The other reason why we are here.

As sentient beings, in addition to realising our true nature, we have to transcend certain fears or obstacles in our attitude. This is to do with what are called klesa – afflictive emotions. In order to function in our Samsaric life for the benefit of others, we need to face our own fears on a relative level. We are talking about the psychology of being human.

It may be that we cannot communicate well: perhaps we are fiery, or we hesitate. We may have low self esteem, look down on others, isolate ourselves, keep our feeling locked in. We might be easily led, or too suspicious. Perhaps we want to please too much, wanting others to tell us what to do, or we see things only in black and white. It may be that we are so eclectic that we cannot focus on one point. The list is endless: in Buddhism, it is said that there are 84,000 types of afflictions.

If we live in isolation, it doesn’t matter how grumpy we are, but if we live in communities, this brings out our angst and anxieties. Alternatively, it can also work as a catalyst to accelerate our progress, by shining a brilliant light on our faults. We need the courage to step into the light!

This is why the Kali Yuga is right for Dzogchen/Mahamudra teachings. This period of heightened emotions charges our being with brightness. When this age has passed, there may not be such teachings – people will be too content!

This is a great time to feel the mud!

All that glitters is not gold. Means we can easily be mistaken, about what easily attracts us. In feeling the mud we are bound to feel dirty.

All that glitters is not gold is a well-known saying, meaning that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so. This can apply to persons, places, or things that promise to be more than they really are. The expression, in various forms, originated in or before the 12th century and may date back to Aesop.

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  1. Daisy says:

    Hello Tony – I was wondering whether you could elaborate on “In feeling the mud we are bound to feel dirty”.

  2. tony says:

    Hello Daisy,
    When we start to see or feeling our emotions, especially in a raw state, they are very uncomfortable. We have to admit yo ourselves that we feel guilty, or jealously, or pride etc. These however are only a residue from the past. We don’t have to feel guilty about the past…it’s done, and gone.

    These feelings are just an acquired reaction in the mind, it’s not our essence. Essence is merely aware. That awareness then has a choice to either go down the same old route and re-act, or pause and allow the moment to pass.

    That’s when everything changes!

    I suppose the dirtier we feel, the more we are noticing. It’s yucky but good. There is also a feeling of relief, achievement and freedom…we can now move on.

    All the best,

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