Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Buddha fire sermon and blogging
Buddha fire sermon
This teaching by Sakymuni Siddhartha Gotama, the "buddha" (awake one), pretty much explains everything. It was presented shortly after his enlightenment.
I will relate this "fire sermon" to blogging.
(Buddha image from Buddha Net web site)
Fire was a false, deceptive idol that the ignorant Brahmins considered to be "male", the god "agni". Buddha wisely observed that fire worship contains cruelty, violence, patriarchal repression, and other obnoxious elements.
For more background on this, see the information at the University of Miami on The Fire Sermon.
[QUOTE--part of the Fire Sermon of Buddha]
And there The Blessed One addressed the priests:—
"All things, O priests, are on fire. And what, O priests, are all these things which are on fire?
"The eye, O priests, is on fire; forms are on fire; eye-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the eye are on fire; and whatever sensation, pleasant, unpleasant, or indifferent, originates in dependence on impressions received by the eye, that also is on fire.
"And with what are these on fire?
"With the fire of passion, say I, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of infatuation; with birth, old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief, and despair are they on fire.
Buddha goes on to explain how all the senses, sense impressions, and ideas created by dependence or attachment to these impressions, are all "on fire".
As Ecclesiastes states: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, the ear is not satisfied with hearing.
* A music lover never has enough CDs (I can vouche for that!).
* A sex addict never has enough sexual adventures.
* An alcoholic will probably drink himself to death.
* A glutton gets fat and may die of obesity-related sickness.
* A politician never has enough people kissing his skanky ass.
This is the law of craving, which leads to sorrow whether the craving is fulfilled or denied. Both satisfaction and deprivation of inordinate pleasures result eventually in suffering.
Capitalism, unfortunately, is largely based on craving, keeping up with the neighbors, possessing more and more materialistic crap. What you have is more important than what you are morally, intellectually, altruistically.
What is craving vs. right desire? Craving is seeking and demanding what you don't really need to survive, function professionally, or be your best in this world.
For example, a salesman may need more suits than a carpenter. So for the salesman to desire a new suit may not be a wrong wish. But to want an extremely expensive suit just to show off how much money you have is terribly wrong-headed and ridiculous. I especially hate to see these asshole televangelists strut around with shiny expensive suits and big gaudy gold jewelry. Those televangelists are a million miles away from Jesus and the gospel, no matter how "good" they "preach".
When your craving is satisfied, the satisfaction reinforces the wish for more, and more, and more.
Whey your craving is not fulfilled, the deprivation causes the craving to rebel against the impediments, making you miserable.
You become unhappy because you can't have what you lust for, whether it's power, music, food, drugs, sex, prestige, trinkets, etc.
An item that makes a person happy or "high" soons causes the person to want, then strive for, then demand, then perhaps even seize by any means.
As a blogger, we should not "crave" comments, A-listing, popularity, or fame.
What bloggers ought to do, in my view, is to Keep Perfecting your blog, your posts, your responses to comments, and your comments that you post at other blogs.
Keep Perfecting. Forget Craving. Keep Perfecting.
If you must crave, crave Perfection, more complete wisdom, based on your desire to be always bringing wonderful benefits to your blog readers.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 11/15/2005 11:00:00 AM