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Dropping That Drug


On Sep 6, 2013 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:

 This piece is difficult for me. This sounds extreme. I wonder if it moves against moderation in all things. I don't know. I don't think I have ever let go of "the drug" and felt full freedom. At times I feel somewhat free but my blind spots are often still present. What I have read about an ideal Buddhist relates to what he's saying here in that when a person is no one, going nowhere, one has no desires, addictions, or attachments. I like moving in that direction but my attachment to my blind spots keeps me from moving there quickly. I read what Manisha said after I wrote the above. He seems to have a truly great father. I think it would be great if more people were like his father.  being aware of one's present experience over and over and over is helpful. Learning to forgive oneself again, and again, and again may also be very helpful. When one is kind, one probably has that awareness. Thanks for the opportunity to respond. Warm and kind regards to everyone


On Sep 6, 2013 DrPratibha wrote:

It surely takes time to attain 'full freedom."   Scriptures state and experience confirms that it is progressive.  Certain things lead like virtuous intentions and activities-- in the direction of freedom of mind.  Criticism and some other modes of mind lead in the other direction.  Study of the mind is helped by understanding the three energetics of light, action and inertia / sattva, rajas, tamas Gunas of nature.  They exist in the microsm and the macrocosm, and we can change according to their rules of natural operation.

 

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