Samsara Is Not Out There
Some aspects of the teachings take time to assimilate. First, we need the right attitude to receive teachings: without this, we are merely picking up information for the head to toy with, rather than realising how precious the teachings are to the heart. True teachings have nothing to do with sentimentality.
This isn’t everyday chit chat.
Samsara is our fixated attitude, which keeps us enslaved. The prison is not out there: it’s not that we go to a busy city and there is ‘Big Samsara’. Samsara is how we relate to all that appears, both gross and subtle.
Of course, every sentient being lives in their own samsaric world and these worlds can, and will, have an effect on us…but need not. Our present fixated attitude is the result of our previous fixated attitudes – our karmic load. There is also collective karma and samsara to be acknowledged. If we walk into a mad house and start complaining, we may find that we are stuck there with the inmates. We have to be very skilful.
The problem with identifying craziness
is not becoming crazy oneself.
John Lennon said, “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” This is correct: however, to think that society is run by the insane and that we are not insane…is insane! 🙂 Dealing with this matter takes skill and refinement: without this, we’ll end up creating serious, unwanted karma. Many have been striving for peace in the world for thousands of years, only to realise that it starts within. This is not a matter of sentimentality.
The creation of our samsaric-karmic world is due to our reactions.
We change this karmic-samsaric world through “regret” not guilt.
We were merely made an error.
Regret is acknowledgment.
Regret, smile and laugh.
Poking a stick in a lion’s ear can have serious consequences.