or this 'dhamma' is what I have heard, or read, or learned from someone or from somewhere, but it is not necessarily the buddhism teachings or the dhamma as it is. One must inquire the truth of everything and attain direct self-realization towards the truth of everything, including all kinds of buddhism teachings or dhamma in any forms, even if it was authentically coming from Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, as it is, no more and no less.

Even when Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was in front of a mind and expounding his teachings or the dhamma as it is to this mind directly, this mind also must not blind-agreeing, blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing, or blind-propagating, and must perform self-inquiry to inquire the truth of the teachings or the dhamma coming from Siddhartha Gautama Buddha himself personally and directly, and to attain direct self-realization towards the teachings or the dhamma as it is - 

All are selfless and impermanent. Ignorance (not knowing the truth of selflessness and impermanence), that gives rise to the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities and restlessness, is the root cause of suffering. The only existence of any names and forms is in this present moment now, either had existed and ceased existing or have been existing and will be ceased existing, and it's impermanent and selfless, where there is no 'I' in any existing names and forms to be undergoing impermanent changes. There is neither suffering nor the end of suffering upon the annihilation of ignorance, or the idea of 'I', or grasping/attachment, or the desire of craving and aversion.

The dhamma is not limited by time (during the life existence of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha), space (where Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was and had been to) and causation (The arising/changing/passing away of the body and mind of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and his selfless dissemination of the dhamma), or only to be found or seen in a particular 'auspicious' time/space/causation (enlightened beings/minds, temples, dhamma sutras, statues/images/drawings of buddhas, symbols of buddhism, dhamma/buddhism related books or recordings, and etc), or only accessible/available to particular being of specific names and forms. It is not limited by any names and forms.

The dhamma exist in all and everything. It is right here, right now, and it can be seen in everything that are selfless and impermanent, in both the perceiver and the perceived names and forms. The minds just need to reflect upon the truth of selflessness and impermanence, by observing the selfless impermanent changes in all kinds of names and forms in the present moment now, under an open, non-grasping/non-attaching, purified, disciplined, and quiet mind.

The dhamma is nothing to do with 'sacredness', 'auspiciousness', 'mystic', 'miracle', 'superpower', 'the honourable', or 'the untouchable'. It is merely the truth of what everything are - selflessness and impermanence. It is anywhere and everywhere. It is not difficult to reflect upon and see the truth of selflessness and impermanence in all and everything, however, the contamination of worldly passionate egoistic way of thinking, beliefs, ideas, values, desires, and practices deriving from ignorance and egoism in the minds that give rise to all kinds of attachments, identifications, desires of craving and aversions, judgments, expectations, impurities, and restlessness, hinder the minds from seeing the truth as it is.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and all the other enlightened buddhas/beings/minds, didn't/don't need or request anyone to praise and glorify them, or bow and pray to them, and/or the buddha/dhamma/buddhism related statues/images/drawings/symbols/objects/writings/sutras/books/temples. Coming in contact with, possessing, praising, glorifying, bowing, and praying to all those names and forms, or memorizing and chanting all kinds of sutras and mantras, or performing all kinds of rituals/offerings, or sitting in meditation posture non-moving, non-sleeping, and non-eating/drinking for many hours/days, without reflecting upon the truth of selflessness and impermanence, don't remove the ignorance and its consequences in the mind.

All students/practitioners of buddha/dhamma/buddhism reflect upon the truth of selflessness and impermanence in all kinds of names and forms, including all kinds of buddha/dhamma/buddhism related statues/images/drawings/symbols/objects/writings/sutras/books/temples, and etc, without blind-agreeing, blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing, or blind-propagating.

The belief/superstition/practice about "Pointing the feet/finger/buttocks towards, or non-bowing towards, or stepping over, or sitting on top, or exhibiting any kinds of 'inappropriate' or 'disrespectful' gestures/actions/behaviors in front of and unto, or throwing away/destroying/burning, or a female during menstruation coming in contact with, or using the left hand to be touching or holding the buddha/dhamma/buddhism related statues/images/drawings/symbols/objects/writings/sutras/books/temples, and etc, is being referred as something offensive/disrespectful/bad karma/sinful/punishable, and so on," is nothing to do with the buddha/dhamma/buddhism.

All minds, regardless of how ignorant and impure are the minds, can be free from ignorance, if there is determination and perseverance to inquire the truth via self-effort and self-inquiry, to know what is the 'I' that the thinking mind thinks and believes and identifies as 'I'.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Truthfulness

If all kinds of random impure egoistic thought activities in all the minds in this world are being exposed as they are, one will see that there's very little or even no truthfulness in all kinds of worldly ties and connections, social relationships and interactions, worldly affairs, dealings, and activities, except in silence, devoid of selfless restless modification of the mind, or when the mind is free from the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness.

Truthfulness is just what it is. Neither good nor bad. Neither hurtful nor non-hurtful.

Similarly, what is going on in the mind, of all kinds of random impure restless thought activities/desires/actions/reactions/feelings/emotions/ideas/impurities/wild imaginations/subjective partial incomplete distorted memories of the past, is also neither good nor bad, neither hurtful nor non-hurtful.

However, truthfulness appears to be something hurtful, disturbing, unpleasant, inappropriate, or something contributes to disharmony among all and everyone, when the mind is under the influence of the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness, where all kinds of worldly ties, connections, and relationships cannot survive, or wouldn't be peaceful and harmonious, under the presence of truthfulness of what is going on in all minds that are functioning under the influence of the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness.

As all kinds of impure egoistic ties, connections, and relationships in the world of ignorance and egoism are largely existing or surviving on the absence of truthfulness, or the presence of untruthfulness, of hypocrisy, secrets, made up stories, fairy tales, manipulations, or lies, powered by survival instinct, possessiveness, selfishness, desire, greed, pride, and fear.

Only the minds that understand what is going on in themselves, that are free from ignorance, that are not being determined or disturbed by all kinds of mind perceptions or experiences that are pleasant or unpleasant, agreeable or disagreeable, and desirable or undesirable, can accept all minds as they are, being truthful or untruthful, without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, and expectation, and thus, can be in peace and harmony while engaging in worldly ties, connections, and relationships with other minds, regardless of whether under the presence or absence of truthfulness or untruthfulness in all kinds of human's interaction and affair. It doesn't matter.

Minds that don't understand what is going in themselves, that are under the influence of ignorance, would be determined or disturbed by all kinds of mind perceptions or experiences, where they cannot accept all minds as they are, under the influence of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, and expectation, and would be peaceless or disharmonious while engaging in any kind of worldly ties, connections, and relationships with other minds, regardless of whether under the presence or absence of truthfulness or untruthfulness. The mind will be disturbed or hurt by either truthfulness, or untruthfulness, that it doesn't like, doesn't desire and doesn't agree with.

