3 Dec 2014 Posted in Mind and Body
Last week, I have read a book review of Holy Well: A Memior Of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness.
It was about the experience of the writer Gail who had served ashram’s guru Amma for 20 years and fled after years of mental torture, lack of sleep and poor nutrition.
In my home town, there are a few spiritual seekers who have no idea what to do even though they are eager to learn Buddha’s teaching.
New spiritual seekers are uncertain what spiritual practices they need to do.
There are a few books talking about this.
If the time has come, they will find books somewhere and start practising.
For those who are waiting, they may be looking for someone or a master to teach them the spiritual practices they should do and explain the meaning of ancient scriptures which can enrich the mind of spiritual seekers.
Do we really need a spiritual teacher? There is no definite answer.
The most important thing is defining the spiritual goal.
It is also crucial beholding thinking, conservations, behavior of yourselves and transforming your mind to become stillness.
Some spiritual newbies choose to find decent organizations to learn spirituality.
There are many ways to start but they just do not know where to start because they are not clear which organisations are purely offering the original teachings of Buddha.
Three Universal Truths (Tri-drsti-namitta-mudrā) came from the teaching of Buddha can be three “rulers” which can help any spiritual seekers to measure the truths delivered by any organizations and any masters.
Verifying all things with Three Universal Truths, they will know whether they are learning truths and following masters who are seeking truths.
1) All conditioned things are impermanent. (All mental phenomena are changed constantly.)
2) Things are without a self. (We are constantly changed due to change of our bodies, our mind and environment we live in. There is no permanent self.)
3) All conditioned things are “suffering”.
I am going to explain the first 2 points as they are more often applied when walking along the spiritual path.
This can be applied in any situations regardless of religions.
All conditioned things are impermanent.
If one is single and get a partner one day, what will one feel?
Having found the partner, one is happy. Will we feel happy all the time?
When arguing with the partner, one is irritated. Will we feel irritated all the time?
Getting a divorce, one is sad. Will we feel sad all the time?
If we behold our emotion, these mental phenomena are changing from time to time.
Things are without a self.
Let’s assume… Originally, one has a healthy body and mentally happy.
One day, one has found a partner.
When a partner does not give one a phone call, one is angry.
Then, one’s heart is beating much faster and one’s blood pressure is increasing for 15 minutes.
Because of getting angry constantly, one has been changing from a healthy person to a person who has got hypertension after 10 years.
Who am I?
The one who was happy when being single?
The one who was angry when having a partner?
The one who felt happy yesterday is different from the one who is angry today.
Someone who is totally enlightened and has verified there is no impermanent self will be doing and saying everything for the highest benefits of others all the time.
You can check your progress of your spirituality based on them.
You can also behold masters based on them.
In order to apply three universal truths accurately, one has to have wisdom (truth of the universe) and patient.
Upholding the realization of three universal truths will ensure one is walking toward a correct direction.
Dukkha, All Conditioned Things Are Suffering