Originally posted by sparrowstail
How is this a trap?, just curious.
I find it hard to believe that temperance of hate, anger, violence, selfishness, ego, etc. will retard our spiritual development. If that's the case
boy have the Tibetan, Buddhist monks, Dali Lamas, Jesus', Ghandis, etc. got work to do. Perhaps you mean just having a broad understanding of all
our human aspects, including the primal animal. Not sure though.
Well, perhaps 'trap' wasn't the best choice of words to describe what I was trying to express, but in Tao, the Yin Yang represents, basically, the
equality of opposites. Which is all very good, but if one then thinks of the mantra 'Om Ah Hum', for example, that recognises that in addition to the
polarity of the opposites, there is a primal force that draws those opposites together to create the energy of life, or existence. It is this that
the Bon Po symbolise with three, rather than two, interconnecting fields within a circle. The unknown element of existence is perhaps what it is
expressing. I don't entirely know, but it is this force, the unknown, that can seem to alter the balance, create disharmony or unsettlement, both
externally and internally, that then compels us, to attempt to control that balance for comforts sake, in preparedness, or a hoarding instinct.
So for example, we may plant our crop, watch it grow, harvest it, and begin the cycle again the next year. And we may do this for ten years, and
then, nature, will change the weather, cause an earthquake or send a swarm of locusts to devour the crop. To the enlightened, balance will return one
way or another, whether it costs lives in a famine or not, so the issue remains fundamentally black and white to them. But, what I am saying, is that
most of us are not that enlightened, and most of us can easily be manipulated into storing food, buying insurance, massing material objects that may
have some worth in trade, should the worst happen, though the worst is unlikely to ever happen or if it does, there is little that can really be done
to prepare for it.
Therefore, while I agree and I think did state that Yin Yang was what we should aspire to, like Jesus said, we should consider the lilies of the
field, what I was saying is that until we have achieved that state, the third element, fear, the primal, or primordial instinct of self-preservation,
is open to manipulation. I wasn't for a minute saying that the triune wasn't baser, but more complaining that we fail to see it's ability to have
force over us and therefore leave it open to others to push in the right electrodes that stimulate it.
Again...still working on that thought...so feel free to continue to pick holes
edit on 27-4-2012 by Biliverdin because: (no reason