While truthfulness, or untruthfulness, as well as what is going on in the mind, is just what it is. It doesn't disturb or hurt anyone, or doesn't contribute to disharmony among all and everyone, when the mind is devoid of the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness.

All kinds of yoga and meditation practice served the purpose of eradicating the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness from the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking and acting mind that is selfless and impermanent, that enabling the mind to know or understand what is going on in itself, or knowing Thyself, and hence, be free from ignorance and the ignorant thinking/understanding/behavior/action and reaction that hurt oneself and/or others and the surrounding environment.

Imperfection and all kinds of impurities in the minds are nothing wrong. It is neither good nor bad. It is merely what all impure egoistic minds are. However, the minds that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, would be determined and disturbed by the imperfection or impurities in themselves and/or in others.

It's like the truth of this fleshy physical body under the 'beautiful' skin is neither good nor bad. If the physical body of all the flesh, bones, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, veins, nerves, internal organs, secretions, pus and waste products is being exposed without the protective outer layer of 'beautiful' skin, most minds will perceive the physical body without the skin as something 'disgusting', and react with feeling very disgusted and unpleasant. But the physical body is just what it is.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Focus on ability, possibility, opportunity, supportive condition and situation

Be aware of and acknowledge the ability and disability, the possibility and impossibility, the presence and absence of opportunity, the limitation, and the supportive or discouraging condition and situation in the present moment now, and focus on the ability, the possibility, the presence of opportunity, and the supportive condition and situation, without denying the disability, the impossibility, the absence of opportunity, the limitation, or the discouraging condition and situation in the present moment now, while not being determined or disturbed by all that.

Focus on what the body and mind can do and achieve and be improving in the present moment now, and not be disturbed by the limitations of what the body and mind cannot do, or achieve, or be improving in the present moment now, while see if one can do something to make possible changes in the existing limitations, or not, without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, comparison, judgment, or expectation.

Perform actions, without attachment, or identification, or expectation towards the actions and the fruit of actions.

The mind that understands this, is a free mind.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Sportsmanship and yoga

Sportsmanship is very similar to the teachings and practice of yoga, although they might appear to be contradicting with one another.

Even though sportsmanship is always being related to any kinds of competitions, while yoga is never a competitive activity, where it's not about competing with the other minds, or with oneself in the past, and there's nothing wrong with the existence of the many different types of competitions in the world, that motivate the minds to keep improving as well as to be achieving higher and higher achievement in this momentary life existence, such as the competitions of academic learning and achievement, general or specific knowledge, intelligence, creativity, design, technology, engineering, architecture, agriculture, township or city infrastructure developments, various types of talents, physical skills, mental skills, sports, professions, businesses, politics, pageantry, jobs finding, apartment or house hunting, life partner or spouse finding, school admission based on entrance exam with limited places, and etc, but the presence of sportsmanship among all kinds of competitors is upmost important in any kinds of competitions/pursues.

No doubt that in all kinds of competitions/pursues, the goal is to win, or to be the best, or to excel among the competitors in any kinds of competitions, or simply to be able to get the desirable job, to have a desirable living space, to find a desirable partner/spouse, to build a desirable relationship, or to get a place in a desirable school, and etc, however, it really doesn't matter if one doesn't win, or couldn't get or do the things that one desires, from time to time, or even every time, where the entire process of engaging in any kinds of competitions or pursues, is without forcing the body and mind beyond the existing condition, ability, disability, and limitation, without hurting oneself and/or others, and devoid of corruption, unjust, prejudice, bribery, ill will, envy, jealousy, bitterness, resentment, disappointment, dissatisfaction, frustration, self-blame, blame others, guilt, regret, pride, arrogance, shame, humiliation, animosity, intimidation, slander, defamation, bully, threat, anger, hatred, vengeance, or violence.

In another term, the minds know how to respect the possibility and impossibility in the present moment now, as well as respecting the result of the competitions or pursues, as it is.

Healthy competitions are more about helping or motivating one another to keep improving in accordance to the existing ability and limitation as well as opportunity or possibility, while respecting the existing disability or impossibility in the present moment now, as it is, without hurting oneself and/or others, or even cheating, in order to win a competition or all competitions, or to have the apartment or house that one desires, or to have the partner or spouse that one loves, and so on.

Win or loose, achievement or non-achievement, success or failure, is not important at all, but sportsmanship is upmost important, in all kinds of competitions or in all kinds of pursues in life.

If the ambitious mind has many desires waiting to be gratified, but it doesn't know and doesn't have sportsmanship, it will be swaying in between satisfaction and dissatisfaction, superiority and inferiority, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, or happiness and unhappiness all the time, being determined by the gratification and non-gratification of desires, success and failure, accomplishment and non-accomplishment, or win and loose, while might hurt oneself and/or others out of such disturbed restless state of mind, either wittingly or unwittingly.

Real competitions under the presence of sportsmanship will make the winner(s) becoming more and more humble and keep improving, while the ones that didn't win would become more persevered and determined to keep improving and keep trying without the sense of inferiority, failure, animosity, humiliation, shame, self-blame, blame others, dissatisfaction, disappointment, envy, jealousy, anger, hatred, resentment, vengeance, or bitterness.

Meanwhile, in any kinds of competitions under the absence of sportsmanship (or correct mentality and attitude), the winner(s) might become proud and arrogant and be over-whelmed by the sense of success and superiority, while the ones that didn't win might be disturbed by the sense of inferiority, failure, animosity, humiliation, shame, self-blame, blame others, dissatisfaction, disappointment, envy, jealousy, anger, hatred, resentment, vengeance, or bitterness.

Sportsmanship isn't only needed to be existing in all kinds of sports/fitness/talents/skills/intelligence/knowledge competitions or championships. It needs to be existing in all kinds of family ties, connections and relationships, or in all kinds of worldly affairs, interactions and activities. It is highly important to have certain degrees of sportsmanship among parents, among siblings, among friends, among schoolmates and colleagues, and among partners in a relationship or in a business. Competition shouldn't be existing in such family ties, connections and relationships, but it does, unfortunately, due to the ignorance and egoism.

Those who are over-powered or disturbed by the sense of envy and jealousy towards others in any kinds of family ties, connections and relationships, and would be behaving in the way that hurt themselves and others out of envy and jealousy, are due to lack of sportsmanship, while at the same time, they always like to be 'competing' with all the others, about anything and everything, either wittingly or unwittingly.

It is quite common that there are many minds, including yoga enthusiasts/yoga practitioners/yoga teachers/yoga businesses, would think and feel that they are always in some kind of competition competing with all the others, particularly in this modern society of social medias addiction under the presence of higher technology. Meanwhile, some minds are always in competition competing with themselves in the past, ceaselessly pushing the body and mind beyond their limitation, to be better, and better, and there's no limit to that, until the body and mind suffers from that, or breaks down. It is indeed a form of mental illness, where there are endless desires, and the sense of discontentment or dissatisfaction has no limit.

