Mind’s Hidden Faults Part 5
by Patrul Rinpoche
“There are some meditators who are delighted when their mind is feeling well, but who hate their own mind when they have restless thoughts. That is not the correct view; the fault lies in not knowing how to sustain the essence in whatever takes place. Let your mind rest loosely when you have agitated thoughts, and in that state, rest directly in the one who is feeling agitated.
“There are some meditators who concentrate and then relax without there being any real need for that. That is not the correct view; it is being a little too unnatural. The fault lies in not knowing how to let their minds be. Concentrate and relax when there is need for it, but don’t when there is no need. Simply rest, clear and wide, in naturalness.
“There are some meditators who, at the thought of delicious food and drink, are unable to continue meditating. They get up and try to find a tasty drink or a nice bite of food, after which they indulge in the enjoyment of the delicious food of drink. If you do that, the sustenance of samadhi will disappear and you will not acquire good meditation. By being a sweet tooth or a glutton, one turns into a stubborn practitioner. Don’t be attracted to the nice taste of food and drink. Feed the sustenance of samadhi.
“There are some meditators who are unable to meditate when they are comfortable and rich, feel on top of things, have power or are honoured. At this time, they are exhilarated and jubilant. When they suffer, meet with misfortune, sickness or pain, are slandered or taken to court, then they are unable to meditate. Dark clouds gather on the their faces, they exclaim the most unpleasant words and even tears drop from their eyes. If you act in that way, you will not become a good Dharma practitioner who is able to equalise joy and sorrow. You will be a Dharma-less, ordinary, stubborn person who is overwhelmed by joy and sorrow, and the eight worldly concerns*. You should therefore equalise joy and sorrow and be able to bring them both to the path.”
* the eight worldly concerns:
hope for happiness and fear of suffering,
hope for fame and fear of insignificance,
hope for praise and fear of blame.
hope for gain and fear of loss.
Basically, it’s not being controlled and programmed by attachment and aversion, which obscures our clarity.
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