Catching Demons That Don’t Exist
Demons are consciousness clinging to ideas that create ‘myself’; this is demonic because these ideas rob us of knowing our true reality of pure consciousness. Demons distract consciousness away from itself. That’s what demons do – they feed off our ignorance. Human behaviour’s like that, isn’t it?
We can easily see demonic activity in others, but watching demonic activity within our own mind is interesting. This demonic activity is our own likes and dislikes about which we obsess. We, as humans, have to know what is harmful and what is of benefit but, being caught and held by these emotions, we lose control. The point is that demons cannot be said to exist as they are just lost consciousnesses confused about reality. Human behaviour’s like that, isn’t it?
Demons aren’t something to be avoided as that only makes them seem real when they are merely crumbs on the path to enlightenment. I say ‘crumbs’ as they are the sustenance on the journey. If we react to them, they take us down to their level – but in noting this reaction, they become our guide and teacher. The Buddha experienced demonic encounters right until the moment of enlightenment.