The minds that understand sportsmanship, or are endowed with high degrees of sportsmanship even when they are not interested or engaging in any kind of competition, or they don't have any particular desire to have something, or do something, or achieve something, they also wouldn't have much difficulty on the path of yoga that is about non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-comparison, non-judgment, or non-expectation, that enables the mind to do its best in all actions or in the yoga practice, while exerting effort to be looking after the physical and mental condition, or purifying and sharpening its reasoning power and understanding, to be free from ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, while without being determined or disturbed by the fruit of actions/practice being what it is.

The mind that is endowed with high degrees of sportsmanship might still be functioning under the presence of the idea of 'I' due to the veil of ignorance, while the yogi's mind or the buddha's mind is devoid of the idea of 'I', due to the realization towards selflessness.

The mind that is not free from the idea of 'I', will still have the idea of 'I existing in the form of thinking to be identifying as the yoga practitioner who is practicing yoga (I am a yoga practitioner and I am practicing yoga), or as the yoga teacher who is teaching yoga (I am a yoga teacher and I am teaching yoga).

Meanwhile, the mind that is free from the idea of 'I', there's no 'I' existing in the mind to be identifying as a yoga practitioner who is practicing yoga, or as a yoga teacher who is teaching yoga, even though in everyday life, there is the need of using the 'I' and 'my' frequently in all kinds of worldly communication, interaction, affair, and activity, while knowing that this non-existing 'I' and 'my' is merely for the purpose of all that.

That is also why the observation of renunciation/seclusion/solitude and the practice of silence and dispassion is highly important and efficient on the path of yoga of self-inquiry and self-realization. The idea of 'I' as well as all kinds of worldly ideas will be thinning-out, and eventually vanished from the mind naturally, after engaging in a prolonged duration of genuine silence, solitude, and seclusion. The mind will see the truth of the 'I' and all kinds of worldly passionate egoistic ideas deriving from ignorance and egoism, that give rise to so much unnecessary evitable unrest and suffering in oneself while ceaselessly inflicting unnecessary evitable unrest and suffering unto others and the surrounding environment.

There's nothing wrong and it's common that the yoga enthusiasts can be highly devoted, persevered, and determined in performing/learning/practicing/teaching certain yoga asana practice, pranayama practice, sound vibration practice, cleansing practice, concentration practice, or meditation practice, of certain lineage and style, persistently for years and years, while achieving significant improvement in the physical and mental condition, ability and performance, and enjoying the momentary sense of focused within, stillness and lightness, or the impermanent undisturbed quiet state of mind, or the momentary sense of calmness, goodness, positiveness, meaningfulness, confidence, success, or achievement, deriving from the enhanced physical and mental condition, ability and performance that are impermanent, or deriving from the process and progress of teaching and learning between the teacher and the students, that is impermanent, as well as deriving from the empowered mental and emotional dependency (attachment) among the community or among the teacher and the students, that is also impermanent, however, the mind is still not free from the idea of 'I', or ignorance.

Most important is that the mind knows what is non-attachment, or knows how to let go upon the presence of attachment. There's no suffering can arise in such mind, even if there is still the idea of 'I' existing in the mind that is attached, or unattached, or detached, or letting go.

As even the presence of the cause of suffering and the rise or manifestation of suffering in the modification of the mind, or the mind perception of suffering, is also impermanent, and it's not "I am suffering".

What is attachment? There's nothing wrong with the mind enjoys and appreciates certain pleasant/desirable/agreeable/positive/uplifting condition, environment, space, place, nature, plants, objects, people, animals, food, family ties, friendship, relationship, mentorship, community, livelihood, conveniences, enjoyments, interaction and activity, however, if any of these names and forms that the mind enjoys and appreciates very much has changed into something else, or is absent/non-available/not possible for some reasons, either temporarily or permanently, and the mind would be disturbed/dissatisfied/disappointed/upset/unhappy by the changes, the absence, the non-availability, or the impossibility of the names and forms that the mind enjoys and appreciates, that indicates the presence of attachment in the mind, either wittingly or unwittingly.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Being aware of uncertainty without the sense of insecurity

The existence of the sense of insecurity in the modification of the mind is due to the mind perception towards uncertainty deriving from inevitable impermanent changes as well as the infinite existence of the unknown, of what the mind doesn't know, that are not in one's control or desire to be the way that one desires them to be.

It's okay that the mind doesn't know certain things, or many things, or everything.

It's okay that there are inevitable impermanent changes that are not in one's control or desire to be or not to be in certain way.

The practice of non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-comparison, non-judgment, and non-expectation are there for the mind to transcend the ever existing unknown beyond the knowledge of the mind and the inevitable uncertainty of impermanent changes, where the mind is aware of and acknowledging that there is something beyond its knowledge or perception, as well as there is inevitable ceaseless impermanent changes or uncertainty in this selfless impermanent mind perception of a worldly life existence of names and forms that are selfless and impermanent, but without the sense of insecurity arising in the modification of the mind.

Even if there is the sense of insecurity arising in the modification of the mind from time to time, the mind knows that this is also impermanent, without attachment or identification towards the impermanent modification/state of the mind or the sense of insecurity as "I", or "I am insecure", without aversion towards the presence of the sense of insecurity, without craving towards the absence of the sense of insecurity, without judgment towards the sense of insecurity as good or bad, and without expectation towards the existing sense of insecurity to disappear from the modification of the mind, but allowing the sense of insecurity being there as it is, allowing it to change and pass away, as it is.

The mind is aware of the modification of the mind, or what is going on in the mind, of all kinds of names and forms (sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, thoughts, feelings, emotions, imaginations, anticipations, thinking, belief/disbelief, ideas, values, reasoning, understanding/non-understanding, and all kinds of desires/actions/reactions/impurities, and etc) arising, changing, and passing away in the modification of the mind, without grasping, without the idea of 'I' attaching and identifying towards the modification of the mind as "I", without desire of craving and aversion, judgment, or expectation towards the modification of the mind to be or not to be in certain way.

That is the practice of yoga and/or buddhism.

It is in every moment.

Yoga practice is not something that people do in the few hours daily or 'once in a while' self-practice yoga practice sessions consist of yoga asana exercise, pranayama/breathing exercise, kriya/cleansing exercise, relaxation, chanting, concentration, and meditation practice, or when participating in some yoga classes regularly or irregularly.

And it's definitely not about trying to achieve perfection in oneself, or in the many different types of physical and mental yoga practice, or in the world.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The free mind

The free mind is peaceful as it is, not determined by the mind perception of names and forms being what it is, of the presence and absence of all kinds of names and forms, experiences, affairs, conditions, situations, ties and connections, relationships, interactions, activities, enjoyments and non-enjoyments, abilities, disabilities, limitations, achievement and non-achievement, success and failure, and so on.

