The physical body becomes ill at times. One day the physical body will die. Awakening will not change this. Awakening does not give super powers. Even after awakening, sickness of the body may occur…pain may be experienced…and death of the body is inevitable. Continue reading Many teachers got ill and died. Why didn’t they save themselves if they were awakened?
No event is positive or negative…good or bad. It is only in thought that what-is is deemed positive or negative in relation to a “me”. It is ignorance and the illusions of the mind really…that create good or bad…fortunate or unfortunate…etc. In Zen, it might be phrased as – vast emptiness…nothing holy…or unholy.
Suffering…as in grief…is not something that has arisen for me in many years. Pain is something that occurs from time to time. I had what the doctor thought was gout. I could not walk very well for nearly a week; and I had a limp for a month. It started out with extreme pain for about a week, but the pain decreased daily over the next month. I appreciate that, even at its worst, I could still walk and had the use of my legs…not to mention I was alive. Life wasn’t just about the pain…I had many experiences that were enjoyable (even with pain) and appreciated them. The pain was but one small aspect of everything that was going on. Continue reading How has appreciation worked with negative events? Like appreciating grief or pain?
Why desire to stop desiring? It is not that you have to stop desiring entirely, but that you do not to take those desires so seriously (i.e. attachment to the desires). Attachment to desires cause suffering…it is not desire itself that causes suffering. It is a craving and that you just are not happy until you get what you desire.
I would recommend any or all of the following:
- remaining present.
- inquiry into this “me” that has fear and look for the source of the “me”.
- inquiry into the fear and look for the source of the fear.
- surrendering to God, the Self, Reality, and/or destiny/fate.
While the awakened have seen through the idea of others (as separate individuals), I will say there is a caring. It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t recognize others at all. It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t care about others. Continue reading Do the awakened care about others?
This is a question only a “me” would ask…”what do I get out of it?” There really is no point, because enlightenment is seeing through the “me” that wants to find use or utility. That which might see a point is itself seen to be an illusion. Use and utility only matter to a “me”. No “me”…no use or utility…no point. Continue reading What is the point of attaining enlightenment?