Dhamma wheel

How to make Dhamma concepts real?

Perhaps you might have heard from someone, that killing other living beings, is bad. Yet, your reason tells you, that if you catch yourself a chicken from the forest, chop off the head and roast it on a nice little fire,…this makes you free, this makes you independent. Only good seems to follow. But then, instinct or reason might drive you back into contact with other people, and being in contact with other people, you might perhaps as occasion permits, meet people who appear to be superior to other people. People who are more sensitive and in tune with life. And you may find that each such person holds a similar view in regard to killing other beings,…that is, …rather condemning it… Acquiring a certain sense of admiration towards such person of superior standing, will start to make the idea or concept regarding not killing more of a reality. That is, your organisms will start to respond to the thought.

Participating thus in the reality of superior persons, a person starts getting a sense of a freedom that is more lofty than the former one. A freedom, not of nature and the body, but a freedom of a spirit that is less bound to nature and the body.

This way both the brain, as the receiver and processor of outside impressions and the heart (or in a more modern way the sympathetic nervous system as a whole), as the seat of emotions (in the example…wholesome emotions of admiration), work together, bringing about an experience of a sense of unity perhaps utterly unknown before.

Mind and View

Further on in regard to meditation. When we seek to make real the fine-material world, we have to find out the right and wrong way of proceeding. Noticing, that the right in regard to meditation brings greater peace, greater pleasure, more clarity and brightness, while the wrong brings greater confusion, unpleasantness and dullness.

A similar thing applies concerning the mind, wherein you might observe either within yourself or even without in other people, the beauty and superiorness of an upright, unconditional and non-judgemental mind and seeing thus certain concepts regarding the mind become more real to you.

Later still you develop insight into right and wrong in regard to view. Wherein you become sensitive as to whether a view is in accordance with that element of purity, that you have trained in beforehand. Whether a view is universal or sectarian. Whether it leads to greater understanding or more narrowness, fear and confusion.

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