It knows and respects the truth of selflessness and impermanence, and the nature's law of cause and effect, while it is not determined by all kinds of selfless impermanent names and forms being what they are, as they are, and all are changing, governed by the nature's law of cause and effect.

It is desireless.

It is dispassionate.

It is fearless.

It can advance, or retreat, or neither.

It is open, devoid of blind-believing, blind-following, blind-agreeing/disagreeing, blind-practicing, and blind-propagating.

It is not conditioned or determined by worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires, and practice.

It is devoid of passionate egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment, intention, and expectation.

It can be performing or not performing actions, and it does its best in all actions that are possible in this present moment, but it is not determined by the actions and the fruit of actions, and it is not determined or disturbed by the actions that are not possible in this present moment.

It can have likes and dislikes, or agreements and disagreements, but it is not determined by the absence and presence of what it likes and dislikes, agrees and disagrees with. It allows others to express their likes and dislikes or agreements and disagreements based on their own particular thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires, and practice, while without being determined, influenced, or disturbed by the likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements of others.

It can be here or not here, depending on the situation, of possibility and impossibility in the present moment now.

It can enjoy and appreciate this or that, without attachment or clinging towards what it enjoys and appreciates, without craving towards the presence of pleasant and desirable experiences, or the absence of unpleasant and undesirable experiences, and without aversion towards the presence of unpleasant and undesirable experiences, or the absence of pleasant and desirable experiences.

It doesn't have to like, agree with, enjoy, or appreciate something that it doesn't like, doesn't agree with, doesn't enjoy, and doesn't appreciate, and it is not determined or disturbed by the presence of something that it doesn't like, doesn't agree with, doesn't enjoy, or doesn't appreciate. And all kinds of enjoyable or non-enjoyable, pleasant or unpleasant, desirable or undesirable, and agreeable or disagreeable experiences are impermanent.

It knows what are its physical and mental abilities, disabilities and limitations, and what are the possibilities and impossibilities, or the presence or absence of opportunity, in this present moment now, and it respects all that as they are, without attachment or identification towards the physical and mental abilities, disabilities and limitations that are impermanent and conditional. It can be doing something that is possible in accordance to the existing abilities, disabilities and limitations by making good use of the abilities, possibilities and opportunities that are available in this present moment now, without forcing the body and mind beyond its limitations, being undetermined by what it can do and cannot do, and being undisturbed by the disabilities, limitations and impossibilities, or the absence of opportunities in this present moment now. Knowing that all these are impermanent, and it's not 'I'.

It is free from judgment towards itself and others, while it allows others to have judgment towards themselves and/or the others. It is not determined or disturbed by the thinking and non-thinking, belief and disbelief, understanding and non-understanding of others, or the judgment and expectation coming from others towards itself. It allows others to have their own freedom of thinking and non-thinking, belief and disbelief, understanding and non-understanding, or judgment and expectation towards themselves and others, or not.

It doesn't need to receive attention, friendship, companionship, interaction, love, acknowledgement, understanding, agreement, validation, approval, acceptance, praise, compliment, respect, glorification, encouragement, mental or emotional support, sympathy, or empathy from anyone or anywhere, while allowing all these names and forms being there, or not, devoid of attachment, identification, craving or aversion, and expectation towards the absence or presence of all that.

It is free from the sense of belonging, self-esteem, self-worth, separateness, boredom, loneliness, defensiveness and offensiveness, superiority and inferiority, goodness and badness, rightfulness and wrongfulness, positiveness and negativeness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, joyfulness and joylessness, togetherness and aloneness, appropriateness and inappropriateness, auspiciousness and inauspiciousness, accomplishment and non-accomplishment, deserving and non-deserving, and so on.

It is what it is, and it is selfless and impermanent. And all and everyone and everything are selfless and impermanent.

It lives in the present moment, devoid of attachment, identification, possessiveness, craving, aversion, comparison, judgment, intention, expectation, fear, worry, guilt, regret, hurt, bitterness, anger, hatred, violence, pride, envy, jealousy, admiration, animosity, dissatisfaction, disappointment, discontentment, greed, longing, wishful thinking, hopefulness, day dreaming, building castle in the air, wild imagination, or future anticipation.

It doesn't matter whether it has encouraging and loving, or understanding and uplifting partner, lover, friends, family, children, parents, leader, supervisor, motivator, teacher, or not. It doesn't need to be encouraged, loved, understood, uplifted, or inspired by any others, to be what it is, and to do or achieve what it wants to do or achieve.

It can be by itself, alone, in silence.

It can be busy performing actions within its capacity without over-exhausting the function of the body and mind, and it can be in silence, in inaction, without the sense of loneliness, boredom, irritation, or meaninglessness.

It knows how to look after the different needs of the body and mind in the present moment now, and understands that the needs are impermanent and could be different from moment to moment.

It can be surrounded by others, while uninfluenced and undisturbed by others being what they are, regardless of wise or ignorant, kind or unkind, selfish or unselfish, peaceful or peaceless, sane or insane.

It lives in the world, while the world doesn't live in it.

It is aware of uncertainty without the sense of insecurity.

It respects the world being what it is, governed by the nature's law of cause and effect.

It respect life existence being what it is, undergoing ceaseless selfless impermanent changes.

It confronts selfless impermanent changes in this present moment now, in peace.

Suffering doesn't arise in this mind, even if there are the presence of unpleasant sensations, undesirable experiences and impermanent changes, disagreeable connections, relationships, interactions and affairs, or challenging conditions and situations.

It doesn't need itself to be perfect.

It doesn't need the world to be perfect.

It doesn't need life existence to be perfect.

It doesn't need to be happy.

It doesn't need to make others happy.

It doesn't need to be this or not be that.

It doesn't need to have this or don't have that.

It doesn't need to control or be in control.

It allows all and everything to be what they are, as they are, and all are impermanent.

It allows all and everyone to be what they want to be, to think what they want to think, to feel what they want to feel, to believe what they want to believe, to behave how they want to behave, to react how they want to react, to express what they want to express, to be happy or unhappy, to agree or disagree, to desire or don't desire, to practice or don't practice, to be understanding or non-understanding, to realize or don't realize, to be peaceful or peaceless, and be free or not free.

It doesn't need to be free. As it is free.

If the breathing is slow, let it be slow.

If the breathing is fast, let it be fast.

If the breath stops coming and going, let it stops.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

It's the freedom of the minds if they don't like, don't agree with, and don't want this freedom. Different minds have their own version of freedom. There's neither right nor wrong, but all and everyone is responsible towards their own thinking, belief, understanding, values, desires, actions, and practice, and the consequences of all that.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Forbearance is the highest sadhana

One of the teachings of yoga from Swami Sivananda is "Forbearance is the highest sadhana".

This teaching about forbearance is about being able to forbear the selfless mind perception of names and forms or experiences that are unpleasant, undesirable or disagreeable, without generate aversion, dissatisfaction, disappointment, ill will, anger, hatred, vengeance, or violence.

