A questioner asked the Buddha: "I would like to know about the state of peace, the state of solitude and of quiet detachment. How does a person become calm, independent, and not wanting to grasp at anything?"
 "A person does this," replied the Buddha, "by eradicating the delusion of 'I am.' By being alert and attentive, he begins to let go of cravings as they arise. But whatever he begins to accomplish, he should beware of inner pride.
 He must avoid thinking of himself as better than another, or worse or equal, for that is all comparison and emphasizes the self. 
 "The person should look for peace within and not depend on it in any other place. For when a person is quiet within, the self cannot be found. 
There are no waves in the depths of the ocean, it is still and unbroken. It is the same with the peaceful person. He is still, without any longing to grasp. 
He has let go the foundations of self and no longer builds up pride and desire."
( Sutta Nipata)
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10 comments:

  1. very thought provoking
    thanks for sharing

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  2. Welcome and thanks Lakshmi Ji for your kind words.
    God bless.

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  3. So: The Buddha, himself, advises:
    "...avoid thinking of himself as better than another, or worse or equal, for that is all comparison and emphasizes the self. "
    I have long seen things this way.
    Explaining it, though, to others, is fraught with risk and difficulty in this modern age.

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  4. There is,in my opinion, no need of explaining..Life is a journey every individual has to take himself/herself.Life is teacher and the world.. a great book..
    Thanks The Crow.
    God bless.

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  5. @The Crow "Explaining it, though, to others, is fraught with risk and difficulty in this modern age."

    Well i believe that no matter how good you are at explaining it, people will only have it at superficial level. It will only remain as knowledge and not as wisdom. It's that they might understand the "theory" but from that point they are on their own and alot of "work" is needed. The will to go into the matter deeply without thought yet with it. Really see it through.

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  6. I agree with your views Dunno:...'people will only have it at superficial level. It will only remain as knowledge and not as wisdom....'
    Let a thirsty person find well himself.
    Thanks for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  7. Yes, knowledge is not a bit like wisdom. Even knowledge, to one, may be entirely different to another.
    I wrote, years ago, about the pointlessness of explanation.
    Still, it remains something one always imagines one can do, even though it fails, so often.
    Oneself is the best receptacle for revelation.
    If it is worthwhile, then others may see its result, rather than the thing that caused the result. And that is the best anyone can do, for another.

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  8. @surjit singh Very much true. Thank you!

    @The Crow "Still, it remains something one always imagines one can do, even though it fails, so often."

    Very much true, i find myself doing it, the share of some point of views. True that one has understood but at the best what changed was their patterns, the root still is the same. Then one creating the patterns change not and remains the same.
    Well the truth is whatever is done some change has done, for the good or for the bad.

    "If it is worthwhile, then others may see its result, rather than the thing that caused the result. And that is the best anyone can do, for another."

    Agree !

    Thank you both for your insights.

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  9. Yes, I agree with your words The Crow:...'Oneself is the best receptacle for revelation...' and ..."If it is worthwhile, then others may see its result, rather than the thing that caused the result....'
    Thanks for sharing your views.

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  10. Thanks Dunno for adding your insights to my post making it more meaningful.

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