The Banality Of Evil Is Enlightening

Evil is a term used to describe something
that brings about harmful, painful, and unpleasant effects.

Banality breeds evil.
Evil breeds banality.
And that can wake us up!

We don’t have to be perfect to be perfect; we are already perfect.
It is believing in our imperfection
that creates ignorance of our originality.

‘Banal’ means ‘lacking originality’. It’s like a cartoon – a simplified or exaggerated version or interpretation of something. Why is banality evil? It causes harm by being an incomplete picture.

The more we see, the more we know reality.
If we do not look, we become characters in the cartoon show.

There is evil karma all around us,
as we live under an umbrella of selfish entitlement.

Evil obscures our direct seeing,
and suggests that we go back to our cartoon life.

Our original state is perfect pure consciousness. We do not have to do anything to achieve this, but merely note and let be. That is our originality.

Anything that obscures this absolute truth is harmful to our mental state. When we dwell in banality, we lose our uniqueness of originality. Buddhism is the transformation of suffering to enlightenment, evil to goodness, banality to originality.

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