Forbearance was/is being misinterpreted by some yoga enthusiasts as "Developing and practicing forbearance (as well as fearlessness or non-attachment) by deliberately performing all kinds of self-harm practices or activities that give rise to unnecessary intentional self-inducing energy/nutrition deprivation, fatigue, hunger, thirst, painful suffering, discomfort, difficulty, hardship, inconvenience, damage, injury, illness, or deformity, and etc."

Depriving sleep, keeping eyes wide opened without blinking, standing on one leg, hanging upside down, raising one or two arm(s) in the air, extreme fasting, lying and sitting on sharp objects, coming in contact with extremely hot or cold temperature or object, deliberate self-inflicting all kinds of abusive and harmful treatment and effect unto the body and mind, and etc, for a prolonged period of time until the body and mind suffers from unnecessary fatigue, energy depletion, malnutrition, illness, injury, malfunction, or deformity, with the intention to challenge and go beyond the limitation of the body and mind to the maximum, in order to portray the practice of forbearance/fearlessness/dispassion/non-attachment/non-identification/non-craving/non-aversion/perseverance/determination/strength/flexibility/stamina, are nothing to do with the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism, that is about wisdom and compassion, that is about the middle path and non-violence, that is about self-inquiry and self-realization, that is about realizing and resting in unconditional peace, that is nothing to do with challenging the selfless impermanent changes or the nature's law of cause and effect by abusing or hurting the body and mind as much as possible in order to challenge the limitation of the body and mind, by keep on pushing the body and mind beyond its limitation, until it suffers and breaks down.

The teachings and practice of yoga and buddhism is about enabling the mind to realize and respect the truth of selflessness and impermanence, as well as the nature's law of cause and effect, by developing and having the correct understanding towards the selfless body and mind needs to be constantly inter-changing between different states and positions, where one cannot be in any particular position or state for too long, that one cannot be staying asleep for too long, or staying awake for too long, or lying down for too long, or staying upside down for too long, or sitting for too long, or standing for too long, or walking for too long, or moving for too long, or staying focus for too long, or staying still for too long, or keep eating non-stop, or keep fasting non-stop, or keep chanting/singing non-stop, and so on. It needs to be inter-changing between all the different positions or states and activity/inactivity. Just as the earth needs to be spinning in a particular direction and speed ceaselessly, or the different seasons need to be inter-changing in certain order to create a suitable living condition for all and everyone and everything to be existing momentarily in this space that doesn't belong to anyone or anything.

Under the influence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism and all kinds of impurities in the mind, the teaching about "Ignorance and the by-products of ignorance is the root cause of suffering" is being misinterpreted as "The selfless impermanent life existence and function of the body and mind is the root cause of suffering",

or "The practice of dispassion, non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving and non-aversion" is being misinterpreted as "The body and mind is an impure sinful problematic suffering adjunct that deserves all kinds of punishment, ill treatment, or painful suffering",

or "The teachings and practice of being kind and compassionate towards oneself and others, or self-love and love others" is being misinterpreted as "Self-indulgence or self-pampering in all kinds of pleasurable enjoyments of the senses, or the gratification of the desires of craving and aversion, or do what will make oneself feel happy, and to please others or to make others feel happy by gratifying all their desires of craving and aversion, or by giving them what they desire and don't give them what they don't desire, as well as empowering mental and emotional dependency among one another",

or "The practice of holding the body still in any particular position for a prolonged period of time in order to attain direct realization towards the truth of selflessness and impermanence in the body and mind" is being misinterpreted as "Training and challenging the body and mind to go beyond its limitation in the present moment to become better, fitter, healthier, stronger, more flexible, or more efficient than what it is now, by ceaselessly extending the duration of holding the breath and all kinds of positions or yoga poses, and extending the duration of maintaining the point of focus or concentration",

or "The teaching about the body positions and movements are influencing the energy fields in certain way that is also influencing the state of the mind in certain way" is being misinterpreted as "If the body is still, the energy fields will be static, and the mind will also be still",

or "The yoga asana practice, the breathing exercises, and the concentration exercises is about holding the different body positions or yoga poses, the breath, and the point of concentration for a prolonged duration comfortably without struggling," is being misinterpreted as "The degrees of improvement/advancement/achievement in the yoga practice or on the path of yoga, is determined by how long one can hold the different positions/poses, the breath, and the point of concentration, where one is an advanced yogi or yoga practitioner if one can hold the different positions/poses, the breath, and the point of concentration for an extensive duration comfortably without struggling, and vice versa."

A yogi, is not determined by the selfless impermanent condition/ability/limitation/performance of the body and mind that is limited and conditional, not to say, there is no such thing as beginner/intermediate/advanced/good/bad/experienced/non-experienced/qualified/non-qualified/certified/non-certified yogi, or yoga practitioner, or yoga teacher, or even master yoga teacher and 'Guru'. It's merely whether there is absence or presence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities, and restlessness in the selfless impermanent modification of the mind, that is not determined by the absence and presence of the different qualities of names and forms that are selfless and impermanent, that are limited and conditional.

The selfless impermanent life existence and function of the limited and conditional body and mind is merely what it is. It is neither pure nor impure, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless, neither a cause for enjoyment nor a cause for suffering.

It's the presence or absence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', and egoism that give rise to all kinds of impurities or suffering (the consequences of ignorance, the idea of 'I' and egoism) and restlessness (the selfless impermanent restless modification of the mind of ceaseless thought activities, actions/reactions and desires), that is whether the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking and acting mind appeared to be problematic, impure, suffering, bad, negative, meaningless, and devoid of peace, or not.

The yoga practitioners learn and experience directly towards the truth of the selflessness and impermanence of the body and mind during the process of learning and performing the different yoga asana poses, breathing exercises, concentration practice, meditation practice, and etc, where the condition, the ability, the limitation, and the performance of the body and mind is changing all the time, or it's different from time to time.

Sometimes, the body is more or less energetic, healthy, strong and flexible, and sometimes, the mind is more or less sharp, focus, calm and relax, or the condition/performance/ability/limitation of the body and mind is different from time to time. And even the record holder of the fittest, fastest, healthiest, kindest, happiest, strongest, most flexible, most intelligent, most knowledgeable, illness-free, injury-free, or oldest person in the world had underwent or is undergoing the natural process of decay, aging, weakening, energy depletion, ceased functioning, and disintegration.

It's natural for the body and mind to be impermanent, or constantly changing. It's natural for the body and mind to be undergoing the process of decay/aging/weakness/discomfort/illness/injury/limitation/ceased functioning/disintegration/death. If one tries to go against impermanent changes, or tries to challenge or stop impermanent changes, then there will be unnecessary intentional self-inflicted malfunction, discomfort, fatigue, illness, or injury arise in the body and mind.

