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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

The Second Noble Truth: The Causes of Suffering (Continued)

I ended my last posting on the nutriments we take into our bodymind that can either lead to joy and happiness or to suffering by asking, "Why do we choose nutriment that causes us distress?"

One correspondent responded:
I would think it is instant sense gratification. We want to feel good, so we crave foods which cause the chemical reactions in our body to make us feel good. In this sense food is used like a drug, to cover up the symprtoms of some underlying cause. The cause is emotional.

And my response was:
If you do not mind my engaging with you here, I would like to push the questioning a bit more. So, in case you are willing, my question is: You say above that the cause is emotional. Do you suppose there may be an underlying cause of the emotion that leads us to look to sense gratification in order to be happy?

And she answered:

That would be wholeness, or the wish for fulfillment. I think we can only be whole through our connection to the Divine. We can only love if we are whole. As long as we have voids within ourselves, we are looking to fill them with with food, drugs, the need for relationships.
Please correct me if i'm wrong.


The following is my response and another way of asking the question, "Why do we create the causes of our own distress?":

I am not here to offer "correction." But I enjoy sharing observations and learning from all of you, too!

So, if I am hearing you correctly, you are saying that we "seek love in all the wrong places," and attempt to "fill these voids within ourselves" with "food, drugs" etc.

But is it true that we have "voids within ourselves." Is it true that we "lack wholeness" or "connection?" The Buddha is remarked to have said upon his awakening to the morning star:

Ah! How wondrous! Each and every being, perfect and whole just as they are, lacking nothing!

What is behind this perceived "lack" or "disconnection?" Why do we so often feel that we are indeed "lacking" or incomplete?

What did the Buddha see when he saw the morning star?

metta,
frank jude

.: posted by Poep Sa Frank Jude 10:43 AM


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