One cannot breathe in only and not breathing out, or breathe out only and not breathing in, or hold the breath neither breathing in nor breathing out for too long.

One cannot hold or stay in any particular position or activity for too long, such as sitting for too long, standing for too long, lying down for too long, moving for too long, holding still for too long, and etc, or else, the body will experience discomfort, fatigue, breakdown, or injury, regardless of how fit, healthy, strong, and flexible is the body.

One cannot remain focus, active or awake for too long, where the focus will move and one needs to rest or sleep from time to time, or else, the mind will experience discomfort, fatigue, breakdown, or damage, regardless of how sharp, attentive, patient, forbearing, persevere, determine, adjustable, and adaptable is the thinking mind.

The selfless impermanent body and mind cannot be underused (being in the state of sleep/idleness for too long) or overused (being in the state of wakefulness/activeness for too long).

It's common and normal that the yoga practitioners and/or yoga teachers that are still functioning under the veil of ignorance, the idea of 'I', and egoism, would think and believe that all kinds of yoga practice is all about challenging the limitation of the body and mind, and going against the truth of selflessness and impermanence, or the nature's law of cause and effect.

"I am in control of my body and mind to be and not to be in certain way in accordance to my desire and don't desire." Or, "I am super human being that can defy selfless impermanent changes, the nature's law of cause and effect, gravity, illness, injury, decay, old age, weakness, limitation, and even, death."

That is everyone's freedom of thinking, belief, desire, practice, and action, however, it's nothing to do with the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism.

It's only when there is the presence of 'all kinds of impurities', or 'suffering', or 'restlessness' in the modification of the mind under the presence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', and egoism, that the mind needs to 'forbear', or 'withstand', or 'let go' what the mind perceives, recognizes and experiences as something unpleasant, undesirable, or disagreeable. There is no need to forbear, or withstand, or let go anything, upon the absence of all kinds of impurities, or suffering, or restlessness, upon the absence of ignorance, the idea of 'I' and egoism.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The purity in yoga and buddhism

The purity in yoga and buddhism is about -

The absence of ignorance - not knowing the truth of 'I', the modification of the mind, suffering, the root cause of suffering, selflessness and impermanence, cause and effect, timelessness (time is merely the reflection of ceaseless impermanent changes. There is neither past nor future, there is only now, and it's changing), non-separateness, non-duality.

The absence of the idea of 'I' - the ego, a non-existent individual identity of 'I' that gives rise to the sense of separateness and the consequences of that.

The eradication of egoism - attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment, intention, and expectation.

The eradication of impurities - corrupted thinking, beliefs, ideas, values and practice deriving from ignorance and egoism that give rise to incorrect reasoning and understanding (the perception of duality) and hurtful damaging behavior/action/reaction, self-righteousness, possessiveness, obsessiveness, selfishness, inspiration, aspiration, ambitiousness, dissatisfaction, disappointment, irritation, frustration, anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, self-esteem, self-worth, pride, arrogance, fear, worry, ill will, animosity, intimidation, offensiveness, defensiveness, grief, guilt, regret, hurts, violence, passion, lust, longing, loneliness, boredom, mental and emotional dependency, auspiciousness and inauspiciousness, appropriateness and inappropriateness, respectfulness and disrespectfulness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, positiveness and negativeness, goodness and badness, joyfulness and sorrowfulness, and etc.

And the annihilation of restlessness - the selfless impermanent restless states of mind ceaselessly interchanging between confusion and clarity, disturbance and calmness, discontentment and contentment, peacelessness and peacefulness, restlessness and quietness, joyfulness and sorrowfulness, goodness and badness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, positiveness and negativeness, happiness and unhappiness, healthiness and unhealthiness, painful suffering and pleasurable enjoyment, and so on, of ceaseless births (thoughts arising) and deaths (thoughts passing away) of countless thoughts arising, changing, and passing away (Impermanence), transitioning in different realms/states of mind.

There is no 'I' existing to be undergoing all that (Selflessness).

Out of ignorance and egoism, there is an idea of 'I' existing in the form of a continuous stream of thought(s) identifying as the existence of an individual identity attaching towards different qualities of selfless impermanent names and forms to be identifying as "This is I", that appears to be undergoing ceaseless births and deaths transitioning in different realms/states of mind, and hence, "I am restless or peaceless," and "I am suffering," and "I want to be free from suffering."

Upon the realization of selflessness, it's merely the selfless impermanent modification of the selfless function of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking and acting mind being in a state of restlessness, in the present moment now, undergoing ceaseless selfless impermanent changes, powered by energy, influenced by cause and effect.

Both the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism emphasized on the mind purification process for preparing the mind to be performing self-inquiry (to inquire towards the truth of selflessness and impermanence) and meditation (to annihilate the restless modification of the mind and absorb into silence - Samadhi, the annihilation of the modification of the mind/thought activities, where there is no restless births and deaths a.k.a. restless selfless impermanent changes).

Regardless of whether the minds know or don't know towards the yoga and/or buddhism practice is about the mind purification process, and whether the minds practice yoga and/or buddhism is for the purpose of mind purification, or not, yoga and buddhism practice is still what it is, serve the purpose of purifying the ignorant egoistic impure restless modification of the mind.

All kinds of different practices are indeed existing for purifying the modification of the mind, which is eradicating the veil of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities, and restlessness.

There might be some misunderstanding towards the 'purity' in yoga and/or buddhism, where some minds understood that as 'moral high ground' or 'untouchable', where there are no traces of bad qualities or impure elements, but only good qualities or pure elements existing in the mind based on the many different worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, and practices about what is good and bad quality, and what is purity and impurity.

The 'purity' in the teachings of yoga and/or buddhism is nothing to do with the worldly ideas of 'moral high ground', or 'perfectly all good and nothing bad', or 'perfectly all pure and nothing impure', or 'perfectly all positive and nothing negative'.

The mind purification process is about changing the mind behavior pattern that is under the influence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities, and restlessness, to be rendering the mind calm and quiet, to allow the mind to have certain degrees of calmness to be reflecting upon the truth of names and forms as it is, that leads to the development of certain degrees of correct understanding. And upon attaining certain degrees of correct understanding under a calm and quiet mind free from the influence or contamination of worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, and practice, the mind transcends even the state of the mind that is rendered calm and pure.

The 'purity' in yoga and buddhism is about the mind is free from being conditioned, or influenced, or contaminated by worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires and practices, that are influencing the mind to reason, understand, desire, behave, act, and react in certain way based on all that.

The most effective way to purify the modification of the mind, particularly in this era that is full of passionate egoistic ideas and activities as well as all kinds of ignorance and consequences of ignorance in the modern society, including in the world of yoga and/or buddhism, is via the observation of renunciation, dispassion, silence, solitude, and seclusion, for a prolonged period of time, for minimum 5 - 6 years, to be cutting off from all kinds of worldly passionate egoistic ties, connections, communications, interactions, ideas, affairs, duties, responsibilities, and activities.

The mind that has developed certain degrees of correct understanding with a firm foundation of dispassion and non-attachment doesn't need to observe renunciation, silence, solitude and seclusion, where it can live and mix among the worldly passionate egoistic minds to be performing certain selfless service, without passionate intention or aspiration to 'change' or 'influence' the world to be in certain way, while it is not being influenced by all kinds of worldly ideas and activities, and it is not being determined or disturbed by all kinds of ignorance and the consequences of ignorance in the world that doesn't belong to anyone or anything. It can also choose to live a quiet life in solitude and seclusion, renouncing all kinds of worldly actions. There's neither right nor wrong.

There's no authority in yoga and buddhism to be judging or punishing any minds for being ignorant, or imperfect, or impure. Be free to practice yoga and/or buddhism, or not.

It's everyone's freedom for what they want or don't want to practice.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The belief of good and bad karma

This teaching is for those who want to learn and practice yoga and/or buddhism, and those who think and believe that they are practicing and/or teaching/propagating yoga and/or buddhism.

Under certain worldly passionate egoistic family, cultural, social, spiritual, and/or religious beliefs, ideas, values, and practice, there are minds that believe in good or bad karma, which appeared to be very similar to the teachings of yoga and/or buddhism about the nature's law of cause and effect, or actions and the consequences of actions, but there is a huge difference between 'the selfless nature's law of cause and effect' and 'the passionate egoistic belief of good and bad karma deriving from good/right and bad/wrong conducts/actions/reactions', as what is good or bad, and what is right or wrong, in accordance to the many different worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, and practices, are nothing to do with the selfless nature's law of cause and effect that is merely being what it is, that is non-judgmental and non-discriminate, that is neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless, neither joyful nor sorrowful, or neither pleasurable enjoyment nor painful suffering.

The nature's law of cause and effect is merely what things are. It is non-judgmental/non-discriminate and it's not based on the quality of good and bad or right and wrong, being projected and generated by the minds under the influence of ignorance, egoism, impurities, and restlessness. The belief of good and bad karma is not necessarily what things are, and it is judgmental and discriminate, and it's very much based on the quality of good and bad or right and wrong, being projected and generated by the minds under the influence of particular worldly passionate egoistic belief, ideas, values, and practice.

The minds that are practicing yoga and/or buddhism, and have intense yearning towards liberation, and want to attain self-realization to be free from ignorance and suffering, the inquiry or investigation towards the truth of everything, is the fundamental essential practice. Although it's the freedom of all and everyone towards what they want to do and practice, or not.

The yoga and/or buddhism practitioners are never believers or followers, not to say, blind-believers or blind-followers, or blind-practitioners and blind-propagators.

The teachings of yoga, or the dhamma of buddhism, that is all about self-inquiry and self-realization, is neither a belief, nor a practice that promote the generation and accumulation of good karma or avoid the generation and accumulation of bad karma. It's about non-attachment and non-identification towards the actions and the fruit of actions. It's about renouncing the fruit of actions, regardless of what the minds think and believe and judge as 'good and bad', or 'right and wrong', or 'meaningful and meaningless', or 'deserving and non-deserving', or 'pleasurable enjoyment and painful suffering', in accordance to the many different worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, and practices.

The mind that is practicing yoga and/or buddhism is desireless, devoid of craving towards 'good karma' and aversion towards 'bad karma', but all and everyone is responsible for one's actions and the consequences of one's actions, where no other can remove or replace oneself for the effect deriving from the cause that oneself have been generating, and one is not being determined or disturbed by the actions and the fruit of actions being what they are, as they are, regardless of whether they appeared to be pleasant or unpleasant, desirable or undesirable, agreeable or disagreeable, meaningful or meaningless, success or failure, deserving or non-deserving, and enjoyable or non-enjoyable.

The yoga and/or buddhism teachings is about the truth of what things are or truthfulness, by allowing the minds to see, to confront with, and to respect the truth that is not necessarily always pleasant, agreeable, or desirable, and to attain direct realization towards the truth of everything by oneself via an open mind, through self-effort, self-inquiry, and self-realization.

It's never about out of certain possession, identification, affection, concern, fear, or worry towards the world being or not being in certain way in accordance to one's desires and doesn't desires, or agreements and disagreements, or out of selfish intention, desire, vision, and ambition to create a world that one likes and desires, and hence, there are many hypocrisy, untruthfulness, lies, story telling, or fairy tales being generated and propagated, particularly in many things that they don't know, that they don't understand, and that they couldn't explain, to be threatening and conditioning the minds with lots of untruthfulness that gives rise to fear, in order to influence and control the thinking and behavior of the minds to be and not to be in certain way.

The belief of good and bad karma, is being used by the minds to either tempt or threaten other minds to behave or not behaving in certain way. "If you do this, or if you don't do that, you will be rewarded and enjoying. And if you don't do this, or if you do that, you will be punished and suffering." Or it is being used to justify certain things that they can't understand and can't explain, or to justify certain hurtful behavior.

Just as a parent is afraid of the child doesn't behave in the way that it likes and desires, or a leader is afraid of the followers don't behave in the way that it likes and desires, or a teacher is afraid of the students don't behave in the way that it likes and desires, or everyone is afraid of all the others don't behave in the way that each and everyone thinks and believes how everyone should and shouldn't behave. And hence, there are many story telling or fairy tales that are either 'tempting' or 'threatening' the minds to behave and not behaving in certain way.

There are some minds, including the minds that are practicing and/or teaching/propagating yoga and/or buddhism, were/are being conditioned to believe in,

"All and everyone are existing here, experiencing what they are experiencing, is because of their own good and bad karma. Good karma deriving from good and righteous conducts gives rise to pleasurable enjoyment, prosperity, desirable condition, good health, abundance, success, joy, happiness, easiness, or kind treatment, in this present life existence, and will give rise to 'superior reincarnation of a superior next life existence in a superior realm' in the future, and so on, while bad karma deriving from bad and wrongful conducts gives rise to painful suffering, poverty, undesirable condition, ill heath, insufficiency, failure, sorrow, unhappiness, hardship, or ill treatment, in this present life existence, and will give rise to 'inferior reincarnation of an inferior next life existence in an inferior realm', and so on.

All and everyone who had been or were experiencing certain ill treatment, abusive affair, ill heath, bad encountering, painful suffering or difficulties in the past, or are experiencing certain ill treatment, abusive affair, ill heath, bad encountering, painful suffering or difficulties in now, are due to their past accumulation of bad karma either in this present life existence and/or from the many past life existences.

One must receive all kinds of unpleasant conditions, hurtful experiences, corrupted affairs, abusive family ties and relationships, ill treatments, ill heath, painful suffering, or difficulties in silence, in order to 'burn off' the past accumulated bad karma. Where it is 'good' to be suffering as much as possible, while silently 'encouraging' others to behave badly and hurtfully unto oneself, or even coming from oneself generating all kinds of unnecessary damaging effects, difficulties, and inconveniences unto oneself, or punishing/hurting one's own body and mind deliberately under the terms of 'repent' and 'penance', in order to 'burn off' any past accumulated bad karma, that seemingly bottomless.

Meanwhile, in order to avoid any kind of painful suffering or difficulties manifesting in oneself (personal karma) and/or in the collective surrounding environment shared by many others (collective group karma), one needs to be on high alert and be judgmental towards one's and/or others' thinking and conduct, where one and/or others should only generate good karma and avoid generate any bad karma, based on the worldly passionate egoistic family, cultural, social, spiritual, religious, national, political or commercial beliefs, ideas, values, and practices about what is good and bad, what is right and wrong, what is positive and negative, what is appropriate and inappropriate, what is meaningful and meaningless, what is success and failure, what is prosperity and non-prosperity, or what is should and shouldn't.

If someone thinks and believes that itself has been good and kind, and has been performing many good and kind actions, and never did anything bad or wrong in this life existence, but somehow, it is still encountering many badness, undesirable experiences, hurtful affairs, ill treatments, difficulties, or painful suffering, then that is due to the past accumulated bad karma from the previous life existence."

That is everyone's freedom of thinking and belief, reason and understanding, action and reaction.

Inquire towards all these thinking and belief, ideas and values, and practice. These are nothing to do with the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism.

The difference between 'the nature's law of cause and effect' and 'the belief of good and bad karma' - 

Under the nature's law of cause and effect -

If apple seed is planted, it will grow into an apple tree, and not a mango tree or a banana tree.

If mango seed is planted, it will grow into a mango tree, and not an apple tree or a banana tree.

And so on.

Does that mean apple is good and mango is bad, or vice versa? Neither.

As simple as that.

Meanwhile, under the belief of good and bad karma -

If one does bad, there is bad karma, and one will be suffering badness. If one does good, there is good karma, and one will be enjoying goodness. What is good and bad, what is goodness and badness, and what is enjoyment and suffering, can be very different under different beliefs, ideas, values, and practices.

Regardless of what or who the mind thinks and identifies as 'I', and whether the mind thinks and believes that it has been good or bad, kind or unkind, selfish or unselfish, healthy or unhealthy, educated or uneducated, knowledgeable or non-knowledgeable, or have been accumulating lots of so called good karma or bad karma, and so on, all and everyone are under going the inevitable process of selfless impermanent changes, of growth, ceased growing, ceaseless maintenance, decay, aging, weakness, illness, ceased functioning, and disintegration/death. This natural process of selfless impermanent changes can be very unpleasant and painful physically and mentally. Does that mean selfless impermanent changes is something related to bad karma?

Selfless impermanent changes is just what all and everything are. It is neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless.

If the mind is free from ignorance and egoism, the mind respects the selfless impermanent changes as they are, devoid of craving and aversion towards the body and mind, or towards all kinds of names and forms, experiences, interactions, ties and relationships, affairs, conditions and situations, to be or not to be in certain way, and hence, there is no suffering arise in this mind.

If the mind is under the influence of ignorance and egoism, where the mind has desires of craving and aversion towards the physical and mental condition, ability, performance, and achievement, and towards all kinds of names and forms, experiences, interactions, ties and relationships, affairs, conditions and situations, to be and not to be in certain way, and when the desire of craving and aversion is ungratified, or when the body and mind and something that it perceives and experiences, is not being the way that the mind likes, desires, and agrees with, there is suffering arise in this mind.

It's about one takes responsibility towards one's action and inaction under the influence of one's desires and doesn't desires, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, or understanding and non-understanding, as well as be responsible towards the consequences of that, without self-blame or blame others.

"I believe or disbelieve in this belief," or "I want or do not want to let go this belief," or "I want or do not want to have this relationship," or "I want or don't want to do this," or "I want to be here and live here," or "I want to go and live somewhere else," or "I want to eat here and this," or "I don't want to eat there and that," and so on. It's one's own choice and decision. And no matter the outcome of one's choice and decision and action/inaction is pleasant or unpleasant, desirable or undesirable, and agreeable or disagreeable, one either accepts or doesn't accept, or either be determined or undetermined by all that, it's one's own choice and responsibility.

Even if someone else is making all the choices and decisions for oneself, it is oneself who allows or disallows that to be happening, to accept or reject, and to go along with or not going along with all those choices and decisions made by others. That's why it's one's own responsibility towards all kinds of pleasant or unpleasant experiences, regardless of whether it's one's own choices and decisions, or it's others' choices and decisions.

How common that the mind says, "I am unselfish. I love you very much. I don't do anything for myself. I am doing everything for you, according to what you want and don't want. Because, I want you to be happy. I don't want you to be unhappy. I don't want you to get upset and be angry with me. I want you to love me. I don't want you to dislike me. I am doing all these for you." Nope. The mind is not even aware of itself is being so selfish. Everything is being done in accordance to 'what I want and what I don't want'.

Similarly, regardless of whether under the presence and absence of ignorance and egoism, and whether there is suffering arise in the mind, or not, upon coming in contact with certain names and forms/experiences/conditions/situations/affairs/happenings/ties and relationships that are unpleasant, disagreeable, undesirable, non-enjoyable, hurtful, disturbing, or painful, that are deriving from ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, that are evitable, it is nothing to do with good or bad karma.

The minds that are free from ignorance and egoism, naturally, if they want, they know how to avoid coming in contact with and/or move away from the minds, beings, objects, interactions, dealings, affairs, happenings, areas, conditions, or situations, that are under the influence of ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, as much as possible, to minimize unnecessary damages or energy/life wasting. If it is not possible to avoid coming in contact with or move away from such ignorance, they deal with all that in peace.

Those who are happened to be existing or living in an area that is having all kinds of ignorant affairs, violent and hurtful happenings, or unnecessary evitable damages and painful suffering, that affect all and everyone not only in that area, but also affecting the entire world in certain way, regardless of whether they have been doing something good or bad, right or wrong, and whether they are selfish or unselfish, kind or unkind, it is not because of their bad karma, it's mainly because of the ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, of certain minds that are ignorant, prideful, ambitious, greedy, possessive, selfish, discriminating, hating and violent in this present moment.

The mind will understand all these, knowing what is true or untrue, if it performs inquiry towards "What is time?" / "What is 'I'?" / "What is the thinking mind?" / "What is the modification of the mind?" / "What is past and future?" / "What is selflessness?" / "What is impermanence?" / "What is suffering?" / "What is cause and effect?" /"What is liberation?" under an open mind not being influenced by any particular worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, and practice, and attains direct self-realization towards timelessness, or there's neither past nor future, there is only NOW, and it's changing, or selflessness and impermanence, or knowing Thyself.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

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